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Monday, January 4, 2016

Our Favorite Lazy Budget Chef Recipes

It is a brand spanking new year and time to make a New Year’s Resolution if you haven’t already.
Why not make a New Year’s resolution to try cooking new recipes and eating new things? What a fun resolution you are bound to keep!

To get you started, I have a roundup of our favorite 2015 Lazy Budget recipe posts for a Happy Food Year!

Shrimp Sauté with Leeks and Barley Risotto

Monday, December 28, 2015

The 5 Top Lazy Budget Chef Posts of 2015

It is always interesting when I take a look at which Lazy Budget Chef blog posts are the most popular posts of the year because I am almost always surprised!

2015 is no exception. I had no idea you all loved shopping at dollar stores so much. I though I was the only crazy person who buys some Dollar Tree items by the case. Whew! Thanks for letting me know I am not alone.

As we say good bye to 2015 and before we say hello to a bright, shiny, and new 2015 let’s take a look at my most popular Lazy Budget Chef posts for 2015.

The Five Most Popular Lazy Budget Chef Post in 2015

17 Things to Buy at the Dollar Store by the Case

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Everything Guide for Spending New Years Eve in Times Square

If you ask a New Yorker for New Year’s Eve in Times Square tips, they will most likely scoff that it is a crowded Tourist Thing natives just don’t do.  That’s a shame. Being in Times Square on New Year’s Eve for the ball drop makes for a long day and evening but it is definitely something you should do at least once in your life!

Several years ago, my husband and I flew to New York with friends to cross a Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration off of our collective Bucket Lists. Today, I’m writing the New York Times Square New Year’s Eve travel and survival guide we wish we had as reference during our vacation.

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20 Tips for a Trip to the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop

Monday, December 14, 2015

DIY Personalized Painted Glass Baking Dish

Tis the season for holiday gatherings and pot lucks. Fa, la, la, la, la. La, la, la, la!
This is the time of the year when my glass baking dishes get a workout. My glass casserole dishes have snap on lids and use them to take everything from casseroles to cookies to parties and family gatherings. Best. Wedding. Present. Ever!

In fact, I use my covered baking dishes so much, I often give them to people as gifts. I like to personalize the plain glass baking dish with the person’s name or initials before I wrap it up as a present. It’s the best way to make sure you take the same baking dish home with you that you brought to the party!

Monogrammed Painted Casserole Dish Tutorial


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Friday, December 4, 2015

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

What goes on sale in December? I’m tempted to wrap this monthly series by saying everything and calling it a day.  But the truth is just like every month of sales cycles I’ve researched for you this year there are some things you should buy in December and some things you should not buy in December if you want to get the best return on your investment.

For example, you won’t see many sales or deals on the general day to day type of groceries but if you like to add flavor to your meals with spices, December is one of the few times of the year they go on sale. The December grocery sale cycle focuses more on party and entertaining food and drinks.
Household and Hanukah, Christmas  and New Year’s Eve items will be on sale in December although the best deals will be either the week of or the day after the holiday.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Christmas Vacation Tips: Freezer Meals Save Your Sanity!

I accidentally found a great way to prepare for after a vacation or to feed your family real food, real quick when time is short during the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve holidays – freezer meals!

Of course you folks who are regular freezer meal makers are probably laughing at me because my epiphany is nothing new to you. But like most things in the Lazy Budget Chef household, I fell into vacation freezer meals by accident because it filled an urgent need.

We were getting ready to go on vacation and still had a bunch of fresh produce in the refrigerator we wouldn’t finish before we had to leave for New Orleans. (I’ll write about how I vacationed with food allergies a little later in the holiday season on Lazy Budget Chef so stay tuned!)

Real Food Pantry Freezer Meals for Lazy People


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Monday, November 2, 2015

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

When most people think of November store sales, it is the largest and most notorious seasonal shopping sale is in November – Black Friday.

But you don’t have to wait until the Black Friday weekend to find good seasonal sales on the food, fresh produce, and household items you need.

If your local growing season is over in November (like where I live) you can save money if you shop according to the national growing season. And you don’t have to search the world for it because I have that list right here on Lazy Budget Chef!

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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. I do not believe Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday sales force anyone to overspend or overbuy – they do. Just because it is in a store and on sale doesn’t mean you have to buy it but if you need it, by all means go for it! Research sales, make a list, and stick to it for the best results.

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!

November Seasonal Fresh Fruit and Vegetables on Sale