Which is why it’s well-nigh impossible to know what will sound good. I’m in love with this idea, you guys. Frugalwoods doesn’t collect personal information about our visitors except for standard traffic logs automatically generated by our web server and Google Analytics. Hooray for popped popcorn! She’s a baking kinda girl that keeps it on budget and uses up any food that’s getting too ripe. With other friends we started our own co-operative and , if you do the same, you may be glad to be one of its suppliers when you have a surplus on your smallholding. Flaxseed crackers and no bake cookies both sound fabulous! It could be less, but we’re doing better than before now that we are keeping track! Way to go for using up every single scrap of food! So far it means cutting out processed sugar and refined flour. It’s a lot of hurry-up-and-wait at this point. -Various rice dishes, such as fried rice (rice, eggs, chicken broth, onion and another vegetable of your choice). We eat a frozen–and absolutely delicious–Costco pizza for dinner every Friday night. Since my post, 30 Frugal Meal Ideas (for when you’re broke) has been so popular I decided to make another list of the most frugal and relatively healthy foods that money can buy. Lunch at noon (reheated leftovers – stir fries, curries, or hodge podge salads are common). Its wonderful and needs no additional sugar. Does the $300-330 include your pet food and household items? Thanks so much for sharing . 1/2 lb frozen fruit (though it might just have a longer baking time, check with a knife), and I cut the sugar in half (makes no difference to me, but if it isn’t sweet enough to your taste then, you can just add a little honey or jam as you eat them and adjust next time) and I add a few chia seeds on top of each muffin (for looks and the bit of extra omega-3). If not – disregard the sale and buy the item at your regular shop. The focus is organic not money! Like Chris mentioned above, I have to admit that I am pretty hungry looking at your meals too. Share. Bubble aide is a great name! I have never tried dipping popcorn into hummus, but it sounds delicious!! Is that banana picture from your local grocery store? But, we actually didn’t buy them this month in favor of me trying out the baked goods experiment train. I have to stick with regular water for me. Since we never eat out, it’s the one night that Mr. FW doesn’t have to cook at all. I know, I know, I should hide my face (wait, I already _do_ hide my face on the blog) but it’s as much a 0 thinking adaptation as it is a time saving one. Reuse that bean over and over. Fat is very important, particularly omega-3 rich sources (plants have short-chain, which most people can convert; some people can’t convert plant omega-3 into the long-chain our bodies need, so good sources are wild animals, cod liver oil with guaranteed analysis, and grass-fed/finished beef and dairy, especially rich summer butter like KerryGold). Many items cost about half or a third of the ‘normal’ price in these shops. My main question in relation to this article is this: we are both vegan. Personally, I’ve dialed back slowly on the amount of sugar that I put into recipes over the years, and I sometimes use yogurt instead of oil (or make similar moves) and swap in some whole wheat flour…things like that. Bummer on the rice and beans! A lot of supermarkets around here will have sales on store-brand frozen vegetables, usually 4/$5. My number one recommendation for those that are wanting to be frugal in their meals is to have a well-stocked pantry, fridge and freezer.If you have a well-stocked pantry, fridge, and freezer, you don’t have to go shopping very often, and when you … I’ve gotten ground beef for $1/pound, veal for $1.50/pound, pork about the same. That’s awesome that you make your own butter! But I currently have two batches of mead brewing (honey wine). I love them and don’t buy them because I just eat them all. Depending on what you need, email me and I’d be happy to send you extra spices for the cost of shipping. Now, we may be able to ride a bicycle around town if we can’t put gas in our cars. ).That’s very interesting to know about their diet, huh. Here is what I do: 1) replace white flour with white wheat flour. I’m at the use up the freezer/pantry stage right now, so once I work my way through that, I’ll be working on trimming down my weekly food purchases. I’m intrigued by the dehydrator idea–we hadn’t considered that before. Thanks! Thanks for reading . I do no have a complete list of what I buy because I normally buy what’s on offer. We eat A LOT a like…except I drink Perrier LOL. That sounds absolutely decadent! They aren’t the cheapest, but the quality is worth it in my opinion. Thanks for this article! 