Embracing Frugality!

Learning to live on a single income goes beyond just a challenge. Its kind of hard in today’s society….especially if that single income is that of a small town Pastor’s. Let me just say that I feel DH’s salary is both fair and generous, however going from a household with 2 and half incomes and no children to a home with 1 income and a baby is going to take some adjusting.

And with adjusting, a little creativity. Since I am indeed creative I have decided to make a bit of a game out of saving money. Let’s be honest; money save on household stuff is money that is freed up for fabric.

So in that spirit I am “Going Frugal” which is sort of like “Going Green” only this actually saves me money LOL. Of course we will still try to be kind to the earth. It’s all about good stewardship, being responsible with the blessings God has bestowed upon us and also detaching ourselves from today’s excessively materialistic society. (Please note I am excluding fabric in that general statement). So many families have both parents working full-time and then some just to “keep up” and “make ends meet” which leaves children to fend for themselves or be raised by schools, day cares or family members. My goal isn’t to criticize this lifestyle or condemn those who live like this. I merely would like to suggest that by making certain changes it is possible to live on less money and thus be more present at home actively training and raising up your own children.

I am looking at this as an experiment. A game. How thrifty can I be?

Let’s kick things off with a recipe. The new recipe rule is that it has to be made for under $5 and it has to feed a family.

Michael and I have tried so many ways to fix lentils so we would actually want to eat them….but let’s be honest, we didn’t want to eat them no matter how hard we tried. Until now!

Lentils for Lunch

1 bag (16 oz) dried lentils. Ours were brown, I would imagine any color would work – $1.19

1 package dry Onion soup mix -.39 at Aldis

2 low sodium chicken bullion cubes – free in my pantry.

2 slices (rashers?) bacon – I found a package that was reduced for quick sale .99

Mix everything in a pot with 4ish (I am never accurate) cups of water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to low. Cut up bacon and mix in lentils, cover and simmer 20-30 minutes….or an hour if you forgot the pot like I did. Either way it was good. VERY good.

It is also healthy. This would have been lunch for our family for 3-4 days but we were so amazed it didn’t taste like crap that we ate a lot…and also shared with the neighbors. We were that amazed. Everyone who stopped by heard “Man, you have to try these lentils…no seriously, they rock”

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2 thoughts on “Embracing Frugality!

  1. Sounds good! I make lentils often and I do them a little differently. First I put a little bacon grease or olive oil in the pan and heat it up. Then I saute a chopped onion and several chopped cloves of garlic. Then I throw in some chopped carrot and celery and caramelize them all. If you have basil, throw some of that in too. Then add your lentils (after you have sorted them and rinsed them) and toast them a bit in the caramelized veggies. Then pour in your broth. Let it all cook for a while until the lentils are soft. Then serve with plain Greek yogurt and some hot sauce. SOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD!!! This is the Greek way to cook them and we love it!

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