Updated on 12.06.10

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Bean Soup Edition

Trent Hamm

As I’m writing this, a big pot of well-spiced bean soup is simmering on the stove and it smells tremendous. It’s just a kit soup, but it was a kit that we picked up for less than a dollar, and there’s enough soup there for everyone to eat from several times.

I actually really like such soup kits. They’re easy to make, they preserve very well (they’re just a mix of dried beans), and if you time your purchases when there’s a sale, you can buy them at a very low price.

That’s my kind of bargain.

Store food properly and save money Without a doubt, a good food storage habit can really save you money. Keeping things like flour in resealable containers instead of in the bag keeps them good for longer, reduces the chance of infestation, and reduces the risk of bag-ripping disaster. (@ frugal)

Patience Is A Virtue, Learn It If You Can (but Please Hurry) Patience is the unheralded key to personal finance success. (@ len penzo)

Why Your Income Is So Important Personal finance is all about spending less than you earn. That gives you two routes to success – raising your earnings or lowering your spending. Ideally, you do both. (@ get rich slowly)

Stock Broker Fraud & When To Fire Your Broker For Bad Advice If you’re going to entrust your finances to a broker, make sure you know that broker well. You’re entrusting that person with your financial future, after all. (@ the digerati life)

To Pay Off Debt or Save? That is the Question Trusting yourself is a big and often undiscussed part of good personal finance behavior. If you make choices based on how you ideally want to behave without paying attention to how you actually behave, you’re going to make the wrong choice. (@ frugal dad)

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  1. Rebecca says:

    If you haven’t tried this yet, dump a small jar of salsa into the soup as it simmers. You will never go back. Tastes amazing!

  2. Hope D says:

    We call bean soup “Magic Bean Soup” after the stories. My kids can be picky but they will eat anything magical.

  3. valleycat1 says:

    Bean soup is one of my cold-weather favorites too.

    Storing flour & grains: insect infestation is only slightly avoided by using your own container (keeps ants & other pests out). The moths that sometimes appear hatch from eggs that are already in the grain or flour – best way to avoid that is to store it in the freezer at least for a week, to kill off what’s in there.

  4. Marinda says:

    Thanks for the info about the moths. After they appeared, I cleaned out the pantry and that did away with most. After two reappeared, I put my rice in the freezer and that did the trick. But keeping it there all the time wasn’t an option, so know I can take it out after a week works for me. Once again thanks for that bit of info. I use glass jars to store beans.

  5. Mel says:

    @valleycat1: Storing dried things in containers does stop the moths or worms getting in to anything else – and also makes it quite obvious when anything is infested.

    We had a couple of infestations before I got sick of cleaning the cupboard and chucking so much food, and got militant about keeping everything in containers (my boyfriend was resistant for a while). Since then, I have had one or 2 things with worms, but I could just chuck the contents of that container (1 or 2 bags of stuff at most) and wash the container. No big deal, maybe 3 minutes of my time and most importantly – no stress at all.

  6. valleycat1 says:

    If the moths take over the pantry, the moth traps that are sold in the pesticide section work really well!

  7. littlepitcher says:

    Boss man won’t eat garbanzo bean soup, and you just made me salivate for a pot.
    Get a good sized slice of cheap ham, several cans of garbanzos, a couple of onions, three or four toes of garlic, a pound of carrots, several taters, and either a chorizo or a pack of Vietnamese lap cheong sausages. Saute the onion and garlic in a little ham grease. Cube the ham. If you are using lap cheong, fry a little grease out of it and drain it well, then add to the onions etc. If it’s chorizo, slice it and
    toss it in with the ham, onion, and garlic. Peel and cube the taters, slice the carrots, open the beans, and throw it all in the pot. Simmer until the veggies are tender.

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