My family is frugal. My husband might call it a different word, perhaps closer to “cheap,” but I prefer the word frugal. After all, I’m not out to pinch every penny and use old t-shirts as toilet paper. I’m just trying to keep it so we have money at the end of the month, not more month at the end of the money. One of the largest ways I try to do this is through our food allowance every month. The trick, though? Eating anything other than ramen, spaghetti, or hamburger helper every night for dinner. With a very tight budget, every little cost-cutting tool is needed.
I’ve found a few meals that fit in with a frugal meal plan, but it’s still incredibly difficult. I’ve found that lentils, regardless of what recipe I use, usually make enough for two or three meals afterwards. Fantastic! And pastas, being so cheap, are another great alternative. Until… you try to get whole wheat, because Lord knows I can’t attempt gluten-free on this budget, as much as I’d like to. Shockingly, making #2’s food at home has helped save some serious cash, as well. And, we don’t necessarily eat meat for every meal. I know, it’s so un-American of us.
So, how do you frugal families out there make it work? Do you stick to chicken thighs, or are you a bean fanatic? Do you avoid pork? Do you search for those lesser-loved cuts that sell for cheap? What are your secrets for quick meals? Crock pot meals? Hearty meals for the husband to take to work the next day? Do you use canned quick steps, or make your own? And for you parents of babies, do you have any tips for a homemade baby food attempter?
Any and all comments much appreciated. 🙂 Here’s to the frugal among us! May our wallets be never empty, and our tummies always full!