Originally Posted by VeraBlue
Shame no one has responded to this sooner. I think the word 'frugal' has negative impressions. I get your point, you want recipes that don't require lobster, rib eye, and a dozen other single use ingredients that will sit on the shelf for a year.
You don't have to blow the family budget to cook well for yourself and your family. In fact, it's cheaper (usually) and healthier (always) if you make as much as you can from scratch. Most prepackaged foods are so dear because they are packaged in plastic, then paper, and then labeled. Who needs all that?
If you like poultry, consider cutting whole chickens rather than buying boned breasts. If you like stew, cut the meat yourself, and utilize scraps for stocks and salads instead of tossing them. The more work you do, personally, as opposed to someone else doing it means it's cheaper, more frugal, for you.
When I was a girl, my dad was the only parent who worked. He worked two jobs, but my mom stayed home. There were no credit cards. She went grocery shopping on Friday afternoon after driving (she kept the car on Fridays) to my dad's work to pick up his paycheck. She'd cash it and go to the market. Sometimes, she didn't go till Saturday. My point is, by the end of the week, there was little food left, and nothing to buy more with till payday. Some of my favourite meals are pasta with peas and bacon, potatoes and eggs, pasta fagioli, spanish rice, pepper and egg sandwiches, and poached eggs in tomato sauce. As you can see, there was little if any meat left by the end of the week for a family of 5. Yet, we had hearty meals every night.