Soup is a great frugal, potentially delicious meal that can successfully be made from leftovers. It’s a great way to “waste-not-want-not” because potentially you can get a free meal for your efforts.

But I’m not talking about just dumping stuff in a pot willy-nilly. There’s a method here for making really great soup from ingredients you’ve become accustomed to tossing out in the past.


Use wisdom when making soup from leftovers. While soup is a great way to disguise certain food items, generally, if your family didn’t like it the first time, chances are slim they will like it better in soup. You can make a good soup from what you have, provided what you have is still fresh and something you liked the first time.

A great starting point is Thursday Night Soup, which got its name from the fact that traditionally workers were paid on Friday, so by Thursday night, you’d be using up whatever you had. Read more