I just discovered a really great frugal idea, and it has been around for years.
Whipped Butter - and not the kind you buy at the market.
That is not a frugal idea since it costs as much as the un-whipped kind we are all familiar with, and you get half the amount.
I did buy a small tub of it at the market as that was my only choice for the situation I needed butter for, but that will be my last time buying it.
My husband actually liked it.
And he was getting less of that fat each time he used it as whipped butter has a lot of air in it.
It still looked like he was getting a lot though - and that's what counts to him.
So, by using whipped butter, one is cutting down on the fat intake in their diet.
And by whipping it yourself, the savings really begin to add up.
I used two sticks of softened butter and 1/4 cup of milk to make mine.
I used the whipping attachment on my electric mixer, and I set it to the fastest setting.
It took quite a bit longer than I thought it would, but eventually I began to see an increase in the amount of butter in the mixer bowl.
It close to doubled the amount of un-whipped butter.
I keep it stored in the refrigerator in a covered container and can take it out when it is needed.
It spreads so much easier even when it's cold - so you don't have to give it time to warm up to use it on the soft bread.
I will advise though - don't use it for recipes, as they need a certain amount of fat so it turns out correctly, and whipped butter with all it's air will not work.