The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson 13: When Money is Tight, Get Creative in the Kitchen

The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson 13: When Money is Tight, Get Creative in the Kitchen

soup is finished
Soup is a great item to make during those lean times. Use tomato sauce as your base and just find anything else you have in your freezer, mix together, and you have a unique, homemade dinner.

This is a basic lesson I learned years and years ago from The Tightwad Gazette. It was one of author Amy Dacyczyn’s basic tenets in her life. Instead of getting anxious when your bank account is lean, get creative. If you have the skills to be creative in the kitchen, you’ll feel like you have more control over your life to get you through the tough times. 

When your bank account is flush, it’s easy to become a little too relaxed–a take-out pizza here, spending too much on groceries there — it all adds up. Get creative and use up what you have in your cabinets–cook from scratch and try new and frugal recipes, like the soup at right (click here for recipe). I’m just coming out of a bit of a lean period while we were waiting for some checks to come in and after a semi-unfrugal summer :–). So, I used up a lot of things in my stockpile (and luckily had lots of things I stocked up on for pennies– like coffee, sauces and condiments, not to mention shampoos, toothpaste– some time ago). I baked and cooked and rifled through my freezer and we had some of the best meals!

If you have tomato sauce, flour, eggs and milk, you have the foundation to make a bunch of things. Use tomato sauces for soup bases and bake just about anything with flour, eggs and milk. I taught a coupon class to women at risk and some of these ladies didn’t realize how much you can do with these basic ingredients! Knowing you can do a lot with a little is very empowering. 

You will feel more grounded if you have a few tricks in your toolbox to get you through a period of low funds.

~Marilyn, TFF

3 thoughts on “The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson 13: When Money is Tight, Get Creative in the Kitchen

  1. This reminds me of my Mother, who always said if you have potatoes,cheese,eggs and onions you can put together a variety of dishes.

  2. Hi Marilyn, your Lesson 13 comes in handy, mmmm good under any circumstance, thanks for sharing,

    You and Aimee rock, spread your wings, soar up high and reach for the sky:-)

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