Saturday, May 4, 2019

Frugal Food Tips From Others

I love the YouTube Frugal community.   I learn so much from others on it.   I have far too many favorites to list them all in this post so for today I will highlight three of them. The first two do videos on frugal meals.  Note:  None of the links on this page go to affiliate marketing data for us.  They are all just informational.

In future posts, I will mention other frugal YouTube channels that I watch regularly and discuss some of the things that I have learned from them that we have applied to our own frugal lifestyle.

I only found Penny Pinching Granny's  YouTube channel in the past month but I watch her regularly now, not only for her money saving tips, but for her wisdom and humor.   

One of her videos that I definitely plan to experiment with is

as Jamey loves asparagus and we are trying to batch cook and freeze as many foods as possible.  This save us so much money over buying the frozen dinners that we used to get.  I do have to compare the price of fresh asparagus to the canned asparagus we get for him now.

A second YouTube channel that I watch a lot is Living On A Dime.   While they are mostly food based, they do have other types of frugal tips.    Their Living On A Dime website also has a myriad of ways to save money.   

Tara's mother, Jill, lives on a very limited income and their YouTube channel includes a variety of videos on such topics as

The channel also includes biographical data on how they survived hard times growing up with very little money when Jill was raising three children as a single mother.    If you are interested in these look for the  34 part "Penny Pinching Mama" series on their channel interspersed among their other videos or in their playlist for the series at   

Jill is a very impressive woman.  From the web page for her book Penny Pinching Mama: 500 Ways I Lived On $500 A Month:

As a single mother of two, best selling author Jill Cooper started her own business without any capital and paid off $35,000 debt in 5 years on $1,000 a month income. 
She then raised two teenagers alone on $500 a month income after becoming disabled with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Now she is one of the best known money saving moms on the Internet.

Tara also does collaborative frugal visits with others, sometimes going to visit with them in person.  I have been introduced to some other very useful YouTube channels that way.   I definitely suggest keeping an eye on this channel if you are looking for ways to save money.  Just be prepared to be told "get it together, people" on a regular basis.    (There are regular viewers who think that Tara should run for president as they say that what this country needs is a good dose of her "get it together, people" philosophy.)  

This last video is frugal food related but along a different line.   Kate Kaden is issuing a challenge (based on things learned from another frugal YouTuber) for people to eat for a month on $100 per person plus $100 more.  So Jamey and I would need to spend only $300 a month on our groceries, whereas a family of four would spend $500 for the month.   This includes not only food but toiletries and is based on using up all the food you have at home.

I am including the video here if anyone wants to try it even though this wouldn't work for us for two reasons:
1) I definitely don't want to use up all of our food as I am intentionally building up a three month working pantry since without a car, it is difficult for us to even get next door to Walmart to stock up on things.  Plus, we never know when I will be sidelined for several months with fractures due to my osteogenesis imperfecta
2)   It is not uncommon for us to have to spend an extra $50 - $75 (sometimes more) a month on medical products ranging from Jamey's diabetic supplies to bandages for his leg wounds.     

We are trying to reduce our budget in as many ways as possible.  I will be doing other posts on many of the things we don't have in our lives either for reasons of personal preference or solely to save money.   We cannot go without our medical supplies though and will not cut our cat budget so far back that they threaten to disown us.    In fact, that is why we started this blog - to bring in a little extra money each month to help with the cost of these supplies.

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