Food and Drink http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/209/all en-US 9 Surprising Uses for Empty Beer and Soda Cans http://www.wisebread.com/9-surprising-uses-for-empty-beer-and-soda-cans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-surprising-uses-for-empty-beer-and-soda-cans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-596059078.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you enjoy a can or two of beer or soda, you may want to think twice before throwing your empties into the trash or recycling bin. The humble aluminum can has a multitude of uses, and can save you money on the most surprising things. All it takes is a little imagination, and a few basic tools. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beer-donuts-and-11-other-recipes-you-can-make-with-beer?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Beer Donuts and 11 Other Recipes You Can Make With Beer</a>)</p> <h2>1. Make Friendship Bracelets</h2> <p>An empty can has a great shape to turn into a bracelet that easily fits on a wrist. Of course, you'll have to do a little work to make it safe to wear, but the results can be stunning. Simply use a box cutter or pair of kitchen shears to cut off the top and bottom of the can, and then cut it into segments that work for you. You may want a <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/148970700153802524/" target="_blank">very wide bracelet</a>, or a bunch of smaller widths. About an inch is good for starters though. Make sure there are no sharp edges, and then decorate it by wrapping ribbon or cloth around it. If you have someone with a particularly large wrist, you can cut it, but make sure you wrap those edges carefully, or round them off. If the can already has a really great design, you don't need to wrap it at all!</p> <h2>2. Make a Beer Can Stove</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ui8t3pivqtk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>If you do a lot of camping, or like cooking in the outdoors, you don't have to buy a portable stove. You can make one out of an <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui8t3pivqtk" target="_blank">empty beer or soda can</a>, and it works incredibly well. All you need is something to cut the can with, and some fuel (rubbing alcohol works beautifully). The best part is, if you leave it behind, or it gets thrown in the trash, it costs nothing to replace.</p> <h2>3. Organize Your Stuff</h2> <p>Pens. Pencils. Screws. Hair Ties. Batteries. Cutlery. There are hundreds of different items at home that can be <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/444660163179816887/" target="_blank">organized inside empty cans</a>. You just have to cut the top off the can at the height that works best for you. If you have a junk drawer, cut them just below that height, and you can quickly organize all those little bits and pieces that clutter it up. For the garage or workshop, you can make them different sizes for different items. You could even screw them to the wall.</p> <h2>4. Create a Beer or Soda Can Lantern</h2> <p>Creating a <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Beer-Can-Lantern-DIY-Tutorial/" target="_blank">lantern out of a beverage can</a> takes a little skill and dexterity, but if you can follow a pattern, and work with a few basic household tools, you shouldn't have any problems. Simply cut an oval in your can, and spray paint it any color you want. Then, create a stencil of your favorite subject matter, and use it to cut a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Put the two together, add a light, and you have something very fun and decorative. You could even use these at Halloween in place of pumpkins&hellip; and they don't wither and die.</p> <h2>5. Make Your Own Jewelry</h2> <p>If you have the time and the patience, <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Aluminum-Can-Flower-Jewelry/" target="_blank">beer can jewelry</a> can really set those tongues wagging. It will be unique, unusual, and not available in any stores. Some people simply cut out parts of the empty can's design into interesting shapes, like teardrops or ovals. Others go the extra step, adding imitation gemstones, glitters, and other adornments. Take some inspiration from these <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/154087553/craft-beer-can-earrings?utm_source=Pinterest&amp;utm_medium=PageTools&amp;utm_campaign=Share" target="_blank">earrings selling on Etsy</a> (yeah&hellip; you could make money!).</p> <h2>6. Plant Seeds and Cuttings</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-QGBGe7kjJ8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>An empty beer or soda can is a great vessel for <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QGBGe7kjJ8" target="_blank">starting your garden's plants</a>, flowers, and herbs. All you need to do is remove the top of the can with a can opener to give it a clean, safe edge. Then, spray it your favorite color. Add soil, seeds or cuttings, and a little water, and you can save serious money on planters you would buy at a home improvement store or garden center.</p> <h2>7. Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal</h2> <p>Do you have a poor Wi-Fi signal in your home? You could fork out a lot of cash on a signal booster, or a Wi-Fi router upgrade. Or, you could take one of your empty cans and <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Wi-Fi-Booster-Using-Only-a-Can" target="_blank">make a booster</a> that will take you from two bars to four. It should take you less than 10 minutes from start to finish. Just make sure all the edges are safe, especially if you have kids in the house.</p> <h2>8. Make Some Impressive Chainmail</h2> <p>If you are into historical re-enactments, attending Renaissance Fairs, or want to make some extra cash on the side, you can use the pull-tabs from your <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Genuine-chainmaille-from-pop-tabs/" target="_blank">beer and soda cans to create chain mail</a>. Not only does it look really authentic, it can be done with just the pull-tabs and a few simple tools. If chain mail isn't your thing, you can use the same techniques to make <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/explore/soda-tab-crafts/" target="_blank">lampshades, belts, bowls</a>, and several other creative ideas.</p> <h2>9. Create Unique Gifts for Friends and Family</h2> <p>The material used to make a beverage can is not as thick as it used to be. While this means you don't get a lot for the scrap, it means you can do some very cool things using tools you will find around the house. The material is so soft that you could actually draw into it with an empty ballpoint pen, and punch through it with a nail and create some beautiful <a href="https://snapguide.com/guides/make-hole-punch-signs-with-pepsi-tins/" target="_blank">personalized punch designs</a> Just make sure you clean out the can thoroughly, and find something suitable on which to mount your finished piece of art.