Saving Money When Time is Tight | Blended Butternut Squash Soup
It is hard to be frugal when I’m busy, and this week has been especially taxing with conferences and car trouble. If I’m stressed it is much easier to justify convenience food. This is counter productive in two ways: First, convenience food usually makes me feel crappy. If I’m stressed I need good food to keep me from being tired and cranky. Secondly, convenience food is expensive. I don’t want to work more, so I feel stressed, so I buy crap, so I have to work more, which makes me stressed…
I would much rather be relaxed and be poor than rich and stressed!
Last night I had enough free time to make soup, pack some for the next couple days, and relax with a big mug of it. My soup was inspired by this recipe. It yielded about 2 quarts. I added a can of navy beans for added protein. I had a tomato and sweet potato that needed to be used up, so I tossed them in too. I used boullion cubes instead of broth to save money. I added no seasoning or spices because broth and butter is enough for me.
This will be a new staple, especially with squash at only $.69 per pound. It freezes well in wide-mouth pint containers. Depending on the consistency I can sip it from a thermos on my way to work.
How to you stay thrifty when time is tight?