Southern Sunday Favorite

Submitted by Christi

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This post is from March 27, 2009. Being frugal is always a challenge!

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain:
but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands;
and let her own works praise her in the gates.
Proverbs 31: 30-31

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With the uncertain economy, we’ve all had to cut back (if you haven’t – lucky you!). I’ve collected a few tips for saving money that I use and am passing them along. I would love to hear what your favorite tips are!

Grow a garden – this is a favorite. Save on all those great vegetables in the summer and grow some extra to put up for winter. If your neighbors or friends are growing a garden, get together with them to exchange goodies so everyone gets a great variety.

Cook at home – I do this anyway because I love to cook. We get great food that we know was cooked under clean conditions with clean hands. If you buy family packs of items, you can divide them up and freeze them. Planning menus ahead is great money saver but I’ll have to admit, I usually only plan a couple of days at a time.

Shop from a list – I’ve always done this one too – no matter what the economy is doing – just so I won’t forget anything. I rarely ever stray from the list so if my list so that really helps.

Use coupons – this one is tough for me because we read all of our news online and no longer get a newspaper. I usually end up looking for coupons online. If you know of a great online source let me know what it is.

Entertain at home – everyone can join in and it is more fun.

Use the library – I love to read so the library is an invaluable resource to me but you can get more than just books. You can check out movies, magazines, music cd’s, use their computers. Great way to save money.

Check out community events. Even in our little town their often events that are free or low cost that are great entertainment. I’ll admit, I live in close proximity to three national parks, two lakes and three rivers in the beautiful Ozark Mountains so I have a lot of options on that front.

Decorate with nature – As you saw on the tablescape yesterday, I cut some blooming redbud branches yesterday for my table. The are not in a vase sitting right here next to my computer. When getting ready to decorate I like to start in my own back yard.

Now one that I have discovered from my friends in blog-land that I haven’t done yet but I definitely will soon. Shop in thrift stores. Some of the great finds I’ve seen others get are unbelievable. Thanks for that tip.

What are your tips?

Today’s Lagniappe: Chicken Soup
I have a little bit of a cold so this is my lagniappe today. What would be even better is Mama’s chicken and dumplings. I’ll get the recipe to post another day.

* 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
* 2 medium onions, chopped
* 3 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch rounds
* 3 celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
* 1 (6- to 7-pound) chicken
* 2 quarts chicken broth or canned low-sodium broth
* 1 quart cold water, or as needed
* 4 sprigs of fresh parsley
* 3 sprigs of fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
* 1 bay leaf
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 2 cups egg noodles
* Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Preparation:
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, and celery and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 10 minutes.

Cut the chicken into 8 pieces. Add the chicken to the pot and pour in the broth. Add enough cold water to cover the ingredients by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat, skimming off the foam that rises to the surface. Add the parsley, thyme, and bay leaf.

Reduce the heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, until the chicken is very tender, about 2 hours.

Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove and discard the parsley and thyme sprigs and bay leaf.

Discard the chicken skin and bones and cut the meat into bite-size pieces. Add the noodles and cook until done, about 10 minutes. Stir the meat back into the soup and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

11 Responses to “Southern Sunday Favorite”

  1. Denise Says:

    Really nice post.

  2. Mary Says:

    Great tips…yes, I’m cutting back and saving every penny..I believe we are facing hard times, and need to prepare. I find that staying out of the stores, away from the eye candy that keeps the “I wants” away. If I spend any money, I’m giving to more charities and food banks…that’s my version of “spreading the wealth”.

    God bless,
    Mary

  3. Regina, DailyLiving Says:

    Great post! Thank you for sharing.
    We are doing it (cost cutting) here.
    I will come back to reread your post.

    Have a blessed week.
    Regina
    (I’m sharing old post)

  4. Cass @ That Old House Says:

    Hi — I almost said, “hope you are feeling better soon” when I realized that your cold is long a thing of the past! 🙂

    My favorite money saving is entertaining at home — love that. Like everyone else we have cut back — quite a lot — this year. It’s getting to be a good habit!
    Cass

  5. Mary Says:

    Great ideas- I think one that needs to be added to everyones list these days is – be content with what you have. We can do without so much and if we are content it doesn’t seem a sacrifice or that we are even doing without! It’s one I am in constant prayer to the Father to make me more content.
    blessings
    mary

  6. nannykim at spindlecottage Says:

    I try to hang my clothes outside—saves quite a bit on the electrical bill especially because we have a lot of wash. I also wash my dishes by hand and I believe it saves because you don’t have the heat cycle that a dishwasher has that consumes a lot of energy. We also installed mini-splits to heat and cool our house and it saved tons on our bills. (this heating/air system had to be replaced so we went with this–). Shopping at the farmer’s market helps–the produce is fresh, lasts longer than from the store and might be cheaper than my own garden (I have to water it a LOT). I don’t get haircuts–saves lots. I don’t get nails done. I do buy most clothes from ebay–saves lots because you can get name brands for cheap. We eat mostly Vegan–not sure how much it saves because veggies can be as expensive as meat…but I do believe it is a bit cheaper. If we want to eat out we have started to just go for a drink or coffee instead of a 40-50 dollar meal.

  7. Susan - Penless Writer Says:

    He is our source and our supply and it is important that we are good stewards of what He gives us.
    Susan

  8. Clif Says:

    Great tips. We all seem to need all the help we can get. Thanks for posting this………..I had to look up the word Lagniappe. I didn’t have the foggiest idea what it meant. Thanks for the present or gift. Now I am looking forward to mama’s chicken and dumplings recipe. I like Southern things. Southern Living is my favorite magazine.

  9. Charlotte Says:

    Seems like everyone is cutting back now and it is necessary in many many cases. There is another way to look at it though. If everyone started spending just a little more, maybe we would get out of this recession sooner. Just a thought. Maybe I’m rationalizing. lol
    You have a lot of good money saving tips. Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

  10. Ginger Says:

    I love proverbs, oh~~ to be a proverbs woman. I loved all your tips on being frugal. I think of myself as a frugal woman. It’s a fun challenge and it’s free.
    Have a blessed week,
    Ginger

  11. Chari Says:

    Mornin’ Christi…

    My friend, I love this scripture out of Proverbs! I always feel admonished by the Lord regarding my calling as a mother and homemaker!!! These are all great tips for saving money…most of which I have followed for a number of years now…thank you so much for sharing these ideas with us for Sunday Favorites!!! You are absolutely right…we have come into a time where many are having to learn “frugality”!!!

    Also…love your recipe for chicken soup! It’s so funny…I have my chicken thawing at this very moment…going to fix a big ol’ pot of homemade chicken vegetable soup today! It’s chilly here in Colorado…autumn is surely here! It’s only supposed to get up to 53 degrees today…a perfect day for chicken soup!!! Thank you for sharing this post with us…I love it!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

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