Back in October and November, I participated in The Fiscal Femme’s 30-Day Money Cleanse, and it was an absolutely eye-opening experience for me. We all have things we have a hard time getting a handle on, and though I’m very organized about money, it’s always frustrated me that I’m prone to emotional spending and impulse buys when grocery shopping. What was up with that?

The Money Cleanse had us categorize and track our spending and also helped us tune into our feelings about money and the “why” behind our spending behaviors. We also talked about realistic ways to live more frugally. Because one of my goals was to get a handle on my grocery budget, I practiced getting creative with the foods that were already in my cabinets and freezer. This Chickpea Stew was one of my favorite Money Cleanse experiments.

Fridge-Cleaning Marinara Chickpea Stew

Budget-Friendly Chickpea Stew


  • 1 32-ounce jar marinara
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas
  • 1 lb sliced peppers
  • 1 lb frozen greens
  • Water (optional)


  1. In a large pot, simmer marinara and chickpeas over medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, heat frozen vegetables according to package instructions. Add to marinara and chickpeas. Thin out with water if desired.
  3. Allow to simmer 20-30 minutes.

Serves 4

Enjoy a bowl on its own or top with an egg. You can also stir in some cooked ground turkey.

What do you cook when you’re trying to save money? 

If you’re interested to try it for yourself, the next 30-Day Money Cleanse kicks off in January—just in time for your money-related New Year’s resolutions.

You can sign up here . Don’t forget to se the code JESSMONEY and get a $20 discount!

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