Lazy Budget Chef: September 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

26 Weird Ways to Save Money

I grew up hearing the saying, “Money doesn’t grow on trees” (although technically it does because we make paper out of trees.) But that saying didn’t really hit home until I was on my own at 18 and putting myself through school. Stuff costs money!

I won’t claim I created a perfect frugal budget back then or that I have all of the budgeting answers now. However many of my frugal hacks started as a necessity so I could splurge on frivolous things like food and rent.

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Even though I don’t have to follow such a strict money saving plan today, most of these frugal habits and tips are in my Swiss Army Knife of Frugal Hacks so I can make a truly frivolous splurge like travel and eat all the things!

26 Frugal Hacks and Tips


1. Date it to find out how long the package lasts. This is super duper anal tentative but it works to keep me from automatically buying staples every time I see them on sale.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

How to Dehydrate Spiraled Summer Squash Pasta Noodles

My in laws gifted me with several summer squashes from their gigantic and prolific vegetable garden.  I’m the only human in the house who likes summer squash and quickly found that there is only so much I can eat day after day without getting sick and tired of eating homegrown summer squash.

Which I suspect is why my in laws gave them to me in the first place.

I need to figure out how to preserve the summer squash for later this year when it is out of season. I don’t have the space to freeze it and can’t can it. That leaves my  favorite lazy way to save summer vegetables – dehydrate it!

And since I jumped on the spiralzied vegetable pasta bandwagon like everyone else, I’m going to make dehydrated summer squash zoodles to use in place of whole wheat pasta when the mood strikes.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

How to Freeze Tomatoes

I got a phone call from my mother in law asking me if I need any tomatoes or garden vegetables because they grew too many. I chuckled and said, "you say that every year!"

I swear all my in laws need to do is squint their eyes in the direction of their garden, and their plants burst forth with more tomatoes than the vines can hold.

Although they tell me actually watering plants helps them to grow too. Who knew?

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Mother in Law has canned just about every variation of tomato recipe there is and in mega large quantities, dropped off bags of  homegrown tomatoes to friends and pantries, and practically snuck a bunch in my pockets when we met at a restaurant to celebrate a family birthday and two anniversaries last Sunday.