Cowboy Fuel

I’d like to share a recipe from Ladybuggz aka Teresa, a long time blog friend of mine.

If you’d like to share a budget friendly recipe, please email either Jackie or myself.

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I call this recipe Beef, Beans & Biscuits or Cowboy Fuel!
Most of us on a small budget have these ingredients in our fridge and pantry….it’s a rib sticking, great meal!
Ingredients needed: Ground Beef, Onion, BBQ Sauce, Brown Sugar, Salt, Refrigerated Biscuit Dough (premade) or make your own… 1/2 cup of Shredded Cheese (your choice/or not). You can also add more veggies to it if you have them..like celery, carrots, & green  pepper.
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Step 1:
-Use as much Ground Beef as your family usually uses……
-dice 1/2 medium  onion or more (to your liking)
-Brown Ground Beef and Onion together…Keep on low
Step 2:
-Add 3/4 cup of your fav. BBQ Sauce to the beef and onion mix & next  3 ingredients
-Add 2 Tbsp of Brown Sugar/ or what ever sugar you have on hand
-Add 1/2 tsp Salt
-Mix in 1- 16oz can of your fav. Baked Beans, bring to a gentle simmer….
Step 3:
Pour meat and bean mixture into a casserole dish big enough for all to fit! (or see end of step 4 for alternative).
Step 4:
-Either Make or use pre packaged Biscuit Dough, place Biscuit’s on top of beef and bean mix, cover with 1/2 shredded cheese and bake according to Biscuit recipe. Or bake biscuits separately and keep meat mix hot on top of stove ( I do this to keep bottom of biscuits from getting soggy).
This will fill your bellies and keep your house warm in more way’s than one!
Enjoy!
Thanks Merry and Jackie for considering this recipe for your new site!
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You’re welcome, Teresa! I’ll have to give this one a try (and light a candle!)
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Zucchini Pizza

I like to make easy appetizers for the weekly football game, but I’m trying to mix things up a bit this season. I am also currently trying to stay away from processed foods, which is not an easy feat.

I stumbled across this simple and delicious recipe that has only 3 ingredients. It’s carb friendly and much healthier than your standard helping of nachos or slice of za.

What You’ll Need:

2 large zucchini’s, sliced

1 jar of pizza sauce

2 cups of mozzarella cheese

Place the zucchini slices on a baking sheet. With a spoon, put a dollop of sauce on top, then cover with cheese. Put in the oven for 20 minutes on 350 degrees.

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They looked better before everyone started eating them!

They were a hit! Even my husband loved them. We didn’t miss the pizza crust at all.

I swear.

Do you have any easy, simple appetizer recipes to share? Let us know in the comments and we’ll feature them in a future post!

Beware the Money Suckers

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I recently sold some of my clutter at the flea market. I didn’t make much money, but it felt good to finally get rid of some of the useless items that I’ve accumulated over the years. The things that didn’t sell were given away to charity.

But wait, I hear you asking. This is a blog about being thrifty, not decluttering your home!

Give me a second to explain.

I realized that even though I am as thrifty as they come, I do have an issue with buying things that I don’t need or won’t ever use.

For example, I am always trying different dietary supplements. I bought 3 bottles of something at a website (buy two get one free!!) only to end up getting sick from it. I should have gotten a small bottle to try instead.

I sold the two never opened ones for a dollar each and I lost money.

We don’t even realize how much cash we spend on useless items, or as I like to call them, Money Suckers.

Take a look in your junk drawer to get an idea of what your “Money Suckers” may be.

Mine is full of things that I don’t even recognize, although most of it was purchased by my husband. (Don’t tell him I said that.)

I currently have 3 decks of playing cards, a set of stress relief balls, 10 keychains, 20 pens, a bunch of staples (no stapler) and enough paper clips to last two lifetimes.

Every little thing counts when you’re trying to save money.

Do you have any thoughts on this topic? Please let us know!