1. I’ve got a whole list of farms around me bookmarked now that I’d never heard of before. Just cut up flour tortillas and either fry them (in about an inch of oil) or brush with oil and bake. I made my pizza for the last local Mustachian meetup, so fellow frugal weirdos can vouch for its quality . Aldi’s is coming to Central VA sooner than I thought. Our methods aren’t perfect, but we feel like we’ve struck a reasonable balance between healthy, frugal, and relatively quick meals. Acceptance. c) it tastes good with a nice piney IPA But there are so many ways to cut the fat – frugal living means you have more money in your pocket at the end of the week! We have a chest freezer so I grab everything I can when I come across it. Mmmm, sounds divine! So just make muffins! Carmelized beauties! My understanding is that Asian markets have similar set-ups and prices (although not everything has English on the label). 1 tsp nutmeg List your favorite go-to frugal living website in the comments below! We’re on the fence on whether to reinstate Pizza Friday and whether to try homemade again. Bought in Bulk Every Month (from Costco unless otherwise noted): Black beans: for use in the rice and beans. 5 Frugal Shopping Strategies to Build a Pantry for Pennies Daisy Luther September 29, 2020 2 Comments Tweet. It may have had to do with the size of my bananas. Delicious! Mr. Frugalwoods, our resident chef, cooks all of our meals–primarily from scratch–and doesn’t use many packaged or processed ingredients. Mar 16, 2020 - Explore Donna Schurr's board "Frugal meals shopping list", followed by 137 people on Pinterest. I can’t say enough good things about Farmer Dave’s CSA – several pickup spots in the Cambridge/Somerville area (although times aren’t the most convenient). It’s a flat muffin (at least that’s what I’ve found, and I experimented a bunch when I was younger). Ewwww. 30. Buying in bulk from stores like Costco can help you save even more. If you don’t want chocolate, raisins or other dried fruit would probably fit better with the flavour profile (because I used strawberry flavoured greek yogurt). Space and time are preventing us from getting started now, but it’s definitely in the plans for the future. I’m also almost done a successful 2 month no spending on clothes/shoes/jewellry etc. you can find things on craigslist or trash or pinterest that will be good Can you post more grocery hauls, recipes, and your weekly meals? Thanks! I don’t eat pizza often after making it for 4 years in college. Fishsticks! We often joke that we spend more on animal food than human food in this house. I add a bunch of veggies and it’s a heck of a dish. I pretty much just deal with dinner. Haha, I wish, but nothing so fancy! That’s really cool that you make wine! I’m so excited to report that you can have a healthy diet for a mere $20.00 per week! Thanks for the recommendations, I’ll check them out! or so. Reminds me of the “voice” in The Joy of Cooking. I’ll admit it’s not the most frugal menu, but as I learn what works for us I can work on refining menus and optimizing costs! Alex–way to go on the cash back rewards, nicely done! I’m always thankful when Friday rolls around and I can treat myself to something new, only to reset it on Sunday again . We’re young adults (I’m 27, he’s 25), planning to get engaged and married, and I am personally caught in a downward spiral of debt and consumerism. I know how to make butter at home, and what goes into it. -Ziti Pasta, -Beans 4) cut the sugar to 1/4 of what is called for. Do you have a Trader Joe’s? I am trying to get out of debt and trying to cut my grocery budget. We’ve posted our rice and beans recipe, but haven’t ventured beyond that yet…. Food used to be our #1 category for overspending and it took us awhile to hone it down. Frugal Grocery Shopping. Sign up to get an email when a new Frugalwoods story is published. Cheers! Haven’t seen any 50 lb bags at our local Korean grocery, but I’ll have to keep my eyes out. -Garlic After the move to the homestead, maybe a homebrewing post is in your future! You’re meals look delicious. PS When we’re visiting friends, they always have homemade seltzer water on hand and really like it. I also avoid the center sections of the store. We live on a family farm and raise our own beef, corn, tomatoes, squash, peppers, etc. Thank you for sharing! The most difficult part of meal planning is taking the time to figure out what to make week after week in order to keep dinner time interesting, but within budget. It works great, makes/keeps them moist. One or two days is fine, but anything gets old by the third day. You won’t notice bc the recipe will be sweeter from the added mashed fruit replacing half the fat. We pay just over 7/lb for dried cherries, you acn get a 10 lb (!!!) Oooo, thank you so much for the homemade hot chocolate recipe! The liquid inside those wonderful foamy soaps is simply diluted liquid dish cleanser. I pretty much just make a meal plan once a week and shop exclusively at the Whole Foods near my house due to convenience / they lure