Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Be Frugal Make a Budget

Be Frugal Make a Budget

The most important part of being frugal is making a budget. You need to know exactly where your money is going so you can save money.

Being frugal is all about spending less and saving money. Frugal is being responsible and living within your means and save money. Once you start making a monthly budget you will be very surprised as to where you are wasting your money.

How to make a Budget 

You can either get a Budget Book which is a hand written journal, you can use an Excel spreadsheet on your computer or simply take a notebook and start making columns.

  • Electric, Water, Gas - all of your basic monthly bills
  • Groceries
  • Gas for the car
  • Maintenance for the car include how many miles driven each month.
  • Entertainment
  • Clothing
  • Eating Out
  • Monthly Salary (actually this should be the first one)
  • Monthly Savings
You get the idea. For everything you spend money on save all of your receipts and record what you are spending on each category in your budget book. 

Add up each column and subtract the total of the columns from your monthly salary.  What did you discover? Are you spending too much of your monthly salary and can not save any money?

Now look at each column and the amount spent on each column. Where can you cut back? Entertainment, clothing, gas, groceries; especially if your groceries are mainly comprised of junk food and not real food.

If you take all the money you have spent on fast food and eating out for your daily lunches by being frugal and making your own breakfast and lunches to take to work you will be saving money. 

It is easy to make your own breakfast and lunch at home. By not eating out you will be saving money which can be put in a savings account. This has now eliminated one column in your budget. You can now purchase real food that you can make ahead at home. Cooking is not difficult.

Write down all of your spending every month in your budget book. Make wise decisions on where you can cut back on your monthly spending. Compare your budget from month to month and stick to your changes.  You will be surprised at how much money is being wasted on non-essential items. 

What are your thoughts?  Where can you save each month?

(c) 2017 Michelle Sargent All Rights Reserved 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Be Frugal and Downsize

There are several questions you need to ask yourself regarding downsizing.

  1. Do I really need this large house or apartment
  2. How much money can I save by downsizing
  3. Can I live a simpler lifestyle
  4. Am I willing to be Frugal
  5. Am I willing to sell my house and move into a cheaper apartment
Purging your Lifestyle

I have discussed decluttering your home in a previous post and how to keep your home clean.  An uncluttered home means less stress, a better outlook on life, more production at work and a happy you.

Now that you have purged your home of clutter are you willing to purge yourself from living in an expensive home or apartment? Becoming Frugal is a lifestyle change as you will be living a simpler life. Less stuff and a smaller living space. 

Do your own personal research and find out how much you will be saving by downsizing your home and lifestyle.  I know in some cases such as a large family downsizing may seem out of the question, however, it really is within your grasp.

Saving Money

You will be saving on your rent or mortgage. If you are downsizing from a large home to a smaller one, your taxes will go down. By downsizing you can probably make more money on a yard sale selling items that won't fit in your smaller space.  You will be saving on your electric and heating bill. 

Through downsizing your living space you can take the difference of living large to living frugally and put that money in the bank. This is a great way to save for the future and for emergencies that come up.

Tiny Houses

Have you ever considered living in a Tiny House? If you are single this a great investment. These tiny houses are very efficient with storage space and you will be living simply. 

Simplify your Life

There is absolutely nothing wrong with simplifying your life by downsizing your living quarters or even moving to a less expensive town.  
  • You will have less stress
  • You will be healthier
  • You will be happier
  • You will be saving money
  • You will have a better outlook on everything
Be Frugal

(c) 2017 Michelle Sargent






Friday, January 27, 2017

How to Prepare Meals for the Week

 Scramble Eggs for Burritos

Everyone likes a good breakfast burrito. Homemade breakfast burritos are not only easy to prepare for the week they are healthier and cheaper than purchasing them on the way to work. Be Frugal. In one day you can prepare an entire week's meals.

