Post by Jessica
When Christmas is over and the holiday travel is done, our family tries hard to settle back into a routine. But, we usually realize early in the New Year that some of our overindulgences have left our wallets a little thin. And, since it’s not like we can avoid paying the electric bill, we find other ways to tighten the purse straps. The main place to save is on groceries, with some common sense #CleanCouponing techniques.
I like to make the food budget stretch by attempting to use everything (and I mean everything) in the pantry. It seems throughout the year I stock up on good deals. That, combined with my garden canning, can lead to some interesting, but wallet friendly, meals.
Remember that time you bought 20 boxes of pasta because it was on sale?
- Toss it with some canned tomatoes, Italian dressing and cubed cheese and you have a quick and easy pasta salad.
- Or use some of your homemade pasta sauce stash, sautéed with ground beef for a classic spaghetti and meat sauce.
I will admit I went overboard with canning this year. I have dozens of jars of applesauce left. But, it makes a nice fresh side for any meal!
- The ever classic BFD (breakfast for dinner). Scramble up some eggs and whip up some pancakes. Add applesauce on the side and it’s a nice meal, mostly from pantry overstock.
- Our family likes pork chops and applesauce any day of the week.
Some other family favorites include:
- Drain a jar of tomatoes, drain a can of black beans, 1 cup of rice and 1.5 cups of chicken stock. Throw it all in the rice cooker and when done it’s a delicious rice meal.
- Tomato soup made from the extra jars of tomatoes.
- Pizza casserole also uses a lot of those pantry ingredients (mix together cooked pasta, a jar of pizza sauce and layer it with mozzarella cheese. Top with cheese and pepperoni and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes).
Be creative and have fun with dinner all while saving a little dough the #CleanCouponing way!
Have you heard about the newest darling of the fresh fruit world? We were treated with samples of Opal apples during a recent blogging conference.
Are you frugal by half?
Maybe you already use of these common sense ways of eliminating food waste and stretching your grocery resources:
*Bake a large casserole, then freeze half of it to use another time.
*Prepare stovetop items like from-scratch chili and soup, then freeze half for later.
*Bring home half of your restaurant dinner to use the next day for lunch.
*Reserve half of a baked chicken to use the next day for soup.
*Use half as much meat at a meal, replacing it with other protein sources like beans.
*Use half your typical amount of bread for a sandwich.
*Use half as much sugar as called for in sweet recipes, replacing some of it with applesauce.
*Replace as much as half the butter called for in a recipe with Greek yogurt.
*Reduce juices by half with water before drinking.
You did it! You’ve made a big impression in the Twittersphere with our first ever #CleanCouponing Twitter party in January! Thanks for joining us for a fast, fun hour of chatting about being frugal with more than money! We discussed finding coupons and discounts, being frugal and valuing quality. You mentioned the need to find special food items like gluten free for special dietary needs. You said you wanted to learn more about green cleaning alternatives, with discounts. Together, you helped us make more than a million impressions on the #CleanCouponing topic!
Thanks to sponsor Might Nest for giving away a smart, glass canister set, and thanks to sponsor Stonyfield for giving away an organic yogurt prize pack!
You said that in future Twitter parties we should discuss:
Eating healthy on a budget Shopping for organics
Coping with food allergies/sensitivities
You suggested lots of great brands that you’d like to see sponsoring future #CleanCouponing Twitter parties!
Watch here for updates on future Twitter parties, discounts, deals and strategies for stretching a dollar while also being frugal with MORE than money!
Family dinner is done, the kids are tucked into bed, you’ve finished those last few things on the to-do list. It’s 9 o’clock Eastern time, 8 Central, so it must be time for a Twitter party!
YOU are invited to our first ever Clean Couponing Twitter party tonight, co-hosted by CleanCouponing.com and FlourSackMama.com. We’ll chat about ways to be frugal with more than money.
We’re looking for deals on quality products for our home, just like you are. We’re starting fresh with ways to better organize our pantries and homes, stretching real foods into more wholesome meals, all while planning ahead to make more healthy lifestyle choices.
The Twitter party is a chance to see the secret words that unlock three extra entries to our fabulous Mighty Nest giveaway that ends at midnight.
Plus, Stonyfield Organic will be giving away a $25 yogurt gift pack to one lucky person who shows up tonight, and we may even have more giveaways!
Our Twitter party is being moderated by social media pro Organic PR.
So, be sure to follow @Organic_PR on Twitter, along with @CleanCouponing, @FlourSackMama, @Stonyfield and @MightyNest. We’ll be using hashtag #CleanCouponing, so please say hello and share your #CleanCouponing tips with us. See you there tonight!
You’re a smart clean couponing shopper, so when at the grocery store, you start in the produce section, don’t you? That’s where you’re stocking up on a rainbow of nutrient dense fresh fruits and vegetables. You don’t need a traditional clipped coupon to find a fresh deal! Why not start by checking on the produce that’s been marked down the most?
We recently found this bag of fresh looking oranges and this bag packed with nearly five pounds of bananas, marked down to just 99 cents each!
The oranges are an easy go-to snack for the kids or an addition to a breakfast plate or dinner salad.
To be sure we didn’t waste any of the overripe bananas, we started by peeling one bunch and placing chunky banana pieces into zipped bags. Then we stored them in compartments of a no-longer-used breastmilk storage container before placing them in the freezer.
Some of the remaining bananas can be used in banana bread (that could in turn be frozen for later) or pudding, while most will be raw snack food.
Have you ever asked the produce manager for a discount on fruits or vegetables that look like they should be in the markdown bin? Why not? Happy Clean Couponing!