Monday, July 27, 2015

Shopping Seasonally: What’s on Sale in August

I am loving the mountains of summer produce tumbling into the store this time of year! Good, healthy, and if you shop according to the seasonal August sales cycles - cheap!
 
Seasonal shopping isn’t limited to food and groceries. Back to School shopping is in full swing which means that it is a good time to stock up on office supplies, small appliances, and summer clearance items if you aren’t sending a kiddo off to school.





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 For added savings check the Lazy Budget Chef printable coupon database so you can stack a coupon with a sale and save even more money on the the things you need. 
 

Seasonal Food, Fresh Fruit, and Vegetables That Go on Sale in August

Monday, July 13, 2015

8 Reasons Why You Need to Shop Amazon Prime Day on July 15th

Amazon.com is celebrating its 20th birthday on July 15, 2015 by giving customers a fantastic gift - a massive one day Prime Day sale! Amazon promises July 15th will be filled with Lightning Deals, Deals of the Day, on products across categories including electronics, toys, video games, movies, clothing, patio, lawn and garden, sports and outdoor items and more!

The only catch is you have to be an Amazon Prime member. Fortunately, Amazing will let you try an Amazon Prime 30-day trial free   so you don't have to miss out on the better than Black Friday savings.


Eight Reasons to Shop Amazon Prime Day

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

15 Summer Mocktail Recipes That Will Make You the Queen of the Cookout

It’s summertime and that means just one thing. It’s time for backyard cookouts, barbeques, and refreshing drinks!

In addition to the rare bottles of pop we break out for these occasions, I like to pull out all the stops and make a pitcher or two of interesting mocktails - cocktails without the alcohol.  They’re a great way to be refreshed while also offering your guests something that’s alcohol free.

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You won’t have to worry about them driving home after leaving your party either. Which is just another reason why mocktails are becoming all the rage.

15 Summer Non Alcoholic Cocktail Recipes

Monday, June 29, 2015

Shopping Seasonally: What’s on Sale in July

July is when summer is at its peak. School is out. Vacations are on, warm weather, and outdoor fun are the rule of the day. Do you know what else is happening in July?
Summer clearance sales.

Which makes me a little sad because our summer activities have barely started but seeing grocery stores, farmers markets, local produce stands overflowing with seasonal, often local - and cheap! - produce makes up for it.































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July is when I start scouting for future upgrades and birthday gifts I know I will need in future months. I’m noticing my beloved Zulily often follows these monthly sale cycles and is helping me get my Christmas, birthday, and shopping done bit by bit while saving some serious coin thanks to the research I’m doing for this blog sales series.

For further savings, I check the Lazy Budget Chef database for printable coupons (here) and use them during the store sale on the items I need.

Seasonal Food, Fresh Fruit, and Vegetables on Sale in July

Monday, June 22, 2015

Five of the Best Session Beers for Summer

It is officially my favorite season of the year – Summer!  Now while I am a stout and porter gal during the winter, those beers are generally too heavy on hot summer days. Fortunately the summer seasonal craft beers are already on the store shelves and make a great session beer.


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Monday, June 15, 2015

How to Reuse Plastic Food Scoops: 10 Genius Ideas You Have to Try!

Sometimes Husband likes to add a scoop or two of protein powder to his pre or post workout smoothie. He works out in one form of another almost daily and goes though a container of protein powder like nobody’s business!

On the upside, I always have a supply of his empty plastic protein powder containers to hold just about everything that needs contained in the kitchen, my craft room, and garage.

On the downside, we have a mountain of leftover plastic scoops in a growing pile on the kitchen counter.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Shrimp Sauté with Leeks and Barley Risotto

Some people go site seeing in parks. Husband and I go site seeing in ethnic and specialty grocery stores. More often than not, we buy an interesting or new to us ingredient and call it a souvenir. That’s how we ended up with barley in our pantry and didn’t quite now what to do with it until we did a little research.

Barley is a wonderful versatile grain with a rich nutty flavor and a pasta like texture. Raw barley looks  like wheat berries. After you cook it barley looks a lot like Arborio rice.  Tricky, tricky changing your appearance like that barley! But barley has so many health benefits (read about them here) I won’t hold the appearance switcheroo against it.


Besides, if I did, I would be missing out on this quick but fancy shrimp and barley recipe.



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