Inexpensive Foods to Keep in Your House

Posted on August 22nd, 2012 by Discount Debbie

We’ve talked a lot about cooking from your pantry and using what you have. Well there is also the issue of having foods on hand that are inexpensive, but are very┬áversatile. Having these items in your home will help you save money by eating at home and cooking from your pantry. These are items you will always find at my house.

1. Rice and potatoes. We love our starches and as long as these are in our home we can make a meal. Rice and potatoes are always cheap and there are a million things you can make with it.

2. Flour, sugar and salt. Have this holy trinity in your house and you’ll have fought half the cooking battle. Buy flour and sugar in bulk and save even more! So much of our food is flour based, so we can start making things homemade and save even more.

3. Chocolate chips. This may not seem like a┬ánecessity, but I am always needed to bake some kind of cookie or treat for something. Plus it’s easy for me to make cookies if my kids want them. This way, I don’t go to the store and spend needless money. I always have these in the house.

4. Butter. We buy it in bulk from Costco and use it for weeks. It’s much cheaper to buy in bulk from Costco or Sams and it’s nice that we always have it because I always cook with it.

5. Beans. Again this is a seriously inexpensive food with so many uses. Have it in your house and on that night you forgot to meal plan, find something to use those beans with. Beans are highly nutritious, cheap and are easy to make!

6. Tomato Sauce. When I get stuck, I can always throw something together with tomato sauce and it’s so cheap. Buy 10 cans and you’ll be set for a while.

What are some foods you always keep around that are inexpensive and help you to cook from your pantry?

Cooking From Your Pantry

Posted on June 5th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

If your pantry looks like mine it’s full of a lot of nothing. There is a lot of food, lots of cans, lots of beans, lots of pasta and honestly it’s been in there for a while. I attribute most of it to overbuying. Instead of buying 2 cans of beans for chili, I end up with 3 and when you do it over and over again, you wind of with a lot of beans. Here are some tips for using the food in your pantry that will also help save money on your grocery bill.

1. Throw some veggies in there! I have a lot of canned vegetables. I really don’t know how or why, but there they are. A great way to use them up and even add some nutrition to your food is to puree them and throw them into what you are making. This doesn’t work for every recipe, but it does for things like lasagna, spaghetti, any casserole, etc. Just throw your drained vegetables into the food processor and cook with the rest of your food. I promise you won’t be able to tell the difference!

2. Don’t be afraid to substitute. Do you have a favorite recipe, but you are missing an ingredient? Try to substitute with what you do have on hand. For example, if you want lasagna, but are missing the noodles try layering spaghetti noodles, or even use some zucchini or eggplant. Try meatless chili or add extra beans. Let your imagination run wild or you can always do what I do and Google “substation for __________.”

3. Use! Have you seen this website? It’s awesome! You simply input your ingredients and they will tell you what you can make. It doesn’t get easier than that does it? And you never know, you may find a recipe that becomes a family favorite!

How do you cook from your pantry?

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