How To Live On $25.00 a Week for One Person

$25.00 Weekly Food Budget For One

1 jar Grape or Strawberry Peanut Butter Swirl $2.29
1 loaf Kroger wheat bread $1.00
7 cans generic beans $3.85
2 lbs. self-rising buttermilk cornmeal $2.00
2 dozen eggs $2.00, or 1 dozen eggs and 1 box Clover Valley Instant Fruit 'n' Cream Oatmeal $2.25
7 different flavored pkgs. Ramen noodles $1.05
4 cans generic mixed vegetables $1.76
1 lb. margarine sticks $1.00
1 container vitamin-added sweetened drink mix $2.00
5 lbs. potatoes or a large box brown rice $2.00
2 cans chicken broth $1.00
1 pack sliced cheese $2.00
2 cans tomato sauce $1.00
2 packages frozen chopped spinach $1.00

Always buy generic grocery store brands when you are tight with your food or household supplies budget. They are usually just as good as other brands and are a lot cheaper to purchase. Look for things you know you will enjoy eating that don't cost a lot of money when your food budget is tight.

Eggs are very versatile as they can be scrambled, fried, hard-boiled, or used in recipes, and they keep you feeling satisfied and fuller longer.

Dollar General or other dollar stores sells most foods cheaper than you can buy them at other stores. Check these stores out, if you have little money to spend on food or household supplies. They also have some spices for fifty cents a bottle. If you can't afford many spices, try to get garlic powder, onion powder, cinnamon, Italian Seasoning, salt, and black pepper. When times get better for you financially, buy a few things extra each week for your food pantry, so if your budget gets tight again, you will have some shelf-stable stock to rely on to get you through any tough times.

Michelina makes many one dollar varieties of frozen entrees that serve one person nicely for a meal you can cook quickly in your microwave. No one will starve as long as they have some sandwich bread, oatmeal, canned beans, brown rice, eggs, Ramen Noodles, mixed vegetables, frozen chopped spinach, peanut butter, jelly, chicken broth or bouillon cubes, and tomato sauce. Ketchup will work as a substitute for tomato sauce if you can find a bargain on a large bottle.

If your food budget can afford more, add canned tomatoes, salmon or tuna, applesauce, diced fruit cups, broccoli, green beans, carrots, corn, onions, green peas, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. By using mixed vegetables and fruit cocktail or mixed fruit cups, you will be getting more nourishment and nutrients.

Remember when you are making side dishes to use colorful sides because we eat with our eyes first. One dish you can always make like that is to use frozen green peas and diced carrots, corn niblets, and small jars of diced pimentos or diced red bell peppers cooked with a Tablespoon of margarine added, and salt and pepper to suit your taste.

Wyler's makes bouillon cubes in chicken and beef flavors for $2. at for a jar of 20 cubes to which you can add a cup of hot water to each cube and crush it with a spoon until dissolved. Add garlic powder and onion powder to suit your taste. Then add a cup of cooked brown rice to make a quick and delicious Chicken and Rice Soup. This quick mug soup is very satisfying and will keep you full for hours.

Applesauce cups and Diced Fruit Cups make excellent desserts. Just by eating a 4 oz. cup of diced tropical fruit or pineapple, you can help your digestion so much. Fruit can act as a substitute for a salad at a meal as well. You can make them fancier by adding yogurt as a dressing, but they are delicious on their own.

When eating beans, if you suffer from flatulence, eat pineapple chunks with your meal, and you should not have much flatulence at all.

Self-rising Buttermilk Cornmeal, self-rising flour, eggs, sugar, extracts, spices, salt, black pepper, butter, milk, whole grain cereals, vegetable oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, Cha Sriracha, hot sauce or cayenne pepper, lime juice, lemon juice, brown rice, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, pickle relish, canned beans, canned mixed vegetables, canned fruit cocktail, chicken broth, and beef broth are staples that you need to keep in stock in your food pantry. You can make waffles, pancakes, dumplings, pie crust, biscuits, muffins, breads, cakes, and cookies from self-rising flour.

