homemaking

Pinching Pennies

I have been working at trimming the fat from our budget. Most of our budget items are set, but one variable is our grocery budget. After looking it over, I realized it could be less if I made more items from scratch. Someday, I want to have a small garden, and perhaps can some of my own veggies. Until then, I will be making things myself. Some things I’m going to try making are dry onion soup mix, taco seasoning, spaghetti sauce, rolls, salsa, and brownie mix. I posted about the cookbook I’m using HERE.

This week, I’ve already made rice pudding and homemade brownies from Healthy Meals for Less. I didn’t think about getting pics of it! I had never eaten rice pudding, so it was new for all of us. It is a “custardy” type dish. The kids loved it but I thought it was just so-so. I’m not an “egg” person. It was very easy to make and very inexpensive – only 5 cents a serving!

The brownies I made were called “To Die for Brownies” and let me say, that is an accurate title! When I mixed them up, I wasn’t sure how they would turn out. The batter was extremely thick and hard to stir!

They might look tough, but they are not. They had a nice crust and a gooey center, and as you can see, they are very thick! They were a huge hit and much better than a store bought mix. 🙂 It only cost 13 cents a serving!

They were gone fast. 🙂

This week I was able to soak and cook up two pounds of pinto beans and freeze them for later use. The huge stock pot that mom loaned me was a blessing for this job! I can see I will need to invest in one now that our family is larger. These beans will come in handy when I make bean burritos, chili and soups this winter. I will be making another batch soon as well as some kidney beans. I hadn’t done this in a long time! It was well worth the effort.
It’s taking more time, but it yields a great deal of satisfaction. I’m also able to teach my daughters about cooking while saving money at the same time! 

Valerie

6 thoughts on “Pinching Pennies

  1. They look AWESWOME !!! I would love some of your suggestions on how you shave money with the groceries … They are getting so expensive !!! So I try to make meals that will last at least two-three meals. Some don't eat leftovers but WE DO !!! We always say that it was better the second go around !!! LOL '-)

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  2. Making almost everything from scratch was a big change for me, but now that I've adjusted, I don't think anything about it. You'll get faster at it, too. For a while we ate all our meals about an hour later than I had planned because it took so much longer than I expected! I cook up large quantities of beans, too and in the long run it's a huge help. Now you will be all ready for the mission field!! 🙂 Or at least a visit to South America! (hint, hint)

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