Tuesday, April 5, 2011

More thoughts on frugal cooking

Frugality is pretty hip these days. So is blogging. So it's no surprise that you'll find more and more blogs that talk about how to eat frugally. When I started blogging a few years ago, there were only a few. I did most of my own "research" by reading books, not reading blogs. Oh, what a difference a couple of years can make.

You can find some of my best posts on the subject under "best posts". Some of my very favorite frugal/ food blogs are listed under "Frugal Food Resources". But as usual, what works for you might be different than what works for someone else. This is why it's good to research several different bloggers/ eating styles/ shopping styles/ food plans. For example, some people save money on food by bulk-buying. This works great for larger families. And organized smaller families can reap big savings too. Organization is key to avoid spoilage. Some people can garden, while others shop loss leaders. Coupons vs. no coupons. You get the picture.

A couple of recent bloggers that have spoken to my heart are HEAB and Love Veggies and Yoga. It's probably the "mom thing". As you become a new mom (or continue to be a working mom), you have to ... streamline ... everything. This includes cooking and exercise. These ladies often fit my profile to a T. You learn that it's just easier to throw something together in 20-30 minutes than it is to get the baby/child dressed, into the car, to the store, find parking, fight the 5 or 5:30 pm shopping crowd... HEAB points out that one way to save money on groceries is to shop less. Use what you have. This often precludes trying new recipes. Or at least requires creative substitution. This is a skill that you can develop. Or you can search for new recipes that only require one new item, and plan it for shopping day.

Casual Kitchen is a good resource for "laughably cheap" recipes that are made from staples.

When I was on maternity leave, I actually did shop every day. I combined my daily walk with the grocery trip. But I was sure to only buy what I could carry the 1.3 miles home with a baby on my chest. We still saved money (and my husband ate like a king).

Coming soon (by the weekend, surely!): a recap of my cooking adventures in a hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii with a hot pot, a big bowl, and a really mini-fridge. What worked, what didn't, what we would do differently next time.

1 comment:

fitandfortysomething.com said...

my hubs and i only go to the store once a week and that is it. i think that helps :)