A quick syrup can be made by mixing 2 cups light brown sugar to 1 cup water and adding 1 Tbsp. maple extract when the sugar and water have boiled for five minutes. A simple sugar syrup can be made using white sugar in the same way. Any extract you like can be added to change the flavors. That simple sugar syrup can be used to sweeten your beverages as well, like lemonade, limeade, or iced tea. A box of 100 tagless teabags can usually be purchased for a dollar. You can also buy a box of instant coffee sticks for a dollar at Dollar General or Family Dollar if you need caffeine to wake up in the morning to get your day going. Both stores sells coffee creamer for a dollar a bottle as well.

Oatmeal can be served for breakfast, serve a sandwich or soup or Garlic Noodles for lunch, and beans and brown rice can be served for dinner. Even the most frugal budget should be able to afford these items.

Tomato sauce can quickly be turned into spaghetti with marinara sauce by adding vegetable oil, garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian Seasoning to the tomato sauce and cooking spaghetti for 11 minutes in boiling water, then serving the heated marinara sauce over the drained spaghetti. Start with 1/4 tsp. spices, then adjust to suit your tastes. You can always add more, but once you have added too much, it is headed for the garbage. Canned Generic Tomato Sauce is still a good frugal purchase at the grocery store.

Bruschetta can be made by toasting some bread slices that are sliced in half that have been brushed with olive oil, then rubbed with a clove of garlic sliced in half, then topped with chopped tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese, and placing them under the broiler until the mozzarella has melted. It makes a wonderful quick appetizer or can be used as a whole meal when you eat several of them.

You can use the chopped spinach as a side dish such as Creamed Spinach, or with garlic powder or hot sauce added to it, or mix it with cooked spaghetti to make a Spaghetti Florentine meal. Spaghetti can be used for the pasta in making spaghetti, Garlic Noodles, soup, casseroles, and skillet dishes.

Leftover cooked rice can be made into a quick rice pudding using sugar, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and beaten eggs added to the rice and cooked until the eggs make it thicker. Raisins can be added if you like them.

When you have canned broths and mixed vegetables on hand, you can quickly make several different kinds of soups. By adding some sesame oil and soy sauce, you can create different Asian soups.

By adding lime juice and hot sauce (both to suit your tastes) to heated canned chicken broth, 1 tsp. sesame oil, and 1 Tbsp. soy sauce, you can create a Hot and Sour Soup.

By adding one beaten egg to the boiling chicken broth mixture you can have Eggdrop Soup.

You can make a large pot of quick Beefless Stew by using canned beef broth, a pack of beef gravy mix, a can of tomato sauce, canned diced potatoes, canned sliced carrots, and a jar of pearl onions or dehydrated onions.

You can use just one chicken breast poached until done, then sliced into bite-sized pieces, and use it to make an entire pot of quick chicken stew by making a roux of equal parts butter and flour, then adding canned chicken broth, canned diced potatoes, and some spaghetti broken into pieces. Your favorite herbs and spices as well as salt and pepper can always be adjusted to any soup recipe to your own preferences. Never be afraid to experiment with recipes to custom make them your own.

An excellent quick vegetable soup can be made using either chicken or beef broth or bouillon cubes dissolved in hot water, mixed vegetables, and elbow macaroni.

A chicken noodle soup can be quickly made using one poached chicken breast cut into tiny pieces, and canned chicken broth with garlic powder and onion powder. Spaghetti or Fettuccine can be broken into three equal pieces and added for the noodles.

A quick tomato soup can be made by using tomato sauce and either water or milk and any spices like basil or garlic you might want to add. The milk makes it a Cream of Tomato soup, while water just makes it a regular tomato soup. You could also use beef or chicken broth in any soup recipe to make it richer tasting, as well as using heavy cream or Half and Half to make it thicker and richer tasting.

You can make your own frugal heavy cream with 3/4 cup milk, and 1/2 stick margarine. It won't work for coffee creamer though.

Do you realize that the liquid that most people pour down their drain in canned beans can be whipped with a mixer into something like a whipped cream by adding either sweet or savory spices once it is whipped?

You can wash and peel a five-pound bag of Irish potatoes, put them cut up into small chunks into a large pot with a lid. Barely cover them with water, and cook them over medium heat until tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Add 2 cups whole milk or Half and Half, 1/2 stick margarine, salt, and pepper to suit your tastes. You should have enough Magic Potatoes to last one person for a week if kept in the refrigerator after cooking. They just keep getting better when the leftovers are kept covered in the refrigerator. This is a great recipe to have when you don't feel well to get your strength back quicker.

