Food – Frugalwoods http://www.frugalwoods.com Financial independence and simple living Wed, 12 Dec 2018 11:00:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Reader Suggestions For A Deliciously Frugal Thanksgiving http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/11/19/reader-suggestions-for-a-deliciously-frugal-thanksgiving/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/11/19/reader-suggestions-for-a-deliciously-frugal-thanksgiving/#comments Mon, 19 Nov 2018 11:00:22 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=19559 Reader Suggestions For A Deliciously Frugal Thanksgiving

You didn’t think I’d let a holiday sneak by without weighing in, did you?! Impossible! I am a known lover of holidays and above all, the trifecta of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I live all year for these three. I moved to Vermont so that we could have picturesque fall leaves and snowy white Christmases.

I have a giant fir tree in my yard and, the other day, my older daughter looked out at it–covered in snow as it was–and exclaimed, “is that a Kimiss tree, mama?!” I’ve succeeded in parenting.

Since it’s not Kimiss season quite yet (not until this Friday, thank you very much, at which time I will most definitely be putting up our Christmas tree), let’s delve into the scrumptiousness of Thanksgiving!!!

Thanksgiving is in my top three holidays for the following reasons:

  1. There’s no gift giving!

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Reader Suggestions: What To Pack For Lunch (And How To Remember It)! http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/02/26/reader-suggestions-what-to-pack-for-lunch-and-how-to-remember-it/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/02/26/reader-suggestions-what-to-pack-for-lunch-and-how-to-remember-it/#comments Mon, 26 Feb 2018 11:00:41 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=16769 Reader Suggestions: What To Pack For Lunch (And How To Remember It)!

Food, glorious food! This month’s Reader Suggestions is devoted to none other than the very favorite, the preeminent, the most-discussed, most-loved/hated aspect of frugality: FOOD! Specifically, bringing food with you wherever you go. We all know it’s expensive and (often) unhealthy to buy our lunches out while at work, or run through the drive-through while running errands, or stop off for coffee in the afternoon.

And yet… I hear from many of you that this is the #1 challenge you face in bringing yourselves to the next level of savings every month. We just did the Uber Frugal Month Challenge together as a group in January and many of you cited food–specifically food purchased while at work or out-n-about–as the biggest hurdle you overcame.

People were busting their previous savings rates JUST by being more mindful about what they ate! Not only is this the epitomization of frugality, it’s also healthier!

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The Dirty Secret Behind How We Cook At Home http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/10/20/the-dirty-secret-behind-how-we-cook-at-home/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/10/20/the-dirty-secret-behind-how-we-cook-at-home/#comments Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:00:21 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=15240 The Dirty Secret Behind How We Cook At Home

You know how I always talk about the fact that we cook at home every night? Well, I think it’s time for me to come clean: we actually don’t. But don’t panic, we’re not getting takeout or going out to eat. I promise! Not to mention the fact that exactly zero restaurants deliver to our rural home… Rather, we have a hack we’d like to share.

And I say “we” because, as most of you know, Mr. Frugalwoods is our sole home cook. My chief contributions to cooking are that: 1) I eat it and; 2) I write about it. See? I’m so helpful! I dabble in the odd baked good, including baking our sandwich bread every week (although I cheat and use a hand-me-down bread machine, so I’m not sure that really counts for much… ). Otherwise, food prep is solely the domain of my husband. So really, this hack is his, but since this is my blog, I get to make it sound like it was my idea.

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Reader Suggestions On Frugal Preserving, Canning, and Otherwise Putting Up Food http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/09/11/reader-suggestions-on-frugal-preserving-canning-and-otherwise-putting-up-food/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/09/11/reader-suggestions-on-frugal-preserving-canning-and-otherwise-putting-up-food/#comments Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:00:54 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=14980 Reader Suggestions On Frugal Preserving, Canning, and Otherwise Putting Up Food

Welcome to my monthly Reader Suggestions feature! Every month I post a question to our Frugalwoods Facebook group and share the best responses here. The questions are topics I’ve received multiple queries on and my hope is that by leveraging the braintrust of Frugalwoods nation, you’ll find helpful advice and insight. Join the Frugalwoods Facebook group to participate in next month’s Reader Suggestions!

It’s harvest time! As I shared in last week’s installment of This Month On The Homestead, early fall is the time to preserve food for the winter. I am a brand new devote of preserving food (also known as canning or putting up or freezing or storing or whatever you want to call it) and so my knowledge is commensurately minimal.

Before moving out here to the woods, Mr. Frugalwoods and I never preserved a single foodstuff, so this is a whole new world for us.

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How To Stop Eating Out According To Frugalwoods Readers http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/07/17/how-to-stop-eating-out-according-to-frugalwoods-readers/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/07/17/how-to-stop-eating-out-according-to-frugalwoods-readers/#comments Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:00:16 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=14660 How To Stop Eating Out According To Frugalwoods Readers

Eating out, take-out, restaurant meals, dining out, take-away, delivery… whatever you want to call it, not preparing your own food is the #1, top, chief, primary, far and away most commonly cited roadblock to frugality. Without fail, this is the most frequent question I get from readers. Without deviation, this is cited as the largest area for budgetary improvement. And without alteration, this is the toughest thing for people to modify in their quest for all-encompassing frugality. And I feel this pain keenly–it was the most challenging thing for Mr. Frugalwoods and me to give up as well! What is it about food prepared by other people????!!!!

