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And having food and raiment let us be
-1 Timothy 6:8
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THE LATEST NEWS...
doors to the
Hillbilly Housewife Club are
finally open. Come join me and a
group of 90 other (and growing)
frugal women to share tips,
recipes and learn more about
living a frugal lifestyle.
member says: "It feels very
comfortable here, a nice
supportive community, kind of
feels like putting on my sweats
and curling up a comfy couch
after a long day!".
to see you in the
Hillbilly Housewife Club.
Cooking Made Simple" is
now available in the
HBHW ebook store. Save time
and money by making your own
freezer meals. Enjoy! - Susanne
I'm Susanne, the new owner and
creator of the Hillbilly Housewife. The
focus here is on low-cost, home-cooking from
scratch. The recipes are all tested in a
real kitchen with hungry children, stalking
cats, begging puppies and a playful husband
underfoot. The ingredients are affordable
and readily available in most areas.
Many of us are feeling the squeeze at the
supermarket these day, and all of us are
feeling it at the gas pump. The government
continues to deny inflation, but I see the
results of it in my grocery bill and my gas
tank. The official
USDA cost of food has
risen to $500 a month for a family of 4 on
the Thrifty Plan! As most of us tighten our
belts, we may be wondering how to juggle
expenses that only seem to rise.
Many of us have played the credit card game,
using one card to make payments on another
and then having no choice but to charge
everyday expenses like gas and food. We know
how fast a few charges can add up to an
almost insurmountable mountain of debt. We
sympathize with your situation because we've
That's where this site comes into play. We
are designed to help you reduce your grocery
bill as low as it can go. It won't solve all
of your financial woes, but it may give you
some breathing room so you can make a
significant dent in your situation. We teach
you the best foods to buy on a budget and
how to cook them so the family will be
better fed than they've been in years.
You'll find tips and techniques here that
you won't find anywhere else on the web.
Everything here is free, provided by God's
grace. If the information you find here
helps you and your circumstances, then
please share what you have learned with
others, so they too can benefit from your
• Feed your whole family with our
Emergency $45 Menu.
• If you have
more to spend try our
Everyday $70 Menu.
Angel Food Menus are based on the foods
provided by Angel Food Ministries.
• Both include
full menus including snacks, plus grocery
lists and a checklist of daily prep-work to
keep you ahead of the game.
Some foods are almost
Always Bargains. We take the guess
work out of it by supplying you with a
printable list to identify them.
• Do you know how
to determine the Best Buys for Your
Click Here to learn how.
• Are any
Convenience Foods ever a good buy?
Yes! We'll tell you which ones are worth
your hard earned cash and which ones are a
Is it possible to make rich
& creamy Milk Shakes without Ice Cream? Yes!
Frosty & Delicious
Magic Milk Shakes are
prepared in under 2 minutes using items
already on your pantry shelf. They taste
like WENDY'S FROSTIES only better and cost
less than 25¢ per serving!
• Do you have a Bread Machine with a missing
manual? Never Fear! Our
Free Bread Machine
Manual explains everything your need to
• If you are buying little packets of yeast at
the store, then you know how expensive they
are. Is it possible to make a single packet
of yeast rise 4 loaves of bread? Absolutely
Old-Fashioned Low-Yeast Method
allows you to save money on yeast and gives
everyone the ability to fit homemade bread
into their schedule!
• Get creative in the kitchen and put together
Large Pizzas for
between $1.50 and $3 each!
We give you crust recipes, sauce recipes and
tons of topping ideas.
• Muffins make for a
great breakfast or snack. Try a few of our
muffin recipes, freeze them and then
pull them out and heat them as needed.
Save Time and Cash! Make Your Own Convenience Foods
• Why pay over $1.50 for 3 wimpy servings of
Seasoned Rice when you can make 5 or 6
large servings for less than a
Click here for Recipes.
• Do you wish you could make your own bread,
but feel intimidated by the process? Then
Beginner's Bread is for you! We walk you through our
Fool Proof Step by Step Process.
Before you know it, you'll be Expert
enough to conquer our big batch
• Do you want to save money and time at the
same time? Our
Homemade Convenience Food Page will knock your socks off!
Budget Beverage Bargains
• Are soda pop and juice boxes burning a hole in your
Read this Article and learn everything you ever wanted to know
about the best beverage bargains for your
• Are you spending $3 for coffee at
Starbucks every morning? If so, you'll save over
$150 a month by making your own
Instant Latte! Tastes great and takes only seconds
A Baker's Dozen worth of Instant Coffee Mixes & Spiced Teas for Gift Giving & Coffee Breaks. All your
favorite flavors made at home for pennies
• Do you crave a savory pick-me-up that is low in
calories, fast & easy, and costs
only pennies per serving? Check out our
Cup-Of-Soup Recipes to see what you've
been longing for.
Improve Your Health
|• Half a
free e-books based on Healthy Foods. Many delicious ethnic recipes included!
