I know people like the word frugal better than cheap, and I usually try to avoid the “C” word in my writing. But there’s no escaping that I am one cheap chica.
What makes this Frugal vs. Cheap dichotomy come to mind?
Canned vs. cooked beans.
Last week was pretty busy at our house, and our dinners ended up as pretty simple affairs. However, this did not result in take-out meals, nor did it mean that I relaxed my spending. I did try though.
I had decided to make burritos for dinner, and since I was out and about, I stopped into New Season’s Market to pick up a can of refried beans. But the beans were priced at $2.79! Yes, they were organic and most likely harvested by well treated PhD candidates, but I just couldn’t pull the trigger. It was too late in the day to cook pinto beans in the slow cooker, (my preferred method) so I went home and cooked smaller (and already purchased) black beans on the stovetop and whattayaknow, they were fully cooked by dinnertime.
And I loved the burritos all the better for their cheap-ness.
I’m here, I’m cheap, get used to it!
Update: I had enough black beans leftover for burritos on Saturday and a big pot of black bean chili for tonight! (With the addition of a 1/3 pound of nice bulk sausage.)
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”