Homemade Breakfast Burritos

Scramble 6 eggs with mushrooms, onions, celery (yes celery it's healthy) and any meat you like.  The meat can be hamburger, ham slices, turkey or chicken slices or chunks from a leftover meal.

Then simply take a tortilla add a slice of cheese and your eggs with or without meat. Roll up the tortilla and wrap in saran wrap.  Once you have made and wrapped your burritos place them in a ziploc bag in your refrigerator.  Simply take one out and take it to work for your breakfast or they can be used for a different meal.

Hamburger

It is so easy to scramble hamburger with all of your favorite spices and make meatballs if you so choose.

Scrambled hamburger can be used in your breakfast burritos for a meat, in spaghetti sauce and you can place your scrambled hamburger in ziploc bags and place the extra in the freezer for another meal.

Hard Boiled Eggs

You can never go wrong with having hard boiled eggs in your refrigerator.  They can be made into deviled eggs, eaten for a snack, made into egg salad and sliced to put into salads.

Pre-Cut Onions

Do you like onions and use them in your meals? Take a couple of onions chop them up and put them in a ziploc bag or plastic container.  These pre-cut onions will last you up to two weeks.

Salad for a Week

Cut veggies, chunks of cheese, cherry tomatoes and greens. Put in a boiled egg. Place in individual containers and you have lunch or a snack for your children when they come home. Remember that you need to put your salad dressing in a separate container so you can dip or pour over your pre-made salads or your greens will wilt.

Note:  if you are placing your pre-made meals in plastic bags remember to remove as much air as you can so your pre-made meals will stay fresh for the week.

Eat Healthy Be Frugal

(c) Michelle Sargent All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

How to Make Extra Money

It is Easier than you Think

We all can use extra money right? I bet you did not know you have extra money already in your home.  Here are ten ways you can make extra money to put in your piggy bank.  Be Frugal!


  1. Have a Yard Sale
  2. Sell items on eBay, Amazon or Craigslist. If you have broken toys or bicycles and lawnmowers that are broken you can make money by selling these instead of throwing them out. There are many people that can repair small engines and bicycles. There are artists that use old broken toys. You are helping out others in turn to make extra money.
  3. What are your hidden talents: Blog, write a book, paint, photographer etc.
  4. Run errands for $5.00
  5. Get a better job
  6. Become a part time virtual assistant if you have office skills
  7. Learn a new skill such as photography or jewelry making and sell your photographs and jewelry online. This can be done part time.
  8. Are you bilingual? Become a translator part time
  9. Go to yard sales and resell items at your own yard sale, eBay, Craigslist. My sister and I used to do this and in September we would sell everything we bought at yard sales and this would be our Christmas money.
  10. Change Banks. Look into a credit union that will help build your credit. Check out different banks and find out which is the best bank with high interest rates on savings accounts and one that has no extra fees.
(c) 2017 Michelle Sargent All Rights Reserved

Clean and Clear your Home and Mind

Everything Has a Place

If you live in a cluttered home this clutters your life, your mind and your health.

A cluttered home causes unnecessary stress in your life. Stress in turn causes health issues which causes doctor appointments and money out of your pocket.  Not to mention if you are stressed about your home you are most certainly going to be stressed at work and you will not be as productive as you can be.

How to effectively clean and unclutter your home and life.

As mentioned in my previous post you have to pick one room at a time. Concentrate on that one room until everything is entirely cleaned and everything is put in it's appropriate place.

