Confessions from a Frugal Heart

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I’m the kind of person who loves to cook at home and I’ve been doing a lot of that lately since I’ve been trying to save money! A good portion of my paycheck was definitely going towards pricy restaurants and impulse lunches when I first started making money. Since then I’ve reined myself in a lot and have been making meals at home a lot more. Dinner on the weekdays is usually made at home and I also try to bring lunch as much as possible too. I haven’t cut out going out entirely, but eating out less does make me appreciate it a lot more when I do!

One side effect of trying to be frugal and making more meals at home is sometimes failed recipes! I usually follow a recipe when I’m baking or trying something new for the first time, but usually when cooking I throw things together and hope for the best. Luckily for me usually it turns out decently well and I’ve gotten to that point where I can wing it mostly. I hate wasting food though and when something comes out not quite right…I have to think of some creative ways to not just throw it out! I end up doing some really funny and weird things to avoid that. Of course if its truly inedible I’ll just toss it!

Feed it to a pet
I’m sure this isn’t good for a dog or cat…but I’m sure people do this! I don’t have any pets but I probably would try this if I did. Okay, I’m definitely not recommending this at all of course…

Give it to my husband
Yep, my husband will eat things I’m not willing to eat. He also finishes off whatever I can’t fit in my tummy. It’s a pretty good system here.

Bring it to work
Best thing about coworkers is that they eat almost anything! They might not finish everything you bring but through the day one by one they’ll at least try a little bit of whatever. My coworker just brought in these strange sweet garlic corn puffs she didn’t want. As expected we each tried a piece through out the day. Only one of us actually liked it! We ended up throwing out the rest but at least some of it got eaten. Needless to say that if it tastes really bad I wouldn’t say I made it.

Put it in the freezer and decide what to do later
Sometimes I don’t know what to do with it and I just stick it in the freezer for later. Figure I can either eat it later or try to incorporate it into a different recipe if possible. A temporary solution but sometimes it works!

Eat a little bit everyday until it’s finished
Much easier to handle in small amounts if it’s not so tasty! I bought it and took the time to make it so I always feel that I should eat it. I basically think of it like nasty cough medicine. Take the meds as fast as possible because its good for me.


What are some funny things you end up doing to not waste food?

2 thoughts on “Confessions from a Frugal Heart

  1. Like you, I hate wasting food. I eat a lot of fresh veggies and I found that I was throwing away a lot of stalks, leaves, etc… So, now, what I try to do is place the trimmings in a pot of water and boil to make a vegetable broth. It can be frozen to use as stock later for cooking, but sometimes I just drink it to get the leached vitamins from the food. When I owned a house, I put all food in a DIY composter in the back ground. Recently though, we just moved into a condo, so I need to find a balcony composting solution.

    1. That’s a good idea for homemade stock! I’ll gave to try that. When I lived in an apt with a balcony I used bokashi to compost my scraps. Get some free buckets with lids from a store, buy bokashi bran online, and you compost in an apt!

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