Lazy Budget Chef: September 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

17 Things to Buy at the Dollar Store by the Case

Shopping at dollar stores is another way to save money and trim your budget. I don’t buy a ton of stuff from dollar stores. In my opinion, you get what you pay for when it comes to most of their products, health and beauty in particular. I will pay a little extra for those items because I want to know exactly what ingredients are in the things I give my family to use.

That being said there are certain types of products that are cheaper to buy at the dollar store. So much so that I sometimes buy them from Dollar Tree by the case. I don’t get an extra discount shopping Dollar Tree by the case because everything is still a dollar each. What I do save is time.

I don’t have to keep going to the store hoping the thing I saw on the website is in my store and in the quantity I need. For example, I like to keep a couple of boxes of dairy free milk in the pantry for when I run out of my regular half gallon size (always mid recipe. Why is that?)  After checking the unit price of organic soy milk at several stores (learn how to find the unit price here on Lazy Budget Chef) Dollar Tree has the best price on shelf stable organic soy milk.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

How to Know You are Saving the Most Money: Find and Compare the Unit Price

I used to think that shopping at a warehouse club automatically meant I was saving money because buying giant size was supposed to save money.

The same thing goes for dollar and closeout stores like Big Lots. Sure sometimes the package is smaller but it is cheaper than a conventional store so I had to be saving money, right?

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No. Not always.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I Learned an Important Lesson at Whole Foods Today

Oh Whole Foods you are a blessing and a curse.

Love it or hate it, Whole Foods is a good place to shop if you have a food allergy since they seem to carry every variation of traditional foods you are allergic to or need a substitute for a nontraditional diet.

I don't shop there often b but I will shop there on occasion because there are a few things we use  I can only get at Whole Foods. 

When I learned a new shopping area was going to include a Whole Foods, every time I drove past it I  silently urged them to 'build faster'.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

How to Dehydrate Zucchini

I like zucchini.

Husband does not.

That does not stop me from buying and cooking zucchini. I try to buy it in smaller quantities because I typically use zucchini to make myself a dairy free lunch on those days when Husband makes a hot and spicy food fiasco that my wimpy taste buds can’t handle. Everybody wins!

Sometimes during gardening season we end up with more zucchini than I can eat before it goes bad. That encourages me to preserve the summer squash for the winter months when zucchini is out of season and costs stupid money. I don’t have room in my small freezer a bunch of extra zucchini to freeze until the off season so I dehydrate it.

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Here’s how.

How to Make Dried Zucchini Chips

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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

September has a strange combination of sales. There’s a ton of summer still in the stores with fresh fruit and produce bursting with in season flavor and low prices. On the home goods front the stores are trying to clear out the rest of their summer and back to school items to make room for Halloween and Christmas merchandise. If you have a current need or know you will have a need next summer, now is the time to shop for those items.

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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!

September has several industry awareness months and days that usually lead to sales and savings. They are: