Let's be honest. The idea of eating gourmet food every day is nice and all, but when it's the end of a long day and you are somehow faced with the task of getting dinner on the table, it can be pretty tempting to just defrost a frozen meal or call out for help (AKA pizza delivery). You want to eat well, but you don't exactly consider yourself a culinarian. And besides, cooking is hard and takes a long time, right? Right?!
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The truth is, with just a tiiiiny bit of planning and prep, you can kick your food repertoire up several notches, making it taste better, faster. Even if you're lazy, tired and broke, you can cook and eat like someone who knows what they're doing.
I'd heard arguments against reusable bags before, but despite having been around for years, I hadn't heard the "reusable bags jeopardize public health" argument until very recently. Now that I've looked into it, it's not very compelling.
Whether it's a dolphin-rescuing triumph, or a mistake spearheaded by wrongheaded liberals, plastic grocery bags are going the way of the dinosaurs they're made of. Yes, extinction is still a ways off, but over sixty jurisdictions in the US have bans on the books, and more are in the works.
With each new jurisdiction to ban the bags comes a new fee structure. You now have to cough up as much as 25 cents each time you forget your bag. That can add up in the long run, especially for large families.
Obviously it's not just a matter of personal finance. 80 million tons of the petroleum product polyethylene are manufactured every year, and its primary use is in the manufacture of disposable bags. They may or may not whiz away to the sea immediately after use, and maliciously jam themselves into the blowholes of orcas, but they do sit in landfills for perhaps a thousand years, by some estimates, or perhaps forever by others. For whatever reason, some find the environmental arguments against disposable bags unconvincing.
Have you wanted to throw a Super Bowl Party but you aren't sure you can make it as Super as the game? Do not fear, I will give you 5 tips to make your party epic! We love to host parties and events at our house and everyone leaves our party happy and full. Ok enough chit chat, lets do this!
Beginning today, the average family or four living on food stamps will receive an average of $36 less than what they received. It is said that 1 in 7 Americans receive this benefits which is a fair amount of citizens that will have to adjust to the cuts.
As the debate continues in Congress and newspapers like the Los Angeles Times addressing, How does a $36 food-stamps cut look on the kitchen table?, we can offer you immediate solutions to these cuts.
Believe it or not, it's actually been a slow week for
freebies. There is a great offer if you're a bride-to-be. You can
get yourself a key chain with your new name engraved in it for
free. Just make sure you follow their instructions on how to get it
and claim it this weekend.
You can get 3 free boxes of Monkey Bars and Lysol Touch of Foam
this week if you live in specific areas of the country. Eventually
they will it open up to everyone, but for now you have to enter
your zip code to see if you qualify.
Sign the kids up to get their own freebies too. Join Geoffrey's
Birthday Club so they can get some birthday freebies. You will
definitely want to print out some Ratatouille activity pages from
Disney for a rainy day. The kids can also get a reminder call from
Mike or Sully (Monster's University) reminding them to take a potty
Does shopping at the Commissary really save you money? My answer, it depends. From my experience as a 11 year military wife, it depends on the state you live in, the surrounding areas, and the time at which you shop.
If the cost of living is higher where you are stationed, then the Commissary is always the place to go. If the nearest grocery store is 25 minutes away from post, then the Commissary is cheaper after you factor in gas, etc.. To each its own, but here are my personal tips for saving at the Commissary: