All righty, so we’re starting the Frugal Fridays! Since it’s not a new month yet, I have nothing (really) to report. I’ll tell you though, I did buy a bunch of diapers and some milk this week!
Okay, so since February is starting in just a couple of days, I’ll be able to really track my monthly progress. This week I’ve decided to compile a list of ways that I plan on making my groceries last and last and last…ew, not really. But some ways to stretch that food a little further. We all know most the basics, like making a list and not shopping when you’re hungry, so I’ll skip those. If you have any tips, please, PLEASE share them here! I’m scared of going over budget and looking like a fool online. (because it’s never, EVER happened before, online or otherwise – yeah right)
Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
– Powder your milk. EVERY gallon of milk we buy gets a quart of reconstituted powdered milk added to it when it’s about halfway empty. So far, no one has noticed a difference in taste.
– Make your own breadcrumbs. I’ll never waste my money buying premade.
-ALWAYS use a filler with ground beef – I don’t care what you’re making, burgers, meatloaf, meatballs, whatever, use a filler! When I make burgers I add an egg and breadcrumbs, so that I’m stretching the meat further without changing the taste too much. For meatballs and meatloaf, I’ve been known to add 1/2 of mashed pinto beans to a pound of ground beef (any more than that you’ll start to taste a difference). There are SO many things you can add that won’t diminish quality! In addition to breadcrumbs and beans, you can add those dry potato flakes. Get creative, and watch your meat last a lot longer!
-Speaking of meat, go without – Maybe just one day a week you can have a meatless dinner. Have a carnivore at home? No problem, do the meat, but cook a little less. Instead of a full pound in your Hamburger Helper, do 1/2 lb. When making soup, you can easily do a little less as well.
-Cook from the pantry – we all know this one, but it’s easier said than done. Have you ever tried Super Cook? This website is AWESOME! Head over there and enter the ingredients that you have RIGHT NOW in your pantry, and see how many amazing dishes you can make! I’ll be using this a lot from now on!
Okay, everyone…let’s make February Frugal!!