me in with fancy cheeses. It’s something we enjoy, and I don’t envision us giving that up. Breakfast has (lately) been a piece of sprouted grains toast with labneh, 1/4 avocado and fried egg in coconut oil on top, plus side of fruit. Oooo mead! I love peeking in to see what people eat and how they grocery shop. Bag of oranges (4 lbs) – $2.49 4. August 20, 2020 at 8:57 pm. I don’t know if this would be much cheaper than dried fruit, probably depends on quantity, but it’s delicious as a dessert: 1/4 c. yogurt (you can use unstrained homemade yogurt–thin is good for this) I’ll definitely check it out when the time comes. When we’re short on time it is oatmeal. I could never convince my husband to cut it out completely but there is certainly room for improvement. I’ve made a good shopping list that has all the items we tend to buy, and because we only circle what we need, it’s greatly reduced our costs. -Potatoes Same here with the lack of rice and beans option… it makes me sad! Just listened to your mad fientist interview, and have been enjoying your articles since! Frugal living tips for shopping. During those years I maintained a weight of 110. I need a good sub for sugar, or maybe just need to use less sugar because the sugarless cookies do not taste too good…. You get five at a time but if you can’t finish that many you can mash them up with lemon juice (1 Tb/avocado), ziploc bag them with all the air squished out and freeze them. Summer meals generally consist of a meat and some veggies out on the grill. I haven’t tried it yet, but I am going to this weekend. You mentioned searching for the baked good with a perfect healthy-tasty balance… and man, do I have something for you! Would love to see an update to this with the change in your living circumstances since the original post! Sugar is harder, because it affects the texture quite a bit. Just wondered how you managed to easily contain the rice once you open the sack. We’re not going out for our Friday and Saturday night dates, so Mr. FW is known to cook such exotic things as: Mr. FW shows off his homemade artisan boule, Homemade guacamole (yes, we do buy packaged tortilla chips to dip). Mr. FW is far more noble with his tea-only consumption in the evenings). They had a way to do it with fruit using aluminum window screens. It can also save you a fortune. So, here’s what we eat–and shop for–on a regular basis. Meats/Protein eggs, ground turkey & beef, turkey breast, turkey bacon, skinless chicken breast, deli roast beef, salmon, top sirloin steak, tilapia, white tuna, peanut butter Produce bananas, cauliflower,broccoli, tomatoes, bell peppers, blue berries, strawberries, cherries, green… A fuel costs rise and the demand for food increases, so do the prices at the grocery store. Anyway, I was wondering what are your thoughts about Farmer’s Markets? I just don’t know how people who don’t cook can save money on food. Frugal Friday: The Minimum Waste Budget Shopping List. It gets copied to my android phone automagically I love reading about what people eat, haha. I would just love to have desserts that are somewhat nutritious (like the dried fruit). They’ve added a ton of organic stuff at our Costco over the past year or two which has been great because it’s usually pretty reasonable. If anyone is interested, let me know. I didn’t see any mention of iBotta, Checkout 51, or any of the other “cashback” shopping apps. And I do like to give my chef Friday nights off ;). I also love my air popper and baking sweets instead of buying them. We have Amazon cash back rewards and it’s such a great system. With the amount of cheese we put on our one attempt the costs are pretty even so frozen might win out. Frugalwoods is for informational and entertainment purposes only. I’ve been following your blog for a good while now and it’s quite inspirational and encouraging to save frugally and in my own way! Keep up the awesome work with the blog! Sign up here! We’ve done different diets over the years and arrived at this mostly meatless version in 2013 or so. I’m glad to hear it was helpful and not too boring ;). If it’s white rice, keep it in the sack as long as you don’t have a moisture or pest problem. That’s awesome! Recently I’ve made: Banana bread: delicious but not terribly healthy, Clearly I always use the same plate for food photos…. I’d much rather know exactly what I’m eating. Now, we may be able to ride a bicycle around town if we can’t put gas in our cars. That'd be rude! But my tip is what I do before I go to Costco. Yeah, we keep our Monday-Thursday dinners very simple since Mr. FW has to cook them after a long day of work and then whatever we’ve got going on in the evenings. I am quite sure you must have a 50 pound sack of rolled oats in your Frugalwoods larder Let me know what you think. And by the time you’ve taken out some fat AND some sugar, what’s left isn’t a cookie. I’m not a fan of the