Making do with less versus making more money: another definition for "frugal"!
Here are some ideas to help you make do with less in kitchen!
Stretch a meatloaf by adding oatmeal, or rice.
Always try to make your oven do double-duty when you heat it up. Bake some potatoes alongside those cookies, or biscuits with meatloaf, etc. Or simply cook two pies or roasts instead of one. The second goes in freezer for another time.
When boiling potatoes always save water. If you're making mashed potatoes, use it instead of part of milk. Or, you can cool it and water your houseplants.
Save up to $1.00 per pound on boneless chicken breasts by doing boning yourself using a sharp knife.
Learning to cut up a whole chicken can save you money, too. All you need is a good sharp knife and a little practice.
If you have freezer space, buy an extra turkey at Christmas or an extra ham at Easter when they are on sale, probably at lowest price all year!
Learn to grow your own herbs. Just a few pots of herbs growing on your kitchen windowsill can help out budget. Swap cuttings with friends.