But, once you have your money conversations and budget as joint team then you won’t need to fight or be tense about money. Even if you don’t have any money and money stresses you out, dealing with money won’t stress you out because you have a partner who is on the same page as you.
So, how do you get your partner to actually sit down and talk money with you?
The easiest way to stretch a meal (and look super fancy)
This is the number one hack to make your meal and food stretch a bit
Groceries and food make up a large chunk of our expenditures. We also love having people over and love to entertain. We also don’t love having to spend a lot of money (which we don’t have) on a lot of chicken, meat or fish to feed all the people who we love having coming to our house. So its a bit of a conundrum.
If you ever are making a meal and need to make it stretch for more people….
If you ever are strapped for money and are trying to make your main dishes go a little bit further…
If you ever need to turn a regular supper into something a bit more fancy..
this is the easiest way to do it!
Turn a regular supper into a two course extravaganza with one of the cheapest foods out there:
Here is the thing with frugal recipes: it really is very seasonal and regional.
There is nothing inherently frugal about a certain recipe or a food item. They are frugal if they cost less than other things. If you are in a place or position where you get certain items for cheap or free than those things are frugal for you.
Make it Frugal for You
That being said, there are certain foods and food groups which are usually cheaper and more filling than other foods. The “classic frugal foods”. The important thing is to be flexible when cooking and planning meals. If there is an ingredient that is expensive FOR YOU, then don’t purchase it. Substitute it with something cheaper or more readily available. Keep in mind the season and region that you are in when planning a meal. I also try to stay away from store-bought chicken and vegetable stocks by making my own out of scraps.
A Dime Saved Cookbook
With all these caveats in mind, I find that soup is usually a great, frugal food. There are some soups that use only “frugal” ingredients like the Wheat Bean and Barley soup, but there are some soups that are just cheaper than making a traditional meal. For example, the Asian Chicken Noodle Soup is cheaper than making chicken and a side dish. It uses less chicken than if you were to serve a piece of chicken to each person.
So, serve yourself a bowl of these delicious soups and don’t forget to freeze the rest so you can have a delicious lunch or supper (or breakfast- who cares?) without any work. These are all soups that I regularly make. They are all kosher (or can be easily adapted to be Kosher).