Guest Post by Tiffany from Another Texas Family
I have always been frugal, used coupons, and shopped with cash only, but lately I have been inspired to save more. Our family is in the midst of saving for an adoption, and we have a dream of paying off our home in three years, so every little penny counts as one step closer to our BHAG.
As with everyone else, our food budget is where we are able to save the most money; therefore, I plan menus without fail, cook from scratch, and shop sales fliers. We eat leftovers regularly for dinner and lunch; however, we still end up with a few odds and ends being thrown away after meals.
On my quest to save more money, I read about a brilliant idea in The Tightwad Gazette and put it into practice a few months ago. Stick a bowl into your freezer and any sort of leftover from a meal gets dumped into the bowl to make into a soup at a later date. (Note: this is not food leftover from someone’s plate, which can spread germs and bacteria). It may include a few carrots left in the pot or stock leftover from soup, but it all gets dumped into the “soup bowl”.
I kept my practice of doing this a secret from my dear hubby, afraid of how the soup would eventually turn out. After a few months of gathering “ingredients” and after our first cold front blew in I gave the soup a try.
I dug through my freezer and pulled out all the leftovers I had collected:
::Tomato soup broth– leftover from a beef stew
::4 cups pinto beans — I cook whole beans and then freeze them for later use.
::4 cups black beans
::2 yogurt containers full of chicken, noodles & veggies
::Bag of carrots
The only two things I added from my pantry were corn and a packet of taco seasoning.
After cooking the soup I ladled it into bowls, added a little cheese, and then waited for my husband to arrive home. When he walked in the door he said, “Dinner smells great! What are we having?”
“Dave Ramsey Soup,” I replied, “Also know as ‘Get out of debt quickly soup’!”
He had a look of horror on his face when I told him what it was, but when we our first bites it was delicious! What I loved most is it cost me about $0.50 total and it lasted our family three nights plus lunch leftovers. I calculated it to cost about $.05 per serving with the cheese. Now that is what you call frugal!
Tiffany is a wife and mom to two preschoolers, where she is dipping her toe in the water as a first-year homeschooling mom. She lives in Texas where she blogs about all things family and shares her heart about adoption at Another Texas Family.com