• Several of our family friendly recipes have delicious
LITE versions with nutritional
information and dietary exchanges.
You'll find these well-tested family
friendly recipes at the
Healthy Hillbilly Housewife
• Did you know that it's possible to eat the leanest
and the lowest priced ground meat?
On a pauper's budget? Click
here to learn how.
• Have you ever wondered what type of foods Abraham,
Moses and Jesus ate?
Click Here for a list of Common Biblical Foods,
including scripture references.
• Did you know that you can actually
Make Your Own Sanitary Pads!
They are cheap, healthy and environmentally
friendly. Modern women have lost the art,
but YOU can reclaim it. Free Patterns
and Instructions plus lots of links to
more free patterns and instructions!
Planning and Organization Tips
|• Have you
run out of lunch ideas and lost inspiration
to pack them day after day? Remove the
drudgery from your morning routine!
Lunch Box Basics &
Lunch Box Food for scores of fresh
• Three detailed & effective methods for
Menu Planning. These will work anyone, even if you HATE to plan!
Emergency Low Cost Shopping Lists and Menus
|What if you don't have time
to plan or money to spare? What if the
cupboards are bare and the family is crying
for food?! What can you do? We've done all
the planning for you. Just follow the
extremely low cost shopping list and menu
plan and you'll be able to feed a family of 4 to 6 the family 3
nutritious meals a day, plus snacks!
ALL OF THIS FOR FREE!!!
Notes About a Few Ingredients
Whenever milk is called for, the recipe
was tested with reconstituted non-fat
dry milk. If you use whole milk instead
your results will be a little richer,
but will pretty much turn out the same
Margarine is used
almost exclusively in these recipes.
Only one or two recipes call for real
butter, and then it's expressly stated
in the recipe.
Margarine is 50¢ a pound and butter is
$3 a pound, so let your pocket book be
your guide. If you prefer, butter may
be used instead of margarine in all of
the recipes with good results.
you're interested in the health benefits
and risks of margarine, allow me to
share some of my research with you. It
turns out that margarine is not only the
least expensive spread, it's also the
healthiest. "But what about trans
fats?" you may be asking. The chart
below should give you some reassurance.
Based on 1
Total of "Bad"
Fats (The ones that raise LDL
0.5 to 2.5 grams
2.8 to 4.8 grams
can see margarine is much lower in the
types of fats that can raise LDL
cholesterol levels. Because of this the
American Heart Association
National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute,the
American Dietetic Association,
Mayo Clinic all
recommend margarine over butter as part
of a healthy diet. Since it costs only
a fraction of the price of butter, it is
definitely the best choice for a
challenged budget. The FDA puts it this
"Although some margarines contain
fat than butter, the total of
and saturated fat (the LDL-C raising
fats) is always less than the total
for butter. The total for butter is
much higher because of all the
saturated fat that it contains." --
Quoted from the FDA.
Click here for the whole page.
are still fearful about using margarine,
then I recommend you choose one of the
trans-fat-free buttery spreads now on
the market. Promise and Smart Balance
both make good products. Both of these
spreads are less expensive than butter
and they are much better for your
debate that some people have between
margarine and butter is one of a
luxurious nature. If you are wealthy
enough have a choice between butter and
margarine, then choose the one that is
best for you. Those of us with small
budgets will continue to use margarine
because it is economical, versatile,
tasty, and as the links above prove,
still the healthiest choice.
sized eggs are the least expensive in my
area, so the recipes were all tested
with medium sized eggs.
may use large eggs instead with good
results. If you are using extra large
or jumbo size eggs then use your best
judgment. Replace one medium egg with
one jumbo, because it is hard to cut an
egg in half. Roughly speaking, every 2
jumbo eggs equal 3 medium eggs in
volume. For those trying to watch their
cholesterol, replace each egg with 2 egg
whites. They are usually less expensive
than commercially available egg
will see Bacon Grease
called for in a few of the recipes.
Hillbillies traditionally cook with it
for economy's sake. Essentially, bacon
grease is the fat left in the pan after
frying bacon. It is best stored in a
clean tin can in the refrigerator. Every
time bacon is cooked, pour any leftover
grease into the can. It is used mostly
for frying and seasoning. Bacon Fat
lends a very special flavor to food that
is hard to duplicate. If you are
avoiding bacon grease for health
reasons, then you may replace it with an
equal amount of oil or margarine. The
flavor will be slightly different, but
otherwise, your results will be about
5. Nutritional information is created
with MasterCook 7. It is as accurate as
I can make it, but there are no
guarantees. Remember I am not a
dietitian and I am fully mortal
so there will be a few errors. Use it
at your own risk.
I am not a professional, and this is not
a professional website. I have all of
the distractions of any active mom and I will make
mistakes. I've done my best to eliminate
all typo's and broken links, and to make
the recipes as reliable as possible.
For best results however, do not expect
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copy all of the recipes and articles on this
site for personal, non-profit, religious and
educational purposes. You may not charge
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shipping and handling if you send a stack of
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