Try to keep orange juice on hand, because we all need Vitamin C to help us stay healthier.

Garlic is known as "poor man's penicillin."

Germs cannot live in pure lemon juice.

A quick corn chowder can be made using milk, canned cream corn, and canned diced potatoes with some dried basil added to it.

Any fresh vegetables you have from a garden can be made into a quick soup in the same way by using either canned broths, bouillon cubes dissolved in hot water, water, milk, Half and Half, or heavy cream. You never want to boil milk or heavy cream, or it will curdle on you. Just heat it through at the last minute before serving. And you do not want to mix any type citrus juices with any type milk or cream, or they will curdle it.

If you want a quick Coconut Lime Soup, use coconut oil and almond milk and some True Lime powder mixed with a can of chicken broth heated together. Use round tortilla chips as crackers.

You can also make a salmon or tuna stew out of canned salmon or tuna, milk, and butter. Diced canned potatoes can be added if you want them. Season to suit your tastes. Add saltine crackers when served.

Southern Recipes has some great comforting recipes on it that you might want to view.

Pre-cooked meatballs are good to keep on hand for quick appetizers, sandwiches, or meals. You can melt a jar of grape, peach, or apple jelly in a small saucepan to make a fast dip to serve them with for a sweet appetizer, or use a bottled marinara sauce to make a savory appetizer dip for them. Toothpicks can be used to spear them with in the center.

Quick Swedish Meatballs can be made by using a jar of brown gravy, a pinch of nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon each of cinnamon and cardamom, and 2 Tbsp. heavy cream. Place your pre-cooked meatballs in the hot sauce and heat them through, then serve. The same could be served over any regular noodles as an entree. You also can have them on hand to add to your spaghetti sauce when you want them. They also make excellent meatball subs. Just split them in half and place them with spaghetti sauce and grated cheese in a hotdog bun or hoagie roll.

Another quick and inexpensive appetizer can be made by using a store brand Lil Beef Smokies heated in half a bottle of hickory honey barbeque sauce then use toothpicks to spear them with to serve. You could also use a package of beef wieners and slice each cooked weiner into three equal-sized pieces.

Chopped cooked spinach (squeezed completely dry) can be mixed into a brick of softened cream cheese with half a teaspoon of garlic powder and half a teaspoon of onion powder to make a quick and easy spread for crackers.

A jar of Apple Jelly can be quickly mixed with 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper and a few red pepper flakes (optional) to make a hot pepper jelly that can be served with cream cheese and crackers for an appetizer or snack. You can adjust the heat by adding more or less cayenne.

You can make your own homemade Fritos by frying strips of corn tortillas in hot vegetable oil, then draining them on paper towels. You can salt or season them while they are hot, as you want them, either sweet or savory.

Chinese Noodles can be homemade by cutting tortillas, wonton wrappers, or eggroll wrappers into strips and frying them the same way. Use a slotted spoon to move them around the skillet. They fry very fast, so watch them carefully. They store well in large zippered plastic bags. They make great snacks. You can add cinnamon sugar to them for another homemade treat.

Wonton wrappers can be used in muffin tins to create individual servings of recipes like lasagna. Use the wonton wrappers instead of lasagna noodles. Or use flour or corn tortillas instead of lasagna noodles. You can become quite good at creating new recipes.

Egg Roll wrappers can be used to make individual homemade pies using pie fillings and baked in the oven.

I fry delicious homemade French Fries by slicing potatoes into long lengths and frying them in a skillet of very hot vegetable oil. I found that the hotter the oil the better they are. I turn them with a spatula as they brown so they get browned evenly all over. Then I drain them on white paper towels and salt them while hot.

You can fry washed and peeled Irish potato chunks that have been battered in white self-rising cornmeal and fried in hot vegetable oil until golden brown, then drained on paper towels. Salt them to suit your taste while they are still hot.

You can do the same thing with sweet potatoes, although you might want to season them after they are done with cinnamon sugar instead of salt. To make cinnamon sugar, mix light brown sugar and cinnamon to suit your taste, and keep it stored in a lidded bottle.

Shop at stores like Dollar General, Family Dollar, any type dollar stores, Aldi, Walmart, K-Mart, Kroger, Ingles, or BiLo to find many of the above products on sale. Make notes where you can find the best bargains so you don't have to drive a lot since gas is expensive. You might be pleasantly surprised at just how many foods are available now at dollar stores. For every dollar you save on a product, you can add something else to your food budget. Buy generic store brands, as many are just as good as the higher-priced brands.

