I have 2 mini-Frugal Friday tips for y'all today.
If you use Sharp Cheddar in a recipe that you normally use medium or mild in, you will need much less. Taco places do this with their tacos and you still get great flavor. I'm not a fan of eating a hunk of sharp cheddar by itself (as I might with colby jack or mozzarella), but using it shredded in a recipe? No problem!
2. Get free food storage buckets from bakeries and delis. I have heard about this tip for over a decade. And I never tried it myself until a couple weeks ago. At our commissary on base, the bakery and deli throw out empty buckets on a very regular basis. In 10 days I picked up 6. Sure, they had frosting bits on the side and pickle juice in the deli one which caused MAJOR cravings for me, but they were FREE. Who doesn't love free?
They're the same type of buckets that I use to store my wheat, rice, legumes, and rolled oats for long-term storage. They keep bugs out. But these ones are FREEEEE.
They're great to sit on while putting away all your groceries in the fridge.
They're a good size to hold your emergency 72-hour kit.
They make great diaper pails. If you are using a wet diaper pail, please use a secure lid to prevent infants and children from accidental drowning.
When labeled accordingly, "Beans & Lentils" they are awesome for storing stocking stuffers in. No child is going to try to figure out the bucket lid remover to get to beans and lentils.
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