Lazy Budget Chef: April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Self Improvement FAIL

I've been sticking to most of my personal, made up by me self-improvement plan 13 Steps to a Better Me to overcome the last bit of sadness after Blitzkrieg's passing so I can be a more consistent and confident leader for Lacey while we work on her behavioral issues.

My highly energetic, needs exercise to burn off her nervous energy walking buddy, Lacey, encourages me to get off the sofa and walk her on a nearby bike trail in addition to our one mile neighborhood walks. Between the walks with my fluffy trainer and the dog appropriate summer adventures we had with Lacey, I finally met my weight loss goal!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

8 Painless Ways to Go Green and Save Money in the Kitchen

Happy Earth Day!

Some folks think it more expensive to live the more environmentally friendly kind of life. Just like anything, it depends upon what your concerns are and how you want to do it. 

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Many of the Early Marriage waste not and reuse that things we still do to stay healthy and save money is now called green. Since it is Earth Day, I want to share some of them with you. A few things first:

  • Many eco friendly things will clash with other eco-friendly concerns, practices, desires, or budget. In my experience, there aren’t any 100% perfect green solutions. So doing what you can or don’t like to do is perfectly fine in Lazy Budget Chef Land.

  • No Guilt. This isn’t a list of green or frugal absolutes to make you feel bad. If you don’t like or want to do something – don’t. Every deep dark blogger I know (including myself) has some non-green things they use and do. It’s OK if you do too. Really.

  • Everyone and their situation is different and there is more than one way to do things. Some things we do are one time only, some are seasonal, some depend upon where we are in life. This is a list of options, not absolutes.

8 Ways to Go Green and Save Green in the Kitchen

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How to Render Ham Fat into Lard

Husband and I scored a sweat deal on a ham. Let’s hear it for seasonal grocery shopping!

Later we found out why our ham was on such a good sale. Our ham was covered in fat. Odd because hams are from the pig’s legs and are typically lean. Apparently Porky didn't like to exercise because his leg was thick with fat.

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Well, at least there wasn’t any chance of the ham drying out in the oven when we baked it. We had to cut most of the fat from each slice before we ate it. We don't want Porky to contribute to a first class ticket to heart attack city.*

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How to Buy in Bulk and Save Money Without a Warehouse Club Membership

When newlywed us had a warehouse club membership, I thought I was automatically saving money buying the giant sizes of stuff. Once I started comparing the unit price of the things we bought I realized it was actually costing more money to shop at the warehouse club. Eventually we cancelled our membership

Then I started paying more attention to unit prices, store sale cycles, printed coupons if they apply, and wrote the date I opened a package to track how much and how often we need to buy staple items (fun fact: I wasn't as often as I thought.) I got this. I don’t need bulk buying to save money.


I bet you’ll save even more money if you buy a truckload of dog food instead of the bulk bag. I won’t let it spoil. Promise!

Where to Buy in Bulk and Bulk Buying That Isn't a Warehouse Club