Fat of the land
one day i was eating an apple that i had bought from the store and thought to myself, "wait a second, these things come out of the ground! Why am I paying for this?" So I decided to keep the seeds and grow some of my own. It's been several months and I now have three little sprouts growing in the kitchen. Now in about five years or so I'll never have to pay for an apple again. after i realized i could grow stuff.
The reason I brought this up is simply because I think it is a good idea to find ways to get by without having to use money.
Here in the great state of Washington blackberries grow wild. In fact we try to do what we can to keep them from taking over the entire area. although there are several uses for them, it is not much of a money saver when you are having to blow cash on other supplies like sugar and flour. It takes equal parts of sugar and berry juice to make jam, along with some pectin unless you are old fashioned and just like to spend the entire day stirring. There's nothing quite like using local resources to cook and can with.
Another thing that's easy to make is a blackberry pie. The berries are free but the flour and sugar aren't. None the less it makes for good practice and it gets the brain pointed in the direction of self sufficiency. If you have never been one for cooking all you need is the internet and there's stuff on there that will show you how to do anything.
It's real easy to make poppers, I personally think they taste best with bacon wrapped around them,(but then again everything tastes better with bacon).
All you need to do is cut the peppers in half, dig out all the seeds and fill them up with cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Wrap bacon around them and put them in the oven at 350 degrees for forty minutes. An important lesson I learned the hard way is that you need to wear gloves or you will get burned. I've also been saving the seeds for everything that i use just to see if it will grow in the garden next year. Next year I'll see if all those pumpkin seeds I saved will work so I can get some home grown jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.
Out door BBQ
Part of the American dream is our God given right to grill stuff. in my opinion there's only one way to eat meat. Get the coals hotter than blazes and throw that dead animal on there for a minute or two on each side. If it doesn't bleed out like a stuck pig when you cut into it you did something wrong. Now some people like to put rubs on their meat but I think the best way to dress up a pork chop is putting BBQ sauce on it a few minutes before it's done. (Disclaimer, don't under cook pork, it's bad for you), or by letting it soak over night in a nice marinade.
I'm telling you the internet is an amazing thing, It taught me how to germinate a seed, make a perfect crepe, shoot a muzzle loader, and tile the bathroom floor.