Leftovers and Fridge Finds

Since I’m not feeling all that well today, I’ve decided that we’ll eat the bits and pieces left over from our other dinners this week. There’s some of the chicken from last night, 1/4 of an herbed turkey breast and four hot dogs.

While staring into the open fridge today, wondering what I was going to toss on the table at dinner time, I noticed the row of salad dressing bottles on the bottom shelf of the door. I started to go through them and found 2 open bottles of Italian dressing, with one approaching it’s “due date”.

My eyes then glanced over the veggie bin and saw 3 carrots that were starting to show their age. (They are NOT like wine and do not get better with age) An idea was starting to form. I then remembered that I purchased 2 blocks of 2% cheddar cheese (BOGO of course) on Monday. Oh yeah, dinner idea is in full force!

I ran to the pantry and grabbed a box of rotini noodles (on clearance for $.50) and a pack of pepperoni. Pasta Salad! Of course! Pasta salad goes with any and all of the leftovers and will use up all of my bits and pieces that were lingering in the fridge. So I made pasta salad with my leftover spinach, half the pack of pepperoni,  about an 1/8 block of the cheese and one of the carrots. I of course used the Italian dressing as well.

If I know my husband, he’ll be going for the hot dogs, so that means that I’ll also heat up a can of baked beans. (It’s a thing we have, can’t eat hot dogs without them) I’ll have hubby stop and grab some buns and we’ll be dining like picnic-ers in while it’s 38 degrees outside. Sounds good to me!

Breakdown:

4 leftover hot dogs $.50 (bought the pack for $1), hot dog buns $1.89 (there’s no way he’s not going to stop at a convenience store…I’ll write off that loss), rotini noodles $.50, 1/2 pack pepperoni $.50 (purchased at the Dollar Tree), 1/8 block of cheddar cheese $.20 (purchased Cracker Barrel cheese BOGO for $2.89, making them $1.45 each), 1 carrot $.10, half bag of spinach $.50, three quarters bottle Italian Dressing $.75, 1 can of baked beans $1.00 and 1 onion $.30.

Total cost for dinner: $6.24   $5.29

But wait! We’ll only use half of the buns and will save the other half to convert into garlic bread later, so take $.95 cents off = $5.29. That’s more like it. If we have the chicken, it costs us nothing, because I calculated the whole cost into last night’s dinner. Win.

A frugal meal created from leftovers and dibs from the fridge. Minimal cost AND minimal effort…which works out well with my desire to claim the couch for most of the night.

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About finefrugality

I am a wife, mother, business owner, farmer, foster parent, retired probation officer and so much more. :-) I love to save money any way I can. I just don’t see the sense in handing my cash over to someone else when I don’t have to. I coupon, I grow and can food, I reuse and repurpose items, I scour thrift stores and during the warmer months, my Saturday mornings consist of yard sales and our local farmer’s market with my husband. I have organized local meetings which include coupon swaps, barter clubs and swap meets. Here is where I begin to share this life with the rest of the world. This is Fine Frugality. Because being frugal is not only fine. It is FINE.
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