Frugality

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more on the pantry principle

I'm afraid I've cooked so many meals using the pantry principle since I promised you more on the subject, that I can't even remember them all. Life is never boring here on the Frugal Farm, here's a sample of recent events...

*we passed our final inspection on our addition! No carpet, wood floor in the dining area, or trim/baseboards, but we're signed off with the city! YAY!
*the weather has turned to spring and I finally planted peas and onions but haven't gotten to the other spring crops.
*the Frugalbaby got a double ear infection and the pediatrician was out of town so I had to wait 2 hours at urgent care instead. FUN!
*above ear infection's antibiotics caused much intestinal distress and baby gets probiotics, too!  read more »

The pantry principle, aka Meal planning without a menu

I used to make menus. And I saved them for reference, even. I have pages and pages of old menus in the back of one of my recipe binders. But as the years have gone by, I have moved away from making menus and more towards cooking with the pantry principle.  read more »

Frugal justification for weight loss

Remember back in January when I resolved to lose weight? I can't even begin to tell you how many sweets, desserts, chips, cookies, and fried foods I haven't eaten. In the last seven weeks I've lost 13 pounds. I still would like to lose 23 more. As I got dressed recently I started compiling a list in my head.  read more »

DIY Furniture for a fraction of the price

I'm afraid Frugaldad and I both have the same disease. It's the "I'm not going to buy that because I can make it myself" disease. Which can totally save money, provided you actually make the item in question. You've seen my fabric stash. I almost only buy fabric with a specific project in mind. See that red fabric under the table? It's going to be a skirt for me. Someday. I've had it for over a year now with the intention of making a great holiday skirt from it, but its place on the priority list falls as I decide to sew Christmas presents and stuff. I end up with a huge pile of to-do's. (This year I've vowed to get through my to-dos before I buy more fabric but that is a post for another day.)  read more »


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