If you can afford to spend more money, make bean and cheese burritos from flour tortillas and refried beans and shredded cheese with some salsa, peach flavored applesauce, as well as some whole milk and whole grain cereals and oatmeal for additional breakfasts or snacks and some yogurt and fresh fruit, like apples or bananas for snacks and some pouches of boneless, skinless salmon or canned tuna for fish three to seven times during the week for additional nutrients.

Dollar General Stores and Kroger sometimes sell a gallon of Tampico Citrus or Mango Punch for $2.

For breakfast on this $25.00 a week food budget for one, make two scrambled eggs with cheese and two slices wheat toast. If you can afford it, add peach or strawberry flavored applesauce to go on the toast. Alternate cereals and milk the next morning with some sliced bananas. Oatmeal is another inexpensive breakfast food to keep on hand for variety or frugality, and it's also great to use in ground meat to stretch a meatloaf recipe or use in an oatmeal cookie recipe. Dollar General has a box of Clover Valley Fruit 'n' Cream Instant Oatmeal that contains 6 individual packets for $1.00 that is very delicious, only needing hot water to prepare a packet for breakfast or a snack.

For lunch, eat a Grape or Strawberry Peanut Butter Swirl sandwich with a glass of cold milk. For a toasted cheese sandwich, just toast two slices loaf bread and while hot, add a slice of cheese and press the two slices together. In a pinch, you can add ketchup or tomato sauce to a cup of hot water to make tomato soup.

If you can afford some apples and bananas you could use a diced apple, chopped boiled eggs, and pouch of salmon with pickle relish, mustard, and mayonnaise for a delicious salmon salad for lunch or use as a filling for a sandwich on toasted bread or with saltine crackers. The diced apple will give it a whole new flavor. Have a banana for dessert or sliced on a sandwich with either mayonnaise or peanut butter for another sandwich variety. Freshly sliced tomatoes make a wonderful sandwich on whole wheat bread spread with mayonnaise, and salt and pepper the slices of tomatoes.

Individual diced fruit cups such as peaches, pineapple, pears, or tropical fruit actually taste better than fresh fruits.

If your food budget will allow this, popcorn makes a great snack while watching tv or a movie at home. Netflix online will give you unlimited viewing of instant movies for $7.99 a month if you can't afford cable tv. Popcorn is better as a snack because it is a whole grain. Dollar General sells a large bag of pretzels for a dollar. A bag of round Tostitos and a big jar of Salsa make a very satisfying snack for those times when you crave something but don't know what it is you are craving.

If your personal budget doesn't allow for cable tv, use your internet service to access individual tv channels' websites online and search for tv episodes that are shown online for free. offers a lot of free full episodes to watch for free online, and also allows people to watch some tv episodes online for free.

Kool-Aid packs that are doubled in strength make a close second to flavored soft drinks.

For dinner, cook a pot of beans or lentils or open a can of fat-free Luck's beans (the only canned brand with the closest taste to home cooked delicious beans I have ever found,) a skillet of cornbread, and some type potatoes or brown rice every two days and keep the leftovers refrigerated for the following day's dinner.

Kroger makes cooked chicken breast chunks that come in pouches that are excellent to use to make Chicken Salad or Chicken Stir-Fry Vegetables.

If you can afford it, you can also fry some salmon patties by mixing in some cornmeal, lemon juice, Old Bay Seasoning, and one egg, then forming into patties and frying them in some vegetable oil. Drain patties on paper towels (or a brown paper bag) when golden brown on both sides then serve with ketchup.

Bean patties can be made in the same way. Just mash them, and add some flour and one egg to bind them together, then form patties, and fry them in hot oil on both sides until brown. Beans are an excellent fiber and protein food.

Any nuts can be pulverized in a food processor to make nut patties in the same way. Bind them together with a beaten egg white and some cornstarch, with any seasonings you want in them, then form patties, and fry them in hot oil until golden brown on both sides.

Potatoes can be baked, fried, mashed, stewed, or boiled for variety. Don't forget about sweet potatoes. They are very healthy to eat.

