Using Only What You Have on Hand …

to Save on Groceries

Part of this blog’s purpose is to share tips to save money.

One way may seem contrary to that purpose. It’s spending money –yes—deliberately spending money. But the aim is to stock up on items on sale—foods, for example—and then use those items already in your freezer or pantry when you want something to eat, instead of running out to the store at the last minute to get exactly what you want.

As an illustration: one day my mother had some spaghetti sauce in the refrigerator left over from the day before. I was hungry for pizza. We didn’t have pizza dough, pizza sauce, or any of those normal makings for pizza. Nor did we want to go to the store and buy them. We agreed to use only what we had on hand.

So, we took out a package of store-brand hamburg buns from the freezer ($1.09 for a package of 8), arranged the buns on the pizza sheet, applied the left-over spaghetti sauce (from a can that was sale for $1.00) to the buns, sprinkled mozzarella cheese on the top of the spaghetti sauce and put the buns in the oven to bake until the cheese melted.

Voila—pizzas that satisfied my desire, used what we had and didn’t require more expense!

This suggestion may seem simplistic. But when you consider that people running out to the store for one item usually pick up other items on the way to the checkout counter, you can see the money saved when you decide to use only what you have on hand for a meal.

P. Booher

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