Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
A man staggers into his home panting, sweating, and exhausted. His wife looks at him with concern and asks…. what’s wrong honey? The man smiles and says…. I just ran all the way home from work behind a bus. I saved us $1.50. The wife replies…. Well honey, why didn’t you run behind a taxi instead and save us $30?
Shopping day or food bank day means the next day (or two or three) is for preserving that food for later consumption. This past shopping day I found some ground beef discounted. Geeze, even discounted it was expensive. I hadn’t planned to buy beef until the prices came down again but these days ground turkey and ground pork is just about as expensive as beef.
The original price for ten pounds of ground beef was $47.50 but with a sale and the discount it came to only $26. Not a bad bargain even though I worry more about how much I spent rather than think of the savings I get. (am I running behind a bus or behind a taxi) Well anyway I canned the ground beef right away. It was the most expensive item. I used some brand new EZ seal Tattler lids. Yes, I invested in some new ones. The frugal person in me couldn’t resist the lure of re-usable instead of one time use lids. I love them!
I ended up with 21 half pints of ground beef and a little less than a pint of lard for cooking. That is the right amount for my recipes.
I also cook with mushrooms quite a lot. My stock was down to two half pints so I bought more that were also discounted. I canned those next because they go bad so quickly.
It was a long day in the kitchen. There is more work to be done tomorrow but I have some quilting work I really need to finish first.