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-surprising-uses-for-empty-beer-and-soda-cans">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-home-diy-projects-you-can-do-in-one-day">10 Home DIY Projects You Can Do in One Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-clever-ways-to-reuse-your-plastic-shopping-bags">18 Clever Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Shopping Bags</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/37-brilliant-ways-to-reuse-an-empty-milk-jug">37 Brilliant Ways to Reuse an Empty Milk Jug</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-fun-cheap-projects-to-try-this-weekend">19 Fun, Cheap Projects to Try This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-out-with-these-6-simple-diy-freezer-treats">Chill Out With These 6 Simple DIY Freezer Treats</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink beer beer can DIY empty cans diy projects home home decor recycle soda can upcycle Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:00:10 +0000 Paul Michael 1898050 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways Restaurant Menus Are Designed to Make You Spend More http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-restaurant-menus-are-designed-to-make-you-spend-more <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-restaurant-menus-are-designed-to-make-you-spend-more" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-505943526.jpg" alt="Learning ways restaurant menus are designed to make you spend" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There is no arguing the fact that dining out on a regular basis can bust any budget. But if you understand restaurant menus, and how they're designed to trick you into opening your wallets wide, you can dine wisely and save money. Here are nine sneaky restaurant menu tactics along with some smart ways to fight back. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-overpriced-restaurant-items-that-waste-your-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Overpriced Restaurant Items That Waste Your Money</a>)</p> <h2>1. First Item on Menu Trick</h2> <p>Typically the first item in each meal category is the restaurant's &quot;<a href="http://restaurantengine.com/better-restaurant-menu/" target="_blank">anchor item</a>,&quot; which is where they make their biggest profit. This could be pasta, seafood, salad, or more a generic category like &quot;Entrees&quot; or &quot;Appetizers.&quot; Because the first item listed typically gets ordered more often than any other item in the category, it's going to usually be one of these anchor items. Buyer beware. Make sure to look through the entire list before you decide on what to order.</p> <h2>2. Menu &quot;Boxes&quot; Everywhere</h2> <p>Restaurants like to put meal categories in fancy boxes in different spots on their menus. It could be their steak dishes or maybe seafood dishes, but the one thing they have in common is they grab your attention and tend to make you more price insensitive. They want these boxes to grab your attention because typically their profit margin on these meals is the highest. To fight back, you'll want to ignore the boxes, avoid temptation, and stick to the meals in your budget.</p> <h2>3. Pricing Ending with .99 or .95</h2> <p>This is the old retail trick of having the price end just below a round number. Our eyes and brain are trained to read from left to right so the first number in the price is what we use to determine the overall value. A burrito selling for $7.95 just looks cheaper than one selling for $8.00. To fight back, just round the number up in your head, then decide if the price is reasonable.</p> <h2>4. Fancy Words</h2> <p>Restaurant menus are riddled with fancy words like &quot;juicy,&quot; &quot;creamy,&quot; &quot;deep smoky flavor,&quot; and the like. They are designed and put on the menu for only one reason: to create hunger in the person ordering. It's like Pavlov's dogs, you hear the word juicy or tender and you start salivating immediately. By being aware of what restaurants are trying to do, you can gloss over the fancy words designed to create hunger pangs and order the meal you originally intended.</p> <h2>5. &quot;Chef Specials&quot;</h2> <p>&quot;Chef Specials&quot; are typically anything but. Instead, they're often meals that make the restaurant the most money or include ingredients the restaurant is trying to get rid of. The meal descriptions are usually full of fancy words designed to make you order them without much thought. They typically have their own special section on the menu with special fonts and graphics designed to catch your attention. The next time you see &quot;Chef Specials&quot; when dining out, don't fall for the trap. Instead, only order them if you were planning on it when you walked in the door.</p> <h2>6. No Dollar Signs</h2> <p>According to a <a href="http://scholarship.sha.cornell.edu/chrpubs/169/" target="_blank">Cornell study</a>, diners tend to spend more at restaurants that don't use dollar signs on their menus. Because of this, high-end restaurants will often leave the dollar sign off the menu completely. Their thought process is that diners will be less likely to think about their own financial situation if the menu doesn't have dollar signs plastered all over it.</p> <p>Also, expensive restaurants will only use whole numbers for prices. For example, it could be a 29 or it could be a 14, in either case they want to remove the idea of real money from the situation. Thus you won't see any decimals, cents, or dollar signs on the menu. Be sure to consider what your meal total will be in &quot;real&quot; dollars before you place an order.</p> <h2>7. Associate a Meal With a Brand</h2> <p>Whether it's the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/23/dining/23menus.html" target="_blank">Jack Daniel's BBQ sauce at TGIF's</a>, or Doritos taco shells at Taco Bell, tying a brand-name to a meal (referred to as &quot;co-branding&quot;) often gives restaurants the green light to charge you more. Don't fall for the mind game and instead look for cheaper alternatives on the menu that are almost identical.</p> <h2>8. Top Right Menu Trick</h2> <p>According to William Poundstone, author of <a href="http://amzn.to/2mgGzmc" target="_blank">Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value (and How to Take Advantage of It)</a>, diners tend to look at the top right corner of the menu first. This might seem a bit counterintuitive as we read from left to right, but Poundstone says this is where you'll most often find the restaurant's most profitable items. Thus, many restaurants will make this menu real estate stand out by using larger font, eye-catching boxes, and clever wording.</p> <h2>9. Vague Sizing</h2> <p>Many restaurants offer a half sandwich, or a half salad. Have you ever wondered just how big a &quot;half&quot; order is and which one you should order? Most restaurants price their full salad or sandwich so it appears to be a better deal. But the truth of the matter is most half salads and sandwiches are way over half as big as a &quot;full&quot; and are often the better value as you'll probably have no waste. Be sure to ask how big a half order is before ordering as it'll often be the way to go unless you're really hungry and can finish the larger &quot;full&quot; portion. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-new-ways-restaurants-trick-you-to-spend-more?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Ways Restaurants Trick You Into Spending More</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-restaurant-menus-are-designed-to-make-you-spend-more">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-water-can-save-you-977-a-year">How Water Can Save You $977 a Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bridging-the-gap-from-dining-out-to-eating-in">Bridging The Gap From Dining Out To Eating In</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-secrets-restaurants-dont-want-you-to-know">6 Secrets Restaurants Don&#039;t Want You to Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stop-the-takeout-meal-cycle-and-save">How to Stop the Takeout Meal Cycle and Save</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-restaurants-that-offer-senior-discounts">40 Restaurants That Offer Senior Discounts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Food and Drink dining out eating out restaurant budget restaurant menu restaurants saving money on food Takeout takeout menu Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:30:37 +0000 Kyle James 1897586 at http://www.wisebread.com Egg Pan, Sugar Softener, and 50 Other Uses for Citrus Peels http://www.wisebread.com/egg-pan-sugar-softener-and-50-other-uses-for-citrus-peels <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/egg-pan-sugar-softener-and-50-other-uses-for-citrus-peels" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_orange_face_509346224.jpg" alt="Woman finding uses for citrus peels" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After years of drought, it's raining in California, and that means backyard citrus trees are springing to life, delivering green, yellow, and orange packets of deliciousness. But after you make your key lime pie, your lemonade, and your fresh juices, pause before throwing out those peels.