Key to our frugal living is the kitchen, aiming to cook meals from scratch. When done in bulk it saves time and money. We avoid more expensive pre-cooked meals as well as the waste that comes with the deli or take-out bag.
Remember, frugal doesn't mean a life without joy, it means spending your money wisely and prioritizing the things you love. For us that is: quality food, books, and travel. Two of the three were accomplished with my recent purchase of Magnus Nilsson's The Nordic Cookbook. This is a massive cookbook, hitting 768 pages. Our first recipe was amazing -- Icelandic Oatmeal Pancakes. I made them for dinner, and then again for breakfast. We always have leftover oats from breakfast, and this recipe is ideal for not tossing those in compost or the trash. So simple, so healthy, and so delightful. I would add, make them in butter. Do not substitute with American cooking spray. I did use spray on some of the first batch, but stuck with butter for all in the 2nd -- there is a difference. Use your butter!!!! We have multiple recipes flagged and will be exploring those in the year ahead. This was worth every cent.
Priced at $49 I ordered mine from Amazon Prime, using what remained of a gift card, receiving 5% off by using the Amazon Credit Card (we get cash back at the end of each year), and by using Smile Amazon, the purchase generated a donation to my selected nonprofit. Researching this post I discovered The Nordic Baking Book is set for an October 2018 release. I'll be buying that as well!
What's your favorite way to lead a frugal life? Let's inspire others to be in control of their money, live healthy, and walk more gently on Mother Earth.