I never used to pay attention to cost-cutting cooking measures, however, since husband and I have taken fairly drastic pay cuts in the last year, we are looking for ways to stretch our menus. I am sure many Chowhounders are in a similar predicament with our weak economy.
I make a meat sauce (with lean beef) once every couple of weeks. Lately, I have substituted smashed tofu for one half of the portion of ground beef. The other day I chopped carrots into the tiniest pieces possible and used them in the sauce for added texture, flavor, and vitamins.
What are your favorite cost saving methods to extend meals?