Thursday, January 2, 2014
No Spend Day 2 and Potato Cakes
You can plan no spend days or weeks and stock up before and/or after and the no spend event becomes a pointless wash. OR you can make do with what you have and actually save some money. Sluggy thinks it is our habits that we need to change and I completely agree with that. I think that no spend time periods help to reinforce frugal skills and in turn give us better habits. For example, I had leftover mashed potatoes in my fridge. Sometimes that leftover gets made into something in my house and sometimes leftover mashed potatoes end up getting tossed. That is a very bad habit on my part. However, the no spend challenge forced me to think outside of the box when cooking dinner and they were made into very tasty potato cakes. So Sluggy is right, my habits need to change. I also feel that I am right in that the no spend day quota that I have set for myself helps me foster new, better habits.
Another bad habit of mine is picking up extra stuff when I am in the store. We would all agree, that is a habit that needs changed. I say, the more no spend days I have, the more I stay out of the store. The more days I stay out of the store, the less crap I throw into my cart.
Potato Cakes - makes an excellent side dish!
left over mashed potatoes
Italian bread crumbs (or dried bread crumbs of your own and Italian seasoning)
Parmesan cheese (optional but YUMMY)
Mix everything but the cheese together in a bowl. Heat oil (maybe 2 or 3 Tbsp.) in a large skillet. Drop balls of mixure (about 1/2 cup) into hot oil in pan. Gently press with spatula and sprinkle with some parm. Let brown. Turn and gently press into patty shapes (about the size of a decent burger) and brown. Yummy, yummy, yummy. The bread crumbs help to give you a crispy result.
By the way... Sluggy is one of my favorite frugal bloggers along with Carla. I have learned so much from both of them!