Saturday, August 7, 2010

Eating from the Pantry


One of the easiest places in my frugal budget for me to save some money when I need to, is in my grocery expenses. Food after all is one of the most flexible areas in my budget and when the livin's easy, I tend to purchase more expensive food treats for myself. I've always been a big coupon clipper and use coupons when I grocery shop. It's like a big game for me to see how much money I can save when I shop. But this month is a little different, I have a very expensive car repair to pay for, so I plan on eating from my pantry and only grocery shopping for the necessities like TP, cat food, and laundry detergent! It's time for me to tighten my already frugal belt so that I can replenish my emergency fund!


As a single gal, my emergency fund drain got me thinking about the different ways that we all save money. I will be saving money by eating from my pantry the next few weeks and I'm wondering.....How do some of my DeluxeVille readers out there save money? I know many of my readers are stay at home Moms who are raising a family on one income and I would like to know, how do you get by? What do you do without? Got any tips you'd like to share??

Some Frugal Websites That I Like:

HillBilly Housewife
Better Homes and Gardens
Frugal Village
The Frugal Life
Coupon Sufer
All Most Frugal
All Things Frugal

Some Frugal Quotes:

“A penny saved is a penny earned.” -- Ben Franklin, Founding Father

“Never spend your money before you have it.” –- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the USA and Founding Father

“Without frugality none can be rich, and with it very few would be poor.” --Samuel Johnson, Author and Poet

“Discipline yourself to do the things you need to do when you need to do them, and the day will come when you will be able to do the things you want to do when you want to do them.” -- Zig Ziglar, Author and Motivational Speaker

“Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like.” -- Will Smith, Actor

“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.” -- Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the USA

“Prosperous people live on yesterday’s money. Impoverished people live on tomorrow’s money.” -- Wes Beavis, Author, Motivational Speaker, and Entertainer

“He who will not economize will have to agonize.” -- Confucius, Chinese Philosopher

"Being frugal does not mean being cheap! It means being economical and avoiding waste." -- Catherine Pulsifer, Web Publisher


  1. ahh..eating from the pantry is a double whammy, you clean the pantry & freezer out, while saving $$$. :)

  2. after 27 years of marriage, my husband and i separated today. we agreed to get a frugal $399 divorce because we have no assets. does that count?

    in addition to being frugal, it's also a great diet tip. i lost 260 lbs. overnight.

  3. my opinion the best divorces are the frugal kinds of divorces! I mean really, I'd pick a frugal divorce and having the opportunity to move on with my life faster, over hanging around and fighting over who gets the living room sofa for five years any day! Sounds like you've discovered one of the best diets ever! Best of luck to you!


  4. Not only am I a recent coupon clipper, but most clothing is bought at thrift stores. I am always amazed at the name/designer clothing that looks barely worn. Of course we cut back in the entertainment department, limit eating out, and if we go to the movies I have to admit that we sneak in dollar store candy instead of $4.00 candy bars from the theatre. Hope this helps.

  5. I really really want one of those grocery carts, they look awesome.

  6. I usually buy store brand and never buy something just because it's on sale because if it's not something we normally eat it just gets wasted.

    Also I never take my husband because I normally spend $150 when I go and if he comes I spend $300 on a bunch of crappy box foods.

    PS - Congrats Lee. My husband and his ex wife were divorced and she fought him for over a year for stocks that were valued at $0

  7. I've been living on a budget since starting my own business, just before the worst recession for years hit, oh yeah my timing is great!

    Anyway, I have lots of tips to save. We make our own freezer food, so lots of recipes we make, when we do them we cook double, & freeze half, That means that when we hit a really sticky patch or a really busy time we have healthy, cheap ready meals.

    We're veggie so that helps but also I'm a dab hand and at making a meal from nothing!

    We also don't have a social life at the moment, but that's ok, we've got each other and I'm occupying myself with all the DIY stuff to do that is costing me nothing as I already have the supplies!

