Necessity is usually the reason for being frugal, and I've been chuckling this morning reading about the adventures in finding insurance at A Cheerful Living Adventure
But lots of the things I do out of habit are frugal, and to me they're just old fashioned common sense. So, don't waste things, in particular food.
Last week I happened to be in the supermarket when they were doing the final markdown on fruit and veg. Picked up a couple of bags of potatoes, some organic carrots, purple sprouting broccoli and some leeks, all for 19 pence each. Nothing wrong with any of them, they just couldn't sell them as they were out of date.
|Organic carrots for 19 pence|
There was also a chicken with a use by date which meant it had to be cooked that day - 2kg chicken for just over £2. Bargain. To be honest, I'm not that concerned about dates, if it smells OK I'll cook it.
So first thing was to make leek and potato soup. Now I *know* I should have cooked the chicken first and made the stock etc., but it was lunchtime and I was hungry.
|Leek and potato soup|
Then the chicken was cooked. We had a lovely roast dinner, and then started "Project Rubber Chicken".
How far could it go? Not that far, as my son eats large portions, but not bad.
|Remainder of the chicken|
|The bones ready to become stock|
|Left over veg, frozen to be used elsewhere|
Remainder of the chicken was put into lots of freezer bags, in single portions. So far we've used some of it for fajitas (feeding 3 adults), some sandwiches (obviously), omelettes and will have curry one night. So for less than a fiver, we've so far had 3 proper meals, lots of soup, and have more meals still to come. Value for money, definitely; frugal, I'm not so sure