A Week in the Life: Day Six (homemade stock, repurposing leftovers and basketball)

by Melody on February 23, 2013

Welcome to Day Six of my new mini-series: A Week in the Life.

Each day I will give you a brief rundown of how I spend my time related to saving money. This could be grocery shopping, banking, using our time efficiently and effectively, stocking the freezer and so much more. I want to give you an idea of what an average week for me looks like and hopefully realize that saving money does not have to be a full time job.

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Homemade Chicken Stock

A few days ago, I roasted a whole chicken in the oven and saved the bones and fat in the fridge.  Before we headed to the gym this morning, I threw everything in to the crock pot with a full diced onion, a few smashed unpeeled garlic cloves and some dried dill, thyme and fresh ground pepper.  After cooking on low for about 8 hours, I will strain and defat, strain again and freeze the stock.  Not only did we have two full meals from the roast chicken meat, we will now have delicious homemade stock.  Not bad for a chicken that cost less than $5 to begin with.

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Repurposing leftovers into full meals

I have been wanting to make these Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Bell Peppers for awhile and I almost picked up some roast beef at the store the other day.  Then I realized that the yummy roast I made in the crock pot a few days ago (that made a boatload of leftovers) would make the perfect filling without costing any extra money.  Normally, we just eat the leftover roast on a salad or for lunches, but it tends to get a little boring.  This was the perfect way to repurpose one thing into another, making it feel like an entirely different meal.

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Just because I love awesome stuff

We spent the evening in Walla Walla watching my baby brother play in basketball regionals.  I can’t bring myself to use the word “little” since he towers over me.  We are so proud and thrilled that they won tonight and are on to State!  This has nothing to do with saving money, it’s just pure awesome.

I did pack a giant bag of matchstick carrots and cucumber slices, so we wouldn’t splurge on something junky.  I guess that’s something.

Welcome to a week in the life.

Please share your favorite money-saving tips with us!  How did you save money or time today?

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