Trying to save money can take some creativity. Being creative can be hard when your brain refuses to operate due to lack of sleep.
One area I find I can be creative and help our budget is with the food we eat. Not creative as in the sense of the food sculptures my children build but with how I serve and use our food. I think I am fairly good cook especially judging by my husband's waistline over the last 14 years. One way I can help my food budget which seems to be ever growing right along with my plague of hoppers (said in all affection) is to serve leftovers.
Now before you groan too loudly, I like to serve leftovers but not where they look like leftovers. I give them a face lift. For example, tonight we are having Chicken & Spinach Linguine. The chicken is leftover from a meal this past weekend. Other makeovers would be a Shepherd's Pie from the leftover mashed potatoes and green beans I had with the meatloaf. Leftover Sloppy Joe's can also be made into Shepherd's Pie.
Ham and mashed potatoes one night can be a Ham-Potato Soup the next. Or perhaps you would prefer Potato Pancakes and Fried Ham Slices? A beef (or pork) roast can be shredded and made in BBQ Sandwiches, Enchiladas or Vegetable-Beef Soup. Not only are leftover make-overs frugal but time saving as well since you do the main cooking once for multiple meals. No who can't use a few extra minutes. You might even be able to grab a nap to let those creative juices flow.