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Stretch Your Dollar: Creative Cooking

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You could say Kylee Fulton is an extreme couponer. Her garage is brimming with stockpiled products that she got for pennies or even free. And she runs a website: www.frugalgals.net . It has lots of resources on couponing.

You could also call her an extreme cooker. Fulton says, "I cook every two weeks, dinners, breakfast, lunches. There are some people who do monthly cooking, I'm working my way up to that."

From pancakes and French toast for breakfast, to burgers and Sloppy Joe's for lunch, and spaghetti and meatloaf for dinner, Kylee prepares and freezes it all. It saves her time and money. 

Fulton says, "You can spend half a day, 6 hours, to cook two weeks worth of dinners and meals. You're saving yourself time because you're not having to prepare meals every night. You can get it out of the freezer in the morning and cook it. You're also saving money by not running out to fast food restaurants because you forgot to take something out."

For starters, Fulton sets aside several hours without distractions. "My husband will take my 3-year-old or both kids out bowling, or my mom will take them for the day," Fulton says. "I turn my music on and I'm in my own little world for a few hours."

Once you're ready to start cooking she suggests starting with what's familiar. "If you have picky eaters start small, start doing a week at a time and use the staple recipes in your family that you know your family loves," Fulton says.

Once you're ready to branch out from there, do some online research and use tried and true recipes from other "freezer cookers." Fulton has learned some helpful tips through trial and error.

And a key to Fulton's success: extra freezer space. She has an extra freezer in her garage that she bought on Craigslist for just $75. She says, "It was best $75 I ever spent. I wouldn't be able to take advantage of as many deals that I found, especially with meat and vegetables, if I didn't have this."

And after all the money and time Fulton saves, what she's most proud of is doing what's best for her family. "You know you're feeding your family more nutritious meals, prepared homemade in your kitchen."

Links:

http://frugalgals.net/stretching-your-food-dollar-with-freezer-cooking/ 

http://www.momsbudget.com/freezercooking/index.html 

http://organizedhome.com/freezer-cooking/guide-once-a-month-cooking 

http://www.bulkfreezercooking.com/ 

http://onceamonthcook.com/

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