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Hamburger is a frugal meat, which is why so many people eat it.  Hamburger goes in everything from lasagna to macaroni and cheese, and is a barbecue favorite.

If you plan on using hamburger within a day or two, you can often find it discounted at the grocery store and save a little money that way.


The other way you can achieve thrift with hamburger is to stretch it by adding ingredients to it like bread crumbs or flour.  It is your choice whether you buy hamburger with fat or lean hamburger, but if you are going to add ingredients to stretch it, drain the grease first so you don't any of them in the process.


Buy extra hamburger when it goes on sale.  Make meatloaf in muffin tins and then freeze it for a quick microwave meal on a busy days.


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Frugal footnotes:

Here is a recipe for homemade hamburger helper and a frugal hamburger recipe.


Homemade Hamburger Helper


hamburger (1 lb)
4 cups noodles
1 can tomato sauce
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
1 1/2 cups water

Brown the hamburger in the skillet.  Add the liquid and seasonings. Add the noodles, and cook until tender.

Note:  Add cumin and chili powder for a Mexican flavor.  Add oregano and sweet basil for an Italian flavor.

Add salt, pepper, and garlic if desired.


Hamburger and Potatoes



1 lb hamburger
1 can cream of celery soup
4 large potatoes
Brown hamburger, breaking it up while cooking. Pour off grease.  Add soup and let simmer a few minutes.
Peel and dice the potatoes.  Boil until soft and then mash them. 
Pour the hamburger mixture over the potatoes and serve.
Optional: Top with cheese or your favorite casserole topping.

Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour.








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