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!