  • If you have family they can help. Make it a family affair as this is certainly teaching your children how to keep their rooms clean
  • Grab your trash can and start throwing out any and all trash
  • Wipe down all table tops with a nice smelling cleaner. This includes bookcases, windowsills, televisions etc
  • Vacuum the floor, chairs and couch. Don't forget to clean under the couch cushions as I bet you'll find food and money.
  • Clear the cobwebs out of the corners of the ceiling
  • Go through what you removed from the room and decide if you actually need it in that room. 
  • Clean windows inside and out
  • Wash your curtains
Need vs. Want:  Need is something that benefits how you want to live frugally and want is wanting something that has absolutely no purpose.
  • Your room should not only look clean and uncluttered but smell clean and be pleasant to your eyes.
Closets - Bedrooms - Home Office
  • Remove everything from the room. These rules go for all of your home's closets. 
  • Make piles: donate, throw away, yard sale
  1. Doesn't fit - donate
  2. Haven't worn or used in 2 years - donate your clothes
  3. Broken, ripped, stained - throw away
  4. Duplicates - donate one or throw out if it no longer works
  5. Mismatched socks? Use them as cleaning rags. This will cut down on purchasing paper towels. Be Frugal.
  6. Throw away any broken toys
  7. Donate all outgrown clothing if they are gently used. Otherwise throw them out.
  8. Donate outgrown toys if they are not broken and gently used.
  9. Put appropriate toys in their proper place. Purchase organizers if need be such as totes or rolling organizers.
  10. Put back what you need and donate what you do not need 
Keep closets, counter tops, windows and windowsills clean, keep all floors clean and clear. 

If you use something put it back where you got it from. Everything has a place and everything is put back in it's place.

Once you have uncluttered and organized your home and every room and closet in it you will be amazed at how destressed you will feel.  You will find you will be more productive.  You will save money because you know where everything is and you are not hunting to find the remote or have to purchase another one.

Unclutter and free your mind. 

(c) 2017 Michelle Sargent







Saturday, January 21, 2017

Get Organized for better Frugality

Clutter is Procrastination

One of the rules of thumb in being frugal is to be organized. If you are not organized how can you be frugal?

Living a cluttered lifestyle is the same definition of being a procrastinator; I'll do it tomorrow. Many people who live in a cluttered lifestyle do not know what they really have because they purchase twice the amount of "things" or "stuff" that they don't really need.

Clean your Clutter and Free your Mind

  • Clutter causes Stress
  • A cluttered kitchen makes you want to go out to eat instead of cooking healthy home cooked meals
  • Do you park your vehicle outside of your garage? Then clean and organize your garage
  • Clutter can cause you to not relax in your own home
  • Clutter at home causes clutter at work so you are working longer hours to play "catch up"
  • Clutter can cause an unwanted trip and fall causing you a trip to the emergency room
  • You do not make repairs to your home because there is clutter in the way. 
  • You purchase more toys for your children because your children can't find their own toys.
Unclutter Tips for the Kitchen

To be frugal and unclutter the right way take one room at a time so you do not get discouraged and quit. Let's start in the kitchen because the kitchen in the 'Heart' of your home.  It is where the family sits together (or should be) to have a family meal. The kitchen is where healthy homemade dinners are made with love.
  • Start with counter tops and clear and clean them off with Clorox water to get rid of any possible contaminants. Clorox also gives a clean smell to the kitchen
  • Throw out the trash
  • Clean your trash can and disinfect it
  • Clean your cabinets: Check dates on food and if expired throw the food out. Clean up your spices. Scrub your cabinets down so they are clean
  • Sort the silver wear and clean the silver wear holder
  • Clean all the drawers
  • Throw out nasty old pots and pans you no longer use because you have new pots and pans
  • Throw out chipped dishes and glasses. Someone is going to get hurt.
  • Do you have canisters you do not use? Use them or donate them to a second hand store
  • Clean out and scrub down your refrigerator and freezer. There is nothing worse than a disgusting refrigerator and freezer with dried up food all over the shelves. Don't forget to clean the gaskets. Clean refrigerator gaskets not only help your doors close tight you are getting rid of mildew and food spills.
Are you following me?  Clean the entire kitchen!  Once your kitchen is clean of clutter and trash you and your family will not only want to sit down and have a meal together but you will want to cook dinner for your family.

Your family can help with cleaning the kitchen. Make it a family organization day. Not to mention you are teaching your children how to be responsible and that chores do need to be done to keep a tidy, organized, clean and unstressed family. 

