Breakfast Items that Freeze Well

One of the ways to save money is by avoiding the expensive cost of breakfast. You may be overspending on this important meal if you rely on convenience items, such as dry cereal, individual oatmeal packets, and store-bought frozen breakfast items, from sandwiches to pancakes. To reduce your spending in this area, consider preparing your own breakfast items and freezing them for later use. This way, you will always have a ready breakfast at hand, no matter how hectic the morning turns out to be. You can approach preparing freezer breakfast items in at least two different ways. You can … Continue reading

Meal Planning When You are Busy

When you have three children, you cook when you can. That is why, although it is early Sunday morning, I am about to do some cooking in the kitchen to feed our bellies, and to feed our freezer. While I understand that some people don’t understand getting up early, for a natural morning person, this is the time that I get the most accomplished. It is a nice peaceful time for serving my family and soaking in all of our blessings. The house is quiet with few interruptions, and my energy level is high. It is good to take advantage … Continue reading

Money Saving Meals for Busy Families

Busy families shouldn’t miss out on the savings just because they have little time to cook. Home cooked meals are one of the best ways to save on the food bill. With a little knowledge, you can spend very little to cook at home, no matter how hectic your life is. Here is how. Crockpot Recipes I’m convinced that the crockpot must have been invented by a busy mom. If you don’t have this little appliance, run out right now and get one. Don’t worry about the expense. You can pick your first one up for a few dollars at … Continue reading

Help! I Need Motivation to Cook

Cook from scratch to save money. It is automatic. Unless you are springing for prime cuts of steak or exotic mushrooms (in which case, feel free to cook a meal for me some time), you will always spend more money eating out than you will cooking from scratch, especially when you factor in nutrition. Heating up a frozen pizza you picked up from the grocery store doesn’t count. Those things are expensive, too (and tiny; they are very tiny). Still knowing something is good for you and your budget and actually doing it are too different things, as most of … Continue reading

What Food Can You Freeze?

Freezer cooking can definitely save money and time in your household, but do you know which food freezes well? Understanding what you can freeze and what you can’t will help you avoid loss of food. Plus, if you know that something will freeze well, you can then stock up on that item or the ingredients to make it, saving even more money. Here is a list of food stuff that can go in your freezer and be enjoyed later. Baked goods, such as muffins, cakes, brownies, cookies, rolls, bread, buns, pie crust and pizza crust. For best results, frost cakes … Continue reading

Freezing Holiday Food: Potatoes

Your freezer can be one of your best friends when it comes to preparing holiday food. You can make and freeze dishes and deserts ahead of time to cut down on the hectic holiday food preparation and cooking. You can also freeze leftovers in order to reduce waste. Finally, you can prepare extra meals that will be easy to eat during the holiday rush. Some foods do freeze better than others, and there are some other considerations to make when freezing foods, such as whether or not to freeze them cooked or uncooked, whether to alter your spices, when par-baking … Continue reading

Frugal Freezer Breakfast Meals

Want to cut down on your breakfast expenses? One way to do it is to avoid the convenience cereal and create your own delicious breakfast meals that you can just grab on those hectic mornings. We talk a lot about creating freezer meals in order to take advantage of sales and stocking up on great coupon deals. But often, breakfast gets forgotten when we consider creating and having freezer meals. This is a shame. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. On top of that, making breakfast in bulk is pretty easy, and breakfast foods tend … Continue reading

Freezer Cooking Tips

Ready to start some freezer cooking? It can save you quite a bit of money when you take advantage of bulk buying and having meals prepared ahead of time. Here are some basic freezer cooking tips that you can use to get started. Go Easy on the Spices Some spices can change or grow stronger when placed in the freezer. Make sure to season lightly. You can usually add more spices when reheating. Know How to Reheat Some foods, especially dairy, may separate when frozen. This usually isn’t a problem if you keep sauces separate from the other parts of … Continue reading

Frugal Food: Three Ways to Do Leftovers

Whether your leftovers are planned or just accidental, they can help you to save money when you actually use them instead of tossing them, as most people tend to do. Here are three different ways you can do leftovers. The Bait and Switch If you go for a restaurant meal, each order a favorite and then when it arrives, halve each plate so that you only plan on eating half of the meal (fill up on any bread and salad that is brought to the table). Get the other halves of your meals to go and plan on eating them … Continue reading

My Turkey Freezer Session 2

This is another day of creating some freezer meals to use up leftover turkey from a large bird. Yesterday, I got a lot accomplished, although my kitchen looks like “Mount Dishmore.” That is one of the downsides to cooking in large batches. I try to clean up as I go along, which can help quite a bit. So far, I have the following food completed and put into the freezer: 12 turkey and cheese “hot pockets” made with a wheat crust 12 turkey enchiladas I batch of turkey stock. While this might not seem a lot when you think about … Continue reading