Lisa at Wildflower Academy wrote a thought-provoking post about Economizing. Who doesn’t want to make the most out of their hard-earned money these days? So much of said money slips away before we even see the first penny, that financial wisdom, frugality, and self-control are the essentials of today’s economy. I could rant and rave for hours about what constitutes a right or a privilege and the differences between biblical taxation and thievery, but that is the stink of it. So, whatcha gonna do ’bout it? Lisa brought up some helpful links and ideas and I’m sure others will be posting their thoughts on her blog, too. These really get me thinking about how to be a better manager of our income. How can we maintain our essentials and still make those home improvements, save for college expenses, or fluff our retirement nest egg? It’s getting to be more of a challenge when your weekly grocery shopping tops out over $100 every single trip. With my fairly recent dietary changes, the grocery bill has gone up even more. My last trip to the commissary was pushing $300…granted the cart was near overflowing. This week’s trip was just over $100. So, $400 and it’s only the 16th. Google frugal and you’ll get about 9 million links in an eighth of a second. It is definitely on our collective minds.
The most obvious thing that we do is eat at home. We’re not big on “fine dining”, but we’re sure ones to hit the local Sonic on the way to hither and thither.
I use the cookbook “More With Less” for several of our favorite recipes. Is that not the perfect name for a timely cookbook? This book is so timely that it was first published in 1976. It should reside right next to your Betty Crocker Cookbook. 🙂 The quick cobbler is easy, delicious, cheap, and will satiate the sweetest tooth. There are recipes for baking mixes that are so much better than the store-bought stuff and significantly cheaper. The creamed chicken is a very homey dish and my most used recipe from this book. I’ve recently discovered the beauty and complexity of curry. Guess what….curry recipes in thar. They also have recipes for soybeans though I can’t quite get into stinky soybeans.
I buy chicken legs a lot…yes, the lowly chicken leg. They are cheap, my family’s favorite and thanks to genetically-enhanced 🙄 chickens….they are huge and have plenty of meat on the bone. Buy whole chickens, too. Do whatever it is you do with your chicken, stew it, bake it, grill it, and recycle.
Use that carcass!
Boil dem bones!
In a crockpot!
Or on da stove!