Once your kitchen is clean keep it clean.  By wiping up spills and doing the dishes after each meal your kitchen will remain clean and uncluttered. Wash your kitchen floor once a week.  

Now that the kitchen is clean and organized what's for dinner?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Homemade Baby Food

Why Purchase Baby Food?

Once your baby has turned one year of age you can certainly make your own homemade baby food instead of purchasing it in expensive little jars.

Not to mention this pre-processed baby food is full of toxic preservatives.

Making homemade baby food is not as time consuming as you think as you have already cooked the meat and vegetables for your family's dinner.

Puree'

You will need to have a blender or food processor. On some homemade baby foods only need a fork to mash up the food; e.g. banana, avocado.

Puree' squash, vegetables, meats and cooked fruits in your blender. You can even mix up the food to make a meal such as puree' turkey with mashed potato and zucchini or other vegetable you have already prepared for your own dinner.

Preserving Homemade Baby Food

Since once you puree' the baby food you will end up with more than one serving.  All you need to do is place the leftover homemade baby food in an ice cube tray.

Ice cube trays make perfect one serving sizes for your baby.  Once frozen, just pop out the baby food cube and place in a freezer bag. Make sure you mark the freezer bag with the contents.

Saving Money

You will be saving a ton of money by making your own baby food. Don't believe me then look at the price you are paying per little jar and add up this amount. This is extra money that does not need to be spent since you already have purchased the food, the same food you are cooking for dinner.

Place the money you would have spent on purchased baby food and put that money in your piggy bank each week.  You will be surprised at how much you are saving.

Plus, all you have to do is take out a frozen cube of baby food place it in a bowl in the refrigerator to thaw. This is a time saver and helps when you have a baby sitter.

With making your own baby food your baby can smell that they are eating the same thing you are. You might find that your baby won't be so fussy when introducing new foods.  Babies tend to mimic their parents. If your baby sees and smells they are eating the same thing you are it will be easier to introduce new foods to their diet.

Do stay away from foods that produce gas such as beans, especially if you have a baby with colic.

Copyright 2017 Michelle Sargent All Rights Reserved




Cell Phone Savings and more Frugal Tips

Saving Money is Easier than you Think

The best part about being frugal is being able to save money. Remember, being frugal is living more with what you already have.

Extra Change

Every day, if you have extra change in your pocket or wallet put it in a piggy bank. Placing $1.00 each day into your piggy bank you will have $365 saved at the end of the year.  You will have even more money saved if you place $1.00 plus any change you have after breaking a dollar and put it all in your little bank.

Telephone Savings

Do you really need that $600 new phone with a 2 year contract and your phone bill is several hundred dollars each month? Are you on a family plan with multiple phones that your children have?

Ditch that expensive phone and purchase a TracPhone where you add minutes.  Pinzoo.com is an inexpensive way to purchase the minutes and you get triple minutes on each purchase.
  • Straight Talk $45/month unlimited
  • Boost Mobil $30/month unlimited
  • Metro PCS $30/month unlimited
  • Cricket Wireless $35/month with auto payments
  • Virgin Mobil $35/month unlimited
  • T-Mobil $70/month or 4 lines for $160/month no taxes or fees
Cable Television

Do you really need that cable television bill? How many channels do you actually watch? I be you stick to one or two channels out of the hundred you have to pick from. 

There is really no reason to even have cable television. Most people only have their one or two "go to" channels or are too tired to even watch television.

Ditch the cable on your television and get a rabbit ear antennae that sticks to the back of your television.  You will have ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and just may be able to pick up an extra channel for FREE.  Free is much better than having to pay the cable every month. This is an overall savings of an additional $1,200.00 per year. 

$100/month x 12 months = $1,200.00 per year savings not having cable.

