Ways to Save Money

Here are 50 more frugal tips on ways to save money. I hope these help you as much as they do me. Saving money helps us reach our final goal — liberty!

I grew up in a very frugal family in a third world country. When you are raised in the third world you learn to practice some habits out of necessity which are good. When I moved back to the US I rapidly got wrapped up in the consumerism and waste that was common back then. These bad customs are rapidly changing with the suffering economy.

Whether you are suffering from money woes or not these tips are worth practicing.

1.Use left-over meats for making sandwiches, casseroles, tacos, and stews, for adding to soups, curries or pasta sauces. Chances are you will have left-overs when you roast a whole chicken or make a pot roast or braise some pork. In fact, think ahead. If you are going to roast a whole chicken, try and get the largest one or roast two at one time. This will save you time and, with some creativity, you will have two completely different meals to feed your family.

Here are some ideas to use left-over chicken – Chicken enchiladas, chicken noodle casserole, chicken salad with apples, walnuts and curry, soft chicken tacos, chicken tortilla soup or chicken and mushroom crepes.

Here are some ideas to use left-over beef – Black bean chipotle chili, ragu, Cuban sandwiches, beef noodle soup, beef curry or beef flautas.

Here are some ideas to use left-over pork – BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, empanadas, tacos al pastor, sweet and sour pork or chile verde stew.

Here are some ideas for using left-over lamb – Shepherd’s pie, lamb and lentil curry, chunky lamb stew or Gyros.

Here are some ideas to use left-over fish – Fish cakes with tartar sauce, fish nuggets, fish pie or fish stew.

2. Don’t throw away stale bread. Left over bread is great for making breakfast casseroles, French toast and croutons. I like making batches of herbed croutons to use in salads and on soups.

3. Don’t throw away over-ripe, black bananas. Use them for making banana bread or muffins. If you do not have time to make it soon place them in a zipped bag and freeze them. They will be great when it comes time to bake.

4. Make fruit salads with left over bits and pieces of fruit.

5. If you are not into fruit salads, use left-over bits of fruit for making compotes. Place them in a pot, cover them with water, and add a cinnamon stick and a whole clove. Add some sugar and bring it to a boil. When the fruit is cooked through let it cool down. Use it to top oatmeal or ice-cream.

6. Chop up left over bits and pieces of raw vegetables and use them in stocks or salads.

7. Add left-over steamed veggies to stews, soups, pies or curries.

8. Don’t throw away shrimp peels or fish bones. Make a stock with them instead and use it to flavor bisques, stews, gumbo and fish soups.

9. Make sure you pull off all the meat from carcasses. You will be surprised at how much meat you can recover here. The meat that is close to the bone is the tastiest in my opinion. Use this delicious meat for adding to stews, pies, curries, tacos or soups.

10. Use chicken or turkey carcasses to make low sodium chicken stock. If you are not going to use it immediately, go ahead and freeze it. Homemade stock is always healthier than boxed or canned.

11. Use left-over rice to make rice cakes or fritters.

12. Use left-over pasta to make a pasta salad.

13. Use left-over boiled potatoes to make hash browns, country potatoes or Spanish tortillas.

14. Use left-over mashed potatoes to make potato pancakes.

15. Don’t discard tomato ends when chopping tomatoes. Dice them and use them in fresh salsa or salads.

16. Save clean carrots peels, onion layers and celery leaves for making stock. You can easily freeze them in a zipped bag.

17. Buy fresh seasonal fruit in bulk and make your own jams and jellies. These are fun to make, healthier and also great gifts from your kitchen.

18. When making foods like tomato sauce for pasta, chili or stews cook in bulk and freeze some for future use. This will save you time and money.

19. Buy cheap cuts of meat and cook them in a slow cooker or braise them. They will be loaded with flavor and very tender.

20. Use left-over chicken or beef to make tacos, casseroles, stews or chili.

21. Try and eat vegetarian meals at least twice a week. This is not only very healthy for you it is also quite cheaper than eating meat.

