Eat Leftovers and Save Money

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If you eat what you have, you’ll save money.

How to Make Stone Soup

One of the biggest wastes of money is when we throw away food we could have eaten. That happens more than I would like around here. Probably does at your house, too.

But, making a point to eat at home can make a huge impact on your grocery bill.

My friend Jules is discovering that this month in her Eat at Home Challenge. (If you don’t read Pancakes and French Fries yet, you really should. Jules never fails to make me snort or spit at my computer in laughter.) She’s finding all kinds of great discoveries by eating at home, using up leftovers, and making sure things don’t spoil before they get used.

I know from Pantry Challenge months that this is a huge boost to your budget. It’s good stewardship of one’s resources.

There are quite a few ways that you can repurpose leftovers so they don’t feel like “same old, same old”. I’ve topped salads, filled quesadillas, decorated pizzas, and folded them into omelets. If the food is fresh, there’s no reason not to gobble it down.

FYI: The USDA recommends chucking it after four days, but until that point, you are good to go.

One of the easiest ways to use up leftovers is to make Stone Soup. This recipe is a great starting point to help you use up what you have and save money.

How do you like to use up leftovers?


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  1. One easy way to use leftovers: Repurpose that chicken. We will eat a rotisserie chicken for two meals, then use the bones and skin to make broth along with the bits of veggies that we’ve frozen. (Yes, broth freezes beautifully!)

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