Being a homemaker is a hard job, you have to take on so many tasks and it's often a thankless job too. My goal is to help you with easy recipes, homemaking tips, simple and frugal living advice, as well as sprinkling in a few gardening tips and easy diy projects too. If it has to do with making your house a home while staying on budget follow my blog.
The Ibotta app is a cash back app. You can earn cash back on items you purchase at the store. It’s like having coupons on your phone. You choose which rebates you want to redeem. Then shop and redeem them when you get home.
It’s easy to use but I’ve made a video tutorial below to walk you through the process to get you started in just minutes.
Ibotta Coupons or Should I Say Rebates
Ibotta coupons aren’t quite coupons they are rebates. Money back, real cash back on items you purchase.
The Ibotta “coupons” are right on your phone in the app. Every Thursday new rebates are released. You can look at the rebates, choose the ones you’d like to redeem. Then go to the store and shop for the items you need.
If you forget to select a rebate before you shop, no problem just add it when you get home from the store before you submit your receipt.
You also have a week to redeem your rebates. I like to redeem mine as soon as I get back from shopping so I don’t forget. But if you forget and remember a day or two later, it’s not too late.
Which Stores Will Ibotta Work With
Ibotta works with most of the major grocery stores in our area and I’m sure it will be the same for you. I can use the Ibotta app with Safeway, Albertsons, WinCo Foods, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Trader Joe’s just to name a few.
I love that I can have one app to save at multiple stores. I shop many stores in a month and being able to use the Ibotta app at the store I’m shopping that week is so great.
How Ibotta Works
Using the Ibotta app is a simple process. You download the app. Add your favorite stores. Pick the rebates you want to redeem. You can search for Ibotta rebates by the store or search by product you are looking to purchase to see if any rebates are available.
Shop and then submit your receipt. For some purchases, you must scan the product code too.
Rebates are added to your account in about 24 hours. But I’ve seen them show up in my account in just a few hours. So it might not take that long to see your account credited.
Here’s a video to walk you through the whole process…
How to Use the Ibotta App, Step by Step to Save Money - YouTube
Link Your Loyalty Card
For some stores, you can link your loyalty card instead of submitting your receipt to get credit for your purchases.
Right now in our area, Rite Aid is the only store we can link our royalty card with but you might find more stores in your area to link to Ibotta.
To submit a purchase via your loyalty card, you load the rebates onto your account before you shop. This is important, to get the credit they need to be loaded before you swipe your loyalty card at the store.
Here’s how to link your loyalty card…
Sign up with Ibotta
Download the App
Open the app, from the home page click redeem
Tap All at the top of the screen
Select your store with the loyalty card to link (find the list of stores that link royalty cards)
Tap “Add Card” if the Add Card isn’t displayed then linking to that card isn’t currently available.
Scan Your Loyalty Card Number or Add it Manually (better to scan it)
Wait for the confirmation that your royalty card has been added.
That’s it, you no longer have to submit receipts. Two things to remember when using Ibotta this way. You must add your rebates before you shop. And you need to use the linked card when you shop to redeem your rebates.
Ibotta Not Just for Groceries Either
Ibotta has rebates on items from grocery stores but you can also get rebates from restaurants and retail stores too.
If you are shopping at a retail store like Kohl’s, JoAnn’s, Lowe’s, Home Depot and more you can get rebates at those stores too.
Be sure to read the terms. Some like Best Buy needs to be redeemed at the cash register and others can be redeemed with your receipt.
Also be sure to check with Ebates before using Ibotta as you might get more cash back from them. Shop around for your rebates.
How to Save the Most with Ibotta
While it’s super convenient to use the Ibotta app to save money on groceries, you can stack your savings by using manufacturer coupons with the Ibotta rebates. That’s right you can clip coupons and use them on the same item you are redeeming the Ibotta rebate on too.
When shopping at retail stores you can redeem rebates on clearance items and sale items too. So if you have a rebate for a great priced item on sale or clearance grab the Ibotta rebate too.
Is Ibotta Worth It
You may wonder if Ibotta is too good to be true or if using Ibotta will gobble up too much of your free time to use it.
