One thing I have gotten really good at through the years is finding ways to make meals when we are at the end of our budget. A lot of people in the debt-free community choose to focus on the “beans and rice” meals but the truth is, while beans and rice may be affordable, it’s nutrient lacking and a highly carb loaded meal. No, I’m not going to go into the giant carb debate but for myself personally, I have found that I function a lot better with a mixture of carbs, greens, proteins, and fats. However, there are 5 pantry must-haves to make healthy, frugal meals for your family. Let’s dive into what those 5 affordable pantry must-haves are and I’ll give you some ideas on how they can help you stretch your budget.
There are a lot of budget lovers who opt for places like Aldi or Walmart to help stay on budget. I’ve always been a little bit of an odd ball in the sense that I have found the best way to stay stocked on food and on budget is to grocery shop in bulk at places like Costco. How we manage this is a question I always get asked, so I decided to get really specific and share our actual organic, Costco grocery list with you!