Lazy Budget Chef: October 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

7 Easy Grocery Shopping Habits that Save Money

Lately, I’ve been doing a big monthly grocery store trip and filling it in during the rest of the month with milk, coffee, and banana runs. Three staples our house does not run without. 

This month I came in under our monthly grocery budget – by accident.

seven easy tips to save money on grocery shopping
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I’d like to say I spent hours and hours combing through sales circulars and matching up Extreme Couponing quantities into a $5 cart of groceries but that didn’t happen because that’s not my style.

It’s fine if you do. I’m too lazy to create The Marshall Plan of Extreme Couponing every time I need to buy groceries.

My secret to saving money on groceries is simple. I followed the budgeting habits I know I should follow but sometimes (often) don’t. When I don't follow the spending and budgeting rules, that’s when I blow my grocery budget.  


7 Ways I Cut My Monthly Grocery Budget Without Really Trying

Monday, October 20, 2014

Freezer Meal: British Beef Pies

With our unplanned water damage room renovations  happening during the holidays, I know there will be days we don’t want to cook dinner after working on any number of projects or, in the case of the kitchen, not able to use the stove to to cook a real food dinner.

I’m going to try something new. I’m dipping my toe into the making freezer meal waters.

Monday, October 13, 2014

How to Make Apple Chips

Hello fall. Helllllllllo apple season!

True to form, Husband and I bought more apples than we probably should at the spectacular farmer’s market in Amish country. What can I say? We like fresh fruit.

Fortunately, we also like to add dried fruit to almost any breakfast food we can think of. Sometimes we get a little crazy and snack on dried fruit as is or make a DIY trail mix kind of thing what whatever else is lurking in the back of the pantry.

how to make apple chips

With that in mind, I dehydrated half of the apples we bought for later in the year when we crave apples out of season.

Or pie. One of these days,  I need to try making a dehydrated apple pie because Piiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiie.

Apple pie in the sky dreams aside, let’s preserve those fresh applies first.

How to Dry Apples

Monday, October 6, 2014

20 Pumpkin Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Helllllllllllllo pumpkin season! My family loves this time of year. We get to eat one of the world’s tastiest and most budget friendly and nutritional foods around – the pumpkin!

Many folks, including myself once upon a time, only use pumpkin to make desserts which is fine (and could you pass the pumpkin pie around the dinner table again? I want seconds) but are seriously missing out on pumpkin’s  national benefits.  According to WebMD:

”Pumpkins are loaded with vitamin A and fiber, and low in calories. So don't just buy canned pumpkin for pie; keep it in the pantry to whip up…homemade pumpkin recipes"