That’s what I used to think too. It will be too many hoops to jump through to save a few pennies. All the rebates will be for things I don’t buy. It won’t be worth the time.
But then I tried it. While I’m not rolling in the dough each month from Ibotta, I’m saving money each time I shop. It might only be a buck or two but it’s a buck or two I wouldn’t have had.
The payout threshold is $20. You can get the cash sent to you via PayPal or Venmo. Or get gift cards instead of cash so you’ll have a bit of spending money when you redeem your money.
The whole process looking for rebates, adding them to my account and redeeming them through submitting my receipt takes just a few minutes. So I say using Ibotta is worth it. Especially if you take advantage of all the ways, you can save.
Download the app which you can get at the app store for Apple products or Google Play store for Android users. Then pick your rebates, shop, and redeem by scanning your receipt. It’s that easy.
That’s how Ibotta works. With just a few moments before and after you shop, you can save money.
While it might not be a huge amount of saving. It can save you money and you don’t have to clip coupons or remember to bring them with you and then remember to hand them to the cashier. There have been so many times I’ve left my coupons behind when I’ve gone shopping.
With Ibotta you don’t have to worry about it, just remember to hold onto your receipt as you’ll need it.
Want to save more? Pair Ibotta with printable coupons. Print coupons with the links below.
It’s Monday and time to decide what’s going to be on the menu plan this week. I save quite a bit of money by planning my menu each week and you can too.
Find some meal time inspiration below…
My son loves sloppy joes. We had them a week ago or so and now he was asking for them again. So they are on our meal plan for this week.
We’ve had really nice sunny weather but the air is still chilly. Because of that coolness in the air soup sounded good. One of our favorites is the easy to make chicken pot pie soup. My hubby doesn’t like the name but he gobbles it up.
If your family love pizza as much as ours does, the pizza cups recipe is one you need to try. They are easy to assemble and so tasty too. Once you make them, you’ll want to make them again and again. They do freeze well if you have any leftover.
The rest of the week will be easy recipes. We are also having chicken stir fry to use up the vegetables in the crisper drawer. Don’t want to let any of those fresh vegetables go to waste.
Need a quick and easy stove top dinner? These easy tuna patties are so simple and easy to make but so delicious too. Try them. Here’s how to make tuna patties in minutes from items in your pantry.
How to Make Tuna Patties
Tuna is a great choice for a frugal and easy to make dinner. You can store cans of tuna in the pantry and they are ready to go for a quick and easy dinner.
Tuna cakes are like crab cakes, made with tuna. They are pan cooked so you don’t have to turn on the oven to make dinner. But you can bake them in the oven if you want to.
My mom would make these easy tuna patties at least twice a month when I was young. I can see why.
It’s an inexpensive dinner that’s super quick to make. Perfect for a weeknight dinner when you are short on time.
We love to enjoy ours with a side dish of rice and steamed veggies. I also make homemade tartar sauce to go with them too.
Oh just thinking about the crisp outside and the delicious flavored inside make my mouth water.
Can you believe each patty is less than $.50 a serving?!
Pair it with rice, homemade tartar sauce and steamed broccoli for less than $1 per serving for dinner. Now that’s a frugal meal.
Want to make a batch of these cheap and easy tuna patties with dill? The printable recipe is below and the recipe video too. But first what you need to make them…
Ingredients Needed to Make Easy Tuna Patties
You only need a few ingredients to make these easy tuna patties. This recipe is a pantry recipe because all the ingredients can be stored in the pantry.
I love having a few quick and easy pantry meals for busy days.
You can make tuna patties without bread if you prefer. Instead you can use crushed crackers that’s how my mom always made them.
But I always have bread on hand so that is what I use.
You can also try making them egg free by leaving the egg out. Be sure to use a little of the tuna water from the can to moisten the bread or cracker crumbs.
Press them together well since you won’t have the binding of the egg to help hold them together.
2 cans Tuna
1 slice of Bread
How to Make Tuna Patties, Recipe Video
Below you’ll find the quick recipe video. Don’t like to watch videos? Scroll on down for the written instructions and the printable recipe too.
How to Make Tuna Patties, Under $.50 a serving - YouTube
Tips for Making Easy Tuna Patties
These easy tuna patties are quick to make. Here’s how to make tuna patties in just a few minutes. You can have dinner done in no time.
