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Use up leftovers
To save even more money on a stew, I keep a storage container in my refrigerator. I put all of the leftover veggies in it we don’t eat at a meal―that couple of tablespoons of corn that no one wanted, or the excess carrot sticks that are starting to dry out―anything that isn’t enough to keep to make a side dish. If I have any meals that have gravy with them I will also dump that in there (which helps to keep it all from drying out). Then at the end of the week I throw whatever is in that storage container into the crock-pot with whatever cheap cut of meat I have on hand and add in enough additional veggies, broth and sometimes a whole grain pasta to make a stew that my family loves. It’s one of the best ways I’ve found to eliminate a lot of the waste and save some extra money. Sometimes in the summer I’ll freeze the contents of the storage containers―that way when fall comes around, and we’re in more of a stew mood I have all the ingredients close at hand.―Nora Cash