Leftover ideas

Use your leftovers– a money saver right under your nose!

Even the Bible talks about leftovers “when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments so that nothing will be lost.” John 6:12

I don’t know about you, wasting food just seems like wasting money. I feel like a total frugal fraud if I throw away leftovers. Here are a few things that will help so we don’t throw our leftovers away.

  1. I used to save all the little containers like cottage cheese and cool whip to save money on little buying leftover containers, but now I use a coupon when I need leftover containers. Why because the leftover containers store-bought are see-through and I am less likely to throw them away because I can see what is in them.
  2. when you plan a meal plan for those leftovers. This week we had leftover chicken breast the next day we had wok and used it up. You can do this with any kind of meat.
  3. We seem to always have an extra plate of food with our teenagers coming and going. If we do have an extra plate of food it is a great lunch the next day.
  4. leftover vegetables go into a leftover container in the freezer. I drain the juice and just add the vegetables and when I make a soup or a pot pie I add the those vegetables.
  5. Leftover cereal, crackers or chips you know not enough for a full serving, but you hate to throw it out. Crunch them up and add them to a meatloaf we have add all of them to one meatloaf and it turned out great…..
  6. leftover bread- make bread crumbs. You have just have a few pieces or the bag was left open and they are drying out. put them on a cookie sheet and after you have cook dinner and shut the oven off slide the cookie sheet in the over and use the leftover heat to dry them out. Here are directions I have found. I keep our bread crumbs in a jar.

What are some ways you use your leftovers?  I would love to hear. Have a blessed day, Candy


Emergency fund…The state of the Emergency fund!

When I was a kid an emergency fund was called a rainy day fund. Saving money for someday when you really need it. Emergency funds are to help when unexpected crisis that arrive . Dave Ramsey talks about Murphy’s law which states “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong” Dave also speaks about when you have an emergency fund ….”what used to seem like an emergency isn’t such an emergency”. Dave Ramsey and the $1000 saved for emergency…..What do you do when you don’t think you have the extra to start an emergency fund?

My thinking anything is better than nothing. Start by putting away $10 or $20 here or there. Here are some ideas to come up with some extra to get started.

  • Garage sale- the weather is getting better start marking items to sell now.
  • Recycle- Cans, scrap metal the price is higher now
  • Resale shops- We have many kids resale shops…. you don’t make a lot of money, but if they aren’t wearing it and it’s just hanging around it could be some extra cash.
  • Extra work- Babysitting, baking, laundry, shopping- people are busy maybe you could pick up some of their slack and make some extra cash.

Evaluate what you can do without….

  1. Maybe the newspaper….do you need daily maybe just Sunday for coupons
  2. Cable- We did and got an antenna and are saving $68 a month
  3. Look at your cell phone plan and see if there are ways to save.
  4. Car insurance- we had the same insurance for years and never shopped around. You can really find some great rates if you just look.

Your emergency fund has to be for emergency only and you can’t touch it unless it is an emergency….I think that is the hardest thing to remember