Process the Bread and Seasonings, place the bread and seasonings into the food processor and process to make the bread into breadcrumbs. Or to make this step easier start with breadcrumbs instead of bread and add the seasoning.
Mix with Tuna and Egg, Place the seasoned bread crumbs into a bowl. Add two cans of drained tuna and an egg. Stir to blend well.
Make into Patties, Shape the tuna mixture into 4 patties. To keep the tuna patties from falling apart while cooking, be sure to press the edges together tightly. It will help to hold them together without compressing the center too much.
Also when cooking be sure to let them fully brown on one side then flip. The less handling the better the tuna patties will hold together.
Brown them on one side before trying to flip them will help insure the tuna patties won’t fall apart.
Cook in a Hot Skillet, preheat the skillet to medium high and add a little oil. Cook the tuna patties on the first side until golden brown. Flip and brown on the second side.
Serve on lettuce with homemade tartar sauce. Or serve it like a hamburger patty on a bun with a topping of tartar sauce for a homemade tuna burger. Yum!
Place the bread and seasonings into the food processor and process to make the bread into bread crumbs.
Place the seasoned bread crumbs into a bowl. Add two cans of drained tuna and an egg. Stir to blend well.
Shape the tuna mixture into 4 patties.
Preheat the skillet and add a little oil. Cook the tuna patties on the first side until golden brown. Flip and brown on the second side.
Serve with tartar sauce. Or serve them on a hamburger bun if desired for a tuna burger.
How to Serve Easy Tuna Patties and the Cost of the Meal
To serve your tuna patties you can place them on a leaf of lettuce and top with a little tartar sauce or your favorite sauce.
Or you can place them on a bun, like a hamburger bun, and serve them like a tuna burger. When serving as a tuna burger I like to add lettuce and a tomato slice.
Place tartar sauce on both the top and bottom bun. No need for pickles since the homemade tartar sauce has pickles in it.
You can make these tuna patties a full dinner by adding two frugal sides. We serve our tuna patties with a side of rice and steamed frozen broccoli. We also like homemade tartar sauce for a topping on the tuna patties.
Cost Breakdown for Easy Tuna Patties Meal
Tuna Patties $1.74
Rice $.30 for 1 cup
Frozen Broccoli $.75 for half bag
Homemade Tartar Sauce $1 for 4 servings
That brings this dinner to $3.79 for 4 servings. Or just $.95 a serving. When we can eat a full dinner for less than a $1, it’s a good deal.
Freezing Tuna Patties
In case you are wondering tuna patties can be frozen. Tuna patties will keep well in the refrigerator for two days wrapped tightly or placed in an airtight container.
To keep them longer, you’ll want to freeze them. I like to wrap each cooked tuna patty in plastic wrap and then place them all in a freezer bag. Be sure to label it so you’ll know what you have.
When ready to eat you can reheat tuna patties in a skillet on medium heat until heated through, just be sure to watch so they don’t get overly browned. If frozen be sure to thaw them first.
Or you can reheat them in the microwave. I heat them at 30 second intervals until heated through.
That’s how to make tuna patties for dinner. It’s quick to make for dinner. And at less than a $1 a serving it’s a cheap and delicious meal.
What’s a favorite frugal dinner your family loves?
If you are planning on starting a garden this year, starting your plants from seeds can really cut the cost of gardening down. If you need containers to plant in, here’s how to make plant pots at home with items you already have on hand.
Starting seeds at home for your garden can be easy and save you money. Seeds cost a lot less than plants and you can find a wider variety of seeds too. So it’s easier to grow the varieties you want to.
But you need something to plant them in, buying plastic pots can be expensive. Instead, try these easy ideas for how to make plant pots at home.
You can make your own containers with items you already have. Or recycle items you have on hand into seed starting containers.
How to make Plant Pots, 5 DIY Seed Starting Containers
You have options for starting seeds at home. You don’t have to purchase plant pots to start your seeds, keep the cost of seed starting down by using one or more of these diy plant pot ideas below.
Single serving yogurt containers make great pots for starting seedlings in. They are the perfect size for one seed and they hold up in the greenhouse or cold frame.
