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Food Frugality (A little too frugal?)

May 9th, 2014 at 03:37 pm

I am sitting her eating a small bowl of what is left at the bottom of the chip bag. I eat it with a spoon (the bits are too small). My husband and daughter leave those little shards, but I'm not too proud to eat them. I get one more serving of chips or crisps that way!

I also eat the stuff that comes back in F's lunch. I try to ask her first if anything fell on the floor or if she spit anything out. She has a habit of just biting off the very tip of strawberries; there's a lot of strawberry left! So even though she's bitten it, I'll totally eat it.

I like the core of fruit (like pineapple and mango). Sometimes I'll serve fruit to F and D, and I take the core for myself. But this is different, because I actually like the core. And otherwise, it'd be wasted!

I've been known to eat the remainder of F's oatmeal as my breakfast (I'm sure I'm not the only mom who does this). And the only juice I ever drink is what she doesn't finish in the morning. But as a result, we only buy one thing of juice a week (and F and D water it down - I've trained them well!).

I don't know if some of this is just ridiculous, but I was thinking about it (you know - because I was eating those chip shards), so thought I'd post.

Do you have any weird, frugal food habits like this?

9 Responses to “Food Frugality (A little too frugal?)”

  1. korihor69 Says:

    Tuna fish sandwich topped with broken chips works for me. I like to mix all the small amounts of cereal into one bowl. The other thing I do is add the chips to scrambled eggs gives it a different texture and you don't need to salt them. On the other hand I shared too many colds with my kids and grand kids that I try to refrain from eating their leftovers. To each his own. My mother rinsed out paper towels to reuse, I thought every one did that.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    My husband will eat all the good stuff out of the Chex Mix so I usually finish the bag. I think you are just living with the motto, "Waste not, want not."

  3. Buendia Says:

    I sometimes use chip shards on salads... Yes, waste not, want not!!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I save the granola at the bottom of the bag -- the stuff that is too fine to be good cereal -- and add it into muffin batter. Probably would work well in pancake batter, too. I can't bear to throw it out!

    I think Korihor's idea of adding chip shards to scrambled eggs is a good one. Kind of like making migas, which I love!

  5. Buendia Says:

    I love migas, too! It is a good idea!

  6. Looking Forward Says:

    I think the real question is: Are there really people out there who throw out food crumbs or bits?!? Big Grin

  7. CB in the City Says:

    My brother in law! He only eats the top half of the cornflakes box! The rest get pitched -- regularly.

  8. Buendia Says:

    That is crazy! hmmm... now I'm craving cornflakes...

  9. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I gained too much weight doing this but yes eating kids leftovers since I hate waste. Now I don't pack a lunch for myself and just eat whatever the kids don't. I never order them a full meal or just one kids meal for 2 of them. Then eat lefovers and a side of salad. I hate wasting food. And eating so much was trouble. So now I just don't bother with food as much for me. I know it definitely is a little weird.

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