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When I got on out on my own in the big bad world, I quickly learned that things cost money.  Shocking, I know.  I wanted to learn how to save money and eagerly dove in to read what everyone considers the epic and all time frugal living and money saving guidebook The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn (you can learn more about it here.) ( Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience .)  Despite the preachy tone in the later chapters of the book (when you can tell she admitted to be burned out on writing her newsletter in the 90’s) and a few of the now outdated tips (floppy disks!) there are still some decent frugal hacks in her book that are useful today.  For example, Dacyczyn’s  (she pronounces it like Decision )  greatest money saving tip is how to save money on groceries by only buying the Loss Leaders.  Only problem is Dacyczyn doesn’t tell you what  a loss leader is and how to find them in the  store.   Save this money saving idea to your Pinterest boards f

33 Picnic Food Recipes Including Allergy Free!

Husband and I are spending a lot of summer playing in our city parks with Lacey to help her with her fear issues. The more we take Lacey out and about to dog appropriate places, the more we socialize her and teach Lacey in a fun way that new experiences are not as scary as she thinks.

This means we are doing a lot more picnicking than we have in recent years. We’re getting tired of sandwiches and I’m a little stumped on what other picnic foods travel well and taste good after a sitting a cooler for a big chunk of the day.

I asked the smartest people I know, my Twitter and Facebook followers (you can follow me on Twitter here and follow me on Facebook here) for their favorite picnic food recipes. 

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Wow friends! You really know how to cook!


 9 Picnic Main Dishes










Shwarma Black Bean Burgers – Cook them ahead of time and eat them cold or warm them up on the grill if you want a hot lunch. 

Chicken Salad Extra Creamy from Angie at The Country Chic Cottage. Cyn Gagen says, “I can attest to the fact that Angie's chicken salad recipe is AMAZING!” 


California Avocado Salad Sandwich a meatless meal from Ezra Pound Cake 

Southwest Lime Chicken Picnic Wraps from Burlap and Denim 



21 Picnic Salads and Side Dishes

Photo courtesy of Avocados from Mexico


Asian Broccoli Slaw from The Hip Vegetarian 






Caprice Salad Skewers from Around My Family Table 


Carrot Chips  from Rob’s World 




 3 Yummy Picnic Snacks


Photo courtesy of Spoon for Bacon




Raw Veggies and Roasted Onion Dip from Spoon for Bacon


10 Summer Dessert Recipes

Photo courtesy of It All Started With Paint




Mason Jar Lemon Meringue Pies from It All Started with Paint 


Egg/Grain/Gluten/Dairy Free Snickerdoodle Cookies – A cookie for foodie allergy folks Yay! 

Apple Snickerdoodle Cobbler- because I am on a Snickerdoodle kick 


Beach Bucket Cake from Rook No. 17. You can use a stainless steel pail if you can’t find a BPA free plastic beach bucket. 




What are your favorite picnic foods?


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