A New “Frugal” Year

Good Morning Friends!

If you were to ask me where to begin on a frugal journey?  I would have to say one day at a time. All of us will have different ideas on “being Frugal” some ideas we love and some ideas we hate. Just use the ideas that work best for you and you will see savings in your life. Let’s let the Frugal journey begin!

These are upcoming topics we will be discussing:

1. Remember everything is the Lord’s – We are just the keeper!

2. Food is a big money concern –

  • Groceries
  • Cooking meals
  • Eating out

3. Money saving Recipes

4. Bathroom Savings

5. Dave Ramsey’s Debt snowball

God’s blessings on your day, Candy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockpiling

This week,  I cleaned out my cabinets and organized my stockpile. My husband have been working long days and evenings for 2 1/2 years. I needed to see what we actually have in our stockpile and this way I can plan our meals.

Why Stockpile?

  • It really is a great resource to fall back on when money is tight.
  • You know what you eat and you will have it on hand when you need that item.
  • When items are on sale adding money to your budget on a later day.

How to Stockpile?

  • Store the things you eat.
  • Inventory the items you have
  • Rotate- New items in back…older to front.

Where to store your stockpile?

  • Beware of extreme heat or cold and an excess of light. Keep in a cool, dry and dark place. This may be your cabinets, under a bed in a box or under the stairs.

How can I stockpile when I am broke?

  • You can start one or two can goods at a time.
  •  Using your coupons
  •  buy one get one free.

I stockpiling and am not hoarding. By stockpiling you have ingredients in your home and when you are really broke you can “shop in your cupboards” I have said many times when we are the most broke we eat the best. I prepare and plan our meals. When you really think about what you are going to eat you can save money.

 

If you have any stockpiling tips I would love to hear!  Have a great day, Candy

Apple of My Eye

This last weekend Randy and I were taking a drive and we passed an Apple orchard and  the special ….a bag of apples get one bag free. We got 6 bags and I made apple pie filling. Which will be for pies, apple crisp and even yogurt topping…

I have to say it feels so wonderful when you accomplish something…..enough for 23 pies in the freezer.

Apple Pie Filling

6 pounds apples- Washed, peel, core and slice apples.Treat to prevent darkening.

2 cups sugar

1/4 cup flour

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Combine sugar, flour and spices. Rinse and drain apples; stir into sugar mixture. Let stand until juices begin to flow, about 30 minutes. stir in lemon juice. cook over medium heat until mixture begins to thicken. Ladle pie filling into freezer bags. Try to get as much air out of the bag as you can.  Lay bag  flat and let cool and place in the freezer.

Have a blessed day, Candy

Growing Green Onions

I read this some while ago and I just had to try it to see if it works. I bought green onions to put on top of our bean dip for New years eve. They leftover was in the fridge and I trimmed all of them off and put them in water.

and one week later look what we have….

The water needs to be changed every so often to keep the roots happy and healthy. Green onions can top potatoes, noodles or salads…..just cut them up. You can keep uses the plant you and eventually it will stop growing and then you know it is time to start another one!

Have a blessed day! Candy

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.

Ingredients

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

Directions

  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

What are you doing to save money?

I have been thinking a lot lately about how to get back on the frugal track…it is very hard for me to be frugal when I am working so many hours. You have to take one step at a time and be happy with the money-saving things you are doing.  My goal this week is to be happy with what I am doing.

  • Cooked dinner at home
  • Hung clothes on the line Saturday
  • Packed the boys lunch
  • brought a used text-book for college class

I am happy with the small victories and can’t get bogged down. What are you doing to save money?

Stretching your grocery budget

How can we stretch our grocery budget with everything on the rise? Here are a few to help.

  • At least one meatless meal a week, Meatless Monday is an easy way to remember. My husband is a meat and potato kind of guy and he didn’t think he would like this idea….Now he is used to it!
  • Cook at home and use or recreate your leftovers.
  • Shop your cupboards and try to use what you have. I am always surprised what I find when I look in the cupboard and freezer.  Take an inventory you may be surprised.
  • Just because you have a coupon for an item doesn’t mean it is the best deal. You will find if you take the time you will get the best deal.
  • Use store loyalty cards if your store offers them. (Kroger’s is a good one)
  • Make those Friday Night pizzas at home and save $10-$25
  • When you would like to make an extra purchase ask yourself one question. Do I need it or do I want it? I would say most of the time I leave with the extra purchase.
  • Use less of your products and make it last longer.
  • Bartering- Swapping resources is a way to stay in control when money is tight.
  • If you have a garden this will help your budget in the warm summer months. Plant things you like and when your produce is ready freeze or can.
  • Plan your meals for a few reasons

1.      You are less likely to eat out if you have your meal planned.

2.      You have all the ingredients you need.

3.      If you plan for a month you are more likely to find a sale.

I would love to hear how you are stretching your grocery budget. Have a great day, Candy