The only drawback with this type of pot is no natural drainage. You need to punch a couple of holes in the bottom of the containers. This will ensure any extra water can drain out the bottom and your seeds won’t get waterlogged.
The holes in the bottom also allow for the plants to soak up extra water from the container they are placed in too. I like to place mine in a tray and water the seedlings from the bottom.
Round Newspaper Pots for Seedlings
If you don’t eat enough yogurt to have enough containers for your seedlings, try making your plant pots out of newspaper.
It’s easy to do with a sheet of newspaper, a round cylinder to wrap it around and a jar just slightly smaller than the cylinder. I’ve found starting with a square piece of newspaper works best.
Fold it into thirds and roll up. Press the bottom into the open end of the cylinder. Remove the cylinder and press with the other end of the cylinder to compact the bottom to hold its shape inside the jar.
See how to make the round newspaper pots in the video below.
DIY Seed Starting Containers from Newspaper - YouTube
Egg Carton Seed Starter Container
If you have egg cartons from the store, you can plant your seeds in those. I’ve found that keeping the egg cartons closed and cutting off the top center works well for planting.
By keeping the top on you get a deeper planting bed and the seedlings can stay in the container longer.
This works best with a closed top egg carton. You can make them out of the open top cartons too but you won’t have a flap to close again until the seeds sprout. To help keep the moisture in.
Instead, slide the egg carton into a plastic bag and twist shut until the seedlings sprout to hold in moisture.
Square Homemade Plant Pots from Newspaper
I’m not too good at origami but I made these square homemade plant pots out of newspaper. The newspaper we get isn’t the standard size, it more like an oversized magazine format.
I found by cutting the paper into a square before beginning the process yielded a nice size square container to plant in.
When I started with a rectangle shaped piece of newspaper, I got an odd shallow square pot to plant in. Not ideal at all. Maybe it was something I did wrong the first time. I think using a square piece of newspaper works better.
I show the full process in the video below as the folding is too hard to explain in words, at least for me.
DIY Newspaper Seed Starting Pots - YouTube
Toilet Paper Roll Seedling Pots
Finally, if you don’t have a newspaper, egg cartons, or plastic containers around to used to start seeds, give toilet paper tubes a try.
They are easy to shape into seed starting containers. They are the perfect size for one seed. There is no rolling or shaping involved. And no messy newsprint ink on your hands.
But you will have to think ahead to save them up to plant in. We always have some on hand since we make fire starters out of them for starting fires in our wood stove. So we had an ample supply to try.
To make them you only need to cut slits up from the bottom in three places and then fold those strips into the center to make the bottom. It’s easy to do. The kids can help. But there is one drawback.
If you don’t get the ends folded in evenly, they can tip easily. Which won’t be a problem once they are wedged into a tray to hold them together. But you might need help to hold them until you have a row situated.
Here’s a quick video to show you how to make plant pots from toilet paper tubes if you’d like to see it done.
One last note, with these options you can plant the seedling directly into the garden in the homemade pots, all except the yogurt containers.
You also must cut apart the egg carton if you want to leave them in the container and plant them. But I remove my plants from the containers.
Yes, the containers will rot but they can confine the roots until they do. So being safe, I remove the seedlings from the containers and then plant.
That’s how you can make plant pots at home with items you already have. You need not purchase pots to start seeds in. Instead, save money by making them yourself.
What do you plan to grow in your garden this year?
Need a Garden Planner? This printable garden planner is the one I use to track and plan my garden each year. I love that it’s printable and editable so it can be used year after year. See more about the planner.
It’s Monday and you know that means it’s time to get ready for the new week. It’s time to make our meal plan for this week.
This week our menu plan is super easy. I’ll be making a few dishes from the freezer and the rest of the week will be easy family favorites.
My son really, really, loves hamburgers and always wants to get a hamburger out for dinner. Which can get really expensive. It’s super hard for me to eat out at a sit-down restaurant and pay $10 for a burger and fries. When I know I can make them at home for a fraction of the cost.
This month I started putting hamburgers on the menu plan. He has been really happy and hasn’t asked to eat hamburgers out once, recently. Making them at home worked. Each time we eat them at home we save at least $15, if not more.