    Thanks for the websites btw off to look right now

  8. My frugal tip is tinned food. I think people underestimate tinned foods! Tinned fruit keeps (nearly!) forever, and is still tasty without spending a fortune and you are still getting your 5 a day. Use tinned veg when you make casseroles and one pot oven dishes and tinned soup makes a quick, cheap and healthy lunch :)

  9. Excuse this attempt at remembering German: "Spare in der kuche, aber nicht am essen", was a quote my Dad used to say, it means 'save in the kitchen, but not on food'. I think it is talking about quality of food, and making it stretch, so I like to look at old WWII cookbooks to get ideas, it was amazing what they could do on rations!

    Also, for those British readers, is the ultimate website. Martin the money man has so much sound advice, but there are also forums where readers give their tips.

    Like the other ladies who have commented, I also very rarely buy brand new clothing, I am addicted to charity shops, car boot sales and ebay!

    Miss Pxx

  10. How timely....I really needed to read this today! Great idea for a post too, I've always wondered how you can afford all your vintage treasures. :)

  11. Good advice ladies!! Thank you!

    Gingerella...Actually, I shop at auctions and only buy what I can's very unusual for me to buy vintage from a dealer unless it's a good deal in my eyes. So right there, I'm saving money on my vintage things. As for vintage clothing...I see a lot of clothes and accessories that other gals have and I often wish I could shop like that too but seriously a single gal like me on a budget just can't all the time. So I have invested in vintage wardrobe basics and splurge once or twice a year on special things! I'm a patient kind of gal and wait for sales and deals too!


  12. One way I save is by making my own cleaning supplies. Vinegar, alcohol, and baking soda will clean anything. You can also replace fabric softener with vinegar. It wont smell like vinegar when your clothes are dry and unless you have a huge load, it will soften just as well as store bought softeners. Cut back on papertowels and sponges by cleaning with old rags. I cut up holey t-shirts, socks, wash cloths that have seen better days etc.

  13. I try not to browse sites like ebay/etsy because I'm always finding something "I can't live without" but if I don't look in the first place, it's not really an issue. I buy a lot of stuff that's store brand, or in bulk (if it's cheaper in bulk and makes sense). I'm also careful about what kind of coupons I use, mostly by making sure it's for something I would be buying anyways. I've also gotten really good at saving/eating all my leftovers and not wasting food. That used to be a horrible habit of mine.

  14. I eat from the pantry when I need to save money, like before we bought our home, and before we go on vacation. I can get by with just milk, fruit, and salad from the store, and then just eat all of the stuff in the freezer that hasnt looked that appealing. It will save me like $100 for two weeks. Unfortunitly the food stock doesnt last forever! My boyfriend calls it "squirrel packing" when I stock up on food, because its like how squirrels stuff food in their cheeks! ha ha. I also save money buy living within my means, small house, small car, small bills! I also have no TV, phone, or internet at the moment, and that saves a ton! ha ha.

  15. Everything I buy is used: furniture, clothing, household goods, and are all purchased at estate sales, flea markets, or thrift stores. Even our cars are always used. Not only is it frugal, but buying used/vintage is also the ultimate form of recycling! When I do have to buy new I'm also very patient and wait for things to go on sale. Im 33 years old and have never had a single credit card because I've always had one rule: if I can't afford to pay for it now with cash, I'm not buying it! It's definitely hard to be strong and not give into temptation, but it's more satisfying to save your money for things you really need (AND know you have some socked away for a rainy day!).

  16. I am practically a Free-gan, someone who lives on a miniscule budget and gets most things for free. Having a car that is old as dirt (1963) and requires minimal maintenance (that is mostly done by me) with cheap reg & insurance helps :) , I am avid on Freecycle and Craigslist's free and barter sections and the ever popular Dumpster Divin' and curb side finds! Clothes come from thrift stores and when I'm done with them, I resell them to a used clothing shop in town. I make broke look good! There are many ways to live large on a small budget, resourcefulness is key!

  17. Love this post and all of the comments. I am going to check out the websites you listed. Thank you!!!

  18. Count me in as another frugalista! I sometimes clip coupons but mostly I just check the clearance racks (our grocery store marks down organic meats & dairy when they are within about a week of the "sell by" date and I buy/freeze), shop the ads, and buy store brands. Also, if you have an Aldi locally, check them out, they have great prices and some really fun stuff. I cook at home most of the time and I try to avoid "convenience" foods. I am all about Freecycle, Craigslist, garage/estate sales, and thrift shops.