Spinach is good for the nervous system, as is brown rice, and both are loaded with B Vitamins. Frozen chopped spinach is a very frugal product to use. Just squeeze out the water once you microwave it for five minutes in the package it comes in, then add some butter and a bit of garlic powder and mix into it. Mashed sweet potatoes can be found in the frozen foods section of stores and usually are very inexpensive. Try mashing a can of carrots with some minced ginger for a delicious and different side dish. White rice has had all the nutrients stripped from it, so use brown rice instead which has B Vitamins in it. B-Complex Vitamins can help anyone who has nerve problems to calm down when overstressed or overwhelmed. B12 sublingual supplements might give you more energy when needed. What your body doesn't need will be excreted during urination.

Take a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement daily if you can afford it to make sure you are getting all the nutrients your body needs.

You can use Cream of Chicken or Cream of Mushroom soups mixed with half a pound of cooked ground meat, a poached chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces, or any cooked seafood and 1/2 cup mixed vegetables to make pot pies or frugal casseroles. Canned biscuits can be used for the top crust. This makes excellent individual servings when placed in ramekins.

Buy the cheapest refrigerated canned biscuits dough and pinch them off in pieces to use to make dumplings in a can of heated Cream of Chicken Soup with one can milk or water, and a Tablespoon of Butter, and letting them simmer covered for 10 minutes until the dumplings are done. Add some green Peas and diced Carrots and you have another delicious frugal meal.

You can cook a frugal Tuna Casserole with cooked wide egg noodles, a can of tuna, and some frozen green peas, and a can of Cream of Mushroom soup all heated together. Or mix together one box of cooked macaroni and cheese with a can of tuna, and frozen green peas heated through.

Drink at least 8 glasses water a day to keep yourself hydrated. If you need to lose weight, it is very important to drink adequate amounts of water to flush out fat cells and toxins. A good rule is to divide your body weight by 2 and that is how many ounces of water you should drink every day.

Eating a MUFA after every meal can help you lose belly fat. A MUFA is a mono-unsaturated fatty acid such as almonds or other nuts or seeds, avocadoes, dark chocolate, black or green olives, or using oils such as olive oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, or extra virgin coconut oil.

If you have to cancel anything from the above list, delete the drink mix as you can always drink ice water with your meals. For the same price you could also buy a box of 100 generic tea bags and four pounds of generic sugar and make both iced and hot tea to drink. Hot tea in the morning for breakfast or with snacks makes a great substitute for coffee. For added flavor, add a lemon slice to your iced tea or ice water, then eat the lemon slice at the end of your meal to help burn calories. Remember that lemon (or any citrus) will curdle milk if you use together. Keeping lemon juice and lime juice on hand makes it easy to make homemade lemonade or limeade for other frugal drinks. True Lime, True Lemon, and True Orange are great to add to bottled water or for cooking in recipes. You can buy them at

A tea expert told me that tea is tea, and there is no special tea available that will make a person lose weight anymore than just drinking regular tea would. If you buy into that weight loss advertisement, you are just wasting your money. You can buy Oolong (pronounced Wu-Long) Tea Bags at grocery stores or health food stores if that is the kind of tea you want to drink. I have tried it, and it didn't make me lose any weight. Green teas drank each day do give your body antioxidants needed to fight free radicals that cause diseases. Four cups or two mugsful per day seem to work well.

If you need buttermilk, you can make it by stirring 1 Tbsp. lemon juice into one cup of cold milk. Within 5 minutes, it will become buttermilk.

Eating yogurt with live probiotic cultures daily is reported to promote longevity and help your digestive system function better. Drinking a glass of water to which 1/4 teaspoon baking soda is mixed, with your meals is reported to keep a person looking younger and keep the body healthier.

White chia seeds can be purchased at or and are very healthy to eat. You need to soak them in advance of eating them or else they will take the moisture out of your body. They need 15 minutes to soak in any liquid, and will take on that flavor. They have no flavor of their own. Be sure to drink plenty of water, as they absorb 12 times their weight and size in moisture. That means a one pound jar will make twelve pounds of chia gel. They will stop diarrhea or constipation if you eat them daily. If you mix them with fruit juice, they are called chia fresca.

If you live in a noisy environment, try using Quiet Flents 33 decible ear plugs you can buy at to keep out the noises so you can sleep or study. Or run a fan or air purifier to make enough white noise so you can sleep.

