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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • The Frugal Family: Good snacks, meals made from scratch

  • Quick and easy meals do not have to be expensive. They also do not have to be processed or purchased from a restaurant.
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  • Quick and easy meals do not have to be expensive. They also do not have to be processed or purchased from a restaurant.
    Remember, if you are looking to save money there are several quick and easy meal ideas that do not have to break the bank.
    One of our family's favorite quick and easy snacks is popcorn. However, we do not purchase microwave popcorn or popcorn already made in a bag.
    Instead, we purchase the simple popcorn kernels.
    The bag of kernels typically cost me $1.50, but I can make 10 or more snacks out of the one bag.
    For those looking for a little smoothing sweet to drink, we also like to make chocolate milk. However, instead of purchasing chocolate syrup at the store, our family makes our own.
    The recipe is simple and easy and we can save it up in Mason jars in our refrigerator until it's ready for use.
    For those looking for a quick and easy dinner, eggs seem to be one of our family's favorites. We love making omelets. An omelet provides our family with protein and veggies and can usually be cooked on a griddle in a matter of minutes.
    Usually at least one night a week we will have breakfast for dinner.
    Even though we buy grain fed eggs from a local farm, which typically is more expensive than grocery store eggs, we can still feed my family of four an entire dinner for under $3.
    Lunches also do not have to be expensive.
    Many times during the week my family is not at home to eat lunch.
    However, I cannot stress enough how important it is that if you are at work that you do not go out to eat.
    A simple lunch of a fruit and sandwich does not have to break the bank.
    Remember, if you are looking to save money, there are a few simple tips you should follow.
    When shopping at the grocery store, try to stay on the outside of the store as much as possible. Buy your staples such as meat, eggs, fruits and veggies.
    Try to avoid buying processed.
    You do not have to make extravagant meals to be healthy.
    Use these items to make simple meals. Trust me when I say if you avoid buying processed and make items from scratch, you will save a fortune on your food bills.
    Do you have frugal tips? E-mail them to localnews2005@yahoo.com.
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