One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to start avoiding processed foods and products, like lotions and eye make-up removers. I am going back to basics and sticking with what’s simple and pure – to benefit my health and my wallet. Which is why I’ve been buying a ton of olive oil. Olive oil is great for cooking, but it has many other household uses, too.
Part of the reason that so many New Year’s Resolutions fail – whether they’re diet, career, or money-related – is because we often have an “all-or-nothing” mentality. Never eat sugar again, or else! The key is praising yourself for small victories and yes, allowing yourself to “cheat” once in awhile. If you want to stick to your resolutions, here are my secrets. 6 Secrets to Keeping Your New
Conventional ovens have their advantages, but there are also several drawbacks. They’re a waste of energy when you’re cooking small portions, and they add lots of heat in the kitchen, which can send your cooling bills through the roof. Modern toaster ovens have come a long way from the traditional countertop toasters. They serve as fully functional miniature ovens and can easily execute the everyday
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I won’t pretend I’m perfect. I’ve made ALL 9 of these grocery mistakes, causing my bill to skyrocket. And I’m guessing you have, too. Which is why I made this list – to help us both remember to be a savvy shopper and save money in the long run. How much money? Committing just two or three mistakes on one trip will cost you $25
With a Costco just a mile away from me, and with their generous samples to please my fussy toddler on rainy a Seattle afternoon, it’s a no-brainer that a Costco membership is a good value for my family. But if you’re not sure that a Costco membership makes financial sense for you, check to see if any of these ideas will net you the savings you need.
Falling temps, changing leaves, pumpkin spice lattes… some things just ring in the coming of fall as surely as the dawn. And even when the weather and leaves aren’t cooperating (SoCal, anyone?), I can still count on the Starbucks fall menu to remind me of the season. But I’d like to enjoy their treats more often than the $4-6 price tag allows! Indulge in your
Fall is in the air and Oktoberfest is not far behind! If the changing of the seasons has you thinking about a nice tall cold one, you’re not alone. Then again, what season doesn’t go with a good beer? But beer can get pricey and eat into your grocery or entertainment budgets fast. My spending dropped fast this year because I got pregnant, but that may
Witch Hazel (aka toner) is more than just an odd-smelling, funny-named bottle of clear liquid your grandmother kept in her medicine cabinet. It’s produced from the leaves and bark of a shrub and has been used for years for medicinal purposes. The bottled witch hazel consists of oil from the shrub and which has been distilled and combined with alcohol. Why use harsh chemicals when
A few years ago, I was having sinus infection after sinus infection. I went through 8 rounds of antibiotics in less than one year. I even had an MRI. The doctor said the next step was surgery. Then a mom from my daughter’s kindergarten class told me about an anti-inflammatory shake she drinks every day and how they improved her health. An anti-inflammatory diet can help with a variety
Have you ever bought a side of beef? Or bought meat directly from the farmer? (Like we do in our CSA). It’s cheaper than buying meat from the grocery store or butcher – cut out the middleman – and if you buy a side of beef that comes from a grass fed cow, the savings are even greater. All you need is a spare freezer and
When I visited Trinidad and Tobago on my honeymoon, roadside vendors would slice the top off a fresh coconut with a machete, stick a straw in it and hand it over. It was bliss! I haven’t found a store-bought version that even comes close. Yet these days, coconut water seems to be everywhere. Not to be confused with coconut oil or coconut milk, coconut water
If you have kids, summer means one thing – activities to keep everyone from driving everyone else insane. The zoo, water park, pool, museum, baseball games, library, fill in the blank. And with these day trips come expensive concession stands or trips to the drive through. Instead of buying snacks at overpriced food stands, throw a few inexpensive snack options in your bag, and use
As the mercury creeps up, my taste buds pipe up for refreshing fruity, tart, and sweet cold treats! While there are plenty of cheap options at the grocery store (and some days, an Otter Pop is just what the doctor ordered), it can also be fun to use fresh, healthy ingredients, to just shake things up, or to engage your kids in the kitchen whipping up