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Frugal Breakfasts

This is not everyone’s cup of tea, but for me the cheapest, most practical and time efficient breakfast is to simply not have one. I should qualify that though. Breakfast to me is almost a leisure activity, there is nothing I enjoy more than to chow down a big ploughman’s breakfast with the baldest bacon you can find and the slickest coffee to chase it down, granted, I skip breakfast Mon-Friday and only indulge myself on the weekends. So I guess you could say that rather than have (7×3) = 21 meals a week like everyone else, I have (5×2) + (2×3) = 16 meals a week instead.

There are many reasons why you would want to skip breakfast, for me and this was in the beginning, I did it out of laziness and it’s become a habit ever since. Nowadays, when I skip breakfast I’m also doing it for health reasons. I won’t go into the pro’s and cons of it, but needless to say if you do a quick Google search on “skipping breakfast” or “intermittent fasting” you can acquaint yourself as much as you like with both sides of the argument. Bottom line, it’s not for everyone, but it just might be for you.

Ok so I will go into the pros for why I do it, first, I’ve been skipping breakfast for so long now and I have become so use to it, that I do it because my body simply does not cry hunger in the mornings. As a side note, a motto I follow is to just eat when hungry, but because I don’t get hungry in the mornings I simply don’t eat. I also find that it’s the quality of the food that influences the amount I eat. When I eat nutrient rich foods I eat less, when I eat garbage I tend to eat more because I find that my body is still telling me I need to eat the right stuff.

Secondly, we’ve all heard that saying “who has time to make breakfast” well I certainly don’t and because I value sleep more than I do breakfast, I simply use the time I would have been using to make breakfast to sleep instead. It really is that simple and logical J. When I wake up, I’m out the door to work in less than 15 minutes. In comparison to my partner she has to wake up an hour before she’s out the door just so she can fit breakfast in. I simply just don’t bother.

Finally, and this is the least important consideration, 5 less meals a week to pay for can come to quite a nice saving. You do the math.

How to make coffee the frugal way in your Tiny Home

If you are a habitual coffee drinker, there’s no way around it, you need your hit. I know how you feel, I drink two cups a day myself and that’s a requirement.

Here are the ways you can get your hit –

  1. Instant coffee
  2. Drip coffee
  3. Percolator
  4. French Press
  5. Espresso

I think most people will be familiar with instant coffee and buying their espresso from the local coffee shop. Nothing wrong with these methods, but if you champion the frugal lifestyle like we do – you can’t help but think about how these mundane processes can be improved upon so that it aligns with our frugal sensibilities.

All the above methods have one thing in common; they all require the additional input of heat energy in the form of boiling water to achieve the drop that you want. I should also add that some of the above methods also require specialised equipment such as an espresso machine or a percolator. However there is one method I haven’t mentioned that does not require any specialise equipment or the need for boiling water… and that is the Cold Press or Cold Brew method. If you not familiar with this method it is exactly as it sounds. All you do is pour cold water onto your coffee grounds and let it steep, and voila, Cold Press coffee! Well… like all things in life there is a catch and the catch is simple to state, it requires time, 12 hours to be exact. On first thought, it’s not exactly in line with the frugal motto of saving time, but on second thoughts, it all depends on how we prepare it and organise ourselves around it.

Frugalites are not ones to watch paint dry, so if you make the brew the night before, you can go to sleep and by morning it will be ready to drink. Problem solved, and it’s exactly how I choose to make my drop.

There are several other benefits to cold brewing –

  1. Boiling water not required, therefore kettle not required and energy input also not required
  2. No need for bulky machines or specialised equipment
  3. The taste is smoother and less bitter as described by coffee connoisseurs
  4. It’s hip
  5. Perfect for Tiny Homes – In fact, because of all the above benefits, it truly is the only method you should be using to make your coffee in your Tiny Home.

I haven’t included any pictures in this post, because it really is that simple. Just pour cold water onto your grounds and let steep. In the morning the grounds will settle and you can drink it straight out of the cup without filtering just like Turkish coffee. If you want to be a bit fancy you can cold brew it in a French press, this is also quite popular and it’s how I choose to cold press my cup every day.