</p> <p>Far from being garbage, citrus rinds or peels may actually be <em>more </em>valuable than the fruit inside. For one thing, the peel is the source of oil that is used as a solvent in many products, such as citrus-based cleaners, and is also a natural pesticide. For another, it's nutritious &mdash; an orange peel contains more fiber than the orange itself, plus antioxidants, protein, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin A, and vitamin C.</p> <p>But eating an orange, lemon, grapefruit, or lime peel doesn't sound appetizing to most of us. Here are 52 more <em>appealing</em> ways to get the value out of those citrus peels. Unwaxed fruit works best for these recipes.</p> <h2>Household Uses</h2> <p>Those leftover citrus peels can become the key to a clean and fresh home.</p> <h3>1. Eco-Friendly Cleaner</h3> <p>This has been my go-to use for the peels from our lemon and lime trees for years. It cuts grease, disinfects, and smells great. Simply submerge the peels (or juiced whole fruits) in vinegar, let them steep two weeks or longer, then mix the resulting liquid 50/50 with water for a great counter spray, bathroom cleaner, and all-purpose cleaner.</p> <p>I buy a gallon of vinegar, pour some out, and then replace the liquid with peels as I use them. Make sure that the peels are completely submerged in vinegar to prevent mold.</p> <p>An alternative recipe, called an <a href="https://happyhomemaker88.com/2009/05/02/recipe-for-homemade-citrus-enzyme-a-natural-cheap-effective-all-purpose-cleaner/" target="_blank">enzyme cleaner</a>, uses brown sugar and water, but no vinegar, with citrus peels. This one takes a long time to make because it's fermented.</p> <h3>2. Essential Oil</h3> <p>Another way to harness the cleaning power and aroma of citrus is to distill it into an essential oil, which you can then add to homemade cleaners or use for deodorizing everything from your trash can to laundry that's been sitting in the washer too long. You can <a href="https://www.leaf.tv/articles/how-to-make-essential-oils-from-orange-peels/" target="_blank">use vodka and a food processor</a> to draw the oil out of citrus peels and create essential oil in your kitchen.</p> <h3>3. Furniture Polish</h3> <p>Infuse any kind of furniture friendly oil with citrus rinds to make a nontoxic treatment for wood furniture.</p> <h3>4. Garbage Disposal Cleaner</h3> <p>This has to be the laziest way to &quot;use&quot; citrus peels &mdash; just throw them in the disposal. But if you want to get fancier about it, you can freeze the peels in ice cube trays with water or vinegar, so you have a cube available any time the disposal starts to stink.</p> <h3>5. Frugal Sponge</h3> <p>If you juiced a lemon or orange while cooking, wipe that sucker all over the place before discarding it: cutting board, counter, sink.</p> <h3>6. Dishwasher Booster</h3> <p>After you've squeezed the juice out of the lemon, just throw the remains right into the dishwasher. It may get the dishes cleaner, and it will freshen the machine at the same time.</p> <h3>7. Mineral Deposit Remover</h3> <p>Decalcify the inside of a tea kettle by boiling peels inside it, then letting it sit for an hour. Or soak cloudy glassware in a sinkful of hot water and citrus rinds.</p> <h3>8. Microwave Cleaner</h3> <p>Zap a bowl of rinds and water for five minutes, and any caked-on gunk inside the microwave should wipe away easily.</p> <h3>9. Metal Polish</h3> <p>For a chrome faucet, a once-over with a squeezed-out lemon wedge should do the trick. For copper, brass, or stainless steel pots, you can dip the wedge in baking soda or salt before rubbing.</p> <h3>10. Indoor Pest Deterrent</h3> <p>Rub a lemon peel along a windowsill where ants have been coming in, or spray insects with a lemon/vinegar infusion to kill them.</p> <h3>11. Natural Air Freshener</h3> <p>Boil citrus rinds along with anything else that smells good to you. I like to throw in cinnamon sticks that have already been used to stir cups of apple cider. Not only does it make your house smell great, but it doubles as a humidifier.</p> <h3>12. Potpourri</h3> <p>Dry out strips of orange peel, and <a href="http://theherbgardener.blogspot.com/2010/09/making-orange-potpourri.html" target="_blank">combine them with other dehydrated ingredients</a> such as cinnamon sticks or flower petals to make sweet-smelling sachets to keep in a drawer or around the house.</p> <h3>13. Brown Sugar Softener</h3> <p>Put a piece of any citrus rind into a container of brown sugar to keep the sugar from getting hard.</p> <h3>14. Fridge Deodorant</h3> <p>A super-easy use for squeezed out lemons after a lemonade stand: Stick them in the fridge, as is, and let them soak up odors.</p> <h3>15. Fire Starter</h3> <p>Believe it or not, dried-out citrus peels can be used as <a href="http://www.survivopedia.com/diy-fire-starter-ideas/">fire starters</a> for your grill, fireplace, or campfire. Bonus: If you're using them indoors, the room will smell great. You can use the peels alone, or incorporate them into a <a href="http://www.gardenbetty.com/2013/11/homemade-herb-and-spice-fire-starters/" target="_blank">fire starter made of rolled newspaper</a> or <a href="http://chickensintheroad.com/house/crafts/homemade-fire-starters/" target="_blank">pine cones</a>.</p> <h3>16. Oil Lamp</h3> <p>You can turn a half-orange peel into an <a href="https://quinncreative.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/tutorial-orange-peel-oil-lamp/" target="_blank">oil lamp with a natural wick</a> if you prepare it carefully. I love this idea, especially as a centerpiece, floating in a bowl of water. Does your yard have both a citrus tree and a swimming pool? A pool full of flaming orange or grapefruit halves would look amazing for an evening patio party.</p> <h3>17. Candle</h3> <p>A hollowed-out citrus half can serve both as <a href="http://www.littleecofootprints.com/2012/08/how-to-make-citrus-beeswax-candles.html" target="_blank">mold and fragrant holder for a candle</a>. You can use a drop of the essential oil you made to make the smell even stronger.</p> <h3>18. Egg Pan</h3> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GoIebNv-bug" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>On your next camping trip, try cooking an <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoIebNv-bug" target="_blank">egg over the campfire</a> with an empty orange half.</p> <h3>19. Scouring Powder</h3> <p>This recipe calls for <a href="http://crunchybetty.com/the-great-grapefruit-scouring-scrub/" target="_blank">dried-out grapefruit rinds</a> ground into powder, borax, and baking soda, to make a wonderful-smelling cleaner for your kitchen sink or toilet. Seems to me other citrus rinds would work just as well. The same ingredients mixed in different proportions make a carpet freshener.</p> <h3>20. Cannabis Keeper</h3> <p>Now that weed is legal in some states, users might like to know that a fresh orange peel or two can <a href="http://www.theweedblog.com/the-best-way-to-add-moisture-to-over-dry-marijuana/" target="_blank">add moisture to dried-out weed</a> or keep it moist in a sealed container.