At this time, my husband and I are down to one check. Since I am no longer working and I don't have any money coming in. We find ourselves looking at a long road until I am able to secure employment. Though we are able to handle most of our bills, we are just skating by. So I have been going over our finances and came up with some solutions to help us through this trying time. How to turn a nickel into dollar. This is going to be a series as to how we are going to back to some stability, one step at a time. I will start with food.
While I know a lot of these ideas are not new, this is what is helping me and mine stay afloat. Next, bills.
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Good post. Goes to show you that you can live a healthy life style while being frugal.
Thanks for your kind words. I know not wanting to cook. My husband and I had to downsize our cooking when our grandchildren moved to another state. We eat and freeze a lot of leftovers when we both do not feel like cooking or have late appointments.
Times have changed. In today's economy, it's not easy for two or more to make it on one income. Having to live so close to the edge can take its toll on a person's mental well being. I understand. Other than that, I'd say you've got it made.
"Nothing goes to waste."
It shouldn't. So, you're not part of the new, Buy, Waste, Throw Away Society. Good for you.
'We are cooking from scratch with some of the foods we receive. I have learned to make biscuits, crust, muffins, cakes."
Years ago, most all women did this every day. Now, you can feel like a strong, dependable person, rather than the newbies who can't make cornbread without opening a box of sugary cornbread mix.
" My husband is the cook and I am the baker."
Some women don't want a man in the kitcken. I'm inclined to think 'The couple who cook together, stay together'. I'll bet you two are still sweethearts.
"Since we are eating less, we both have started an exercise program."
Well, if you're not guiding a plow harnessed to a mule all day, as some women did a hundred years ago, you gotta do something. Great. You'll live longer.
"We are learning how to eat one meatless meal per week."
You poor thang! Like most, you have been brainwashed into thinking it's normal to eat meat at every meal. It's not! Want to save more money and live longer, too?...Eat meat once a week. Human's craving for that much meat is not natural. It is learned.
Having to live close is hard, at least at times. I hope you find employment, soon....and with the added income, I hope you can still live as wisely as you are now.
You have my best wishes.
Would love to have your husband's recipe for bread pudding. Maybe you can post it, someday. Good luck.
Thanks Doug. We are living through some tough times, but when you have a husband who works with you, all things are possible.
"We are learning how to eat one meatless meal per week." I spent YEARS trying to convince my mother that she doesn't need meat at every single meal. Finally, as she approached her late 70's she agreed. I got her down to meat once a day, then to 3 times a week. I think it is a generational thing, as my friends say their parents wouldn't think of not eating meat every day at every meal. So, going from meat 3 meals x 7 to meat at one meal/3 x week is an accomplishment.
I noticed you buy pancake mix, make muffins, etc. I'd like to share a recipe for biscuit mix with you that I'd used for about 30 years now. It's exactly the same as Bisquick and works the same. Much cheaper than buying the stuff and lasts a long time. I usually whip it up in one of those great big Tupperware bowls if you have one. Maybe others will like it too.
12 cups flour; 6 tbls baking powder; 3 tbsp salt; 4½ tbsp sugar; 1½ cups shortening. Sift flour, then measure it and sift again with the baking powder, salt and sugar. Sift the mixture twice. Add shortening, cut in (I just use my hand mixer - its quicker), place in covered container.
BAKING POWDER BISCUITS
2 cups biscuit mix; cups milk. Bake 450 about 12 minutes.
2 cups biscuit mix; 1 egg; ½ cup milk. Beat the egg and add to the milk. Add liquid to mix, stir until thoroughly blended. Roll and cut. Bake 450 about 12 minutes.
2 cups biscuit mix; 2 eggs; 1 cups milk. Beat eggs well and add to milk. Add to dry ingredients, beat until thoroughly mixed.
2 cups biscuit mix; 3 tbsp sugar; 1 egg; 1 cup milk. Beat eggs slightly, add milk, then sugar, then combine with biscuit mixture, mixing until liquid ingredients are just blended into dry. Half fill greased muffin tins and bake 400 for about 20 minutes.
To make cinnamon buns, use the rich biscuit mixture. Roll dough to inch thickness, spread with melted butter, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Roll up as for jelly roll. This roll can be wrapped in wax paper and stored in refrigerator for several hours. Cut when ready to bake in 1 inch slices. Bake 450 for 12 minutes.
Thank you. I love your ideas. I will have to post some of my homemade biscuits. I recently found a brand new dough cutter at the thrift shop and I have biscuit cutter I found at Bed Bath and Beyond for $3.00
I don't want to get far from your story, and I'm waiting for the next chapter. But, since we're on the subject, here's a tip for you. The best biscuits are made with buttermilk, but that's not my tip. Since you bought biscuit cutters, maybe you can find another use for them. I say that because, if your dough is stiff enough to allow you to use a cutter, it's probably too stiff for good biscuits. Keep your dough almost wet and form your biscuits very delicately in your floured hands. Here is a picture of biscuits I made. I posted this picture on ThriftyFun. I formed them with my hands.
The biscuit cutter helps them rise higher. This is necessary in my altitude.
The trick is to make a very wet dough, then cover with flour at the last minute. Fold the soft dough about four times to get layers. Pat gently on the board and cut. Gently pat scraps together and cut.
This was supposed to go under Saving One Step at a Time, the comment about not using a biscuit cutter.
I can get my biscuits quite high without a cutter. It's just that here in the South, most prefer a biscuit without a lot of 'innards'. We prefer more soft crust. We do agree on wet dough. The stiffer the dough, the drier the biscuit.
Yes, the dough must be wet and soft. When I lived in the south, drop biscuits rose fine. Now I live at 8500 feet and nothing wants to rise. The tricks I have to resort to are not even funny sometimes.
Thanks for the tip. As soon as I make some biscuits, I will post them. Your looks beautiful
Thanks for your tip. Will be trying this tip very soon.
Thanks. How do you get them to rise high without the cutter.
Thanks, Georgetta, for the inspiring tips. I look forward to hearing the rest of your story as you write more posts. Also, thanks to Linda for these recipes using homemade biscuit mix. My husband cooks 5 nights a week and I cook two nights. He likes cooking and doesn't mind. He also does the grocery shopping. I'm not really into cooking, but I give him a break. Each person uses his/her strengths to keep the household going.
One of our favorite things to make with old bread is French toast. I also make homemade stuffing and you can find lots of homemade "shake and bake" recipes on the internet; I usually make a few batches and store them in old jars in my cupboard, so I have them when I need them. For meatless meals, try spaghetti with red sauce, homemade macaroni and cheese, homemade pizza, sweet potato pancakes, veggie chili, peanut butter with honey sandwiches (you can add sliced banana and raisins), omelets or quiches. We do eat meat, but have cut way down on our portions.
Congratulations to you for your discovery of a frugal life. My husband and I were remarking this morning that when you have more money than you need, you pay no attention to your waste. When you are living on the edge (as are we), you find many ways you can spend less money than you had before. It's very eye-opening. We also than God daily for giving us what we have.
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