Lazy Budget Chef: June 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

What Goes on Sale and What to Buy on Clearance in July

July is when summer is at its peak. School is out. Vacations are on, warm weather, and outdoor fun are the rule of the day. Do you know what else is happening in July?
Summer clearance sales.

Which makes me a little sad because our summer activities have barely started but seeing grocery stores, farmers markets, local produce stands overflowing with seasonal, often local - and cheap! - produce makes up for it.

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July is when I start scouting for future upgrades and birthday gifts I know I will need in future months. I’m noticing my beloved Zulily (referral link) often follows these monthly sale cycles and is helping me get my Christmas, birthday, and shopping done bit by bit while saving some serious coin thanks to the research I’m doing for this blog sales series.

For further savings, I check the Lazy Budget Chef database for printable coupons (here) (affiliate link) and use them during the store sale on the items I need.

Seasonal Food, Fresh Fruit, and Vegetables on Sale in July

Monday, June 22, 2015

Five of the Best Session Beers for Summer

It is officially my favorite season of the year – Summer!  Now while I am a stout and porter gal during the winter, those beers are generally too heavy on hot summer days. Fortunately the summer seasonal craft beers are already on the store shelves and make a great session beer.

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What is a session beer? 

Monday, June 15, 2015

How to Reuse Plastic Food Scoops: 10 Genius Ideas You Have to Try!

Sometimes Husband likes to add a scoop or two of protein powder to his pre or post workout smoothie. He works out in one form of another almost daily and goes though a container of protein powder like nobody’s business!

On the upside, I always have a supply of his empty plastic protein powder containers to hold just about everything that needs contained in the kitchen, my craft room, and garage.

On the downside, we have a mountain of leftover plastic scoops in a growing pile on the kitchen counter.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Shrimp Sauté with Leeks and Barley Risotto

Some people go site seeing in parks. Husband and I go site seeing in ethnic and specialty grocery stores. More often than not, we buy an interesting or new to us ingredient and call it a souvenir. That’s how we ended up with barley in our pantry and didn’t quite now what to do with it until we did a little research.

Barley is a wonderful versatile grain with a rich nutty flavor and a pasta like texture. Raw barley looks  like wheat berries. After you cook it barley looks a lot like Arborio rice.  Tricky, tricky changing your appearance like that barley! But barley has so many health benefits (read about them here) I won’t hold the appearance switcheroo against it.

Besides, if I did, I would be missing out on this quick but fancy shrimp and barley recipe.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

What Goes on Sale and What to Buy on Clearance in June

I like grocery shopping in June because not only is the fresh fruit rolling into the stores but it a heck of a lot better because it in season. Even better than that, being in season means you can buy it on sale. 
I taught Husband that little less last week at the grocery store. He suggested we buy a bag of apples. The price was crazy money for out of season apples in June. However, berries and cherries are in season and affordable if you pay attention to June store sales. We bought berries instead.

Now I could take it a frugal step further if I had a big pantry or storage space by buying extra sale berries and use them to make homemade jam for cheap (get (get 19 of my favorite jam recipes here,) or freeze or dehydrate them for later when they are out of season and cost crazy money. We usually move on to whatever the next fruit is in season and on sale but you get the idea.
See how that works?