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Cooking it up!

Mass Cooking to save money

As a Stay at Home Mom we tend to cut corners anywhere we can, coloring our own hair, cutting it (don't do this yourself, I'm still growing mine out), not many date nights with our spouses — basically any time you can save a buck in order to be home with your kids we'll do it.

I was browsing (an online virtual pin board) one day last week and came across a "pin" from this woman that cooked 65 breakfast/lunches and 35 dinners for $130. Sure, I want to see if this could really work.

I made my list of grocery items and trekked to the grocery store to purchase the $130 worth of items that I needed. It did run me a little more that $130 due to the fact that I tried to stick with healthir replacements. 

This was on Friday, it is now Monday and I still haven't gotten up the motivation to actually pull this off. I tried, believe me I tried. I told myself this very morning that tonight will be the night. Psyched myself up for it and everything. 

Now tomorrow will be the day because the use by dates are about to run out and it would definitely be a wasted effort. I'll let you know how it goes!

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Julie Weisberg April 10, 2012 at 04:29 PM
"I call it Freezer Cooking. It saves time and a ton of cash." — East Haven Patch reader Rebecca Angeletti Turcio said on our Facebook page (http://ow.ly/abBnD).
Jackie Sargent April 11, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I cook dinner every night at home. My mom calls me the "freezer queen" but I'm the one laughing when I save money by not throwing out leftovers, or making extra to freeze for later when I don't want to or don't have time to cook. I made extra pies for Easter and froze them so when I have company, I don't have to go and buy something or rush to bake something. I love it! I also make smoothies for my toddler and use the extra to make ice pops with instead of ditching the rest. Something I started years ago with my daughter when things were tight as a single mom. I freeze bananas when they get too ripe and grapes too. They're delicious frozen! I dehydrate them sometimes for a snack that lasts forever! I tried to get my mom to make stuff for the week to freeze, but she hates to cook. Oh well, I tried.
Lise Cavallaro April 11, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Maybe Julie should have a new recipe article once a week. I'm always looking for new things to try.
Julie Weisberg April 11, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Lise: I like that idea. I'm sure like many of us here, I do love to cook and just be in the kitchen. I think it would be great to have a cooking-related blog on EHP where the poster shares recipes. If anyone has a suggestion for a good candidate for that here in town, let them know I'd love to have them join our growing band of local voices!

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