Pizza is on our menu this week, along with the easy sesame chicken, which has become a new favorite dish for us. If you haven’t tried it yet, the link is below. It’s really easy to make and very good.
For this budget grocery haul, I headed to Albertsons and my local discount grocery store to grab a few deals and get just what we needed for the week.
I don’t shop Albertsons that much. But I made a trip to take advantage of the great deals they had on beef roasts and ground beef.
I love to have a roast in the freezer for an easy dinner during the week or on the weekend. They are so easy to make too. Just place the thawed roast into the slow cooker. Add a few vegetables and set it to do all the work.
The roast turns out so tender and delicious. When we have leftover roast the next day, we enjoy roast beef dip sandwiches. I don’t know which I like best, the sandwiches or the roast itself. It’s a close call.
So when I saw they had beef roasts on sale for under $3 a pound. I purchased two for the freezer.
I also stopped at our local discount grocery store to pick up a few deals on produce and more. See the full haul in the video below. I’ve highlighted the best deals below the video.
Budget Grocery Haul, Under $60 - YouTube
Best Deals for this Budget Grocery Haul
Beef Roast, $2.97/lb
Ground Beef $2.97/lb
Blueberries $1.00 for 18 ounces
Granola Bars $1 a package
Cookies $1 a package
I spent $12.49 at my local discount grocery store and I spent $47.20 at Albertsons. That brings my total for this trip to $59.69 for our family of 4, just under $60.
We try to keep our grocery spending right around $75 a week or less so I came in under budget this week.
What was your best deal while shopping this week? I’d love to have you share it below in the comments.
Love to Coupon Shop? Print your coupons before you shop….
With St. Patrick’s day coming, it made me think about foods we would enjoy this time of year. One of those foods is these easy potato pancakes with chives and parsley.
These potato pancakes are easy to make and delicious too. Eat them alongside a main dish for a change from regular mashed potatoes.
My grandma used to make potato pancakes for us when we had leftover mashed potatoes. Her potato pancakes were creamy on the inside and crisp on the outside. But mine never turned out right.
She also used to make potato pancakes from scratch with shredded potatoes. A lot like hash browns and mashed potato pancakes combined.
This time around I didn’t have leftover mashed potatoes, and I didn’t feel like shredding the potatoes. So instead I ran them through the food processor with half an onion. I added the onion to add more flavor.
Then I proceeded with the recipe like my grandma would have made it but with pureed and drained potatoes and onions. I added chive and parsley I had growing in the garden too.
It made for a delicious yummy potato pancake with chives and parsley.
Ingredients Needed for Easy Potato Pancakes with Chives and Parsley
You need only 5 ingredients to make these easy potato pancakes, throw in the two optional ingredients of chives and parsley if you have them on hand to boost the flavor. But if you don’t have the chives and parsley just add more salt and pepper to taste. Or maybe a little sharp cheddar cheese.
Salt and Pepper
Chives (optional but yummy) Use dried if you don’t have fresh
Parsley (optional but yummy) Use dried if you don’t have fresh
How to Make this Easy Potato Pancakes with Chives and Parsley Recipe
I made a quick video to show you how to make these quick and easy potato pancakes. If watching videos aren’t for you, no judgement here, scroll down for the printable recipe and tips.
Easy Potato Pancakes - YouTube
Easy Potato Pancake Recipe Tips
These tips can help to make sure these potato pancakes turn out crispy on the outside and soft and flavorful on the inside.
Use Russet Potatoes, I like to use russet potatoes. Russet potatoes cook up well in this recipe; they are less waxy than some other potatoes.
Russets also are a little drier too. Use them if you have them. You can also use Yukon Gold potatoes. But if you have russets, they are the best choice for potato pancakes.
Use a food processor or blender to puree the onions and potatoes. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the food processor halfway through.
Strain the Onions and Potatoes well. I like to place my potato and onion mixture into a dish towel and squeeze the extra water out. Getting the fluid out first helps the potato pancakes to hold together better and you’ll need less flour.
Heat the pan first. Be sure to heat the pan and add oil before adding the potato pancakes to the pan. If it’s warmed first, the potato pancakes will crisp up nicely.
