• Budget Smart Cook

    Save Some Money on Memorial Day

    Memorial Day is just around the corner and I think of it as not only a day to fire up the grill to launch barbecue season but a time to save some money too. Sales Are Everywhere Just like Thanksgiving and Christmas, supermarkets want you to spend money in their stores which means price cuts on certain foods like ground beef, ribs, pork chops, chicken breasts, corn on the cob, hot dogs and hamburger buns. All items that can be stored in the freezer for future use. Don’t Forget the Pantry Items Too This is the time of the year when I stock up on pantry essentials like ketchup, barbecue…

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    The Blog-Cooking for the Month

    One thing being busy teaches you is to be prepared. Last week I was really grateful that I’d planned ahead about what to make for dinner.  Some items I’ve been relying on when time’s been short are frozen vegetables and yes, I hate to admit this but one night I wanted to make mashed potatoes and couldn’t muster up the energy to peel them, wait for them to cook and then mash them. My answer, instant mashed pototoes. I always keep a few packets of the Idahoan brand in the pantry and have to say with some milk, pepper and butter or low fat spread added, they taste close to the real…

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    The Blog-Grocery Challenge

    Each time I get asked what are my favorite money saving tips, one thing that always makes it to the list is a subscription to All You magazine. The June issue arrived in my mailbox last week with more great coupons and tips. I was going to put this in the newsletter but thought I’d tell you about it here The Second Annual All You Grocery Challenge Contest. You signup at www.allyou.com/grocerychallenge. The contest runs from June 20-July 17th. The goal is to spend $25 or less per family member per week on groceries during this four week period. Winner gets $1,000. They’ll also have a blog with money saving…

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    The Blog-Are Prices Going Up?

    Have you noticed food prices have crept up since the holidays? I was just checking out the local supermarket flyer and noticed what used to be buy 2 for $4 is 2 now $5 or 6. Glad I stocked up during the holidays. One of things on my to do list this year is to check out Aldi supermarkets. I know I’ve been saying this for over a year, but one of these days I’m really going to shop there. If you’re wondering how the Aerogarden is going… a few days ago I noticed the first shoots starting to appear. The basil seems to be growing the fastest. I’m already…