Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Grocery and Cleaning Saving Tips

It seems like every time I go into the grocery store there are more higher prices on the shelves. Are you seeing this where you live? We now have another grocery store in our town and have actually seen a few price wars over the past few weeks. This is great for our community. Other than that, we are doing our best to save money on our tight grocery budget. Here are some resources and tips for you to save money this summer. 

Stuck between eating well and saving money? This summer, you can make sure both your stomach and your wallet are full. The August issue of Woman’s Day, now on newsstands across the nation, features two covers and plenty of ways to cut down on costs while allowing you to live and eat the way you want to. Want to chime in? Tell us which cover is your favorite at www.facebook.com/womansdaymagazine




Tips to Save on Groceries

1-Buy meat at night:

Many supermarkets discount their meat late in the evening so they can move cuts that are nearing expiration out the door before the next delivery. Ask at the meat counter what time the manager makes their markdowns!
You could save: $2 or more per pound

2-Switch to tea for your second (and third) cup:

You can’t be expected to give up your morning joe. But if you tend to have more during the day, drink tea instead and you’ll pocket upward of 40¢ for each additional coffee you don’t have.

You could save: Around $450 a year if you have one cup of coffee per day, not three

3-Freeze soon-to-spoil scraps:

Odds are good that you pitch food scraps, beverages and overripe fruit nearly every day. Expand your idea of what you can save for later – chicken bones, veggie remnants, almost-sour wine, bruised bananas and milk can all be frozen safely and used in recipes at a later date. When you find the time to make soup stock or the kids are clamoring for a smoothie, you’ll be ready.

You could save: 50¢ (or more) per cup of broth, 25¢ per banana and $6.50 for a bottle of cooking wine you don’t have to buy.



Tips to Save on Cleaning

1-Clean with fleece, not disposable cloths

To keep the dust bunnies at bay, cut up an old fleece scarf or jacket, or pick up half a yard of fleece from a fabric store. The fabric attracts ad holds dust, and can be laundered and used again.

You could save: $75 per year, if you use six throwaway dust cloths per week

2-Ditch dryer sheets for tinfoil balls

Crumple a couple of foot-long sheets of aluminum foil into a 2 ½-to 3-in.-diameter ball and throw it in with your laundry to eliminate both static cling and the cost of chemical-laden dryer sheets (use two for larger loads). After a few months, as the balls begin to condense and shrink, simply add an extra sheet or two of foil.
You could save: $20 per year, based on the average of 400 loads Americans do per year


The Woman's Day magazine includes tips on how reduce your grocery bill and eliminate unnecessary costs from simple household chores, you’ll find you have added time and money to relish in the summer sun. Featuring light dinners like pasta with tomatoes, zucchini and pesto for less than $2 per serving and a handful of fresh, easy jam recipes…it’s time to enjoy your summer by spending less!



Monday, July 21, 2014

Easy Summer Fruit Jam Recipes

I love getting all the in season produce at my local stores, farm markets and road side stands. How about you? We eat the produce and at times will turn it into jam to enjoy all year long. Have you ever made your own jam?  We have always found that it taste so much better than big store brands AND it is cheaper! 

The August issue of Woman’s Day, now on newsstands across the nation, features two covers and plenty of ways to cut down on costs while allowing you to live and eat the way you want to. With tips on how reduce your grocery bill and eliminate unnecessary costs from simple household chores, you’ll find you have added time and money to relish in the summer sun. Featuring light dinners like pasta with tomatoes, zucchini and pesto for less than $2 per serving and a handful of fresh, easy jam recipes…it’s time to enjoy your summer by spending less!

Here are two of their featured Jam recipes!



Blueberry, Orange and Lime Jam
Makes 6 Jars

Ingredients
·         2 tsp orange zest
·         2 navel oranges, cut into segments; segments chopped
·         2 lbs. fresh blueberries
·         2 tsp lime zest
·         2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

Directions

Omit the lemon zest and juice and decrease the total sugar to 1 cup. In a bowl, toss together the orange zest, oranges, blueberries, lime zest and juice and ¼ cup sugar. Using a potato masher, lightly crush the fruit mixture and let sit for 15 minutes. Prepare the jam according to recipe instructions, mixing only ¾ cup sugar with the pectin.



Vanilla, Nectarine and Raspberry Jam
Makes 7 Jars

Ingredients
·         1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
·         2 lbs. nectarines, cut into ½-in. pieces
·         1 lb. raspberries

Directions

Scrape out the vanilla seeds into a large bowl. Add the nectarines, and toss with the lemon zest and juice and ¼ cup of sugar; let sit for 15 minutes, then toss with the raspberries. Prepare the jam according to recipe instructions, mixing only 1¾ cups sugar with the pectin and stirring constantly for 3 minutes (do not mash).



Here are the two covers for the August issue of Women's Day. Have you seen them? Have you picked one up? Want to chime in? Tell us which cover is your favorite at www.facebook.com/womansdaymagazineThanks to Women's Day for giving me permission to repost these recipes. ENJOY!

More Easy Summer Recipes

Strawberry Margarita Jam Recipe- freezer jam
Best Ever Brownies - everyone loves these!
Mango Salsa
Avocado Feta Salad 
Chunky Guacamole
Blueberry Vinaigrette for easy salad dressing
Easy Chicken Tostadas 
Corn on the Cob with Lime-Chive Butter
Easy Pork Tacos
Aunt Salad
Honolulu Burgers
Spinach Strawberry Salad
Kid Approved Summer Meals
8 Salsa Recipes
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