Saturday, December 24

The Freezer: Cooking For One

Cooking for one adds an extra dimension to the difficulty of being frugal. While you want to eat fresh and healthy food you simply can't justify going shopping every single day. However, buying in any quantity forces you to risk throwing out food because you haven't used it all.

One of the best solutions to this problem is the freezer. Meat is one of the few products that can't sit around for week waiting to be cooked and eaten, unless it is frozen. In order to make my life easier in this respect I've bought some of those reusable Ziploc containers.

Now, when I bring home a huge package of ground beef, pork, chicken, turkey or whatever, I simply break it into serving sized pieces and drop them into a bowl. If necessary you can use an erasable marker to write on the bowls, so that you know what each one contains.

This strategy gives you meal sized portions of food in a microwave ready container, so that you can take advantage of larger meat purchases. Obviously, you can also use these bowls for leftovers, which is handy since they can be popped in the microwave anytime. Finally, because every bowl comes with a lid, say goodbye to plastic bags and wraps!

Friday, December 16

Cheap and Easy Hot Meal

Food is easily one of the fastest ways to blow money when you are trying to be frugal. In my quest for cheap eating I ran across this simple and tasty meal that costs very little but remains healthy.

After cooking several sausages, chop them into chunks. Then, open a can of roasted garlic and basil tomotoes. Dump the sausages and tomatoes in a frying pan. Simmer over a low heat until much of the water has boiled off. Personally, I've been using English Banger sausages, as they seem to have a peppery nature as opposed to a hot nature.

There you go. A very healthy treat with loads of flavor. Try it, you'll thank me.

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Monday, December 5

Throwing Away Money

How many people out there use kitchen sized garbage bags for small wastebaskets in various rooms? C'mon, put up your hand if you use them, I can't read minds. Yeah, that's better, quite a few people by the look of it.

When it is time to take out the garbage do you replace the bag? If so, stop wasting your money. Just make sure you don't put anything that will leak or stick into the garbage. Generally it is quite easy to do this, though perhaps you will need to designate one or two bins for extremely toxic items.

Anyway, if you do manage your trash in this way, you can just pour your trash out of the smaller baskets into a larger container or bag before taking it out. The individual bags can be reused almost indefinitely. For further savings, if you are so inclined, don't buy any of the smaller garbage bags, simply use the paper or plastic bags available when you purchase groceries for garbage disposal.

Hey, this is a frugality blog, not an environmental blog. Make your own choices about paper versus plastic and keep it to yourself.