I was watching a show that was asking people to go to their website, and share their money saving ideas. So I got on my computer, and came here.
Things are pretty tight for many people today, especially those with children. I have always been thrifty, and would love to share what I know, and
learn something new from other members.
I hope this can help someone out. BTW, many of these ideas can be used in almost any area, with just yourself, if your alone, a family, or include the
neighbors, or organization your with.
When I go food shopping I have several different supermarkets to choose from. I have figured out which store has the lowest price for what I want and
I go to each. _____ store has cheaper chicken, so I get it there. ______ has cheaper prices for beef, and the last has cheaper pork. Also in my area
there are shopping cart with clearance items, that is where I really stock up.
I especially get batters, and different seasoning. If I know that I have to get lots of chicken, and the family is getting tired of it, I can make
many different kinds, so it seems like a different meal every night.
Once A Week Cooking
I know this seems difficult but its not, especially if you can get some family members, or neighbors to help out. You can make a variety of dinners.
One day out of the week, you can take a few hours and cook different meals, and store them in freezer containers, label them and just reheat them.
Of course this cant be done with everything. I have found that home made mash potatoes, and rice dont reheat well, but everything else does. Pasta,
any meats, and if you have a sealer (vacuum seal) for food, then you can cook meals, seal them and boil them in water when you get home, for a low
cost meal, and healthy also.
If you invite neighbors, or family, everyone can bring something and you can make food for everyone to take home. Lets say mom brings the chicken, sis
brings extra containers, brother brings veggies, etc,. It will literally cost everyone pennies on the dollar for home made meals.
Learning to Use Dough
I think this is very important. Dough can change your life, is very easy on the budget, and very filling, All you need is all purpose flour, butter,
or shortening (I prefer butter), salt, water, and baking powder. You can make fried bread with this and also Pastelitos. ( I am going to add the
recipe at the end), you can also make home made nachos, or eat with honey, as a treat.
Also there is pizza dough. Which I thought was going to be very hard to make, and was NOT. I found the trick to pizza dough, was the yeast. For rapid
rising yeast if you heat the water for a min in the microwave, and all it has to double in volume, you will have the best dough.
Love the thrift stores. They have everything, you are helping your community, saving money, and if you have kids, can teach them the value of
spending. They have everything from clothing, to cookware, shoes, and knick knacks. Even holiday decorations.
When I go to one of these place and my kids have out grown the clothing, I will wash them, dry them and as long as their in good shape, return them. I
do not take money for them.
I would like to also add that there are tons of things on t.v that tell you about saving money, but they are at large chains, or major clothing
stores. I prefer to go to the little guy, and know that I am helping someone in my community.
Now for few recipes that can go along way.
This is a Spanish empanada, or what would look like a Jamaican beef patty.
All you need to make 12 of these is
4 cups of flour
1 tablespoon of salt
1/2 cup of shortening, or butter (cold butter and crumbled in the flour).
1 cup of ice water (always keep extra water and flour close by just in case).
Add flour and salt break up butter in your fingers through the dough. make a well and add water. Knead until dough is no longer sticky, wrap and
refrigerate for at least an hour.
Roll with a rolling pin, or if you dont have one a large jar.
You can either roll this, fry it, and eat it with honey, syrup (pancake or chocolate), or use as a chulupa like taco bell, you can also form a circle
and cut into triangles, and eat with melted cheese, or taco meat.
If you would like to make a turnover, you can add ANY
meat/cheese/veggie, and especially leftovers.
Also you can add fruits or fruit filling, and sprinkle with powdered sugar when done.
Also you can make dozens of these in advance separate them with wax paper, and eat when you want. Make different ones, and can do with family,
everyone can bring something to add, and then you can divide and share them. The can freeze for a year!! BTW, defrost them before you eat them, in the
fridge, so that they dont get wet, and ruin the texture.
Another fantastic money saver is Frittatas.
All you need for this is potatoes, eggs, and anything else you like.
Depending on the size you want, get a shallow frying pan. Small , medium, or large, depends on how many are eating.
Spray pan with cooking spray, or use fresh butter.
Slice as thin as you can 1-1/2 potatoes.
Lay potatoes down slightly over lapping each other, until you form a circle all the way to the middle.
Place on low flame, until brown.
While its browning, mix eggs (again this depends on the size of your pan).
that may be left over in your fridge.
Left over lunch meat, cheese, veggies, sausage, bacon, onions,or any left over meal.
Remove pan from stove top, mix whatever you want with the eggs, and pour eggs into the pan.
Put pan back on the stove on medium heat, with a top.
Remove when egg has cooked.
Bring to a plate, and flip it over.
The potatoes will keep everything in place, look beautiful, and can be served like pizza slices.
Also a trick that I learned when making large portions for breakfast.
I add all breakfast ingredients, cook on stove top, when egg is cooked, I add biscuits (the one in the tube can is fine), and put in the oven.
When the biscuit is done, I turn it upside and there is literally a meal for about 2 days right there.
I hope that some of these tips helps, and many can be done for just one person, of a family of 10.
I will add more as I go, but these were the easiest ones I could think of right now.
If you have any questions about anything I wrote here, please ask, and I will help with whatever I can