</p> <h3>21. Soil Enricher</h3> <p>Stir powdered citrus rinds into your garden to <a href="http://premeditatedleftovers.com/gardening/5-ways-use-citrus-peels-garden/" target="_blank">add sulfur, magnesium, and calcium</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://premeditatedleftovers.com/gardening/5-ways-use-citrus-peels-garden/">t</a>o the s<a href="http://premeditatedleftovers.com/gardening/5-ways-use-citrus-peels-garden/">o</a>i<a href="http://premeditatedleftovers.com/gardening/5-ways-use-citrus-peels-garden/">l</a>.</p> <h3>22. Natural Pesticide</h3> <p>Soak orange peels in boiling water, strain, add a few drops of soap, and spray on plants to <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Organic-Pesticide" target="_blank">discourage soft-bodied pests such as slugs</a>. This can also kill ants and roaches if you spray it directly on them. Some folks <a href="http://www.gardenguides.com/104003-homemade-organic-pesticides.html" target="_blank">strengthen the spray</a> with garlic, cayenne, and other smelly stuff.</p> <h3>23. Cat Repellent</h3> <p>Want to keep a neighborhood cat out of your garden? Spread around lots of citrus peels; <a href="http://www.prevention.com/health/life-hacks-using-orange-peels" target="_blank">felines hate the smell</a>.</p> <h3>24. Mosquito Repellent</h3> <p>As weird as it sounds, you can rub an unpeeled orange right on your skin to get some mosquito-repelling orange oil on you &mdash; which would be a good emergency measure if you forget bug spray on a picnic. You can even use a strip of peel to replace the insert of a <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/a-mix-of-tech-and-nature-to-ke-153912" target="_blank">plug-in mosquito repelling device</a>.</p> <h3>25. Bird Feeder</h3> <p>This DIY project involves filling an <a href="http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/how-make-bird-feeder-citrus-peels" target="_blank">empty half peel with bird seed</a> and hanging it from a tree.</p> <h3>26. Homemade Goo Gone</h3> <p>Citrus oil's solvent properties are useful for dissolving sticky stuff, like tar on the bottom of a shoe or the sticky residue left behind by tape. You can try rubbing a fruit peel right on the goo, or combine citrus essential oil with baking soda and oil to <a href="https://www.diynatural.com/adhesive-remover-homemade-goo-gone/" target="_blank">make a homemade version</a> of the commercial product.</p> <h2>Culinary Uses</h2> <p>Wash peels well before using them for edibles, and scrape or cut the bitter white pith off the peels. Some people use only organic peels for edible concoctions.</p> <h3>27. Infused Liquor</h3> <p>You can use your citrus rinds to create bottles of flavored spirits or liqueur that make excellent gifts. I was surprised to learn how easy this is: You only have to <a href="http://www.jamieoliver.com/news-and-features/features/homemade-infused-vodka/" target="_blank">infuse the peels in the alcohol</a> for a few days to make flavored liquor. If you want a <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/limoncello-recipe.html#!" target="_blank">sweet liqueur such as limoncello</a> or <a href="http://www.foodista.com/recipe/LS433ZR2/homemade-cointreau" target="_blank">triple sec</a>, just add sugar syrup.</p> <h3>28. Garnish</h3> <p>When it's time to make cocktails with that infused vodka, cut a strip of citrus peel and simply <a href="http://russianmomcooks.com/tag/how-to-curl-orange-peel/" target="_blank">curl it into a spiral with your fingers</a> or wrap it around a pencil. It will stay curled like magic. You could also garnish food with these whimsical curls, if you have any peels left over after getting through all that infused vodka.</p> <h3>29. Citrus Extract</h3> <p>A lot of recipes call for lemon extract, and a few call for other citrus extracts as well. Making it at home is just like making a vodka infusion, but with more rinds, less vodka, and a longer soaking time. This recipe calls for soaking the <a href="http://www.mommypotamus.com/how-to-make-lemon-extract/" target="_blank">rinds of six lemons</a> in one cup of vodka for up to six weeks before decanting into a bottle and adding to your spice cupboard.</p> <h3>30. Lemon Oil</h3> <p>This takes longer than creating infused liquor, but you can <a href="http://www.mommypotamus.com/uses-for-lemon-oil-and-peel/" target="_blank">make lemon-flavored coconut oil or olive oil</a> in a few weeks, and it's pretty easy. If you're in a hurry, you can use a hot process to speed things up to just a few hours. Use it in salad dressings or any way that you'd use the unflavored oil.</p> <h3>31. Infused Vinegar</h3> <p>To make an easy gift that looks very fancy, <a href="http://www.newblooming.com/2011/08/lavender-and-lemon-infused-vinegar.html" target="_blank">soak dried citrus peels in good vinegar</a>, then strain and simmer the vinegar, then reunite it with the peels and put it all in a pretty bottle.</p> <h3>32. Lemon Butter</h3> <p>Combine <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/herb-lemon-zest-butter" target="_blank">lemon zest, butter, and herbs</a> to make a concoction to flavor your Thanksgiving turkey or spread on bread.</p> <h3>33. Frozen Zest Stash</h3> <p>Many recipes, both baking and cooking, call for a teaspoon or so of lemon zest. What's more, you can throw it into all kinds of dishes, such as pastas and salads, just to brighten them up.</p> <p>You don't need to go out and buy a lemon every time you want to make one of these recipes. Simply zest the fruit with a microplane before peeling or juicing, and <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/tip-freeze-orange-lemon-and-other-citrus-zest-165222" target="_blank">store the grated bits in a freezer bag</a> or in ice cube trays in your freezer. You can keep it for six months and don't need to defrost it before throwing it into a dish.</p> <h3>34. Dried Zest</h3> <p>I recently bought a small jar of dried lemon zest, causing my husband to laugh at me since we have a tree right outside our front door that's producing more lemons than we know what to do with. I didn't realize that making a jar of this stuff, which is useful for baking and marinades, is as simple as zesting the fruit and <a href="http://breadbaking.about.com/od/beginnerbasics/qt/dryorangerind.htm" target="_blank">leaving that zest out to dry overnight</a>. Now that I know, I think a jar of this would make a great holiday gift.</p> <h3>35. Lemon Sugar</h3> <p>Great for frosting the rim of a cocktail or sprinkling on pancakes, <a href="http://localfoods.about.com/od/condiments/qt/lemonsugar.htm" target="_blank">lemon sugar is so easy to make</a> that the compliments I get upon serving it make me feel like a fraud. You can throw some rinds in the food processor with sugar and pulse, or even just seal an intact rind in a bag with sugar for a month or so. Boom. Lemon sugar.</p> <h3>36. Candied Peels</h3> <p>In a fancy restaurant on our anniversary last year, my husband and I pressed the waitress for the secret of the bursts of flavor in a dish. &quot;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-throw-that-out-19-great-meals-you-can-make-from-scraps" target="_blank">Candied lemon peel</a>,&quot; we were told. Revelation!</p> <p>Turns out this delicacy, also known as citron, is easy to make: Just boil your peels with sugar syrup and store them in the fridge for up to a month. Candied citrus peels can be dipped in chocolate to make the <a href="http://www.finecooking.com/item/5135/candied-citrus-peel" target="_blank">French treat known as <em>orangettes</em></a>, used to garnish a lemon pie or a cocktail, sprinkled on ice cream, or simply gobbled up by those of us who love candy but want to feel sophisticated while eating it.