Drain the potato pancakes on paper towels after they are finished cooking. This will help to remove any extra oil from the pancakes.
Serve sprinkled with extra chives and parsley if desired. You can serve them with sour cream too.
Add the potato and the onion to the food processor. Process until smooth.
Drain the extra liquid off the potato and onions by straining the puree.
Place the strained potatoes and onions into a bowl. Add the flour, egg, salt, pepper, chives, and parsley.
Stir to mix well.
Heat a skillet over medium high to high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet.
Drop the potato pancake batter in the hot oiled skillet by the tablespoonful.
Cook on one side until brown, flip and cook until golden on the other side.
Place cooked potato pancake on a paper towel lined plate to drain.
Serve sprinkled with more chive and parsley if desired.
How Much Does it Cost to Make Easy Potato Pancakes?
These potato pancakes make a great side dish. And they are inexpensive to make too. Not as cheap as rice but pretty close.
I used parsley and chives out of the garden when I made ours but those two ingredients are optional. You can use dried chives and parsley if the fresh herbs are more expensive.
Potatoes $.30 at $1.99 per 10 pounds
Onion $.10 at $1.99 for 15 pounds
Flour $..04 at $3.96 for $10 pounds
Egg $.10 at $1.20 per dozen
Herbs and Seasoning $.20
That brings the cost of this recipe to $.84 for the whole batch. Or just $.21 per serving with two potato cakes per person. If you purchase the fresh parsley and chives, the price will be a little more per person. But you can keep the cost lower by using dried chives and parsley.
What’s your favorite dipping sauce for potato pancakes?
It’s easy to get caught up with needing new things. New things, better things, and need more. But that can put you into debt and keep you in the poorhouse. But we can use these old fashioned frugal living tips to help us save.
Generations of the past had to get by with little. They knew how to make things last, wear them out, and use it up. Because they had no other option.
Those frugal living tips can help us today too. We can live a happier, simpler and more frugal life when we use these old-fashioned frugal living tips grandma used every day.
Wanting to be intentional with our money, made me look more to the past. I notice now more than ever more people going back to old-fashioned ways to get by and live a better life on less.
That’s what my husband and myself have strived to do. We want to make the most of all we have and looking to our grandparents and great grandparent’s generations have helped.
In today’s Frugal Family Home podcast, I’m sharing frugal living tips I learned from my grandma and great grandma. Listen below…
If listening isn’t your thing you can read the tips below in the show notes. The show notes don’t contain the podcast word for word but it will give you the general tips shared.
Old Fashioned Frugal Living Tips
My great grandma raised 12 kids on a farm and had to get by with what they had. It was hard work be everyone helped and did their jobs.
Now I never got to visit my great grandma’s farm when I was growing up, it was long gone and the family had moved away.
But I still learned a great deal of how to live frugally from her. Even though she lived at the time in a small apartment with a small garden area.
She still did many of the things she did on the farm even in that small apartment. So even today even if you live in an apartment you can make these frugal living tips work for you too.
15 Old Fashioned Frugal Living Tips
1. Make Do
So many times we look at a recipe or something we want to make but we don’t have what we need. That wasn’t a problem for my grandma she knew how to make do with what they had. Substitutions can be made, other items can be added or subtracted to use what you have on hand and make do.
2. Use it Up
Often it seems like that bit left in the bottle isn’t worth digging out. My grandma never would waste even a small amount of a product or food item. She would use it up. Because if you don’t use what you have you might have to go without.
Reusing items is old fashioned recycling. My grandma would reuse mayonnaise jars to fill them with food she was canning. She would use empty jars to store buttons off of worn out shirts. Or as storage for bulk food purchases and more.
Old shirts and other clothing items were saved. The buttons were removed, the good pieces of fabric were fashioned into new items, like quilts. And worn out pieces of fabric we used for rags.
Reusing was a way of life and can help you save too.
Even though my great grandma lived in an apartment when I was growing up that didn’t stop her from growing her own food in her small garden outside her apartment.
Even if your space is limited, you can grow some of your own food. Things like lettuce, radishes, carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, and even berries can be grown in small spaces.
