Leftovers….Right Under your Nose

Hello Frugal friends! This morning I wanted to think about all the Holiday dinners we have been having. It is our goal in our home not to waste the Leftovers. I like to think Leftovers are a gift and a big money saver!

Ham or turkey dinner

  • We like to boil the bones for broth and add the leftover meat to make soup. You would be surprised to see how much meat is left on the bone.Yesterday we made bean soup with the ham bone and ham my mom gave us from Christmas eve and turkey soup with the turkey carcass and leftover turkey from the turkey my husband made Christmas day. We are taking soup to a few sick friends today and freezing the rest for another day.
  • Last night we cooked cut up turkey added some gravy and served over some toast. My husband said “now this is a meal!”

Leftover vegetables– I think I have said before I have a freezer container where I put leftover vegetables. This is when there are a small amount of Vegetables left from dinner instead of wasting…. I keep adding to it. I drain the juice and then add the veggies every time we have them. Well yesterday I added those frozen veggies to our turkey soup.

Leftover breads and rolls– I place them on a cookie sheet and let them dry out. Sometimes if I had to bake something when I am done I place the cookie sheet in the oven while it is cooling down for that extra drying power. Then when dry out I put them in a plastic bag and beat them with the rolling pin…..Great stress reliever 🙂

Leftover Mashed Potato– You can reheat them or we like to make potato pancakes.


  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together potatoes, beaten egg, salt, and cheese. Melt butter on a large griddle at medium heat. Drop potato mixture onto griddle 1/4 cup at a time. Flatten with a spatula to 1/2 inch thick. Fry approximately 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Serve hot.

If you have any leftover tips I would love to hear them! Have a blessed day, Candy

Unemployed…..A new chapter in my life

This week my husband and I found out our job will be coming to a close the end of December. I am left with a mix of emotions, but I am feeling I need to get back on my frugal path.

What to do when you are facing unemployment?

I feel we have been in this predicament several times and I get in my provide for the family mode.

  • Get prepared– Make sure to have all caught up or ahead as soon as you find out.
  • “Don’t make your net worth more important than your self-worth!” Meaning just because you are out of work doesn’t make you worthless.
  • Looking for work is my new job….
  • For me my friends and family have been giving me leads on jobs….Let your friends and family know you are out of work.
  • Look for what you can cut or get rid of what you don’t need.
  • With our job we do not have unemployment, but if you are eligible for unemployment take care of it right away….it may take a little time for your benefits to kick in.

I would love to hear your tips too! Have a blessed day, Candy