</p> <h3>37. Recipe Ingredients</h3> <p>Some recipes call for not just a teaspoon of zest but whole chunks of citrus peels. Store <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-your-garbage-turn-your-trash-into-delicious-holiday-food" target="_blank">whole rinds in your freezer</a> and you'll be ready to make <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Tangerine-Beef-369492" target="_blank">Sichuan tangerine beef</a>, <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/chinese-orange-chicken-51168000" target="_blank">orange chicken</a>, or <a href="http://ifood.tv/chutney/30938-orange-peel-chutney" target="_blank">orange peel chutney</a> at a moment's notice.</p> <h3>38. Citrus Powder</h3> <p>To make a powder that stores well and is handy for adding to recipes (as well as cleaners or cosmetics), dehydrate citrus peels and then <a href="http://loulanatural.com/orange-peel-powder/" target="_blank">reduce them to dust in a food processor</a>. One easy way to use the powder is adding it to club soda to make a refreshing, sugar-free beverage.</p> <h3>39. Lemon Pepper</h3> <p>Delicious on fish and chicken, lemon pepper is a pantry staple that is just slightly more complicated to make than lemon sugar. This recipe calls for <a href="http://www.simplyscratch.com/2010/11/homemade-lemon-pepper-seasoning.html" target="_blank">dehydrating the zest</a> with crushed peppercorns in the oven, then grinding it together. If you don't have a spice grinder, you can try crushing it with the back of a spoon or in a food processor.</p> <h3>40. Lemon Pickle</h3> <p>Simmer lemon peel with salt, then mix with lemon juice and olive oil to make <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/pickled-lemon-peel-53037011" target="_blank">preserved lemon peel</a> or lemon pickle, which you can then use as a condiment or seasoning.</p> <h3>41. Citrus Salt</h3> <p>Just as with pepper, this is just a matter of <a href="http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/citrus-salt-recipe.html" target="_blank">mixing zest with salt, baking it dry, and grinding</a> if a smoother texture is desired. A sprinkling of lemon salt is a nice finishing touch on a dish. If you use fancy salt in a pretty jar, this would make a good gift.</p> <h3>42. Orange Vapor</h3> <p>This could be considered a household use, but one recipe I found from super-fancy Chicago chef Grant Achatz, recommends <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/maine-diver-scallops-with-butternut-squash-prosciutto-and-orange-rind-vapor" target="_blank">orange vapor</a> as part of a scallops recipe. According to the chef, you are supposed to put an orange rind in a bowl in front of each guest, and pour boiling water on it, creating a vapor that they can inhale while they eat. <em>I told you he was fancy.</em></p> <h3>43. Juice or Smoothie Additive</h3> <p>I've never heard of juice made of just the citrus peel, and it doesn't sound good. But you can certainly include the peel when putting citrus fruits in a powerful juicer, to increase the nutritional value of the juice. Throw as much peel as you want into a smoothie as well, and let the other fruits balance out any bitterness.</p> <h3>44. Marmalade or Jam</h3> <p>This is a little more challenging than many of the other recipes here, but avid jam makers should be able to handle making jam<a href="http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/canning/no-waste-lemon-peel-marmalade/"> from lemon rinds</a> and squeezed-out pulp.</p> <h3>45. Tea</h3> <p>Add dried citrus rinds to your cup of tea, or include them in a homemade herbal tea mix.</p> <h2>Cosmetic Uses</h2> <p>Because it's nontoxic and fragrant, the sky is pretty much the limit when it comes to adding powdered, grated, dried, or infused citrus peels to homemade personal care products. A little more care is required if you're using the essential oil derived from citrus peels, because the oil is powerful and could irritate some people's skin.</p> <h3>46. Body Scrub</h3> <p>Mix the lemon-infused oil described above with sea salt or sugar to make a refreshing body scrub.</p> <h3>47. Skin Lightener</h3> <p><a href="http://www.care2.com/greenliving/22-uses-for-lemon-peels.html" target="_blank">Cover an age spot</a> with a lemon peel and attach it with a bandage for an hour.</p> <h3>48. Soap Additive</h3> <p>You can throw just about anything into homemade soap to add fragrance and texture, so why not little strips of citrus peels? This recipe lays out when in the soap-making process to <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Summer-Citrus-Soap" target="_blank">add the citrus rinds</a>.</p> <h3>49. Body Spray</h3> <p>This recipe for <a href="http://blog.welikemakingourownstuff.com/2013/02/homemade-orange-vanilla-body-spray_26.html" target="_blank">orange-vanilla body spray</a> makes for another easy gift.</p> <h3>50. Simple Soak</h3> <p>If you don't have time to make a preparation with citrus peels, just throw some in a tub of hot water for an instant infusion, and soak.</p> <h3>51. Facial Mask</h3> <p>Dry and powder your citrus peels, then <a href="http://www.thehealthsite.com/beauty/5-orange-peel-face-masks-that-works-wonders-for-your-skin-ta0215/" target="_blank">combine with ingredients such as oatmeal, milk, or sandalwood</a>, depending on your goals for your skin.</p> <h3>52. Feet Treat</h3> <p>There are lots of recipes using citrus rinds for foot baths, including this one with <a href="https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&amp;p=lemon+rind+foot+bath#id=28&amp;vid=a09a545ab21040e155d8f35e8034ca75&amp;action=click" target="_blank">lime zest, peppermint, and sugar</a>. Citrus brings a great fragrance as well as helping to exfoliate feet.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/egg-pan-sugar-softener-and-50-other-uses-for-citrus-peels">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-fresh-veggies-you-can-grow-from-kitchen-scraps">7 Fresh Veggies You Can Grow From Kitchen Scraps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-and-easy-ways-to-enjoy-canned-peaches">15 Delicious and Easy Ways to Enjoy Canned Peaches</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-delicious-uses-for-leftover-hot-dogs">7 Delicious Uses for Leftover Hot Dogs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-produce-workers-guide-to-choosing-fruits-and-vegetables">The Produce Worker&#039;s Guide to Choosing Fruits and Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink citrus peels compost food scraps fruit home remedies household cleaner leftover citrus peels leftovers Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:31:30 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1894770 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Reasons You Should Always Buy Girl Scout Cookies http://www.wisebread.com/7-reasons-you-should-always-buy-girl-scout-cookies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-reasons-you-should-always-buy-girl-scout-cookies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-459261773.jpg" alt="Learning reasons you should buy girl scout cookies" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="143" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yes, you're going to buy those Girl Scout cookies. No, you don't need to feel guilty about it. In fact, depending on how you look at it, they can actually be a really smart buy. Here are various reasons why you really should buy those cookies&hellip; right now.</p> <h2>1. You're Helping to Fund Tomorrow's Leaders</h2> <p>The best reason to justify buying cookies is that you're helping little girls reach their dreams. Girl Scouts take a lot from the cookie-selling experience. They learn about sales, marketing, teamwork, branding, and responsibility. They also utilize five key skills that can help them later in life, including &quot;goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.&quot; Most importantly, they will learn self-confidence and pride in a job well done.