Here’s a frugal tip I’ve had to learn the hard way…
Every now and then I get the urge to experiment. Now, I’m not even the least bit daring enough to try to whip up my very own creation in the kitchen. But I will venture away from my handy little cookbook to try a new recipe that I’ve discovered somewhere. I love trying new meals, especially when I find a new “hit” that I can add to my “favorite recipes” book. (I keep a book, a journal actually, of all of my husband and children’s favorite recipes. Every time I try a new one, I ask my husband what he thinks. If he definitely loves it, it goes in the book. If he says, “It’s okay”, it doesn’t make the cut.)
Unfortunately for my family, lately I’ve been picking some horrible recipes to try! Last week I tried a Cauliflower Cheese Bake, and then a Martha Stewart Shepherd’s Pie recipe. My poor baby girl couldn’t help gagging as she tried her best to swallow the cauliflower mush down. I don’t know why the recipes turned out so terribly!
Anyways, by the time dinner was ready it was 6pm and the family was hungry. After Jerry and baby girl had tried just one bite and could not bring themselves to try another, dear hubby decided that we would take a trip for Fast Food. And since I did not have a back up plan, I could only agree. It ended up costing us over $30 to cover just the two meals out. WAY over budget!
The moral of the story: If you are going to try a new recipe… MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A BACKUP! Or it might just cost you more than you had planned.