Lazy Budget Chef: 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

17 Ways to Reuse Leftover Pieces of Bar Soap

When you use a bar of soap, it eventually wears itself down to a little scrap that is generally too small to use for hand or body washing even though there is still a nice chunk of soap left. Normally I’d wet the soap sliver and the new bar of soap it will replace and press them together to make one glorious Megazord of soap in an effort to not waste it.

Unless for some reason the soap sliver won’t stay stuck to the new bar of soap.
Which seems to happen more often if one of the bars has a slight curve or is apparently in the wrong airspace for optimal soap sticking togetherness.

In that case, I like to find a creative reuse or recycle for soap scraps and slivers rather than throw them away and risk being haunted by dead relatives tsk tsking me from the great beyond for wasting things. Tsk! Tsk!

17 Bar Soap Hacks You Need to Try Right Now!


17 bar soap hacks you need to try right now

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Coconut Shrimp with Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce Recipe

I did some poking around the internet and found a recipe for coconut shrimp. My husband is a big fan of all things coconut. However I’m not a fan of the mess involved with hand breading and frying things. Also I think I have some sort of breading food deficiency because I cannot for the life of me get any type of breading to stick to any type of food ingredient – ever. 

So this is one of the few cases where I cheat and buy frozen coconut shrimp (you can find a variety of types and brands here.  My severe dairy intolerance means I usually buy plain frozen shrimp because it makes shopping easier. Coconut shrimp is the rare exception. (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links in this post for your convenience.)

To prove I’m not completely useless in the kitchen, I whip up a Thai peanut dipping sauce for the coconut shrimp while it bakes in the oven. 

The Best Thai Peanut Satay Sauce Recipe in the World!

(According to my husband)

Quick and easy Thai peanut satay sauce recipe

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

22 New Ways to Save $1000 a Month (That Don’t Include Ditching Cable TV)

Sometimes when I read an article on how to save money I get frustrated because I see the same frugal hacks and ideas that I’m either already doing or don’t apply to us.

Then there are those tips on budget items they say you should to cut to save money that we use and want to keep like the gym membership my husband uses almost daily or cable TV – which is the only way some of you can watch television or might be a cheaper alternative to subscribing to a ton of streaming services to watch everything you like.

I get it I really do. I’m also probably guilty of writing blog posts that offer the same old same old frugal hacks myself.

Trying to find some new and different money saving ideas to share with you, I kept a running list of the big and little frugal things I did for a month and found I saved $1000 easy!


22 new ways to save $1000 a month
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Some these things may be seasonal. Some you may already do. Some may not apply. This is a list of budget living tips and ideas to jump start your brain to find solutions that work for you. It is a list of options, not absolutes.