synthetic ingredients either. They love their spices. We’ll surely adjust this meal plan at some point in the future, but we’re usually on a food jag or another for awhile before switching to something else. Frozen pizzas: for Friday nights, woo-hoo!! Can of biscuits $0.49; Dozen eggs $1.23 (These fluctuate a lot, and used to be $0.49 often.) I like the idea of getting a dehydrator–I could see that really working out in our favor when we’re on the homestead and can grow the fruit ourselves. Thank you so much for the ideas :)! We are not financial professionals and, in fact, some of our posts are written by a dog. And I think it’s hysterical that you guys eat so well most of the week and then splurge on frozen pizza. Nothing is perfect for everyone, so don’t feel bad about trying to find a balance that works for you. Kroger, Trader Joe’s,Whole Foods (bulk grains, house brands, produce and yogurt on sale) Big Lots, Ollie’s and in season, farmer’s markets and produce stands. Comments that include profanity or abusive language will not be posted. We're not fans of spam, canned or not. We eat way too much processed/fast food. I too ate little most of my young adult I freeze my bananas when they are past eating (I do NOT like to eat mushy bananas – blech). We’re now entering into regular frugal grocery shopping territory, but there’s a trick to making it pay-off. Our total grocery bill for two adults ranges from $300-$330/month. I make everything from scratch and work two jobs, so it can be done. These pizzas are also on-hand in case of emergency. Time is a tough one. You’ve got the seltzer problem solved. This blog does not provide legal, financial, accounting or tax advice. You can also check out MintLife’s weekly Frugal Foodie column, as well as this article about how to grocery shop frugally and ethically. We tend to do our bulk grocery shopping at the beginning of the month and then do maintenance shopping the rest of the month. Low thyroid seems to be the problem and not the way you ate when you were younger. Hubby is the master popper! But, we have to eat. Here’s my recipe for a refill. 30 things you need to buy. I love reading these kinds of details! A few weeks later you have vanilla extract. Why Frugal Living? I share your definition of healthy, so these all sound like great ideas to me. Back in the day, meaning back when we were accumulating, we dehydrated fruit. I wasn’t hungry. and occasionally brown eggs. Little did I know it was my own doing. Plus, if you’re feeling extra fancy, you can make it with milk instead of water & powdered milk. YUM! Makes a great cold weather meal! Sounds like they might be a bit like Costco without the bulk items and electronics, etc. Frugal Aldi Shopping List { Frugal Living } Ever wondered what to buy at Aldi? I think that’ll be a fun thing for us to explore on the homestead for sure! Don’t be afraid to use them. This way it’s easier to cut it into bars, which hold together better than slices from a loaf pan. Use this to keep track of the recipes that your family likes. A dehydrator on Craigslist could be a good investment, and then your fruit isn’t covered in sulfur dioxide and sugar, We (meaning Winnie) also made home made kombucha, kimchi, and other misc fermented stuff, Also, try this for pizza dough. It’s super fun and easy. We have one and use it often! Bananas you can get for about 19 cents a lb at Aldi, as well as very cheap oats, wheat flour and other baking goods, so this really gets to be a cheap breakfast. You will end up saving in the long run. Let me know if you try and enjoy! Applesauce is a common fat substitute. (Make a list for each store you’ll enter) Know your prices. But, I haven’t a clue how much you really consume. Serve over rice… I make it on Sunday and then it will get me 4 lunches for about $8 ($2/serving which isn’t bad considering there is chicken in there). Seriously. My daughter and I love the gluten free frozen pizza from Costco and the hubby and son make their own with premade crusts, spaghetti sauce, cheddar and mozzarella. Plan which meals you will eat on each night of the week, and then stick to the plan! When people are doing something extraordinary, like you two are, it is the little choices that they make that add up to significantly different lives. Cheap Meal Plans. Amy–$400/month for three sounds pretty good to me! But, thanks to credit cash back rewards taken as store gift cards, I haven’t paid for a single cup in years! Many of them grow some of the odd fruits I want to grow, and others grow common fruits but have either really high quality or good prices, or both. Share. Filed Under: Frugal Living Tagged With: cheap recipes. I once managed to spend only $22/week for an abundant amount of groceries, including lots of chemical-free produce, so the budget I proposed to my partner recently was along these lines. 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