The Frugal Snack Hack That Always Has Your Back
One thing we hold dear here at ye olde Frugalwoods HQ (aka our house) is snacking. Indeed, snacks are hallowed whether we’re hiking, biking, lounging, plotting against the consumer industrial complex, or just generally annoying Frugal Hound with our presence. The pursuit of frugal snacks has led us to quest far and wide–from the aisles of our discount grocer (shout out to Market Basket) to the hallowed halls of Costco.
My interest in snacks has elevated precipitously over the past six months, thanks to my pregnancy, and I’m pretty sure Babywoods will be born ready to snack.
A character flaw of mine is hangriness, which Mr. FW will attest is a real and present danger in one’s pregnant wife. When I hit a certain threshold of hunger, fangs come out and I loose all sense of decorum. People and/or greyhounds could be maimed. Hence, woe betides the person who approaches me sans an adequate reservoir of snacks!
Healthy + Thrifty (And You Know It)
As an inveterate pursuer of the two-fold goal of healthy and frugal, our snack menu on a typical weekday includes any (ahem, all if you’re me) of the following: carrots, broccoli, green pepper, almonds, bananas, and hard boiled eggs. These snacks all fit the unique, dual challenge presented by the pursuit of cheap nutrition and they’re all perfectly delectable. Frugal Hound disagrees and feels that the only true snack in this world is bacon. Clearly it’s a good thing the dog is not responsible for grocery shopping.
But the snack I wish to exalt today is one so scrumptious, so divine that I hesitate to even say its name for fear of lessening its powers. But, this post would be pretty dumb if I didn’t tell you, so fear not! But hold on, there’s a backstory first!
The Real Reason We Got Married
This snack, or rather the method for preparing it, is actually how I knew Mr. Frugalwoods was the man for me. You see, our senior year of college, Mr. FW gave me an air popper for Christmas*. I was rapturous. Not only was this man romantical, he was freaking practical. I’ve always been won over by the practical, geeky type (no offense, darling) and this air popper in gift form cemented my opinion of Mr. FW as a prime example of the breed. For you see, an air popper is a glorious beacon of frugal snacking.
*Thanks to judicious record-keeping by Amazon.com, Mr. FW just confirmed that he purchased our air popper on December 4, 2005 for $24.
One merely inserts popcorn kernels (sold for a pittance) and out leap fully formed vittles! Far from the shiny, crinkly, pre-packaged bags of expensive (and might I add, often unhealthy) chips, cookies, and crackers, home-popped corn is about as thrifty as it gets. I defy you to find a frugal weirdo who feels otherwise (keep your mouth shut if you are such a frugal weirdo! you’ll ruin my whole thesis here!).
Furthermore, I defy you to find a cheaper snack. My geeky, practical husband just calculated (using our food scale for maximum precision) that each bowl of popcorn we pop costs $0.15. Ok granted, this is slightly lavish in comparison with our $0.10/serving breakfasts, but hey, this is a savory treat we’re talking about here.
Climate Control Concerns Vis-à-Vis An Air Popper: A Serious Matter
Concerned about heating up your frugally non air-conditioned home during the summertime with the mighty power of an air popper? We certainly were. Enter the patented Frugalwoods “Pop En Plein Air Method.” Oh yes, that’s right, we pop our corn out of doors during the warmer months. Our neighbors have grave concerns about us.
“But what if I want popcorn during inclement summer weather, Mrs. FW?!?” Be not concerned, we have a solution for that too. We strategically position the air popper under our stove range hood and exhaust the hot air whilst we pop. And in the wintertime? It’s the ideal warmer for any frugal weirdo’s minimally heated abode.
A Paragon Of Durable Manufacturing
In addition to serving as the origin point for our now 7+ years of loving marriage, our trusty air popper is still popping a whopping 10 years later. Now that’s a frugal specimen of machinery! We don’t even have to rotate its tires or change its oil (ahem, Frugalwoods-mobile, you needy 19-year-old vehicle you).
While I’m certain there are more weighty topics we could be discussing today, I feel it’s only appropriate to pause and reflect on the simple joy inherent to a darn tasty, frugal snack. It’s just another way that we live the luxuriously frugal life, people. Don’t get too jealous, you can buy your lover an air popper here (or peruse your local thrift store, Craigslist, or Buy Nothing Project). Yes indeed, an air popper is one of the precious few things I do advocate spending money on.