Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tips on Tuesday!

EDIT: Mari, thank you SO much for letting me know I forgot to put up Mr Linky...I don't know what I was thinking LOL

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Do you have a tip on cooking, cleaning, homemaking, kids, marriage, travel or anything that you would love to share? Feel free to join in!

I know I don't get a lot of participation in this weekly feature, and I've considered stopping it, but you know, I'm just going to keep it up because for me it's a way to record some great tips and always have a place to go back and check.

So if you want to join in, that would be great, if not, that's fine too :)

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Here are some tips for saving money on groceries:

  1. Plan meals from what you already have at home. Find out what you already have at home in the pantry, freezer, and the fridge before you go shopping.
  2. Check your calendar to see when you may need to have easy/fast meals during the week. I have a few crockpot recipes that are very easy–and so nice to come home to–my favorite is beef roast, potatoes and carrots.
  3. Keep your favorite recipes handy. Make copies of favorite recipes from cookbooks and keep them in a binder (even better if you use sheet protectors to keep the pages clean).
  4. Make a shopping list and only buy what’s on the list. Actually, I do include a few dollars for extra special buys I may find along the way. Last week I found a bargain and couldn’t pass it up–olive oil! The store was re-doing their olive oil shelves and olive oil/extra virgin olive oil was a BARGAIN at .92 to 1.49 for several medium-size name brand bottles.
  5. Make some meals for the freezer. Even pre-cooking a few pounds of ground beef for easy tacos or spaghetti can save you from getting fast food for dinner.


Tim, Allyson, Emahry, and Jonathan said...

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Have a great day!

Tina said...

My MIL does the following and it's such a good idea - I never thought of it!

When she begins cooking (and she cooks A LOT), she fills one side of her sink up with hot, soapy water. When she's finished using a pot, dish or utensil, she puts it in the hot soapy water. By the time she's finished, most of the things in the sink are either ready to be wiped with a sponge, rinsed and dried OR they're ready for the dishwasher!

Mari said...

Sandra - I have a tip up, but there's no Mr Linky! You have some good tips today too!

Linds said...

I saw this on a cooking programme a couple of weeks ago, and i can't believe it never occurred to me before!

When you are rolling out pastry, place the dough onto cling wrap, and cover with another sheet of cling wrap, then roll out. It never gets stuck to the rolling pin, and you do not have to flour the counter or board, and the pastry doesn't get more floury either. Such a simple idea and it works!

Our neck of the woods said...

Adding lemon juice and backing soda will remove coffee and tea stains in your sink or even formica counters!

Misty said...

great tips and i LOVE your new masthead/banner!

Sarah said...

I love to read your tips, even if I don't get around to sharing any of my own!

Hugs n' love

Sarah x

Pugmom said...

Another couple of tips to save money at the store...

Shop with cash and a calculator. I live in NE where there's no sales tax on food and it's easy to just deduct the price of each item from my total so that I know exactly how much I have left. When it's gone, it's gone.

Purchase in bulk if you can and "do up" like Sandra suggests - I often cook up 3-4 lbs of chicken breasts under the broiler and cube it when it's cool - it freezes well for casseroles and is ready to use for salads as well.

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Great ideas! I practice them all and hubby says I'm too good at #4. He likes impulses LOL.