Leftover Wizardry

by - January 02, 2019

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Leftovers, we all have them sometimes. The question is what to do with them and how to use them to our advantage to save money? 

There is always Freezer Soup, which is a container stored in the freezer, which is used to hold leftovers until the container is full and then made into soup later at a later date. 

My Grandmother, who grew up in the Great Depression, did this and my Dad wasn't a fan. She used to say that he had "champagne tastes on a beer budget". LOL

However, there are multiple ways to use up leftovers and make them taste good, but  sometimes it takes a little bit of creativity.

First off, leftovers can be saved for another meal. I can't tell you how many times I have come home, tired from work, and was grateful to have leftovers in the refrigerator.  Only having to heat up dinner in the microwave on a hard day is very welcome here. 

One of the tricks I used to do with leftover meatloaf is to chop it up and use it in spaghetti the next day. And you can make all sorts of casseroles with leftover taco meat. 

If you have leftover chili, you can made chili tacos or chili pie. Chili pie consists of chili, placed in a casserole dish, with cornbread batter baked on top of it. My Mother served this a lot back when she was raising our family. 

Potato Pancakes are another good way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. All is takes is two cups of potatoes, an egg, 1/4 cup flour, some grated onion or onion powder, salt & pepper.  Then cook like you would pancakes in a skillet. 

Hash is another good and frugal way to use up leftovers. Onions, peppers, potatoes, and or any leftover meat can be used to make a really good meal.  You'll be saving money by using up your leftovers and avoiding food waste. 

Any food thrown out is money already spent and then wasted. Do your best to use up everything you buy and that will save you the most money. 

By stretching the food you already have and making a meal out of leftovers you will be adding one more meal to your monthly menu that you didn't have to spend any money towards and that's a good thing. 

~ Living within our Means ~

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