I know there have been times when I’ve followed a recipe and realized I didn’t have one ingredient…OR I’ve been at the grocery store looking at the bag of raw pumpkin seeds and didn’t want to pay $5.99 for them when I don’t know when or IF I’ll ever use them again! Chances are, this has happened to you too, and here’s my solution: You might actually have this item already and don’t even know it OR you have something very similar that can be substituted and it makes such a minor difference, you could never tell!
More likely than not, those pumpkin seeds for the garnish are in your trail mix!! Need 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins? I bet they’re in there too! Need a pinch of cloves for that stew? If you threw in a bay leaf and some Thyme instead of buying that $5.00 tiny box, you’d save a trip and no one would know the difference!! Check your cabinet, smell your seasonings, taste them! Need a spoonful of Agave nectar? A spoonful of that little bear of honey will suffice!
Sometimes I worry so much about what people will think, especially when I’m bringing a side dish to a friends’ party, that I overdo it…for instance, I’ll add extra chicken to a buffalo dip because I don’t want it to seem like I didn’t try hard enough, or like I’m being “stingy”. Well, I made one for one of my husband’s work parties and added the extra chicken. Turns out, I added too much and he came home with half the crockpot still full because I made WAY too much and there was NO way we could finish it. He actually said “everyone loved it, but I think there was too much chicken, it was more like a meal than a dip”!
Finding ways to save on some cash can be stressful, so my advice here is: don’t worry! Don’t overdo it and use what you got, girl!