Thursday, January 10, 2019

Penny Smart #8: Leftover Makeover #2

This is a place where I share how I've stretched a penny, saved a penny and in many cases spent no pennies.

One of the ways to help meet our financial goals is to have a zero waste, or as close as I can, kitchen. This year you will see me talking about re-purposing leftovers, cooking from the pantry, and making things stretch. 

Sometimes there is no need to makeover the leftover.  I made a dinner buffet by heating up all of the leftovers from Christmas.  I sat everything on the counter and it was a pick and chose meal.
After the leftover buffet there were still leftovers.  I added hot dogs to the beans for a beanie weenie dinner and provided the leftover green beans and potatoes as a side.  Both Chuck and I ate beans and hot dogs from time to time as kids.  This meal was a throw back treat for Chuck.  
A choice of turkey or ham for a grilled sandwich lunch.  I used turkey and swiss on my sandwich.
The pot pie filling I didn't need was made into a lunch item.  It was topped with leftover stuffing and heated in the oven to make the stuffing a little crisp. 
I used the last of the macaroni and cheese along with some diced Christmas ham to make a ham and mac casserole.  Megan happened to pop in just after I had made this and asked what was for dinner.  

It was dinner time, but Chuck and the neighbor were out trying to get the van running.  A story for another day.  Anyway, Megan cracked me up when I asked her if she wanted it and she said, "are you trying to get rid of leftovers?"  Absolutely!  Pared with some leftover peas and her dinner was served. 
I have two sizes of ramekins that I use often.  It helps with portion control and makes an ordinary food item fun.  
By this time the leftovers had dwindled and frankly I was tired of remaking things.  The rest of Christmas dinner (ham, turkey and gravy)was packaged up and placed in the freezer.  In a month or so we will welcome the ham and turkey, but for now we are over them.  Oh, and don't worry they were tucked away long before this post. *wink*

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. Proverbs 13:11  

It's a great reminder to tackle our financial goals bit by bit. So there you go. I hope this encourages you to do things to save money. The old adage that every penny counts seems to apply more and more these days. I find it's much harder to stretch my pennies into nickles. *smile* I find it encouraging to hear about other frugal adventures and I hope you do also.


  1. In our area one major grocery store chain, that has higher prices, bought out the other lower priced grocery chain (where we did most of our shopping) and turned those stores into their higher priced stores. Our grocery bill is now much higher, so I am going to have to get organized about what I am cooking because the higher grocery prices are taking a big bite out of our budget.

    Everything you showed us looked delicious, and I am now craving ham and macaroni casserole. It has been a year or two since I have made that. It is a dish that I kind of forgot about, even though I made it quite often years ago when our kids were still at home. It will be a good cook once, and have at least two meals from it, plus a little extra for a big snack/little meal for my husband.

    I know I can save money if I put more thought and planning into our meals. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. You are doing so well! The pot pie filling topped with stuffing sounds yummy. Beanie weenies or as we called them "pork and beans with hot dogs" was a favorite when I was growing up. Occasionally, my mom would fill a thermos with that for a school lunch which I loved. I remember eating it at church potlucks; someone always brought that! Mmmm...

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    1. Great way to use the leftovers..and by staying home and eating, you are saving even more. Inspiring!

  4. I love this, use it up and add those little dabs here and there.

  5. Love this, Wendi. I am doing my 10th annual January pantry challenge this year! So this is great inspiration, and right up my alley--not wasting! Being resourceful and thrifty!

  6. I saw 8 cans of pork and beans in our pantry, we need to have beans and franks soon too.
    Thanks for the inspiration ❤️

  7. Love hot dogs and beans! Definitely a childhood throwback.

  8. This is something I need to work on, stretching those leftovers. We have left overs once or twice a week but I usually end up throwing stuff out anyway. Great ideas!

  9. Leftovers can certainly be lifesavers for a budget, we do this often too. :-) Have a great week!



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