I have to confess, I have been so nervous about this post! Why, you may ask? I am no expert on saving money! I struggle with the same issues as everyone. So this ride will be a roller coaster – some times up and sometimes down. I will be sharing my fails (I spent almost $40.00 at JoAnn Fabric two days ago) as well as my triumphs.
Enough about my insecurities!
Today is all about the egg. Yes, the lowly egg.
Did you realize the egg is one of the least expensive proteins available? Tuna fish is ranks number one!
I priced eggs at our local Aldi (I will write more about my love of Aldi at another time) and at Walmart. The cost of a large egg averages about $.11 to $.15! An average large egg contains about 7 grams of protein.
Here are a couple recipes that feature the egg and will satisfy you and your family. They can be eaten as a breakfast, lunch or dinner. Not only are they inexpensive and high in protein, they are easy and quick to make!
When I plan our menu, I always have one night dedicated to using the egg as the feature!
|Egg and Bacon Puff Pastries|
|Toad in the Hole – French bread with Egg cooked in the center|
Wait, don’t throw the shells away! Here are a couple great ideas for the shells.
1.) Cats in your flower beds? Throw some crushed egg shells in the flower or vegetable beds. This should help keep the cats away, they won’t like walking on the sharp shells. Plus, the calcium is good for the plants. Also, eggshells in the beds will keep the slugs, snails and cutworms away!
2.) Place the shells in your compost pile, they will break down quickly and add calcium to the soil. Make sure the egg shell has been rinsed and dried – you don’t want critters to find them.
3.) Use egg shells to start seeds in. This is something I am trying for the first time this year. I think this would be a great activity with kids.
Now that you have cooked a great meal for your family and used your egg shells to help your garden out, what do you do with the carton? I have a couple ideas.
1.) Use the egg carton to store fragile Christmas decorations (I used them for Easter Decorations!)
2.) Plant seeds in them! Place a little potting soil and a seed in the cup. Keep the carton damp, but not wet and place it in a South facing location. When the seeds are hardy (about 6 weeks) place them in your garden!
3.) Egg Cartons make a great drawer organizer! What about a jewelry organizer?