If you live in an apartment complex where pests are frequent, buy some 100% Pure Peppermint Oil, and mix a little of it in a sprayer bottle full of water, and use it all over your apartment or home to repel pests. If you have problems with lizards, snakes, or rats, use pure clove oil sprinkled all around your doors' thresholds. It will repel them. Both can be purchased at,, and, and both can be used to make your own homemade mouthwashes with water.

Clove Oil can be used, placing a drop or two over an aching tooth, for relief of pain until you can go to a dentist.

You can make your own homemade toothpaste out of baking soda and sea salt, using equal parts of each. You can also use Bentonite Clay powder or Extra Virgin Coconut Oil to brush your teeth with. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil can be used as a whole body moisturizer when you first get out of the shower or bath.

If you find you cannot sleep, try eating a turkey breast sandwich on whole wheat bread and drinking a glass of warmed milk. The tryptophan in it should put you right to sleep. Or try dissolving two aspirin with a small glass of warmed milk about an hour before bedtime to help you sleep like a baby without a drugged hangover when you awaken. Eating twenty dried tart cherries a day reportedly cures insomnia and gout. sells Hi-Actives Tart Cherries Capsules that stops gout flare-ups or swollen big toes when taken daily and helps you sleep sounder. Theanine and Tryptophan are amino acids supplements that will help relax you for a sounder sleep. sells a product called Sleep Essentials which contains ingredients that help you sleep better.

Watch out for caffeine in beverages in the pm hours as they can keep you awake.

Bragg's Amino Acids will supply all the amino acids in just 1/2 teaspoonful per day. It is an excellent substitute for soysauce. You can use it to spray on a lot of foods to make them have more flavor. Bragg's also makes Bragg's 24 Seasonings powder in a shaker bottle that you can use as an all-purpose seasoning.

In a pinch for money, you could exist on cooked brown rice and mixed vegetables for a meal.

Be sure to check out my Faux Meat Recipes.

Almost anyone could afford instant oatmeal and toast, cooked brown rice and a can of mixed vegetables, and Michelina dollar frozen entrees to have three meals a day.

Always keep your hands clean to enjoy better health. Another frugal health tip that really works is to use Q-tips dipped in 3% hydrogen peroxide, and swab out your nostrils and ear canals every day to keep colds and flu away. 3% Hydrogen Peroxide costs a dollar a bottle at Walmart or Dollar General. Or you can use pure cold-pressed sesame oil to do the same. It costs about three dollars a bottle at Walmart, but a little goes a long ways. You can cook with it as well. Sesame oil is the secret ingredient the Chinese use in their recipes that gives it that special delicious flavor. Only a teaspoonful is needed in most recipes. Pure Sesame oil can be used both internally and externally for good health. It makes an excellent lubricant for the skin. You can gargle with it if you have a sore throat to help heal it. It will help heal sores and skin problems such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Sesame oil will go rancid pretty quickly, so keep it in your refrigerator after opening it to make it last longer.

At the first sign of a cold or flu, begin taking a teaspoonful of honey mixed with 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon a couple times each day to get rid of the virus.

If you get a cold sore on your lip, take 2000 mg. Lysine and 2000 mg. of Vitamin C daily until it is gone.

Another secret health defense is to use Grapefruit Seed Extract pills or liquid to make your own cleaning recipes and take to get rid of pathogens inside you.

Many people in college have existed on whole grain cereals and whole milk as well. Just be sure to buy a cereal like Total which has a lot of vitamins in it, and use whole milk if that is all you are going to eat. Parmalat UHT whole milk in tetra quarts is carried the cheapest by Walmart and is shelf-stable. It doesn't need to be refrigerated until it is opened, and then will last for a week or so. You can buy it online at Kroger stores carries Hershey's UHT whole milk in tetra quarts that are shelf-stable for up to one year without needing to be refrigerated until opened.

Eating a good breakfast every day is one of the basics everyone should make a habit of doing. A healthy breakfast will fuel your body's energy needs for that day, and you will find your day goes better if it gets the nutrients it needs.

Eggs can be used scrambled with cooked brown rice and mixed vegetables to make a quick Fried Rice. You can add any chopped leftover cooked meats as well. You can use eggs fried, scrambled, poached, shirred, boiled, or baked in recipes. Eggs contain choline which is needed for proper brain function. Eggs can be used to bind ingredients together in recipes, and they can help to stretch other ingredients. Egg salad makes a good sandwich spread. Stuffed hard-boiled eggs makes a good side dish.

