Lazy Budget Chef: March 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Shopping Seasonally: What’s on Sale in April?

After really reading the grocery store sales fliers on line instead of just skimming them, I started to notice seasonal sales patterns, especially around holidays,  especially industry holidays like Earth Day.

When I shop seasonally,  I’m able to keep my family in fresh fruit and vegetables for less when nothing is growing locally yet. 

best things to buy in April

Shopping the April seasonal store sales doesn’t just apply to food. Many household items only go on sale in April too. It is a good time to start looking for that perfect Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Graduation gift because the prices will be higher on those items in May and June.

If you are a thrift or consignment sale shopper, April is the time to hit the stores! Thrift store donations increase in April when people start their Spring cleaning.

For extra savings, pair the sale with a coupon from my printable online coupon database (affiliate link) because money saving coupons often follow national sales cycles too!

April Seasonal Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Monday, March 23, 2015

7 Types of Kitchen Clutter You Won’t Miss

I was feeling overwhelmed and frustrated because I’m running out of kitchen storage space but what should I purge? I use everything I have in my kitchen – or so I thought. 

I impatiently snapped the clean but worn kitchen towel in my hand. I hated that I all of my dishtowels were faded and yucky. I decided to clean out the drawer so I could buy new.

7 Easy Kitchen Purges You Wont Miss
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Guess what?  I  had more than enough kitchen towels I thought were too pretty to use (Help me - I’m turning into my mother!)  I felt like I had more items not less because I can find the nice towels easily and use the pretty ones every day.

7 Ideas for Easy Kitchen Spring Cleaning and Clutter Busting

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What Goes On Sale in March?

From high end heath food stores to low end grocery stores like Aldi, you can keep your family rolling in fresh fruit and vegetables for less if you shop according to the March seasonal sales.

The March Sales Madness doesn’t stop at the grocery store. If you have a specific need, you can take advantage of the many holiday and seasonal March sale events to buy those items for less.

What is on sale in March
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March Seasonal Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

How to Make Buttermilk from Regular Milk

Saint Patrick's Day is right around the corner. I made Irish Soda Bread to kick off the day because it is one of my favorite breads to toast.

I have all of the ingredients for my bread recipe except one – buttermilk. I don’t bake enough things with buttermilk to make buying a carton practical. It will eventually go bad since only one us can drink cow’s milk without getting horribly sick.

Substituting regular milk for buttermilk just isn’t the same either.

how to sour milk

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

20 Easy and Delicious Fish Recipes You Have to Try!

Fish is one of our favorite family staples. It is economical (especially when it goes on sale during the Lenten season. It is a great time to stock up on fish whether you celebrate Lent or not,) and one of the best quick and low effort meals around.

So it surprises me when people tell me they hate to eat fish because it is messy to make, dry, and tough. Well I suppose fish can be all of those things if they only way you prepare fish is to deep fry it or over cook it.  Growing up on Lake Erie, I thought the only way you cooked fish was as a deep fried breaded fillet because that’s how we ate it.

20 easy fish dinner recipes for lent

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