5 Frugal Food Things

We’re a week into March and so far and I’m determined to tackle my biggest expense – Enter Miss Piggy v Take-Away, Round 1.

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Here are 5 things I’ve done since the beginning of March to cut down this major expense:

  1. Bought breakfast porridge sachets to keep at the office
    Having breakfast prepared at the office means I don’t need to worry about rushing around to get breakfast before heading to work. The sachets cost 75c each and I used the free milk in the kitchen for porridge and tea. Cheap cheap!
  2. Brought my lunch to work for the past week and a half except today (met up with a friend at lunch).
    As I’m always running late to work, having a stockpile of frozen meals which I can grab and microwave at work cuts down time and money in the morning. This week and last I had pre-made vegetarian Thai Green Curry, creamy chicken Laksa soup and leftover roast pumpkin and spinach salad for lunches. Note to self: don’t put 2 cans of beans and chickpeas into a salad – leads to awkward bowel movements in the office!
  3. Made dinner from existing groceries in the fridge and used up old vegetables.
    I made vegetable fritters from corn, zucchini, potatoes, onion and eggs which I already had in the fridge and paired these with crispy bacon. This made enough for 2 dinners and a lunch. Yum!
  4. Switched to healthy snacks
    Instead of chips and junk food for snacks, I’ve switched to healthier alternatives. I’ve become addicted to oven-baked, sea salt and olive oil kale chips ($2.50 for a large kale bunch) and seasonal fruit. I buy imperfect fruits which is much cheaper and the same quality, which is great given some fruit can be quite pricey. I also stock up on soft cheeses and crackers which is cheap at my supermarket – $3 for a quarter wheel of camembert – no one can complain about that!

    and last but not least….

  5. Kept walking past McDonalds
    At the end of a long day at work the first thing I want is a big cheesy burger, fries and popcorn chicken prepared and made by someone who isn’t me. Doesn’t help that I walk past two McDonalds on the way home. It takes a lot to remind myself that I need to eat what is in the fridge first, save money, and get fit – none are helped by buying a greasy $12 meal – and keep walking on.

 

Have you done anything frugal this week? Leave your comments below and don’t forget to subscribe!

 

xx Miss Piggy

 

 

Cover illustration by Blair Breitenstein

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Congrats on your successful frugality! Actually it sort of feels good – like masochism. I made a curry and ate it for three days this week…then I had stomach cramps and thought I’d better move on. But still…I think I did well!

  2. Miss Piggy says:

    Thanks for the comment Turnipsforbreakfast. I bet your stomach is glad to move on to something other than curry! It IS a bit like masochism – cracking the whip on myself! Food is one of my great loves in life so my compromise to myself is that if I cook it myself then *hopefully* it will lead to better health and a happier wallet!

  3. mawermoney says:

    We like to make our own stock from leftover meat bones and veggie scraps. Very good for you, very easy to make and is very frugal!

  4. I’ve love to get into making my own stock – frugal and delicious!

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