Shop Second Hand

It is amazing the clothes you can find at second hand stores. Much of the clothing is brand new with the tags still on. You can find new shoes at these stores as well. Purchasing the gently used clothing is providing you options to update your own wardrobe.  While you are there bring in your own gently used clothing, shoes, handbags, scarfs and donate them for others to purchase. This is also a great way to get rid of the items that you are not using, never used and will never use again.  Share your wealth.

Shopping second hand stores is like walking into a vault of gold sometimes. You can find coffee makers, slow cookers, material for your sewing projects, books, silverware; you name it.

Left Overs

Be creative with the leftovers in your refrigerator.  The biggest waste in America is throwing out perfectly good food.  Why? 
  • Make homemade baby food
  • Freeze your leftovers for another day
  • Take leftovers for lunch
  • Take leftovers to work and share with your co-workers. Someone you work with just might be hungry.
  • Clean out your refrigerator of leftovers once a week and have a banquet dinner. 
There is no reason to throw out any of your leftovers. Food is food and food is expensive.  Look at the money you are saving by reheating your leftovers. You have already purchased the food and cooked it so it is better to eat it than to have to waste it. 

What are your thoughts?

Copyright 2017 Michelle Sargent All Rights Reserved

Friday, January 13, 2017

Can Celery be Regrown?


So, can celery be regenerated such as many people say?  Well, yes and no.

This is celery that I regrew.  All I did was place the bottom portion where the roots would grow in a jar of water.  I changed the water every day.  After a month this is what I got.

As you see there are a ton of roots that regrew as well as some very small stalks. I decided to plant the celery and once I did that it died.

However, with the little stalks that did grow I did end up with very strong celery which I added to soups, stews and eggs.

Try this experiment for yourself and share how your celery regrew. I hope this dis-spells any myths about regenerating celery.

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How to use Freezer Burned Chicken

Freezer Burned Chicken

We have all had this happen. When cleaning out our freezers we find at the bottom freezer burned meat.  We then end up throwing this meat out.

The rule of thumb is if the freezer burned meat is really discolored (dark brown or hard white patches) then throw it out.  If it is covered in ice crystals such as this chicken breast it is still good to cook and eat.

The best way to cook freezer burned chicken is to let it thaw and then put it in your crockpot.

Next you can either cover it with BBQ Sauce and a little water added and cook it on low until the chicken is cooked. You can also cook it on low in water add your favorite spices and it will cook like pulled chicken for chicken sandwiches.

Make a chicken pot pie or a soup.  Cook the chicken in your crockpot on low with added water until cooked.  Dice it up, add cream soup and frozen vegetables.  With a single breast like this, place your chicken pot pie in muffin tins for individual servings.

You can still make chicken soup from freezer burned chicken. Again, place the chicken in your crockpot and add water and your favorite vegetables and spices.  Let it cook slow all day and you have soup.  Add a little flower and water mix to the soup and you have chicken stew. Or add dumplings on the top for chicken and dumpling soup.

I hope these ideas help you in saving money.

Always remember to rotate your meat in your freezer.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Roasted Cauliflower with Cumin

Cauliflower is a Super Food

The Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable. It can be made into rice, roasted, eaten raw and even made into a pizza crust. It is full of protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6 and manganese which our bodies need to be healthy.

The downside of cauliflower is that is has a lot of sugars so may not be the best choice of vegetable for the diabetic person.  It also is loaded with potassium which is great, however, for people with high potassium levels may not be the vegetable of choice as well.

If you are watching your sugar and potassium levels you may want to limit your intake of cauliflower.

Roasted Cauliflower with Cumin

1 Head of Cauliflower
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Cumin

Wash and cut the head of cauliflower into pieces as shown in the photograph.  Arrange single layer on a baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with the extra virgin olive oil.  Then sprinkle with cumin.

Roast the Cauliflower at 425 degrees for approximately 35 minutes or until browned.

Note

You can also add other spices such as; Thyme, Garlic, Oregano, Salt and Pepper, red pepper or any of your favorite spices.

