One thing I’ve noticed about not only myself, but about some of the great frugal friends I’ve accumulated in the past few years, is that we make a point of making “something out of nothing.”
Whether it’s a sale at our local store that seems to have hidden deals no one else could find, or creating great homemade cleaners to use instead of going out and spending 4 bucks on harmful chemicals, we make do in all occasions.
I was reminded of how great it is to use frugal ingenuity this past weekend. Hubby was a groomsman at a wedding while I had to go to my parents’ house to “babysit” my 14 year old sister. Maybe my memory is skewed, but I always remembered the fridge at my parent’s house being full of food. At all times. Food Food Food. Well, when I arrived last Saturday and they scooted out the door to attend a friend’s 50th birthday party, they left me with pretty much nothing in the fridge and a hungry toddler and teenager. Not a good combination.
But, my ingenuity kicked into overtime. I was determined to find something, ANYTHING, to put together to feed the two monsters. I could have easily ordered a pizza and put it on my debit card, but spending 20 bucks for the 3 of us to eat sub-par food was not in my frugal vocabulary. I was on the prowl.
I hit the jackpot when I found eggs, already made brown rice and half an onion. I searched the freezer and found frozen veggies. Score! Add in the fresh ginger in the produce drawer and some jarred teriyaki marinade, and fried rice was created! It was only a little bit of everything, but once I made it, my sister commented that it was “way too much!” We all ate like Kings and there were still some leftovers.
When my parents came home, I told them I found a few things and made sis some fried rice…with leftovers. Little did I know, while I was putting Sonny to bed, my sister was down in the kitchen finishing off the rest. Guess it was good.
I appreciated how great it was to just use my noodle and create something from nothing. Saving money and still making a healthy meal. Showing my sister that you don’t always have to order out and that a cheap meal is always lurking somewhere in the house.
This is true with our money. In a real pinch, we always seem to find something out of nothing. Rebate money from items that we get cheap or free, Chirstmas gifts just from clicking e-mails for a few weeks, and even items to pamper ourselves without wasting a dime. Creating something out of nothing is a gift we all share and are able to pass on to our family and friends. Being frugal is beneficial….even when staring into an empty fridge.