2 Ingredient Crock Pot Meal

When I was a kid, my mom made one of my favorite meals in a crockpot. Because I was a kid, I didn’t care to know what was in it, only that it was yummy.

Well, I got a crockpot recently for my birthday. I have never owned one. When I was still physically spry, I loved to cook fancy meals that required much detail and technique.

I have no interest in that anymore, sadly. Hence the reason why I asked my mom and aunt to get me the crockpot, so that I could go back to cooking tasty meals again, but with minimal effort.

My mom told me how to make what she always called Smothered Pork Chops.

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Comfort food. 5 Yums Up.

Pork chops are relatively cheap, so I purchased a package of 7 thin boneless ones, as my mom recommended. I salted and peppered them as well.

Then I added two cans of cream of chicken soup. No other liquid is required.

That was it. I cooked it on low for 6 hours and viola!

I also made mashed potatoes (real, not boxed) and corn to go with. The gravy goes perfectly with the taters, I must say.

This recipe will be on my dinner rotation all fall and winter long.

(You can also use cream of mushroom or celery soup if you’d like.)

I will be sharing more easy crockpot recipes here as I try them out via my cookbook that I just received. I will also give them an overall yum rating.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Bedsheets on a Budget

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I haven’t paid full price for bed sheets in at least ten years, because I buy them at the thrift store for less than $2 dollars. I know that to some people it might seem disgusting to lay down on used sheets at night, but think about it like this…

You check into a hotel. Exhausted after a day of traveling, you slip into the bed you paid good money to sleep in, just like the people who booked the room before you.

Those sheets you’re on? They have been washed (hopefully) in hot water and soap. Possibly even bleach, if they are white. Or that fancy bleach they sell that doesn’t ruin colors. I forget what they call it.

Plus, like an old pair of jeans, they have lost the stiffness and scratchiness, now as soft as the fur of a kitten.

You can do the same thing with thrift store bath towels, rugs and blankets. Bring them home, give them a thorough washing and boom. You just saved yourself a buttload of money.

I wouldn’t recommend buying used underwear, though. Or bathing suits. You’re probably safe with a bathrobe.

So the next time you’re in need of bed sheets, think twice about spending $20+ on them and head to your nearest thrift shop.

Then pat yourself on the back and take a well deserved nap.

Welcome to the Thrifty Divas!

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Hi! This is a new blog dedicated to living thrifty.

We’d like to introduce ourselves.

Jackie P:

Hello people! My name is Jackie P and I’m poor. I was born poor and I’m still poor. So I like to think of myself as an expert in living nicely on little. It can be done.
My friend Mer and I have talked a long time about doing a blog about how to live well while being short of money. Now it’s becoming a reality.
I’ve learned how to budget. I am the budgeting queen! I have had many years on which to learn. It’s not so bad. I mean sure, I would love to have unlimited funds. Who wouldn’t? Unless I win the lottery that just is NOT going to happen.
So I deal with it. And so can you!
When I was a kid I knew we were poor but I wasn’t bothered by it. It was a time when designer clothes and fancy houses were not such a big deal. We used our imaginations
when playing. Plus, I’d rather go the public library then shopping any day! Still do.
My parents had four kids to feed, clothe and provide for. They taught us to appreciate the little things in life and that has stuck with me throughout my adulthood. I was taught
how to cook at an early age.
So now I cook cheaply (well as cheap as one can with outrageous prices nowadays!) with few ingredients. I was taught how to make a little go a long way. I’ll try to show you some of my recipes and my methods so you too can do the same.
We’ll all be Thrifty Divas!
Merbear:
Like Jackie said, I’m poor too. We both realized that we had this in common and discussed doing a blog about it. Much time passed, until we finally came to a point in our lives where we could devote some time to the idea.
So, here we are!
I will also share some recipes, because even though a person is broke, they enjoy eating. I know I do. I just got a slow cooker and ordered a used 5 ingredient (holy shimoley) cookbook from Thriftbook.com. Exciting stuff!
We both look forward to sharing our thrifty knowledge with you all.