I don't consider being frugal as being cheap.
I make my own broth. It is cheap and healthier.
I have started cooking dry beans instead of canned which is dramatically lower in sodium.
I am also trying to make tomato sauce from tomatoes shipped from Florida. This isn't cheaper....it is lower in sodium.
I check the refrigerator at least once a day, to make sure I am not letting something go to waste that is perishable.
But I agree....the biggest cuts in our budget are elsewhere.
- Christmas giving -- some of it is to Charity instead of to family.
- Not buying clothing or shoes right now. Shoes will eventually become a necessity.
- Not spending anything on entertainment.
We dropped our cell phones when the contracts ran out and went to a prepaid cell phone. Much cheaper.
- We still eat our Sunday Dinner out. But we have cut our eating out by 66%. Plus, we used to eat in cafeterias at work. We did eat out during our power outage on Friday. We wanted a hot meal.
But we can afford those little things once in a while.
We each have to decide what we can splurge on and what to tighten our belts on.