</p> <p>Girl Scouts are also shown to have a higher success rate in life. In fact, <a href="http://www.girlscoutsla.org/documents/PR14_Top_Ten_Reasons_to_Buy.pdf" target="_blank">80% of today's female business owners</a> were Girl Scouts. Studies have shown that even facing failure can lead to a positive learning experience with Girl Scouts. Just think, your humble little box of cookies is doing all that&hellip; go ahead, pat yourself on the back while you enjoy your favorite cookie.</p> <h2>2. The Net Revenue Benefits Your Local Community</h2> <p>Did you know that 100% of the net revenue from cookies sales stays with the local council and troops? The money earned goes toward things like helping fund troop activities and outreach projects.</p> <h2>3. You Won't Get Much for the Same Price</h2> <p>One box of Girl Scout cookies will cost between $4-$6. They were originally $4, but have recently experienced a price increase to $5 per box. While not all states have implemented the price increase yet, it's just a matter of time until all boxes are $5. Some specialty cookies are even $6 a box now. The good news is that there shouldn't be another price increase anytime soon. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this price increase of 25% is also lower than the 32% overall cookie inflation rate throughout the country.</p> <p>While the prices of your favorite Girl Scout cookies may be higher, you have to ask yourself if you get the same level of enjoyment from other sweet treats in the same price range. For instance, do you eat an Oreo and feel the same level of enjoyment and excitement as you would from a Thin Mint?</p> <p>(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-fun-things-to-buy-for-under-5?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Fun Things to Buy for Under $5</a>)</p> <h2>4. They Can Last a Long Time</h2> <p>Girl Scout cookies freeze exceptionally well, and some varieties (like Thin Mints) taste even better when stored in the freezer. Each box of cookies has a &quot;Use or Freeze Before&quot; date on the package. This means you won't have to worry about any of the cookies ever going to waste (if that was ever really a concern). If you have some cookies leftover after a few months, you can even use them in <a href="http://www.littlebrowniebakers.com/cookies/mmmmm-try-girl-scout-cookies-in-recipes/" target="_blank">unique new recipes</a>.</p> <h2>5. They Are a Special Purchase</h2> <p>Girl Scout cookies are only available for a limited time, during the cookie-selling season. If you limit yourself to only eating these types of cookies during this particular time of year, you'll spend way less. Instead of buying cookies from the store each week, buying Girl Scout cookies only when they're available will save you money in the long run. Besides, having this special cookie season to look forward to will curb that cookie guilt if you only indulge for this occasion.</p> <h2>6. They Make Affordable Gluten-Free and Vegan Cookies</h2> <p>Let's be honest, gluten-free and vegan cookies typically don't taste great. Fortunately, Girl Scouts now make gluten-free and vegan varieties that taste just as good as the traditional versions. This means you can stop throwing away cookies that just taste like cardboard. Best of all, these varieties typically don't cost any more than the traditional cookies.</p> <h2>7. You Can Use Them as Currency in Your Household</h2> <p>Once your cookie stash starts dwindling, everyone in your household is going to be clamoring for those last few pieces of gold (the cookies, that is). If you have been savoring your cookies and have some to spare, you can use them as a sort of currency around your home.</p> <p><strong>Editor's Note:</strong> Carrie Kirby, one of our Senior Writers, has a daughter selling girl scout cookies! Order and get it shipped anywhere in the country! <a href="https://DigitalCookie.GirlScouts.org/scout/hazel561503" target="_blank"><strong>Click here to buy now and support the Girl Scouts!</strong></a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-reasons-you-should-always-buy-girl-scout-cookies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-18"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-to-stop-buying-gas-station-food">10 Reasons to Stop Buying Gas Station Food</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-save-with-amazon-prime-pantry">Can You Really Save With Amazon Prime Pantry?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-big-at-these-4-discount-supermarkets">Save Big at These 4 Discount Supermarkets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping cookie budget cookies girl scout cookie season girl scout cookies girl scouts junk food samoas snacks tagalongs thin mints Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:00:11 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1889840 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Save on Dinner — No Meal Planning Required http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-on-dinner-no-meal-planning-required <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-save-on-dinner-no-meal-planning-required" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-500927193.jpg" alt="Man saving on dinner with no meal planning required" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you find yourself barraged with advice about the money-saving power of meal planning, but lack the ability to stick with it? You're not alone. By the time Wednesday rolls around, you may not be feeling energetic enough to whip up that recipe that is on the menu board. Instead, there is the temptation of takeout. But that's where we blow the food budget, folks. It's really hard to stay on track if you give up on cooking. Instead, try these eight cost-cutting meal ideas and tricks to give yourself an &quot;out&quot; if you need to veer off the meal-planning track.</p> <h2>1. Have Breakfast for Dinner</h2> <p>Rough day? Throw on your sweats and fry some eggs. Kids, just as much as adults, love the comfort factor of <em>brinner</em>. They'll be happy with pancakes and bacon, but if you need a little more adult fare, whip up an omelet to serve with crusty French bread. Pair with a glass of white wine. Enjoy!</p> <h2>2. Get Weekly Meals in a Box</h2> <p><a href="https://www.blueapron.com/" target="_blank">Blue Apron</a>, <a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-11292017-1439826671000" target="_blank">Hello Fresh</a>, <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-12605037-1465591711000" target="_blank">Home Chef</a> and <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-11891629-1439420197000" target="_blank">Plated</a> are a few of the new meal-prep services. If making it through the week on your own meal-planning power is proving to be too much, try the treat of having a few meals a week delivered. It will be a healthier option than fast food, cheaper than ordering in from a local restaurant, and there is an element of fun involved in unpacking those boxes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-meal-prep-subscription-boxes-worth-it?ref=seealso">Are Meal Subscription Boxes Worth It?</a>)</p> <h2>3. Join a Meal Planning Service</h2> <p>Some enjoy finding fun meals to try on Pinterest or in magazines, but for others, that isn't a fun pursuit. Solution? Try a meal-planning site. There are free ones, like <a href="http://mealplannerpro.com/recipe-search-engine" target="_blank">mealplannerpro.com</a> or <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/eatingwell_menu_planner" target="_blank">eatingwell.com</a>, as well a low-cost ones ($4.95 a month) like <a href="https://5dollarmealplan.com/join-today-v2/?ap_id=wisebread" target="_blank">5dollarmealplan.com</a>, which will even make your grocery list for you.</p> <h2>4. Check Your Grocer's Freezer</h2> <p>Last night, thanks to Safeway's excellent frozen food section, I whipped up a very passable Chinese dinner for four for just $14.88. That's hard to beat! The days of Salisbury steak and mashed potatoes are long gone, as today's frozen foods are very good and easy to reheat.