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My Pizza Stone Tastes Funny and How to Wash It

I absolutely love my baking stone (I have a square pizza stone similar to this one because it is more versatile than a round one.) I use it all the time and for pretty much everything I put in the oven. ( Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience .) Which I learned is a mistake. The food I bake on my pizza stone is starting to taste weird. The stone smells and smokes when I put it in a hot oven. Why? Because baking and pizza stones are porous. That’s how they do their job of creating perfectly baked bread and pizza crusts. But the porous stone can also absorb and trap the fats and oils in the food baked on top of it. Over time, the oil heats and releases into the lovely seasoning you created by baking on the stone and makes your pizza or bread taste awful and/or fill your kitchen with eye watering smoke. Bleach! In other words, I should have used a metal baking sheet to make oven baked French fries and not my baking stone. Oops. Save this tutorial to

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?





You can do the same money saving thing by buying other home goods and food on sale. Some items go on seasonal sale because it is the beginning or end of their model year, the start or end of a holiday, or they are trying to move seasonal merchandise to make room in the store for the next season. Many food associations celebrate their industry during a specific week, month or day and those products are guaranteed to be on sale. If you know you will have a future or current need, it could be worth your while to skim the weekly sales fliers before you dive in and buy.


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!

Of course just because something is in a store and on sale, doesn’t mean you have to buy it if you don’t need it or will use it. As an allergy sufferer I may keep an eye out for June National Headache Month specials but will most likely let any National Doughnut Day (June 6th) specials walk on by since I’d chose a nice rye bagel over a doughnut most mornings for breakfast.
   

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

 

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month: Keep an eye out for even bigger and better sales this month in the produce department!

June seasonal fruit:- Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, grapes, peaches, honeydew melon, watermelon, nectarines, apricots

June seasonal produce: Onions, corn, potatoes, eggplant, summer squash, cucumber, tomatoes
 

Seasonal Food on Sale in June

 

June kicks off summer grilling season which means anything you can cook on a grill or want to serve on the side at your backyard BBQ will go on sale this month.  June is also graduation and wedding season which means more sales on party food and party supplies.

Tip: June is one of the best months to stock up on spices. Spices go on sale to make rubs for grilling season. The other best time to buy spices is in November – December for holiday baking season.

National Donut Day (June 6th): Donuts!

National Dairy Month:- Eggs, milk, ice cream, cheese, butter, yogurt, etc.

National Seafood Month: Fish, shrimp, etc.

National Turkey Lover’s Month: Turkey, ground turkey, turkey burgers, lunch meat

National Iced Tea Month: Tea bags, lemon, iced tea mixes

National Candy Month: Candy!
    Grilling season: Hot dogs, hamburgers and ground meat, brats, chicken thighs and drumsticks, , rubs, and spices

    Condiments: Ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, salad dressing

    Party snacks: Potato chips, pretzels,tortilla chips, dips, etc.

    Soda pop, soft drinks, bottled water, iced tea
     
    Pasta Salad

     

    Household Goods: What to Buy in June

     

    June kicks off wedding and graduation season be on the lookout for sales on small appliances and household items and let’s not forget all things Dad will go on sale for Father’s Day!

    National Headache Month: Sinus, allergy, and headache medication, aspirin, and other pain relievers

    Father’s Day: Power tools, grilling utensils, gift sets, men’s clothing

    National Fishing and Boating Week: Fishing poles and gear, boating accessories

    National Safety Month: Life jackets, weather radios, first aid supplies, etc.

    Cut roses: Roses are the flower for June birthdays because they are growing like crazy in June.

    Caribbean Vacations: June is the beginning of hurricane season. If you are willing to take a small risk that a hurricane could interrupt your vacation, there are sweet deals to be had. I know. I’ve done it!  

    Alaska Cruises: Last minute cruises offer the best deals sometimes $150 to $400 off the cabin price of the regular summer price!

    Southern Hemisphere Vacations: June is the beginning of the winter in Australia and the southern hemisphere and is one of the most affordable times to go.

    Party paper goods: Paper plates, cups, napkins

    Grilling and BBQ fuel: Charcoal, propane

    Summer sports equipment and toys: Baseball equipment, camping supplies, beach toys,  sandboxes, outdoor toys and games

    Summer needs: Sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent

    Swimwear and summer clothing: Swim wear, dresses, kid pools, sandals, shorts, sun hats, etc. The stuff that’s been in the stores since January is being marked down and will be almost gone by the Fourth of July (guess how I know?)

    Umbrellas, rain boots, Spring jackets and sweaters

    Women's lingerie: Victoria’s Secret holds their big semiannual sale in June and their competitors follow suit.

    Thrift store, eBay, and consignment stores: Donations are up because people are decluttering. I got some sweat deals on thrift store duds last weekend!

    Power tools

    Paint

    Building materials and lumber

    Fabric: Especially if you are buying winter weight fleece, etc. fabrics for future winter projects.

    Gardening: Plants, flowers, seeds, watering cans, plant food, soil, weed killers, mulch, compost buckets, water hoses bird feeders, lawn mowers, gardening tools


    Televisions and Other Electronics: Japanese manufacturers are putting old models on sale because it is the end of the Japanese fiscal year is in March

    Gym Memberships & Equipment: Most people are exercising outside so gyms and sporting equipment stores are ready to cut a deal

    Upholstered Furniture: The stores need to make room for the new fall styles

    Houses – Spring prices are good but winter is the best time to buy for the lowest price since both buyers and the sellers want to take advantage of getting one of the last tax breaks of the calendar year

    Vacuum Cleaners: It is the end of the model year and manufactures are clearing out old stock so it may or may not be a good deal. If you can wait, the best sales on vacuum cleaners are in November

    Digital Cameras: Although the sales may not be as good as they are in February

    Kitchen tools, cookware, and accessories

    Everyday dishes, silverware, and drinking glasses

    Silverware, fine china, crystal: For the start of wedding season


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    Comments

    So helpful! Visiting you from the thursday favorite things link up.
    I can't wait for some cheaper prices for in season fruits. Watermelon were outrageously priced, although, it may just be the price for the "new normal." Thank you for linking up at Happiness is Homemade.