Monday, November 23, 2015

Christmas Vacation Tips: Freezer Meals Save Your Sanity!

I accidentally found a great way to prepare for after a vacation or to feed your family real food, real quick when time is short during the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve holidays – freezer meals!

Of course you folks who are regular freezer meal makers are probably laughing at me because my epiphany is nothing new to you. But like most things in the Lazy Budget Chef household, I fell into vacation freezer meals by accident because it filled an urgent need.

We were getting ready to go on vacation and still had a bunch of fresh produce in the refrigerator we wouldn’t finish before we had to leave for New Orleans. (I’ll write about how I vacationed with food allergies a little later in the holiday season on Lazy Budget Chef so stay tuned!)

Real Food Pantry Freezer Meals for Lazy People


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Monday, November 2, 2015

Shopping Seasonally: What Goes on Sale and What to Buy in November

When most people think of November store sales, it is the largest and most notorious seasonal shopping sale is in November – Black Friday.

But you don’t have to wait until the Black Friday weekend to find good seasonal sales on the food, fresh produce, and household items you need.

If your local growing season is over in November (like where I live) you can save money if you shop according to the national growing season. And you don’t have to search the world for it because I have that list right here on Lazy Budget Chef!

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Of course just because something is in a store and on sale, doesn’t mean you have to buy it if you don’t need it or will use it. I do not believe Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday sales force anyone to overspend or overbuy – they do. Just because it is in a store and on sale doesn’t mean you have to buy it but if you need it, by all means go for it! Research sales, make a list, and stick to it for the best results.


November Seasonal Fresh Fruit and Vegetables on Sale

Monday, October 19, 2015

How to Make Dried Carrot Dog Treats

Many people ask me how I get such great photos of my dog Lacey.

Lacey would tell you I have nothing to do with it besides pressing the shutter on the camera because she is naturally adorable.

I would tell you I bribe Lacey with treats to take cute dog pictures.  

And Lacey is naturally adorable. I can't deny that!

Lacey has to earn all of her treats. Sometimes she doesn't realize she is earning a treat when we are doing behavioral training to help her with her fear and anxiety issues. Lacey just thinks we make it rain treats in scary to her situations because we are the most awesome humans a dog could ever have! 

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Neither Husband nor I will dispute this.

Monday, October 12, 2015

5 Amazing Seasonal Pumpkin Beers You Have to Try This Fall

 The leaves are turning colors and it’s getting cooler outside.  I try not to be too sad that my favorite season is getting ready for a long winter’s nap because we get pumpkin season to compensate!

Shelves in stores all over the country have craft pumpkin beers on them.  Craft breweries are experimenting with recipes all the time and pumpkin season isn’t any different. It can be hard to know which ones to buy because there are countless brands and types of pumpkin brews to choose from.  Fortunately, Husband and I have done arduous research for you to make your decision a little easier.  Here are a few of our favorites to suit every pumpkin beer drinker’s taste.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Shopping Seasonally: What is on Sale and What to Buy in October

October shopping doesn’t have to be full of scary high prices as long as you shop in season and according to the October sales schedule as much as possible.  Of course fruit and vegetables are cheaper and tastier when you buy them according to their national growing season -  which is a blessing for those of us who can’t garden or buy locally grown in the fall and winter months.
    Seasonal sales and shopping can save money on other items besides fresh food. October has many industry awareness days, weeks, and months that usually lead to sales on things as diverse as pet adoption fees (my personal favorite) to pasta.

    October is also the last big cycle of staple food and grocery items which will not typically go on sale during the November and December holiday season. If you have a need and the room to store it (sadly I don’t) October is the time to buy a few extra to get you through to the January sale cycle.

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    For extra savings, check the Lazy Budget Chef printable coupon database for coupons on the October sale list to pair with a sale and make those items an even better deal than before!

    Monday, September 28, 2015

    17 Things to Buy at the Dollar Store by the Case

    Shopping at dollar stores is another way to save money and trim your budget. I don’t buy a ton of stuff from dollar stores. In my opinion, you get what you pay for when it comes to most of their products, health and beauty in particular. I will pay a little extra for those items because I want to know exactly what ingredients are in the things I give my family to use.

    That being said there are certain types of products that are cheaper to buy at the dollar store. So much so that I sometimes buy them from Dollar Tree by the case. I don’t get an extra discount shopping Dollar Tree by the case because everything is still a dollar each. What I do save is time.

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    I don’t have to keep going to the store hoping the thing I saw on the website is in my store and in the quantity I need. For example, I like to keep a couple of boxes of dairy free milk in the pantry for when I run out of my regular half gallon size (always mid recipe. Why is that?)  After checking the unit price of organic soy milk at several stores (learn how to find the unit price here on Lazy Budget Chef) Dollar Tree has the best price on shelf stable organic soy milk.

    Monday, September 21, 2015

    How to Know You are Saving the Most Money: Find and Compare the Unit Price

    I used to think that shopping at a warehouse club automatically meant I was saving money because buying giant size was supposed to save money.

    The same thing goes for dollar and closeout stores like Big Lots. Sure sometimes the package is smaller but it is cheaper than a conventional store so I had to be saving money, right?

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    No. Not always.