There's different tiers of being frugal, and sometimes I'm on my game and trying as hard as I can, and sometimes I'm just a pull a can of chicken out of the food storage and screw how much it costs kind of a gal? Know what I mean?
For instance, will I be frugal enough to grind my own wheat? and honestly, would it save me any money anyway? Still, I am torn on the wheat grinder. Would the money be better left in our emergency savings? It seems like everyone on here was "go for it." And frankly, I lean towards "no way" -- because space and money are my two big issues here. Anyone want to play devil's advocate? Come on, I know there are plenty of devils out there!
Today I chose to crock-pot up some of the super cheap chicken I got a few weeks ago. I just put it in with some celery, onion, water and a few baby carrots and set it on high for about 3.5 hours. When the chicken was up to temperature I pulled it out, let it cool for a bit. I strained out the vegetables and kept the liquid to use as chicken stock. Then I took the chicken off the bone (I skinned it before I put it in the crock pot -- which meant I needed to pull it out of the freezer yesterday), and put it in plastic containers -- about 1.5 cup portions. I mean, it was incredibly frugal of me.
Would I do it every day? No, I wouldn't.
I think most people are frugal on a level. I think the goal is to kick it up to the next level, where possible. That was my attempt at it today. Now, when I want a can of chicken (which seems to be happening more and more lately) I can just pull a little container out of my freezer. I've also considered doing this with ground beef, and dried beans. Maybe if each week I just chose a different things to do some prep work on each week, it would help out a lot. Do any of you do this? So, what are you gonna kick up this next week?
BTW, the heater's igniter just went out. We are 200 bucks poorer, but it's fixed and the warm air makes me happy. And heavens knows we all need to be happy. I am also happy I didn't have to buy a new one. REALLY happy about that.
ETA: Holy Guacamole is this bag cute. It also doesn't involve much of my least favorite job -- cutting out.