Have you ever seen a group of ducks on the move?
Whether you’re watching a family with fuzzy little ducklings all following their mama or a dozen adult ducks heading for feeding time, they’ll be in one straight row.
We humans tend to be much less intrinsically organized, don’t we?
Two of the statistics that we shared in this week’s Google Hangout on Air, "Frugal Cooking and Keeping all your Ducks in a Row," were shocking to some but reflect humanity’s basic scattered tendencies and natural laziness:
1. Most Americans throw away about 25% of the food they purchase.
2. The average American has less than 3 days worth of food stored up in their home.
Neither are good habits for cooking frugally, which is something most Americans really need to do more of.
My guests Jessica Fisher of Life as Mom and Good Cheap Eats, Erin Chase the $5 Dinner Mom, and Erin Odom from The Humbled Homemaker shared their shopping habits, the simplest (but still nourishing) meals ever, the secret to a healthy pantry/fridge, and more in this hour-long online talk show, including my favorite finisher: a 5-minute "do it now" from each of them that YOU can accomplish immediately upon leaving your screen of choice, something that will make a positive impact on your frugal cooking habits without having to plan, make a list, or feel overwhelmed for one second.
Watch the Frugal Cooking Show
If you can’t see the embedded video above, click Frugal Cooking Show to view it on YouTube directly.
Find all previous "foodie" related HOAs HERE, including super cookbook authors, using technology to make kitchen life easier, and The Unprocessed Day.
If you don’t have a full hour and would like to "skim" to the questions and answers you’re most interested in, here are some minute markers to help you along:
- Jessica 1:20
- Erin O 2:22
- Erin C 3:19
- Including some really good allergy info, continued in question two…
What is your food philosophy? (i.e. how does your family eat, what’s important to you when it comes to deciding what goes on the table?)
- Erin O 6:18 (had a time when family income was $18K/year…very difficult)
- Erin C 11:02 (she’s the $5 dinner mom…what do you think?)
- Jessica 19:16 (killed lots of debt by serving tons of beans and rice…how things have shifted slightly since then)
What comes first: the meal plan or the shopping list?
- Erin C 28:05 (starts with circulars…)
- Jessica 43:38 (she said, "Neither!" – no fair!)
- Erin O 37:43 (only shops at each store once a month)
What techniques do you use in the kitchen to keep food costs down and yet nutrition and family happiness up?
- Jessica 41:46 (has older kids, how they help out too)
- Erin O 43:37 (winter soups, summer salads)
- Erin C 45:12 (staying focused…etc. and saving time…)
- The Eat Well, Spend Less series we referenced…
- Here’s the form letter to ask for a reduced/clearance produce section at your store…
Let’s talk time in the kitchen – finding the time to make food from scratch and be intentional about buying practices can be one of the most challenges layers of this issue. What do you do to stay organized and on top of all the parts of your life without letting things fall apart? How do you prioritize?
- Jessica 48:29
- Erin O 50:03
I always like to end the show with something super practical, a 5-minute tip (maybe half hour tip) that a listener can do immediately upon standing up from the screen to make a difference in their frugal, real food cooking without a ton of planning or work. What’s your best 5-minute do-it-now tip?
- Erin C 52:27 (choose 3 meals from your stock right now)
- Erin O 54:32 (keep it simple…)
- Jessica 56:03 (clean out your…guess what?)
Books and Products from these awesome ladies
- Jessica 58:12 (Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook on Amazon + Good Cheap Eats recipes)
- Erin O 1:00:00 (Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert)
- Erin C 1:01:39 (The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook, The $5 Dinner Mom One-Dish Dinners on Amazon) + Erin’s online $5 Dinner recipes
- My eBooks
You can see the event page with some of the references we made in the show, including links and resources, right HERE.
This is the last HOA for at least the summer as part of the "scale back plan" I mentioned Monday, and we’ll see if they return in September or January. I enjoy them, so I hope I can fit them back in!!
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