We've all been there. You really did mean to go grocery shopping this week—you even made a list. But then, it just didn't happen. So there you are, staring at a near-empty fridge, debating picking up the phone and ordering take-out.
DON'T DO IT!
Instead, have a wander over to your pantry, and you'll discover that therein lays a world of culinary opportunities. All you need is a little creativity and some super-basic techniques, and you'll be chowing down on some really good (and-much-cheaper-than-takeout) grub. Here's what to have on hand:
Americans are drinking more wine than ever before. Between the multitudes of studies linking a daily glass of wine with good heart health and the sheer enjoyment of sipping a nice glass of vino with a delicious meal, this is a good time to get into the grape scene. Even better, the influx of young adults who are getting into wine is leading winemakers to make consumption and enjoyment accessible to people with all budgets.
To find fantastic wines within your budget, head to your local Trader Joe's, BevMo or your favorite wine warehouse and start chatting up a sales rep. Chance are, the person in charge of the wine department knows a thing or two about their products. Let them know what you're looking to serve it for or with (ie: "I'm making pork chops and I'm looking for something to pair it with" or "I need a great, inexpensive sparking white to serve at an outdoor party"), as well as how much you're willing to spend (and be honest!). Really, if you don't want to plunk down more than $8 per bottle, say so. There really are fantastic options for every budget.
When I think of the Christmas Holiday Season I think of delicious and rich things that satisfy all of the senses.
The beautiful lights, sweet holiday music, delicious smells and of course the most amazing tastes.
The Christmas season is the perfect time of year to try out some new holiday sweets!
The following recipes are sure to be a hit with your friends and family:
Frugal Christmas Candy - My family has already been asking since October when we will be able to have their favorite Christmas candy again. This is something I make several times during the holidays only.
They made it seem so easy on the TLC show Extreme Couponing. What you didn't see were stores bending over backwards to let those shoppers break all the store's couponing policies, just for the opportunity to be featured on the show.
Extreme anything is ridiculous, and sometimes even dangerous. The word "extreme" is now often used as a hyper-descriptor for anything seen as extra good, extra delicious, extra anything. Extreme Bacon Burgers. Extreme Weight Loss. Extreme Makeovers. Extremes can not possibly be good for you. And neither is Extreme Couponing. The show or the practice.
Everything in moderation, right? That includes using your resources wisely. Resources being both your money and your time. Here are five reasons why extreme couponing is wrong and you'll never see me doing it. Besides the fact that I can't push a full cart of groceries.
Thinking about going organic, but have a strict budget? There are many things you can do to eat organic without breaking the bank. Here are my top five:
1. Create A Price Book: Create a price book or list of organic prices at the different stores in your area. This will help you when creating your shopping list as well as letting you know when something goes on sale, if you should stock up at that price. Keep it with your coupons to access it while shopping easily.
2. Clip Coupons: Yes, there are a lot of coupons for organic products, including organic produce, eggs, dairy and more! Earthbound Farms, Organic Valley, Rumiano Cheese and other companies offer coupons on their websites, Facebook pages and with aggregators like coupons.com.
Do you want to slash your grocery budget in half? There are key ways to save money on your next grocery store visit. Whether it's tomorrow or days from now, these simple steps will lead you on the path to savings.
1. Don't go to the store hungry. There's a reason why the bakery and floral department are located in the front of the store when you first walk in. They will heighten you senses. And if you're hungry, you'll immediately start to gravitate to buy more. Before you walk into the grocery store, eat a snack. Better yet, bring along a bottle of water to help curb your appetite as you shop those attractive aisles for those bargains.