I’ve noticed lately that my posts have been very food-focused lately. I think that’s partly because I love food and doing weird interesting things with it, and also because we’ve cut down our spending so much, that food is our main flexible expense each month.
Cooking (and baking and fermenting and so on) is also a big hobby of mine, one that I cultivate because I figure it’s one of the cheapest hobbies around. Sure, I do invest in new equipment from time to time, but new equipment means new ways of doing things ourselves, improved nutrition, and new skills for me and some day for the kids.
For example, my Cuisinart food processor (a birthday present) allows me to make my own hummus. Hummus made at home from soaked dried beans is super cheap and super healthy, and now that I can make it at home, we have it at least once a week. If you split the difference with store-bought, I bet the machine has just about paid for itself by now.
So, at least for me, food is frugal. Cooking at home is frugal. Baking my own bread is frugal. Improving health by eating better is frugal.
. . . and sometimes even buying new kitchen equipment can be frugal 🙂