</p> <h2>5. Cook Once, Eat Twice</h2> <p>Tonight I'm making a pot roast. The leftover meat will go into a stroganoff on Wednesday, and the rest of the meat and potatoes into a hash on Friday. Those second and third meals are much easier to make, too. Try picking up a rotisserie chicken for one night, and use the extra chicken to make chicken tacos, and maybe make chicken soup toward the end of the week.</p> <h2>6. Create Your Own &quot;Fast&quot; Food</h2> <p>Do your kids want hamburgers or pizza? Make some frozen turkey burgers. Pizza is fun for kids to make, and it's really easy now with ready-made crusts (Pillsbury has a whole-wheat artisan crust that is pretty good). Let the kids add their favorite toppings, toss a salad, and save the cost of going out.</p> <h2>7. Stock Your Pantry</h2> <p>Keep some good staples on hand in your pantry and freezer, and dinner will go together quickly. With spaghetti, bacon, peas, cheese, and cream, you can whip up a fast carbonara. Canned beans, veggies, and tomatoes can become an instant vegetarian chili.</p> <h2>8. Invest in Quality Appliances</h2> <p>Maybe it's time to try using a <a href="http://amzn.to/2l7dLMg" target="_blank">slow cooker</a> or a <a href="http://amzn.to/2kbvGnw" target="_blank">pressure cooker</a>. With a slow cooker, you can toss everything in before you go to work, and come home to a piping hot, delicious meal. I only recently purchased a pressure cooker, and now can make chili, spaghetti, or even ribs in less than 30 minutes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-on-dinner-no-meal-planning-required">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-easiest-food-budget-wins">The 9 Easiest Food Budget Wins</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money">12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking">8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate Cooking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-15-road-trip-snacks-make-it-all-about-the-journey">These 15 Road Trip Snacks Make It All About the Journey</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Food and Drink affordable meals budget dinners cheap meals dinner ideas dinners family dinner meal planning saving money Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:00:07 +0000 Marla Walters 1888424 at http://www.wisebread.com Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling http://www.wisebread.com/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-613104682.jpg" alt="eat these foods to stay healthy while you travel" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Traveling often means eating foods that are outside of your normal routine, which can be a fun part of any cultural experience. Yet it can also pose a very real challenge when trying to stay healthy. If you're not paying attention, it can be easy to lose track of what you're eating and <em>how much</em> you're eating.</p> <p>But staying healthy in a foreign place doesn't have to be complicated. Here are six foods (and a drink) you can usually find that will help you stay energized and healthy even when you're away from home.</p> <h2>1. Seasonal Produce</h2> <p>Eating foods that are fresh and locally grown can go a long way toward keeping you healthy on the road. Anything that hasn't been processed and changed from its original form shouldn't have a lot of empty calories or bad-for-you ingredients. Experiment with exotic fruits and vegetables that you can't find back home. It might not be what you're used to, but local fruits and veggies will give you the fiber and vitamins your body needs to function properly.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-eating-great-food-for-cheap-while-traveling?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">4 Tips for Eating Great Food for Cheap While Traveling</a></p> <h2>2. Chia Seeds</h2> <p>Chia seeds are one of those trendy superfoods you've surely been hearing about. It's a species of flowering plant in the mint family native to Mexico. Historically, it was a staple of the Mayan and Aztec diets. You can find chia seeds throughout South America.</p> <p>Chia seeds are low calorie, but packed with energy, protein, and antioxidants. Plus, chia seeds are full of fiber to help you feel full for longer and aid digestion when you're trying lots of new foods.</p> <h2>3. Healthy Grains</h2> <p>There is a wide variety of grains that are extremely beneficial to your health. Look for whole grains when you choose your bread or pasta. Quinoa is full of fiber and protein. Tabbouleh is very common in the Middle East. You may also find couscous, oats, or amaranth, depending on where you go.</p> <h2>4. Chickpeas and Hummus</h2> <p>Chickpeas are relatively easy to find when you're traveling, all across the western world &mdash; in India, Africa, throughout the Middle East, <em>and </em>South America. They are very rich in fiber and especially delicious when whipped into a rich hummus dip that you can eat as a dip for vegetables, chips, or as an accompaniment to a salad.</p> <h2>5. Rice</h2> <p>Rice is an excellent carbohydrate that you can find in many parts of the world. But that's not the only reason it makes this list. Varieties of rice like wild rice and brown rice are complex carbohydrates, which helps you feel full longer.</p> <p>Rice and beans is a very affordable meal that you'll find in many parts of the world and that's because together, these two form a complete protein.</p> <h2>6. Water</h2> <p>Okay, so maybe it doesn't technically qualify as a &quot;food&quot; per se, but drinking water during your travels is arguably the single most important thing you can do to keep your body healthy and your mind clear.</p> <p>Dehydration is the cause of many of the most common problems that travelers face, like fatigue and headaches. Keeping your body hydrated will do wonders for your health. It can help you aid digestion and keep you feeling energized.</p> <p>Pay attention to how much water you are drinking every day and bring a reusable water bottle on your trip so you can always have water with you.</p> <p>By giving your body a balanced mix of healthy foods and plenty of water, you can help ensure that you are feeling good wherever your travels may take you.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Feat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FEat%20These%206%20Foods%20to%20Stay%20Healthy%20While%20Traveling.jpg&amp;description=Eat%20These%206%20Foods%20to%20Stay%20Healthy%20While%20Traveling" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Eat%20These%206%20Foods%20to%20Stay%20Healthy%20While%20Traveling.jpg" alt="Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-gokee">Amanda Gokee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-15-road-trip-snacks-make-it-all-about-the-journey">These 15 Road Trip Snacks Make It All About the Journey</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-soda-alternatives-that-wont-bust-your-wallet-or-your-waistline">7 Soda Alternatives That Won&#039;t Bust Your Wallet — Or Your Waistline</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eating-cheap-while-abroad">Eating Cheap While Abroad</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Travel drink water drinks Food healthy foods on-the-go snacks road trip travel snacks traveling water Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:00:17 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1876780 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-518145080.jpg" alt="make these delicious recipes in your instant pot" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So many people purchased <a href="http://amzn.to/2hpIS7k" target="_blank">Instant Pot electric pressure cookers</a> on Black Friday that Amazon warehouse pickers are sick of the sight of them.