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Cumin adds Smoke to your Meats

Using Cumin instead of Liquid Smoke

This item is available in the Frugal Bible Store

Cumin is a spice that is derived from dried seeds from the fruit of the Cuminum Cyminum plant and is found mostly in the Mediterranean.

The Cumin spice has been used for centuries and is even mentioned in the Bible.  Cumin provides a wonderful earthy, smoky and warm flavor that can be rubbed on meats or even sprinkled on eggs, soups, chili and basically everything.

Cumin has also been used for medicinal purposes to aid in digestion issues.  The un-ground seed of Cuman can be steeped in water to make a tea. If you have not tried Cumin I recommend it not only for the flavor it gives to food and the help in indigestion issues but it is all natural.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Frugal Cleaning Tips

The Sock Monster

We have all had it happen. The Sock Monster always seems to steal a sock leaving only one behind.

Don't throw out that single sock use it as a rag for polishing wood, polishing shoes, dusting and a cleaning rag.



Never throw out old Toothbrushes

Old Toothbrushes are a great cleaning tool.  In the above picture, I took wire hanger and duct taped to the handle of an old toothbrush. I use this to clean out the built up lint inside the lint filter of my dryer. It prevents lint buildup and fire.

  • Clean tracts on shower doors
  • Clean behind the faucet of your kitchen sink
  • Clean tracts on window sills
  • Clean the hard to reach corners of baseboards
  • Clean the blades of your blender or food processor
  • Use it as a paint brush to make "flick" spatters
  • Polish between the shoe and the sole
Baking Soda and Vinegar

White vinegar is one of the best antiseptics that is natural, cheap and not harmful to plumbing. 

Pour some baking soda into your sink drain and then pour white vinegar on top of the baking soda.  The chemical reaction will start to bubble and scrub your sink drain cleaning and refreshing it.  

If you have a garbage disposal do this trick. In an ice cube tray freeze cubes of vinegar.  Turn on your garbage disposal and place a couple of the frozen vinegar cubes in your drain. The frozen vinegar will break up any grease that is left in your drain and will make your drain smell fresh. 

Simple, cheap and frugal ways to clean around your home.  

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Sew What! Back to Basics

Save Money by Sewing

It is time to dust off the sewing machine and start sewing once again. Sewing is not hard to do and can be fun and rewarding.

You can take old sheets and make curtains or even a pair of pants to wear around the house. Take old t-shirts and turn them into a memory quilt.  Making repairs to your own clothes will save you a ton of money. Make something old new again.

If you do not know how to sew there are plenty of YouTube videos that will get you started plus many sewing machine retailers provide sewing classes for the beginner. Teaching your children to sew is teaching them a valuable art.

Start out simple with using straight seams at first such as curtains. Once you get this mastered you can move onto a pair of pants which is also easy and basically straight seams.

It seems as though sewing is a lost art. It is time to bring sewing back to the surface. There is no end what you can make. Get your creative juices flowing. You never know, you might just end up making items that you can sell at craft fairs.

Hand Sewing

Teaching your children how to sew on a button is also valuable as most people who loose a button on a shirt tend to throw the shirt away. STOP!  However, if you do have an old shirt that can no longer be worn make sure you take off the buttons and put them in a jar to be used on another project.

Belly Dancing Bras 


Hand Sewing Belly Dancing Bras is as simple as it gets.  And you can make money by selling them.  A Belly Dancing Bra is a simple bra that is embellished with trim and old jewelry. You can have an entire business just making these.

So what is your take on learning how to sew?  It is rewarding, money saving and seeing something that you made by hand will make your self esteem rise.

Copyright 2016 Michelle Sargent All Rights Reserved

Thursday, January 5, 2017

How Companies are Wasting Your Money

Photo Credit Michelle Sargent

As you can see by the top photograph this ham (not bone-in) has 23% weight added to it. This added weight is basically water that is injected into the ham at the meat packing plant.

