Sunday night : Pull whole chicken fryer out of the freezer to thaw.
Monday night : Roast chicken for dinner.
Tuesday night : Use leftover chicken in a different recipe.
Sounds super frugal, huh? Yep, as I was cleaning up Tuesday’s dinner, I was feeling pretty proud of my thrifty little self. One chicken! Three bucks! Two recipes! Eight servings!
Proud, that is, until I got ready to toss out the chicken carcass. I seriously stood in the middle of my kitchen holding that sad little skeleton over the garbage can as I debated its fate. I was torn. In my head, I knew making broth was easy and economical.
You are probably thinking one of three things: 1) Definitely! You just put it in a pot, cover it with water… 2) What? You can make your own chicken broth?! or 3) Seriously? Why bother. I can get chicken broth at Albertson’s for free with my double coupons.
I finally did plunk that chicken into a pot instead of the garbage can, but it got me thinking about my time and money and priorities again. Using coupons and finding deals is only part of the equation. According to our man Webster, frugal means thrifty, economical, careful, prudent, resourceful.
I want to be all of those things whether I am in the grocery store or at home or on vacation. I want to be that resourceful woman who takes advantage of store sales when they’re hot and makes things stretch when they’re not. For every great grocery store deal, there are a hundred other small steps we can be taking on this journey toward a more frugal lifestyle.
Everyone’s priorities and preferences are different, but we all have things to learn, right? I am getting back to the basics in my home, and I am taking you with me.
Here are a few of the upcoming topics I’ll be covering over the next several months:
- Dried beans vs. canned beans
- Making breads and soups from scratch
- Kid-friendly snack food ideas that don’t involve red 40
- Homemade baby food
- Freezer meal swaps
- Explaining different cuts of meat & how to use them
You will be able to pick and choose the ideas that help your budget and appeal to your lifestyle.
Leave a comment! What are some of the ways you practice the frugal life? What are some skills you would like to learn?
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