The Frugal Kitchen

photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright March, 4, 2015.

There are many ways to keep a frugal kitchen, from smart pantry stocking to using up leftovers. What you do will depend on your style and budget.

Many are trying to live more frugally out of necessity, but others are making a lifestyle choice by cutting back their budgets. No matter the reason you are trying to be more frugal, these tips will help.

  1. One of the best ways to save money is to prepare your meals at home. Eating out, in any semblance of a healthy way, is expensive. If you make easy meals at home, preparing some things ahead, you’ll save a good deal of money over the course of a year.
  2. Stop wasting food. Eat your leftovers. Use them for work or school lunches, for a second dinner, or to create new recipes. Leftover vegetables and meat combined with new ingredients make a great soup or casserole. If you know you wont eat something right off, take the time now to freeze it so it can be used later.
  3. Make a budget, and try to stay within that budget. Have a few dollars each week to dedicate to stocking your pantry as well.
  4. Use coupons coupled with sales when possible, if it will save you money. Sometimes generic/store brand items are still your best bet, so do the math before making your choice.
  5. I learned something important when I started figuring out how to be more frugal. It’s something that not everyone is aware of. A lot of the time, the store brand is simply the name brand with different packaging. So be sure to try a store brand before ruling it out. Be a smart shopper.
  6. Learn how to make homemade cleaners, such as dishwashing detergent, dishwasher detergent, all-purpose cleaner, window cleaner and oven cleaner. NOTE: My favorite window cleaner is straight up rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle.
  7. Another way to save money in the kitchen is to buy glass containers for storing leftovers, and reusable baggies for bringing sandwiches and snacks to work or school. While the cost seems higher in the beginning, you’ll save a great amount of money over time. You might even be able to acquire some of these items as gifts for Christmas or your birthday, saving even more money.
  8. Grow a windowsill herb garden to save money. Herbs are expensive to buy, but can be grown organically inside your house year round.

How do you keep a frugal kitchen? Let us know in the comments for this post, or send me an email at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. Your tips will help others to live the frugal lifestyle more easily.

Shannon

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Author:Shannon L. Buck

Hi all! My name is Shannon. I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters and a Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn in Bangor. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters and grandson. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres.

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3 Comments on “The Frugal Kitchen”

  1. Monday, February 17, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    Those are all great tips – we try to do them all too. I especially try to freeze anything leftover (meat) or that will go bad soon (like spinach – I chop it to use later in soups, pasta, etc).

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