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Wednesday, April 08, 2009
With the economy so tight, everyone seems to be cutting back in some way, shape or form. Here at the Billerbeck house, it comes in the form of food. We have really pulled back on eating out, and I've become very creative with leftovers. Now you must know that i grew up with London Broil every Sunday, followed by "disguised meat" on Monday -- which was the same London Broil in fake gravy. It was nasty, so I grew up with an anti-leftover view of life.

With two teenagers, extra kids over nearly everyday, I've had to get creative. Chips (especially since I raised my sons without hydrogenated oil, and they will only eat good organic chips) can be expensive. If you haven't done the non-hydrogenated diet, you can taste the bad oil after a short period, so then the hydrogenated stuff becomes inedible, so chips are on a budget. I buy so much snack food and when it's gone, it's gone.

My kids eat a TON of fruit, so now I look at the price of apples and which ones are on sale. We will literally go through six apples a day.

I buy cheaper chicken and cut off the skin and fat with my Cutco scissors, then, I mix up the leftovers with a little curry, raisins and mayo and you have the perfect chicken salad sandwich for the next day. This is well out of my comfort zone, so if anyone has a tips, I'm sure there are many of us who are all ears.

And no, I haven't given up my espresso. A girl can't live on bread alone.
posted at 10:52 AM  
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At 11:47 AM, Blogger Betsy said...

My children are on a mostly organic all natural special diet. For years I bought either mixes or ready made items. Well, it is simply too expensive, so now I make everything at home. No more mix for me. It was a bit of an adjustment, but in the end I think my stuff tastes better.

Another thing that I do is order off (love the free shipping) or GF pretzels are really expensive, but I recently got 12 bags for the price of 4 at my local health food store. You have to have some room to store it all, but I love saving money. I do, however, make sure not to go crazy and buy stuff that we will never eat.

Ooh, another favorite for my kids is stove top popped popcorn. I paid about $2.00 for a bag that has already made 4 days worth of snacks.

At 12:00 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

K, you might try buying fruit at a local orchard. We love it when the fruit is in season and we can get it right from the grower. It's way better and much cheaper!

At 12:26 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

We're eating in more, too. It's not only cheaper but healthier.

At 12:47 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

We have farmers' markets, but I haven't seen that the apples look too good there. The strawberries and vegetables are fabulous. Betsy, I admire your commitment, that is not easy to do in this day and age. I love the popcorn idea. My kids love popcorn and I remember my mother popping it everynight, so that might be something worth trying, especially instead of the chips!

D, it is healthier, you're so right about that.

At 4:00 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

I try to make big vats of soup. Of course, my husband doesn't eat soup and we don't have kids, but my office peeps LOVE IT! :) There are so many soup recipes out there that are awesome - I have tons. And they're filling soups wihtout being creamy, fattening kinds.

I buy walnuts, almonds and peanuts in bulk and then mix my own trail mix. It's a lot cheaper than BUYING trail mix and we've eliminated all chips that way - costs about $15 a month.

At 4:44 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oooh these are great ideas. I'm jotting them all down and watching Lydia's Italy and thinking, wow, my people had it right. It was all about feeding lots of people for a little money. I love soup and the crock pot. That's an excellent way to get a lot of food for not a lot of cash.

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

We save money by planning the week's menu and only buying what's needed to make those meals. I also am trying to make meals that will leave easily-reheated leftovers so we can pack leftovers to take to work for lunch instead of expensive lunch meat for sandwiches.

You might search online for a pick-your-own orchard in your area. I found one where we get apples for $12 a bushel. You can't get any fresher and it's a fun family activity.

Maybe you could also invest in an espresso machine?

Good luck!

At 7:11 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Fruit in season is always a good thing. Do you have fruit stands around there? We have those in the summer here and they're almost always cheaper than the grocery store.

At 7:43 PM, Blogger Sue said...

I'm with you on the anti-leftover thing. Having 6 kids in our home and only Dad working, Mom was very "creative". :-S

Do casseroles go over well in your house? I can imagine that with 6 mouths at least to feed on a given night EVERYTHING is costly.

At 9:39 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

The closest thing to a casserole they'll eat is Lasagna, but that's actually pretty easy since my dad wouldn't eat them, I never learned to cook them. LOL

At 11:29 AM, Blogger Tina Pinson said...


If you'll eat salad with your left over chicken, then you can also shred your leftover chicken into strips, get tortilla shells spread some lowfat cream cheese on them or add feta or whatever cheese, then put lettuce, tomatoes, nuts, peppers, bean sprouts, be creative and add some balsamic vinegar or lemon juice and have a wrap.

That's one of the things we do with leftovers. I make the stews as well. You can also make a white chili with your left over chicken by using white kidney beans, dried ( soak of course) or canned add your chicken, onion and diced green chilis, you can thicken with flour or not. I pepper to taste once it's in my bowl.
If you feel the need to go extravagrant serve with a dollop of sour cream and cheese. Have a tortilla

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

I have three boys, you can bet I soak the beans. LOL Good ideas Tina!

At 11:07 PM, Blogger Lauri said...

You all are so good. My mom tells my father every day at lunch and all day on Sunday, that cooking is against her religion. So far, we haven't had to make any adjustments, which has made us pretty grateful.


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