Now, look at the photograph to the left.  The price per pound is $1.39.

The ham weighs 7.89 pounds
Cost $1.29 per pound
Total Cost $10.97

Let's deduct the added weight

The Actual ham weighs 6.07 pounds (water not added)
Cost is $1.29 per pound
Actual cost should be $ 8.45

This is a difference of $2.52 that you should be saving instead of paying.

These meat packing plants and the name brands they are packing food for are ripping off the public by $2.52 for each ham that is sold.  This $2.52 is profit that the manufacturing plant is making on each ham.  This adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars for both Thanksgiving and Christmas sales each year.

There is absolutely no need to add any water to these hams as ham is naturally juicy.

Now salt is added to preserve the ham keeping it from spoiling. Salt was used to dehydrate and preserve all types of meats for thousands of years.  The added water does not make this ham any less salty tasting.

I wanted my readers to understand how much food we are actually not purchasing as well as the extra money we are all giving to the manufacturers and brand names.  Be mindful of what you are purchasing.

If there is any way you can purchase a hog from a local farmer please do.  Put that money into the farmer's pocket instead of the large corporations.  I can guarantee you this is pure profit and not one bit of these profits are being used for pay increases.

The more you know.

Copyright 2016 Michelle Sargent All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

10 Easy Meals with Leftover Chicken

You are probably tired about me taking about Chicken, however, it is one of the most versatile meats that we eat.

It is low in fat as most of the fat is in the skin.  Chicken has no carbohydrates so it is great for a diet and chicken is high in protein.

Here are 10 Easy Meals to make with Leftover Chicken


  • Chicken Salad
  • Chicken Chile
  • Chicken Soup or Stew
  • Chicken Wraps
  • Chicken Enchaladas
  • Chicken Chow Mein
  • Chicken Stir Fry
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Chicken Pizza
  • Chicken Shephard Pie
There are plenty more ways to use up leftover chicken.  How creative can you get?  Please share your ideas on this blog.

Copyright 2016 Michelle Sargent All Rights Reserved

Uses for Homemade Broth

Canned Homemade Broth
Canned Broth

Canning your chicken, beef or vegetable broth is a great way to store it safely if you do not have any room in the freezer.

Canning your homemade broth requires the purchase of a hot water bath which can be found on Amazon at Walmart and if you are lucky enough in an antique store.  Purchasing a hot water bath in a antique store will be much cheaper than buying one brand new. These do not come cheap but are well worth having as a must have for the kitchen and being frugal.

When I make homemade soups I always hold back about a cup or two and freeze each cup of broth separately. This is what I do with that special cup of broth:


  • Add it to my new batch of soup for a richer broth
  • Cook rice with the broth
  • Add the broth to mashed potatoes to perk up the taste
  • Add the broth to roasts and chili
  • Steam vegetables in the broth
These are the ones that came off the top of my head.  What other ways can you think of using your homemade soup broth? If you have any more ideas please leave them in the comment section.

Tip:  Each time you make a homemade soup keep saving back a cup or two of the broth then add it to the next batch of soup you are making.  You will find you will end up with a wonderful rich broth for your next batch of soup.  

I hope you have enjoyed this tip.  I encourage you as a frugal person to have no wasted food products and making homemade soup is easy, healthy and nutritious.

Thank you for reading. 

Copyright 2016 Michelle Sargent All Rights Reserved.




Monday, January 2, 2017

No Fat Cooking and Don't Drown the Vegetables

Photo Credit MSargent


Cooking Without Fat

Cooking pork chops, steak and other meats goes hand in hand with adding extra fat.  This fat is butter or cooking oil.

One of the best products to have in your home is a George Foreman Grill (Buy it in our shop!).  By far cooking with a George Foreman Grill is the healthiest way to cook not only your meats but vegetables as well.

You will have time to cook healthy and no more excuses. The George Foreman Grill cooks both sides of your meat at the same time at the same temperature cooking your meat evenly.

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