Growing your own food, even part of it can help you save on your food cost.
Most fruits and vegetables have compact varieties that can be grown in containers if your space is limited or you can’t plant in the ground.
If you don’t have room to grow look to purchase fruits and vegetables at discount grocery stores or farm stands. Often you can get good deals on boxes of fruit and vegetables from the farm. You can preserve them for later and save money too.
Also look for gleaning groups in your area.
If you find one you can join the gleaning group and volunteer to work for a few hours and take home fruits and vegetables in exchange. We have a program near us. Look around and see if you can find one too.
Taking a few minutes to make your own products can save over the cost of purchasing the items from the store. Making your own body wash, lotion bars, lip balms, laundry soap and more can help to save you money.
Having inexpensive foods on hand can help to make inexpensive meals. When you have a well-stocked frugal pantry, you can make meals for less. Don’t know what to stock in your frugal pantry? No problem here’s the top 25 items I keep on hand in my pantry.
9. Use Dry Beans
It’s easy to grab a can off the shelf at the store. But one can cost the same as one pound of dried beans.
Cooking dried beans can be as easy as washing, placing them in the slow cooker, cover with water, and cook until tender.
You’ll get 4-5 times the amount of beans for the same price as one can of beans.
Don’t want to eat beans for a week, no problem freeze the extra beans for later. Place the cooked beans in a zipper freezer bag with a little of the cooking water. Freeze until ready to use.
It’s that simple. You’ll have cooked beans on hand for about one fourth the price of canned.
10. Make Your Own Groceries
From bone stock to seasoning mixes you can make your own groceries and save. Seasoning mixes are expensive and they are easy to make.
Save even more by purchasing the spices and herbs in the bulk food section of the store.
Use bones from chicken and beef to make your own stock. It’s thicker than store bought and so easy to make in the crockpot too.
My great grandma raised 12 kids in what we would consider a starter home of today. The kids shared rooms with siblings. It’s just how it was to make room for everyone.
My grandparents raised two kids in a 900 square foot house. They did not need to downsize when they retired because the house was just right. They lived in that home for over 50 years.
We live in what most would consider a starter home. But I have no desire to move up to a bigger home. A bigger home comes with more to maintain. More to clean. And more to break. It comes with more taxes, more cost to acquire too.
Making do in a just big enough home can help you save on utilities, on heating and cooling costs. And on maintenance too.
12. Drink Water
Drinking empty calories is not good for your waistline but it’s also not good for your wallet. At each meal instead of fruit juice or milk serve water. If you must have something besides water to drink, serve a small glass about 4 ounces and a large glass of water too.
Paper towels and paper napkins can be costly. Use cloth napkins and cloth rags in place of the paper ones. If you purchase the fabric and make them yourself, they can be inexpensive.
14. Value Relationships More than Material Possessions
These last two frugal living tips that my grandma gave me are the most important.
My great grandma didn’t have a lot of material possessions. She said she didn’t need them.
But she was always ready to share and give what she had. Grandma would share her knowledge of gardening with her neighbors. She would share her home-cooked meals. Grandma shared her knowledge of cooking and baking with those who wanted to learn.
She put much more value on people than things. The things we can’t touch are the most precious possession we have and we have to be willing to share them with others.
15. Be Content
In this busy world of ours, it’s easy to get caught up in the new best thing, the new big thing, instead of being content with what we have.
I think being content is the most valuable lesson we can learn. I know it’s hard in our busy world full of distractions but when we are content, we can truly be happy and be intentional with our time, our money and our life.
Because all the world’s distractions can fall away and lose their allure when we are content.
Those 15 Old fashioned frugal living tips that grandma used to save every day are still relevant. The things she did to save money and to stretch what she had are still things we can do, to save money too.
What one old-fashioned frugal living tip do you use today to save? Maybe it’s one above or something different. I would love to hear what you do too. Scroll down and share your own frugal living tip below!
Happy Monday to you! I hope this week is starting out great for you and you have your meal plan ready.
If you need some meal time inspriation, I have our meal plan ready to go below. It’s full of easy to make dinners and more. Because I’m sure you have lots to do besides cook dinner.
