Monday, February 20, 2017

25 Ways to Recycle Empty Medicine Bottles

 One of our unwritten household rules is to try to get an extra reuse out of something before throwing it away to sit in a landfill for a million years. Often that second use comes by the way of our city recycling bin and local business who accept hard to recycle items like electronics and batteries.

Husband and I are relatively healthy people but every once and awhile we get sick enough to require prescription medicine. More often than not the medicine comes comes in a plastic pill bottle that isn't always recyclable.

But don't throw those empty medicine bottles away! It is so easy to recycle pill bottles into something insanely useful!



 Pop on over to my DIY blog Condo Blues and learn how to upcycle, reuse, recycle, and hack empty plastic prescription and vitamin bottles into:

25 of the Best Ways to Reuse Old Pill Bottles

 After reading so many clever organizing ideas you'll never look at an empty pill bottle as trash again!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

How to Find the Unit Price for Toilet Paper the Easy Way!

Most items are easy to compare the unit prices by calculating and comparing the price per unit or per ounce with the exception of toilet paper.

Sheet and roll size vary by brand and/or packaging. Not to mention all of the variations within the brand itself. Is the regular size roll of TP with Fluffy Butt Wiping Technology more or less expensive than the Mega Roll Pack Made From Fluffy Kitten Tears? Who knows?

You do!

What Grocery Stores Don’t Want You To Know: How to Save Money by Comparing Toilet Paper  Unit Prices  

 

The only way to compare the unit price of toilet paper is to calculate and compare the price of toilet paper per square foot inside of the package.



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Thursday, February 2, 2017

10 Quick, Easy, and Delicious Instant Pot Soup Recipes You Have to Try!

We recently added an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker to the Lazy Budget Chef Kitchen and Thunderdome and have been cooking food and meals with it on an almost daily basis since we unboxed it last month. Yes, the Instapot lives up the the hype! It is the perfect thing for our never gets around to meal planning family to make dinner from I don’t have any ideas what do you want to eat? to done in 30 minutes.

Well, OK. If you pull frozen meat from the freezer and cook it for dinner in the Instant Pot it will take 45 minutes or so. I’m not quibbling about it because see above about not making a meal plan and not having ideas what to make for dinner on the fly.

 
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For anyone who doesn’t know, the Instant Pot is a kitchen tool that can replace seven appliances with one: stove top pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté pot, steamer, warming pot, and yogurt maker (this post contains affiliate links for your convenience.) I still haven’t gotten the hang of cooking in a stove top pressure cooker but after guessing my way through my first electric pressure cooker soup recipe I felt like an expert. That. Easy.

10 Ridiculously Easy Instant Pot Soup Recipes to Make for Dinner Tonight

Thursday, January 26, 2017

10 Extreme Cheapskate Money Saving Tips You Won’t be Embarrassed to Try

Last weekend I was sick and got sucked into watching several reruns of the show Extreme Cheapskates (affiliate links in this post for your convenience) because I couldn’t find the TV remote buried somewhere in my blanket nest on the sofa.

It confirmed my sneaking suspicion that The Learning Channel turned into The Laugh at Freaks Channel. Jordan the bartering guy confirms Extreme Cheapskates set up scenarios to make him look like he won’t pay for anything (when he actually does) in his blog post My Media Guy TLC’s Extreme Cheapskates: The True Story.

Worse is Broke Rich Girl’s experience that TLC lied to her when she declined to apply to be on the show. Production said they wanted her to “be the voice of reason” and later in the process wanted her to sign up for on line dating as a way to get free meals.  How sleazy is that?!

She declined. You go girl!

10 Not So Extreme Budget Lessons from Extreme Cheapskates

 

10 Not So Extreme Budget Lessons from Extreme Cheapskates
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If you strip away the fake jacked up borderline illegal and craziness, there are some general budgeting ideas that will help you save money and keep your ethics intact. Some may not be new to you. Others may be something that don’t apply or you don’t want to do. 


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

What Do You Make in an Instapot?

I added an Instapot to the Lazy Budget Chef Kitchen and Thunderdome this Christmas. Both Husband and I read the instruction manual that, let’s face it, is written for people who already know how to cook in an electric pressure cooker – which isn’t us.

So exactly, how do you use an Instapot and what do you cook in it?


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Monday, January 2, 2017

The 10 Best Budget and Food Hacks of 2016

Hello 2017! It is a brand spanking new year full of brand spanking new possibilities.

It is always interesting when I take a look at which Lazy Budget Chef blog posts are the most popular posts of the previous year because I am almost always surprised!

In 2016 was the year of budget cleaning, shopping, travel, and food allergy hacks. And wowzers folks I want to come to your next party because you really, really love my vodka watermelon hack!

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The Ten Most Popular Lazy Budget Chef Post in 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

How to Make Homemade Baking Powder

I wanted to make cornbread and found out mid recipe that I didn’t have baking powder.

Naturally I was baking after a late dinner and most of the stores were closed.

What to do? What to do?

Learn how to make baking powder from pantry ingredients of course!

Here’s how.

Homemade Baking Powder Recipe

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To make one teaspoon of baking powder you will need: