Best Frugality Tips?
I guess the specifics will be local, but how much do you
?Do you have
sacks of beans and grains
at your house already? Do you get
sacks of winter ve
g, the kindof stuff you can keep at home? Example: I can get a sack
(10 kg) for about £4, which is cheaperthan buying a few at the supermarket where they are often several times as much, up to 10 p each.
Potatoes, beets, apples will store somewhere cool, and pumpkin-type squashes in some out-of theway corner indoors.
If you are able to run a fridge, find the people who
grow winter veggies
and buy them in bulk - fill a shelf of the fridge with
and you'll have a tasty treat for weeks:
leek and potato soup is amazing hotlunch that will be in demand around the neighbourhood, and a dish of sweated leek with (soaked,cooked) beans, flavoured up with a bit of creamed coconut, ginger and pepper ought to come up nomore than 37 p a portion even with a bit of bouillon and the spices.Buckwheat pancakes are great
if that grows near you,
mix the flour with an egg and some water,leave to stand, makes amazing wraps for lunches with some of a leftover bean thing.Porridge is a winner (think you in the USA call this 'oatmeal'
especially if you have managed to findsome seasonal fruit, or even with some
sultanas or raisins.
get bags of whole oats fromfarmers, feed merchants etc
- ask if it's suitable for human consumption. cook the oats up in water thenight before, leave in plenty of water, boil up again in the morning.
Cabbage, carrot, and onion gives you a coleslaw raw or a stirfry if cooked.
I think if you can tackle asmuch as possible by buying a sensible quantity in bulk, then you don't need to skimp on the bits andpieces that help
make it tasty - salt, pepper, chillies, ginger, tamari, miso
- whatever works for you.Some of this kind of thing can also be bought in bulk and shared or preserved - chutneys etc, so it lastsround the year. A big bag of something can be a few quid up front, so split the cost with another familyif it's hard to raise it up front. Best wishes with it. Spread the word, we can eat more nutritious tastyfood, cheaper, and build up our local food system at the same time.Oh, and can you work out how to produce something from home as well? Even something small canwork well -
growing greens in boxes on a sunny windowsill works here, and we have 6 rescue hens inthe back garden (& their eggs work out much cheaper than the supermarkets') -
so we have stuff toshare with others as well.
As far as food choices go- you may be able to
get deals from local farmers on bulk purchases of itemslike root veggies and apples
that will store well(if it's fall where you are now) right now. Also- if youusually buy meat in small quantities, now may be the time to buy in a larger amount (although it will bemore $ at first,
getting a bulk amount from a local farmer, or splitting a half cow with a friends can getyou a better price than weekly purchases at the farmers market or organic grocery).
Gift giving can be homemade items like "free back rub" passes, small homemade toys, foods like zuchinibread, etc.
Cutting back on eating meat and buying more grains or root veggies
(do you have a local co-op thatsells bulk grain items) can also help the pocketbook and still be environmentally friendly.
Lentils, drybeans, etc
We have been tightening our budget substantially over the past couple of years. I am very much intolocal foods, local products, handmade everything. Unfortunately, it is sometimes a lot more expensive.Some things that I have done are to pretty much eliminate meat from our diet. We only would buy localorganic, and since I can't afford it now, we replace it with beans and lentils. I make all of our baked