22. Stretch your meals by making stir-fries, tacos and casseroles.

23. When making meals like chili or spaghetti sauce reduce the amount of meat you would normally use. Add more pasta or beans instead. You will not miss the meat.

24. If you have left over root vegetables wash them, cut them, mix them and roast them.

25. Don’t buy pre-made, processed food. These are not only unhealthy – they are riddled with preservatives – but are definitely more expensive than cooking at home.

26. Consider making gifts from your kitchen to give away. Make chutneys, jams, candy, barks, cookies, breads, rubs, BBQ sauces, salsas and flavored nuts. These will be enjoyed by your family and friends and you will save a lot of money.

27. Don’t throw away empty covered containers such as Cool Whip. Use them to store left overs instead of purchasing Tupperware. Do the same with empty jars. Wash them thoroughly and use them to store stuff in the fridge. Those little jars are great for storing small amounts of left-over sauces like caramel sauce.

28. Use the syrup from canned fruits to sweeten oatmeal, make Jello or as the liquid for making muffins.

29. Boil pineapple peel with cinnamon sticks and some sugar. Let it cool down completely, strain it and serve is as juice. It is refreshing and delicious!

30. Make your own salad dressings and mayonnaise (only if you are not worried about eating raw eggs). They will taste better and cost a lot less.

31. Make your own window cleaner by mixing 2 cups water with 3 TBS vinegar and ½ a tsp.liquid dish detergent. Making your own cleaners at home is a lot cheaper and chemical free.

32. Make your own furniture polish by mixing 2 TBS of olive oil with 1 TBS of lemon juice. Mix them well and use a lint free cloth to polish your furniture. Instant perfection!

33. Make your own silver or copper polish by mixing the juice of 1 large lemon with 1 oz. of toothpaste and about ½ a cup of salt.

34. Make your own all-purpose cleaner by mixing 1 cup of baking soda with 1/3 cup of your favorite dishwashing liquid. Use it for cleaning bathrooms, countertops and washing your dishes. Your glasses will sparkle!

35. Freeze left-over egg whites when only using yolks and vice-versa. Use the egg whites and yolks when you need them in future recipes.

36. Get good at calculating how much food your family eats and cook accordingly. Try not to have left-overs. If you do have them, freeze them for future use or recreate a new dish with them.

37. Take your lunch to work. Eating out every day not only hurts your budget it makes you fat.

38. Stop buying super expensive cups of coffee. Brew your own coffee at home and make these other ones an occasional treat.

39. Re-use zipper bags that have not been storing raw chicken, meat and fish. Wash them thoroughly and hang them out to dry.

40. Recycle grocery plastic bags by using them as trash can liners. Better yet, use re-usable grocery bags for your shopping.

41. When eating out consider sharing a meal with someone in your party. Restaurant portions are generally way too big to eat on your own. You will save money and you will not over eat.

42. When eating out try and stick to the specials menu. They are usually less expensive.

43. When eating out try and have enough left-over meats to take home and use the next day for another meal. Fill yourself up with the sides.

44. When eating out drink water. The restaurant will not charge you for water and the sticker price for soda and alcohol is quite hefty.

45. When eating out skip desserts completely. This are super expensive and not good for you.

46. If you love to entertain consider having pot-lucks or having people bring their own alcoholic beverages. This will allow you to enjoy your friends and family without costing you a fortune.

47. Un-plug all of the appliances you are not using. Just because they are not on does not mean you are not consuming electricity. This practice is a pain in the neck but it will shave dollars off your next electric bill.

48. If you walk away from a room you will not come back to immediately, turn off the light! Your house does not need to look like a department store with all the lights on.

49. Consider washing dishes by hand – especially if you only have a few. Rather than run the dishwasher every day.

50. Don’t do a wash every day. Wait until you have large enough load of dirty clothes to justify running the washer and dryer.

My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!

2 Comments

  • February 6, 2014

    Rosa

    Great tips! Will def bookmark this for reference.

  • February 6, 2014

    theFrugalChef

    Hi Rosa!
    I am happy you find these useful! Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate it very much. Have a great weekend!
    Mary Ann

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