A couple of weeks ago, I was in the grocery store and saw packages of turkey legs and turkey wings that had store coupons on them. I was able to get them REALLY REALLY cheap....meaning for less than a dollar a package and even a few were less than 50¢. Today, I have them in a water brine (unmeasured Kosher salt, brown sugar, and spices). I will oven roast them later this evenings for our supper.
I realized that I had about 7 large apples in my refrigerator and 3 large jars of natural apple sauce in the pantry (soon to be outdated). I am going to cook the apples in my Crock-pot for several hours until I can use the immersion blender to purée them and add the jars of apple sauce. I will add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a little salt at this point and continue to cook. I will put the apple butter in small canning jars to give as gifts along with my homemade sourdough bread throughout the next few months.
I absolutely HATE throwing out food if it can be used in a new or different way. We eat leftovers as they are or I reinvent them. I take my coupons, grocery budget, pantry items, freezer items, and refrigerator items as serious as I take our checkbook register. I think it is the easiest way to save money and is also an area where many families waste money. I know for us, our food budget can be an area where when I get lazy or careless, we see a huge dent in our money.