This week, I’m sharing about a new recipe we tried it’s glazed pork chops. The glazed pork chops recipe pictured below is a keeper. It turned out great, and now we have a new way to enjoy the pork chops I make from the pork tenderloin from Costco.
We will also be having chili potato bar again this week. Our whole family loves that meal and we just don’t get tired of it. Plus I have chili just waiting in the pantry to be eaten, so why not use it in one of our favorite meals.
If you want to make your own chili for the top of the potatoes this skillet chili is quick and easy to make. Give it a try.
I was a little more inspired when planning our lunch this week, but not by much. I found a package of hot dogs in the freezer, so they went onto our lunch menu along with grilled sandwiches.
Waffles are on our weekend menu too. My son often requests muffins or waffles. They are two of his favorite breakfasts and the rest of the family loves them too.
March is here, soon it will be spring break and Easter.
I’ve put together a list of items that should be on sale in March. I find when I purchase items when they are at their rock bottom prices I can save all year long.
Even if you don’t need the item right now, you might want to pick it up and tuck it away for later doing this can really help you save more in the long run. Here’s what to stock up on in March.
What to Stock Up on in March
After Easter and St. Patrick’s Day Items
Be sure to be on the lookout for great buys on all things green after St. Patrick’s Day. You might be able to find some great buys on napkins, paper plates and other green-themed items you can use for other holidays through the year. Green items work really well at Christmas so purchase them on clearance and save later in the year.
Also, after Easter, you can get great buys on chocolate and other Easter-themed candy. Pick up a couple of extra chocolate bunnies on the cheap. You can melt them down to make bark recipes for gifts or use cut up chocolate in cookies instead of chocolate chips.
Also grab a few nonfood items, like little toys and trinkets. These can be used for party favors for a birthday party later in the year or as rewards for your kids when they’ve done something good. Plus you’ll save money on them too if you wait until after Easter to purchase them.
If you know you’ll be attending a wedding soon or this summer, March is a great time to find buys on wedding gifts. Things like china, crystal, flatware, and kitchen appliances can be found on sale this month.
If you missed the sales around Christmas on computers, this month is a good time to find a good deal on a laptop. Especially if you have a soon to be graduate you want to gift a new laptop. Buy it this month and save.
This month the sales on outerwear continue. If you still need a new winter coat, hat, gloves, scarves or other winter wear items this is the month to grab them before they are gone. Be sure to buy a size or two up if you’ll be purchasing for your kids.
National Frozen Food Month
March is national frozen food month so there is sure to be good deals on frozen foods at the supermarket. Everything from convenience foods to frozen fruits and vegetables can be on sale. Be sure to look for coupons to match with sales too. Stock up on frozen foods now to keep you and your family in fruits and vegetables until your garden starts producing.
Seeds and Plants
In most places by March, you can start working in the garden. If you need new seeds to start or plants to plant in the garden you’re sure to find a few good deals through the month. Be sure to keep a lookout for good deals on spring flowers too. Although often you can get the best deals closer to Mother’s Day for spring flowers.
Cleaning Supplies and Home Fragrances
March is a big month for spring cleaning and so it’s only natural that cleaning supplies would be popular this month to be on sale. You can save the most by shopping sales or combining a sale with a coupon. You can also save more by purchasing what’s on sale and trying a new brand instead of being brand loyal. Who knows you might find a new favorite product.
With all the cleaning home fragrances are sure to be out in new spring collection scents. As the companies roll out the new scents you’re sure to see sales and coupons to go with the sales on diffusers, candles, and room sprays too. When you find a good buy be sure to stock up and buy a few extras for gifts for others too.
If your luggage is older or is getting worn out this month is a good month to find a deal on luggage. Since it’s past the holidays and spring break hasn’t quite arrived it’s a great time to find a good deal on luggage for your next trip and save. Which leaves more money in your budget to have fun with on the trip.
In Season Produce
Eating in season can help you save on fresh produce. Here’re a few items to look for at good prices this month. Asparagus, Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Radishes, Head Lettuce, Oranges, Peas, Sweet Peppers, Rhubarb, Spinach, Shallots, and Turnips.
That’s my list of what to stock up on in March. What things do you stock up on in the month of March? Is there anything I should add to my list?