Learn the simple basics of cooking, and you can improvise to create and cook many frugal recipes. I have some good basic recipes on my Miscellaneous Recipes website for making your own products a lot cheaper than you can buy them. I also have some websites with recipes to make your own cleaning supplies and beauty supplies. All of them are free and can be found on my main recipes index.

I have many free frugal recipes on my recipes links index that you can use to keep your frugal meals from getting boring. When you can afford them, buy dried spices in bottles or jars and keep in your food pantry to perk up your recipes. Some spices that are great to use are garlic, onions, ginger, cinnamon, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, barbeque, lemon pepper, cayenne pepper, chili pepper, celery seeds, dillweed, cumin, cilantro, turmeric, paprika, and chives.

Knorr now makes seasoning cubes that you can find in the ethnic aisle section of a grocery store. One cube each will season a pot of soup. They have onion, garlic, cilantro, and chipotle. Soup bases need bouillon cubes. You can find them in chicken, beef, vegetable, and fish flavors.

Remember also that you can still eat food that is freezer burned (it's just ice crystals that have formed on the food,) but you will have to add flavors to it, or it might taste off balance. Add chicken broth for chicken, or beef broth for meats.

Quick recipes thrive when you add more flavor to them. Always keep plenty of herbs, spices, and broths in your food pantry to add flavor to your recipes.

Dried fruits and vegetables are very shelf-stable and can be quickly reconstituted when needed. They are excellent to keep on hand to always have in your food pantry.

You can make a quick individual peach pie by buttering a hot baked biscuit, and placing one half in a ramekin for the bottom crust. Add one individual container of diced peaches, juice and all, and sprinkle some cinnamon over it. Then add the top half of the buttered biscuit as the top crust, and serve.

Fish sticks are a frugal meal entree. Add macaroni and cheese, and green peas with diced carrots.

If you qualify for Food Stamps, SCHWANS will deliver frozen foods straight to your home or apartment, or you can pay them with a check, cash, or credit card. You can call them at 1-888-SCHWANS. They can deliver food to you every two weeks. They will bring the food inside and put it in your freezer for you, then haul away the empty boxes, at no extra charges, if you want them to do that. Their service is especially helpful for home-bound people, disabled people, elderly people, busy families, or people who work or go to school and just don't have time for shopping. With gas prices being so high, this is another way you can save money on grocery shopping. Schwan's might seem high priced to some people, but it all depends on how valuable your time is to you that is saved by not having to go to a grocery store, to load and unload all the groceries in those germ-laden shopping carts subjecting yourself to all those viruses in the aisles where people sneeze and cough constantly, load and unload your groceries, and then put the groceries in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer when you get back home exhausted. Schwans sells high quality foods and many of them are already cooked so all that is needed is to be reheated. You will need an extra freezer to store them. You can also buy more foods by shopping online than just from their catalog, and it's free to register for their service.

1 pkg. lemon-lime Kool Aid
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. sea salt
1 cup orange juice
1 gallon cold water
Mix all ingredients in a gallon pitcher and drink as desired. Keep chilled in your refrigerator. This drink can be made for pennies and replaces the electolytes needed in your body when you get dehydrated or overheated. Drink two glasses to get rid of a headache.

2 cups cooked noodles per person
1 tsp. onion powder
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. garlic powder
Cook the noodles for nine to eleven minutes in boiling water in a saucepan. Drain off the water. Add the butter, onion powder, and garlic powder and stir well. Serve.

1 cup elbow macaroni
1 can Mixed Vegetables
1 tsp. each garlic powder and onion powder
1-1/2 cups chicken or beef broth or water
salt and pepper to suit tastes
In a saucepan place the water, mixed vegetables, macaroni, and seasonings. Let it cook for eleven minutes, and serve in bowls.

Cook one pound of any ground up meat and one diced sweet onion, in a skillet until done, then drain off the excess fat. Place the cooked mixture in a 13x9-inch baking dish. Pour one large bag of Tater Tots over the meat/onions. Mix one can Cream of Chicken Soup with 1 can milk and pour over that. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, and serve. You can add shredded cheese to the top, if desired, during the last five minutes of baking time.

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