Over the last few years, we’ve had to become experts at simply frugal living. A financially incontinent ex-husband and a global financial crisis took their toll on my disposable income, so a lot of belt-tightening was called for. Frugal living is now a habit that’s deeply ingrained, but it’s one which enables the reluctant teen and I to have a great life and to travel!
My mum and my gran were brilliant at making ‘something from nothing’ from the fridge, and I leaned heavily on their tips when my finances were at their tightest. My granny’s mantra was ‘look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves’.
Granny’s 5 tops tips that I live with are:
- Always shop from a list and if it’s not on the list, it’s not in the trolley
- Never throw food away
- Eat an (almost) vegan diet
- Cook everything from scratch
- Grow your own herbs, veggies and flowers
Leftover veggies are some of my favourite things; there’s almost always some in my fridge. I add them to casseroles, pies and pasta dishes. I’ve even managed to sneak leftover sprouts into a turkey pie and have the reluctant teen declare it delicious.
Here I had some leftover sweetcorn, carrots and roasted courgettes, which were far too tasty to throw out.
They don’t look like much here, but there’s plenty to make a filling soup for two hungry people. All I needed was a chopped onion, a veggie stock cube, some oregano, tomato paste plus chili flakes and seasoning.
The best thing about cooking with leftovers is that there’s no need for a recipe. It’s all about being creative, experimenting with flavours and using up all the good things left in the fridge. Anything goes as it’s hard to go wrong with veggies.
This is such a quick easy dish to make and it costs peanuts, so it really ticks all my simply frugal living buttons! We’re heading off for a day of kayaking so I’ve poured the hot soup into a food flask for us to enjoy when we are finished on the river. I know the teen will demolish it all…
Here’s the food flask we use – I’ve tested a few and this one is definitely the best. It comes with a handy fold up spoon, it keeps food piping hot for hours and (most important) it doesn’t leak!
You can get one just like this here
UPDATE: The soup was a roaring success after the kayaking. One very hungry, cold boy polished it all off.
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