In one of my favorite frugal books “Miserly Moms” by Jonni McCoy, she explains that one of the things she did to help save money was to institute a soup night. I think that’s a great idea especially now that it’s getting cooler around here (well, if you can call 70 cool~smile). What I decided to do was to make soup night where I either use veggies from the garden or use leftovers (which I have been very good about wrapping up and sticking in the freezer if I say so myself). I’ve really been trying to stay on top of the perishables and use them so I don’t get to a point where I throw them out and the same with leftovers (that’s where menu planning comes in). Read on to see how a soup night can save you money!
Save Money With A Soup Night
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So last night I went out and picked some Swiss Chard and we had Swiss Chard and White Bean Soup. It was really good and everyone liked it. Even my daughter who normally doesn’t like meals that are meatless! I realized after I made the soup that I had a ham bone from Easter that still had a lot of meat on it in my freezer that I could have put in there!! Going through my freezer and taking an inventory is on my agenda this week! Oh, the soup recipe I used came from “The South Beach Diet Cookbook” and I’ve gotta say I haven’t made one thing from that book that we haven’t just loved!
My exciting news is that I made my first loaf of bread and it wasn’t hard (and it was perfect with soup)!
I used this book’s master recipe!
Here are some soup recipes on the blog to get you started with implementing your own soup night:
- Creamy Potato Chowder
- Chicken & Dumpling Soup
- Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup
- 15 Slow Cooker Soup Ideas
- Low Calorie Vegetable Soup
How Having A Soup Night Can Save You Money
1. You can make your on soup stock for free just by saving your scraps of produce and bones. So don’t throw away your scraps!
2. Soup recipes are very forgiving. If you don’t have a particular ingredient, most times its perfectly fine to just use what you have on hand.
3. It’s easy to bulk up soap by adding beans, rice or pasta which are very inexpensive ingredients.
4. You can save money on soup ingredient by purchasing seasonal ingredients or growing your own!
I love making soup! Let me know what soup is your favorite in the comments below!