Chileheads jump on the frugal bandwagon

It seems that with the economy down and continuing to slide further, many people are jumping on the frugal bandwagon. I’ve seen many articles lately about people saddled with credit card debt who turn to frugality to eliminate their debt and stay debt free. Even folks without a ton of debt are turning to frugality to live a better life for less. It seems chileheads are no different.

Top 5 frugal reasons you should (not) eat at McDonalds

I just read that McDonalds had a big third quarter (2008) that’s being attributed to the economic downturn. Apparently, consumers are jumping on the frugal food bandwagon and think they’re being frugal by eating at McDonalds. Well, they very well may be. It really depends why they choose to go to McDonalds. True frugalites, frugalists and frugalistas know that frugality is much more wholistic than just saving a few bucks on a single meal.

Cream of asparagus (hold the cream)

Ever since I made potato leek soup with cauliflower instead of potatoes, I’ve been dying to try cauliflower with different vegetables to see how it would turn out. I tried asparagus and ended up with a winner! It doesn’t get much better than this- low fat, low carb and delicious!

Bean and left over stew

I can’t say enough good things about beans. Beans are cheap, healthy, tasty and I love beans. While the most frugal beans start dried and are usually soaked overnight before boiling for a couple of hours. If you’re trying to put together a meal for pennies a serving, dried beans are a good place to start. Sometimes inspiration hits me and I can’t wait 24 hours for dried beans to be edible. That’s when I turn to canned beans for the following stew recipe.