Frugality is a holistic thing….we need to look at everything we do to determine if we can save money by doing it an alternative way. Also can we save time by combing activities. So here is a recipe for waffles, advice buying a waffle maker & a tip on kitchen management.
My goal is to significantly lower our $700 monthly grocery budget for 7 people. Accordingly, I am looking at things we eat and trying to figure out how to make them for less, without sacrificing taste. I’ve already posted our milkless pancakes but they didn’t work well when I tried to use them to make waffles. So here is my new waffle recipe:
Frugal Milkless Eggless Waffles
- 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 cup sugar, (honey $$), splenda etc…
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups cool water
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
Combine all of the ingredients and stir until mixed well.
Now I tend to use honey (I purchase 5# for $12 ) & bulk purchased whole wheat flour which is more expensive but better for the body. My thinking is that I am hopefully reducing medical bills. But if I am out of those healthy options I don’t bat an eye when using plain old sugar and flour, the children need to be feed and it’s still much healthier then Eggos (but Eggos sure do taste good..hehe!).
Buying a Waffle Maker
I purchased my waffle maker at a local Thrift Store. It is comparable to the Black & Decker 3-in-1 Waffle Maker & Indoor Grill/Griddle which retails for $59.99. That is way more money then I am willing to pay for any little bitty appliance. At a Thrift Store I paid about 5.99 for it I think. The thing is not that big but It cooks 4 full size waffles at a time and I’ve owned it for about 8 or 9 years. It’s not anything to look at but boy does it cook up some frugal waffles! So if you need a waffle maker I would suggest going to the Thrift Stores and being patient until you find what you are looking for.
Kitchen Time Use
While I made the waffles I also put the ingredients in the bread machine for french bread to go along with dinner. I already had all of the ingredients out so why not kill two birds with one stone. So early in the morning a portion of dinner is already done.
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