Monday, May 14, 2012

5 Days of Frugal Eating

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When you think of frugal eating, what do you envision?  The books I've picked up often assume you can afford a lot more than I could at my lowest budget point.

I thought about calling this 5 days of Survival Cooking; but, visions of bunkers of stored food or roughing it in the woods came to mind.  That's not what I mean by survival cooking. 

To me, as a mom with four children at home, survival cooking is filling tummies for the least possible amount of money.  It's not always the best nutritionally.  In fact, it's carbohydrate heavy.  Why?  Carbs are cheap.  Pasta, rice, potatoes.  You get the picture.  This is not meant to be a long-term way of eating.  This is getting by when things are their worst until things get better.

My view of frugal eating came as a result of circumstances. Because of corporate downsizing, we found ourselves in a position of lifestyle downsizing, and downsizing, and finally downsizing to a point where we were just trying to survive. During that time period, I learned to cook many things, nearly all from scratch, that kept my family from going hungry in the leanest of times.

This week, I'll share some of the things I've done to make a small grocery budget work for our family of six.  Today, I just want to give you some things to think about.

1.  If your family doesn't like it or won't eat it, don't buy it.  No matter how cheap it is, it's too expensive to throw out food.

2.  Start a binder or list of all the foods you can make even if they're not frugal.  Then highlight the frugal ones.

3.  Bake.  I found that if I didn't think ahead and bake bread, biscuits, etc., mealtime became super stressed as I tried to find something, anything to make the meager portions stretch.

4.  Someone once told me, "Always have your hand in the next meal."  She meant always be preparing ahead of time.  So remember to soak the beans tonight for tomorrow's meal.  Cook the rice ahead of time.  That kind of thing.

5.  Pray.  Pray when you check what you have on hand.  Pray when you make your lists.  Pray while you're shopping.  Invite Father God to be your shopping partner.

That's all for today.  Do drop in again tomorrow.

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Thrifty Tip for Today


  1. Great advice to start the week! Looking forward to the rest of your posts!

  2. I also have four kids and know how much it takes to feed them. Thanks for the advice and for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  3. Thanks for the advice! It's hard to find a balance between frugal and nutritious.

    (here via flour me with love)

  4. I can definitely relate to your suggestions and I appreciate you linking up!

  5. Very good advice! I try to do all those things on a regular basis as well. Thank you for sharing at TTF and have a great day!

  6. I love this. We are frugal too, with one income. I would love to see you at Thursday Food Fest at Have a blessed day. Sarah

  7. Boy, do I need this! Thanks for linking up at The Prudent Pantry!

  8. Your "survival" meal plans sound very similar to my own. I especially like the line "Always have your hand in the next meal", which is a very important statement. Tired cooks with hungry family and no plan is almost always going to result in an unpleasant experience. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! (visiting from The Backyard Farming Connection Hop)

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas

  9. Great tips! And baking does stretch the budget and no-one ever complains about a homemade baked anything! :)

    1. Well, Jes, sometimes they complain about the low carb, sugar free things I've been trying! Throw in lots of butter and sugar, and everything tastes great!


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