If we felt like having guacamole then we made it, even if avocadoes cost $1.19 each.
If we (okay, okay if I) wanted ice cream, I bought the flavor I wanted, even if it wasn't on sale.
If we wanted meat with a meal, we had meat with the meal.
Etc, etc. We just weren't super careful.
Then our budget situation changed drastically (but that's another story) and we had to reevaluate.
So now we eat... well... weird.
1. We eat what we have. I am slowly but surely learning the art of "creating" food.
2. We eat random meals. If we have carrots and pizza and cold cereal then that's what we eat. (Okay, that's exaggerating a bit... we're not that weird! We did do french fries and cereal one night though... that was pre-baby and we're trying to be healthier now)
3. We're not picky. I am so thankful to have a husband who is truly happy to eat pretty much anything. This makes me more willing to try things out and use what we have.
5. We take whatever we can get for free. Case in point- Jon's work had a deli bring in sandwiches for lunch and they brought in sliced onions (which no one ate). They were going to trash them but Jon brought them home a whole big styrofoam takeout container of them. We sauteed them in a little seasoned salt and put them on nachos with cheese and a can of diced tomatoes... they were fantastic!
It works for us and it certainly is frugal.
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