Welcome to my monthly Reader Suggestions feature! Every month I post a question to our Frugalwoods Facebook group and share the best responses here. The questions are topics I’ve received multiple queries on and my hope is that by leveraging the braintrust of Frugalwoods nation, you’ll find helpful advice and insight.

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Our Complete Guide To Frugal, Healthy Eating http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/01/18/our-complete-guide-to-frugal-healthy-eating/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/01/18/our-complete-guide-to-frugal-healthy-eating/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:51:16 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=12377 Our Complete Guide To Frugal, Healthy Eating

Without a doubt and without contest, the absolute most frequently asked question I get from readers is: “how do I save money on food?!?” And it’s a darn good question! Food is a necessity and it’s not like we can eliminate it from our budgets in one fell swoop (a la cable, haircuts, or coffees out). But as I’m fond of saying, while food is a necessity, expensive food is not.

I’ve tackled the question of thrifty vittles over the years in a multitude of ways, and I encourage you to peruse my Food section for a complete treatment of the topic. Today, as part of my Uber Frugal Month Challenge, I’m going to outline the most comprehensive, the most thorough, the most delicious rundown of frugal food that I can possibly muster!! If you’re interested in joining the over 9,800 readers participating in the Uber Frugal Month Challenge, you can sign-up at any time.

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How I Fight Food Waste At Thanksgiving And Beyond http://www.frugalwoods.com/2016/11/21/how-i-fight-food-waste-at-thanksgiving-and-beyond/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2016/11/21/how-i-fight-food-waste-at-thanksgiving-and-beyond/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:56:32 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=11710 How I Fight Food Waste At Thanksgiving And Beyond

October to January is easily my favorite time of year. It’s fall, it’s gorgeous, and it’s when all the best holidays happen. Nestled in the middle is Thanksgiving, which I consider a uniquely frugal occasion.

Thanksgiving doesn’t encourage excessive spending, it traditionally has no gifts, there’s little commercialism associated with it (aside from the Thanksgiving Day Parade, which I got so fired up about last year that I wrote this), and it enjoys a cult of personality around leftovers. What it does promote is essentially the time honored frugal agenda: cooking a meal at home and spending time with family and friends.

Mr. Frugalwoods and I are hosting my mother-in-law, father-in-law, and sister-in-law this year–as we’ve done a number of times before–and we are thrilled. I love to host, Mr. FW loves to cook, and I’m delighted they’re here for our first Thanksgiving on the homestead!

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What Does A Frugal Person Eat? http://www.frugalwoods.com/2016/08/01/what-does-a-frugal-person-eat/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2016/08/01/what-does-a-frugal-person-eat/#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:05:06 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=11015 What Does A Frugal Person Eat?

Food, glorious food! By far the most hotly requested topic for me to cover (via my query to our Frugalwoods Facebook group) was: food! I had no idea you all were so interested in what we eat! But the more I got to thinking about food (not hard for me to do), I realized that food plays an interesting, and sometimes divisive, role in our broader society and in the lives of those charting a frugal existence.

Food is, after all, an absolute necessity. And for this reason, many a nascent frugal acolyte makes the mistake of blithely skipping over the line items of food–groceries, take-out, restaurants–in their budget. I know this to be true because that used to be me!

Prior to enacting our regime of extreme frugality, I figured that since food is a mandatory component of life, I didn’t have to pay much attention to our grocery bill.

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Banana, Oh My Banana http://www.frugalwoods.com/2016/02/19/banana-oh-my-banana/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2016/02/19/banana-oh-my-banana/#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 11:30:57 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=8616 Banana, Oh My Banana

Oh the humble banana. It seems most unassuming at first blush, crowded as it is into inelegant bunches lolling precariously on produce aisle shelves. And it appears so banal: a dull yellow exterior with a rather mid-’90s era beige interior (and not even an interesting texture to redeem matters!).

Certainly not a looker when compared with the riotous colors seen elsewhere at a farm stand: vermillion, green, purple even! So why exalt this rather lowly of fruits?

Things have gotten a bit heavy here on the ol’ Frugalwoods of late, what with my feminist manifesto and all kinds of serious career-related and being-an-adult topics. So I thought we should keep it real with a good old fashioned ode to some fruit. Because honestly, who among us doesn’t devote at least some portion of our day to thinking about fruit? Or snacks?! Do I hear it for snacks?

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Thanksgiving Is The Gateway Drug To A Leftover Loving Life http://www.frugalwoods.com/2015/11/23/thanksgiving-is-the-gateway-drug-to-a-leftover-loving-life/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2015/11/23/thanksgiving-is-the-gateway-drug-to-a-leftover-loving-life/#comments Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:59:04 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=9110 Thanksgiving Is The Gateway Drug To A Leftover Loving Life

I typically don’t take a militant stance on anything because we all have different goals, circumstances, backgrounds, and financial situations. However, there is one thing about which I am a vehement, diehard evangelist and I’ll rage on if given half the chance. This lightening rod issue that’ll cause me to shed my otherwise accepting, egalitarian self? Leftovers.

There is only one appropriate way to deal with leftovers: by eating them. You can freeze them, store them, save them, or consume them the next day, but they must be eaten. Short of a leftover possessing a known food-borne illness (and it better be a bad one), leftovers are never to be thrown out.

I know this is extreme. I know it’s hardline. I know this isn’t the normal, non-judgmental Mrs. Frugalwoods, but people, we have a serious food waste issue in this country. And, as so often happens with waste, this blatant disregard for our natural resources translates into a very real drain on our finances.

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