Thursday, March 15, 2018

How I Saved Thousands on Groceries with One Simple Hack

Who knew pantry months and later, kitchen ants, would help me lower my grocery bill 10 – 30% per trip and without using coupons or rebates?


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Save Money: 25 Disposables You Can Replace

I’m embarrassed to say how long it took me to realize I didn’t have to keep buying stupid disposable stuff like brown paper lunch bags, air fresheners, and furnace filters every month if I switched to using a washable and reusable version.

The light bulb went off over my head when I gave up storing blocks of cheese and leftovers in disposable zipper baggies to keep  the army of reusable food storage containers crammed in my kitchen in check. The amount of trash in my trash can went down and it added a bit of extra money back into my budget.

Everyone knows about swapping out disposable coffee cups, water bottles, and paper plates for the reusable version. I though I’d share with you some ideas on what unusual reusable items are available to make low cost and low waste living an easy switch.

How to Save Money the Zero Waste Way!

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

16 Boredom Busters that Can Save You Money

There are times of the year  when it is too cold, too gray, too muddy, and overall too yucky to spend time outside or to runaway to someplace warm and fun.

Cabin Fever that rolls into Spring Fever can be a great motivator to actually get all of that dumb little stuff you have to (or should do) projects once and for all.

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16 Ideas to Help You Beat Spring Fever, Cabin Fever and the Winter Blues

Monday, February 12, 2018

Best Ever Black Bean Hummus Recipe

I’m not really a sports person except every two years during the Winter and Summer Olympics. The Olympics is my Super Bowl. My World Series. For 18 days I am parked in front of the TV, chips at the ready.

Well I might be ready but my chips aren’t. They need dip.

Most hummus recipes are made with garbanzo beans (also called chick peas.) I’m doing something a little different and using black beans to make black bean hummus. The black beans take less time to rehydrate in my Instant Pot (<—big ol affiliate links in this post!) than garbanzo beans but most importantly, I came up with this recipe when I wanted to eat hummus and only had black beans in the house.

Easy Black Bean Hummus Recipe

how ot make black bean hummus recipe
Keep reading! This is an easy recipe - promise!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Why You Need to STOP Making Laundry Fabric Softener Crystals with Epsom Salt (and What to Use Instead)

While I was waiting to buy a replacement dryer I had to line dry laundry in the bathroom. Our laundry was stiff, but the towels were more  absorbent because I didn’t have laundry softener coating my laundry and dryer making both of them less efficient- the same thing goes for sweat wicking workout gear.

A friend clued me in that my clothes felt stiff when I line dried them because I was using too much laundry detergent to wash them.  I easily fixed that by measuring the detergent for each load instead of eyeballing it and popping a couple of dryer balls to fluff everything up while it is in the new dryer.

Sometimes I still get static cling in the dryer during winter which is why I tried Purex Laundry Softener Crystals when they first came out. It worked well with the bonus of making my laundry smell pretty again after I switched to using DIY powdered laundry detergent.

Until it stopped working.

My laundry smelled pretty but it wasn’t soft anymore.

How to Make All Natural and Non Toxic Laundry Fabric Softener Crystals (like Purex) for Cheap

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

How to Use a Mason Jar Vacuum Sealer

I try to go with reusable  over disposables options as much as I can with the exception of my freezer. After trying and failing - often spectacularly! -  every method I could think of to stop freezer burn, I finally gave in and bought a Foodsaver vacuum sealer. The Foodsaver quickly paid for itself in the amount of food I didn’t have to toss or try to salvage due to freezer burn or spoilage.  In fact, I like and rely on it so much I have no problem recommend it to you (and using my affiliate link) as a way to keep frozen and dry good fresh.

Yes, I said dry goods. You can vacuum seal grains, spices, coffee, and such in mason and recycled glass jars you might already have at home. I particularly like to vacuum seal the garden vegetables and herbs I dry in my dehydrator to keep the flavor from expiring until I remember I have them in the back of my cupboard.

Yes, I tried sucking the air out of the bag with a straw. It didn't work.


How to Vacuum Seal Mason Jars with a Foodsaver

Friday, January 19, 2018

20 Things I Always Buy in Bulk to Save Money

Every time I mull over  buying a warehouse store membership again, I remind myself that with such a small family and house, buying in bulk doesn’t make sense and won’t save us money. I don’t’ have it in for bulk buying stores. If I had room in my condo for an extra freezer, it might work for us but as of now since we cook from scratch I don’t buy bulk.

Did I mention the last time I had this conversation with myself I was hefting a 25 pound bag of brown rice into my cart next to a gallon of soy sauce at the Japanese grocery store?

So, yeah, apparently I do buy a few things in bulk by the giant size (at least to us) and a few things in a custom size from a bulk buying bin. We eat a variety of healthy from scratch meals and I save money doing it.

20 Things I Buy in Bulk without a Warehouse Club Membership and Still Save Money!

20 things you can buy in bulk without a warehouse buying club membership and still save money

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

How to Recycle a Protein Powder Container and Make DIY Laundry Detergent for Cheap!

Liquid laundry detergent makes my washing machine stink. It doesn’t matter if it is scented, unscented, “allergy free”, plant based ingredients, or not. If I wash several loads of clothes in liquid detergent in row, my washer REEKS like nobody’s business.

That’s why I started making my own powdered laundry detergent.

My homemade powdered laundry detergent doesn’t make my washing machine smell bad, it gets even my husband’s toxically sweaty running clothes clean, and by keeping the laundry detergent recipe simple with just three ingredients so it is simple quick to whip up a batch.

Super simple hand made laundry detergent!
Some photos in this post are courtesy of my DIY blog Condo Blues

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Top 10 Money Saving Tips of 2017

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!

2017 was the year of trying to reduce waste and the money flying out of your wallet fro the things you need, so you can save money to get those things you want.

10 easy ways to reduce waste and save money
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The 10 Best Money Saving Lazy Budget Chef Posts of 2017


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



10 Best Leftover Ham Recipes You Have to Try Right Now!



  Nine Plastic Cling Wrap Alternatives  




Best Lunch Bags for Girls, Teens, and Women with Food Allergies  


How to Dehydrate Watermelon


12 Money Saving Tips I Often Forget but Should Do 



The Replacement Anchor Hocking Glass Storage Container Lid Hack They Don’t Want You to Know! 



14 Ways Cooking in an Instant Pot Saves Money  



Non Electric Thermal Slow Cooker Recipes You Have to Try!



How to Preserve Kale the Easy Way: Make Kale Powder!


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