Frugal Tips-Food

Out of hamburger buns?

I desperately wanted cheeseburgers for dinner tonight but did not have a single hamburger bun in the house. I don’t like using bread because the ketchup seeps through. I did, however, have a TON of hot dog rolls. So, why not change the conventional way of thinking and instead of round cheeseburgers, make them long like hotdogs?

I prepared the burger just as usual and rolled them into hot dog shapes and slapped them on the grill. One thing to note is that you might want to put some aluminum foil on the grill because the shape of the burgers cause it to fall apart easier.

It also seemed that they kids ate more tonight. Usually they have 1/4 to 1/2 of the burger left but tonight, they all finished it off!

They requested these again so I think these cheese-bur-dogs (my husband’s clever name for it) were a hit.

Bee Sting Relief

Stung by a bee? Ease the sting by applying a paste made up of 3 parts corn starch to 1 part lemon juice. Adjust the amount of juice to get to your desired consistency of the paste.

Frugal Pancakes

Do you like the convenience of pre-made pancakes that you can just pull out of the freezer, heat up and eat? Do you like how much they cost? First answer yes; Second answer no. Why buy a box of pancakes for $2.50-$3.00 that will last you about 2 days (depending on how many kids you have), when you can Continue reading…

Make Ahead PB&J

So, I have 3 kids who all like PB&J for their lunches. Every night, I absolutely despise getting everything out, dirtying another knife (I despise doing dishes too), and packing it all up again, only to do it all over again the next night. So I tried something last week and the kiddos did not know the difference. On Sunday night, Continue reading…

Don’t Throw Away the Crusts

Do your kids refuse to eat the crust off of their PB&J? Don’t throw away the crust! Save the crusts in a gallon sized Ziploc bag and place it in the freezer. Each time you cut off the crust, add it to the bag. Use the crust to make your kids french toast sticks or use it in a french toast casserole or even use it in your Thanksgiving stuffing. You can even cut them into squares, add some spices and bake them for a few minutes to make croutons.

You STILL have leftover Halloween candy?

If you are like me and still have leftover candy from Halloween, here is what you can do with it:

  1. Put it in the middle of cupcakes for an added surprise.
  2. Use it to decorate cupcakes and cakes too.
  3. Use it for a Christmas countdown calendar. I usually alternate between candy and candy canes.
  4. Potty training rewards!!!! Worked for me! Or should I say my kids.
  5. Create a Halloween wreath for next year using a pine wreath or Styrofoam wreath, a glue gun and candy and go glue gun crazy with it.
  6. Use it to make gingerbread houses.
  7. Use it as math manipulatives and then rewards.
  8. Donate it to local shelters.
  9. Just give up and eat it.

Turn Your Halloween Cookies Into Christmas Cookies

I bought these Halloween cookies for free using sales and coupons but wasn’t able to make all of them before Halloween. I pulled them out of my freezer and put all of the pre-shaped cookies into a bowl. I let them thaw and mixed them all together, adding some red food coloring in the process. I spooned them onto a cookie sheet and baked them according to the package directions. I found some green icing and red sugar and decorated them for Christmas.