Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thrifty Thursday

To recap, when I was asked to teach a class at church recently about saving money on food and cooking healthy meals I divided the information into three parts. I've already posted on the first part - PLAN. Today its time for the second part - EXPERIMENT.

By experiment I mean
  • try different cost saving measures and find what fits your style and comfort level. There are many, many options including: Coupons, freezer meals, crockpot meals, stocking up, shopping sales at multiple stores, etc. Not everything works for everybody; try a few methods to find what works for you.
  • try new recipes. Again, it may be a flop but it also might become a family favorite.
  • 30 Meals in One day is a great resource. I used this program with my sister and we both cooked 30 freezer meals for about $150 for each of us.
  • Make your own freezer meals. Make double recipes of family favorites and freeze the second recipe.
  • Make your own mixes. I make my own pancake mix and my own muffin mix. You can make your own "Bisquick" type mixes too. The Make A Mix cookbook series is available from Amazon and other retailers.
  • Ask your friends and family for their own tips and tricks. Then try them on for size, they just might be a perfect fit!

So, that's it for this Thursday. I've also got two new websites you can check out. These come compliments of my friend Vanessa, a fellow frugalista. She uses www.babycheapskate.com and www.moneysavingmom.com. Thanks Vanessa!

Remember, experiment and try something new, you just might find saving money is easier and more fun than you think!

2 comments:

Sevan76 said...

Hey! Your welcome. I love that you are writing about this topic. Very helpful and definitely timely. I can't believe just how much my spending and shopping habits have changed over the past year. All since becoming a stay-at-home mom . . .necessity really is the mother of invention, or in this case, ingenuity. I have to say my "method", other than being a hardcore coupon user, is using the internet to plan my shopping in advance. Being prepared makes all the difference.

♥~♥ Tracey ♥~♥ said...

I used to go to the place where you can make a lot of freezer meals, but I love the idea of doing it yourself!