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19 Ways to Cut Back an Already Bare Bones Grocery Budget

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Things just went from bad to worse. You got the call that your husband lost his job, the car needs major repairs, or another medical bill just found its way in your hands.

You’re already frugal but this news demands even more cutbacks. While it may seem that you are already doing all that you can to skimp and save sometimes you find yourself needing to cut back even more.

If you’ve found yourself in this position, I’m here to help.

I’ve recently had to reevaluate our already frugal lifestyle. I will admit to you that cutting back an already bare bones grocery budget isn’t fun or easy, but it is possible. Continue reading →

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Creamy Vegetable Soup

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This soup is a favorite in our home because it is healthy, frugal, and delicious. You can follow my exact recipe or experiment based on your own preferences and with what you have on hand.

Soups are pretty adaptable and forgiving. They are also an excellent way to use up leftovers.

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Make-Ahead Meal: Easy, Frugal Freezer Burritos

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When I make these burritos for my family, I serve them fresh as well as make extras. I then freeze the leftovers for quick future meals. My kids love these. They are easy, quick, frugal, and healthy.

I’m going to show you how I made them last, but please know that this recipe is extremely adaptable. Any filling can be used. Any type of tortilla can be used. Follow my recipe word for word, or use this as a guide to make them your way. Continue reading →

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My #1 Rule For The Frugal Kitchen (& How I Just Broke It!)

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I’m sick to my stomach.

I just broke my #1 rule for my frugal kitchen.

I let 1/2 of a bottle of grapeseed oil go bad. Like really bad. It’s September and it expired in March. I don’t usually worry too much about expiration dates. (The chili that I am eating as I type this used a can of tomatoes that expired a few months ago.) But this smells rancid. It’s definitely bad. Healthy oils are one of the most expensive food items I purchase to feed my family. This would have been one of the last things I would have wanted to waste.

I purchased this oil for making homemade mayo, salad dressings, and skincare. Somehow, it got pushed to the very back of a deep cabinet and forgotten about. Ugh! Waste makes me unhappy because I simply cannot afford to throw away food. When I think of the millions of starving people around the world, it makes me feel even worse. Continue reading →

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How To Stretch Buttermilk

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I use a lot of buttermilk!

While I don’t drink it, it’s my favorite milk for all baked products. I use it for pancakes, waffles, muffins, scones, cakes, etc. I also use it in my Buttery, Caramel-ly Pancake Sauce and my Homemade Hamburger (or Hot Dog) Buns.

If I were to buy buttermilk from the store and use it in my recipes, as is, it would not be a very frugal option for my family. However, I have found a buttermilk hack! Continue reading →

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Easy, Healthy Chickpea Salad

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This salad couldn’t be easier or more flavorful!

I’ve shared with you my recipe for Easy, Healthy Corn & Black Bean Salad. One day, I was cooking up a huge pot of Chickpeas (also called Garbanzo Beans) for my Chicken Pot Pie (recipe forthcoming). I thought it would be interesting to see if I could combine some of my favorite flavors and come up with a cold summer salad.

What I discovered is now a new favorite. Today I’d like to share the recipe with you so you can see for yourself. Continue reading →

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How I Roast 2 Chickens Without Heating Up My Kitchen

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We eat a lot of chicken in this house.

It’s one of the most frugal meat options, especially when you purchase the whole bird. Gone are the days of boneless, skinless, chicken breast being the star of dinner. I use still them, but only occasionally, sparingly, and with much thought.

Costco’s 2-pack of whole chickens cannot be beat when it comes to the price. At around $6 for each bird, it is the most frugal way I know to feed the meat-lovers in my family. When you consider that I can get 2-3 meals and chicken broth from each bird, it is no wonder I cook one a week.

Actually, with this 18 Quart Roaster Oven, I am able to cook 2 at a time without heating up the kitchen. This method saves me both time and money.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. You are not obligated to make any purchases, but when you do through one of my links or the Amazon search box to the right, I will make a small percentage on the sale. Thank you for supporting my site.

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Health vs. Finances

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However, there have been times where I have had to choose a less healthy option due to our financial limitations. Many times I have stressed about how my decisions to be frugal will affect the health of my family.

For me, I have decided to do the best that I can for my family, and realize that, ultimately, our health is in God’s hands.

For this reason, I consider myself a person who takes a balanced approach when it comes to the tension between healthy food and finances. I decide what price I am willing to pay for each item. Sometimes it will be the healthy choice, sometimes it will be the frugal choice, but I will always trust God in the end.

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23+ Ways I Use Vinegar

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Are you a fan of vinegar?  A few years ago, I would have never imagined I would buy gallon bottles by the case at Costco. A quick internet search will give you countless uses for the pungent-smelling, clear liquid. Today I want to share with you the ways I personally use it. It is much easier on our environment than many of the harsh chemicals we are purchasing from the store. It’s also a much more frugal option than many of those said chemicals. So grab a gallon, give a few of these a try, and then maybe branch out and try a few more.

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Frugal vs. Cheap

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Frugality is definitely in vogue these days. The lessons our grandparents learned during The Great Depression are being resurrected as a result of the current economic times. I think that’s a good thing.

I remember having a conversation with my Grandmother in which we were discussing the financial challenges my family was facing. She asked me if it made me feel better knowing we weren’t alone. I answered with an unsure, “I guess so.” My immediate thought was that I didn’t wish this for anyone else; but as I reflected more on our conversation, I realize that’s not what she meant at all. With so many of us in the same boat, at least we have each other to teach and encourage. We can truly understand each other’s situations because many of us are facing them ourselves.

That is one of the reasons I am writing this blog. I want to share the things I have learned.

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