</p> <p>The sale was an especially good deal when you realize the many ways this versatile tool can help you save money. The countertop device is advertised as a seven-in-one tool because, besides pressure cooking, it also serves as a slow cooker, a rice maker, a yogurt maker, a steamer, and a warmer.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m one of the folks who bought an Instant Pot on sale, and I&rsquo;m quickly learning how to make it pay for itself by helping me create frugal meals and avoid food waste. Many of these recipes could be made in any pressure cooker, but one thing I appreciate about the Instant Pot is that you can brown or saute items in it as well, making for fewer pans to wash after dinner.</p> <h2>1. Eat a Homemade Breakfast on the Way to Work</h2> <p>Cooking up portable breakfasts in advance is all well and good for the type of people who plan ahead, but what about the rest of us? With the Instant Pot, your breakfast can cook while you shower, and be ready by the time you head out the door.</p> <p>The first recipe many new Instant Pot owners try is <a href="http://www.hippressurecooking.com/cracked-soft-medium-and-hard-boiled-eggs-in-the-pressure-cooker/" target="_blank">hard boiled eggs</a>. This takes less than 15 minutes from fridge to cool, easily-peelable eggs, and you don&rsquo;t have to worry about disasters like forgotten egg explosions.</p> <h2>2. No Soup Line for You</h2> <p>At $3 to $5, a paper cylinder of hot soup from the deli can be an easy lunch solution. But an Instant Pot and a Thermos or microwave can set you up almost as easily, for a far lower cost per serving.</p> <p>Do you spend 30 minutes walking from your desk to the deli, standing in line, and then returning with your soup? Because that&rsquo;s all this <a href="http://dontmesswithmama.com/instant-pot-minestrone-soup-gluten-free-real-food/#" target="_blank">hearty minestrone</a> takes to make, including prep time. And during that time, you can make enough for the whole week&rsquo;s lunches.</p> <h2>3. Drive Past the Drive Through</h2> <p>You know the kind of night I&rsquo;m talking about: You got stopped on your way out the door by a coworker with a question and missed your train. Your kids have practices in three different places. This would have been a great night to eat something out of the freezer, if only you had thought to defrost anything. Dinner is likely to come in a paper bag with fries.</p> <p>But wait! The blog Once a Month Meals has a whole section on how to defrost and heat frozen meals in your IP, like this <a href="https://onceamonthmeals.com/recipes/instant-pot-honey-bourbon-chicken-traditional-version/" target="_blank">honey bourbon chicken</a> that you can put in the pot frozen solid, set for 25 minutes, leave to drop off your kids, then leave on the &ldquo;warm&rdquo; setting all evening as people come in and out to eat.</p> <h2>4. Break the Rotisserie Cycle</h2> <p>A rotisserie chicken can be a godsend to a busy family, but there is a less expensive way. You can throw a fresh or frozen whole chicken into your IP and sit down to a <a href="http://retrohousewifegoesgreen.com/2016/10/instant-pot-whole-frozen-chicken/" target="_blank">chicken dinner within an hour</a>. No basting, and no worries about leaving the oven on if you need to leave the house. (For safety, though, stick around during the period when <a href="http://www.pressurecookrecipes.com/instant-pot-pressure-cooker-safety-101/" target="_blank">the IP is getting up to pressure</a>.)</p> <h2>5. Use Dried Beans Instead of Canned</h2> <p>Dried beans are consistently one of the most frugal healthy foods in the grocery store, but canned beans are so much faster that many of us ignore the bags of dried. The IP can fix that. If you&rsquo;ve soaked the beans overnight, you can put the uncooked beans right into this <a href="http://www.melskitchencafe.com/pressure-cooker-chicken-and-black-bean-chili/" target="_blank">chicken and black bean chili recipe</a> and eat it within an hour. If you didn&rsquo;t soak, you can spend about half an hour prepping the beans in the IP before you start the chili recipe. Soaking isn&rsquo;t strictly necessary, but it makes the beans more tender.</p> <h2>6. Make Indian Fakeout</h2> <p>Kori Lusignan, who blogs at Misery Loves Cookery, created this <a href="http://miserylovescookery.com/2016/12/13/instant-pot-dal-indian-lentils/" target="_blank">dal recipe for her Instant Pot</a>, giving her family a quick and cheap way to satisfy their jonesing for Indian food. Pair it with this <a href="http://www.yummly.co/recipe/Pressure-Cooker-Chicken-Korma-978763?columns=5" target="_blank">chicken korma</a> and rice, both of which you can also make in the IP. How to make multiple dishes for one meal in one appliance? Some folks buy <a href="http://amzn.to/2hpER2J" target="_blank">extra inserts</a>, so they can take the first dish out when done and start the next without having to wash up.</p> <h2>7. Use Up Vegetables That Would Otherwise Go Bad</h2> <p>If you receive a regular farm share box of produce each week like I do, it can be daunting to use everything before it starts to wilt. One way my Instant Pot has helped me with this: After I cook a meal, before washing the pot, I&rsquo;ll throw together another meal with similar flavors, using whatever vegetables I have on hand, and let it cook while I clean the kitchen and put my kids to bed. By my bedtime, I have a pot of food for the refrigerator or that I can pull out to serve tomorrow night, or eat for lunch. I can even refrigerate and reheat it right in the Instant Pot&rsquo;s liner pan.</p> <p>Since I currently have some broccoli and carrots to use up, I&rsquo;m going to try making <a href="http://www.pressurecookerdiaries.com/pressure-cooker-recipes/how-to-make-risotto-pressure-cooker-broccoli-risotto/" target="_blank">pressure cooker broccoli risotto</a> after dinner tonight. If you get vegetables that seem daunting to cook conventionally, <a href="http://miserylovescookery.com/2016/11/06/artichokes-deliciously-under-pressure/" target="_blank">like artichokes</a>, the Instant Pot might be the ticket to avoiding procrastination that ends in the garbage bin.</p> <h2>8. Make Stock</h2> <p>A great way to keep old vegetables, meat, bones, and even vegetable peelings from going to waste is to throw them in a stock pot. But stovetop stocks require you to be home for hours, occasionally stirring the pot. With an Instant Pot, you can make <a href="http://www.budgetbytes.com/2016/03/make-instant-pot-chicken-stock/" target="_blank">delicious stock in one hour</a>. It's so easy, Instant Pot enthusiasts quickly run out of leftovers, which is probably why a member of the IP Facebook community recently posted a photo of a bag of chicken feet she was about to turn into broth.</p> <h2>9. Reduce the Chinese Takeout Bill</h2> <p>Some Chinese restaurants don&rsquo;t charge for rice, but others do. If you like brown rice like we do at my house, that can cost even more. But remember: Your Instant Pot is a rice cooker, too. Start your own <a href="http://instantpot.com/cooking-time/rice-and-grains/" target="_blank">white or brown rice in the cooker</a> when you order your takeout, and you should have perfect rice by the time the doorbell rings.</p> <h2>10. Give Leftovers New Life</h2> <p>Just straight-up <a href="http://gnowfglins.com/2016/10/19/reheat-food-instant-pot-aw047/" target="_blank">reheating a meal</a> in the Instant Pot can be easier than doing it in the microwave, where you often have to open the door to stir and sometimes have the whole thing overflow and make a mess. You can even put glass or ceramic dishes into the IP to heat up multiple items at once. You can use the steam, saute, or even slow cook functions to reheat, depending on the food.</p> <p>But maybe your family, like mine, balks at eating the same dish two days in a row. Or maybe you have only a few ounces of meat left from your pot roast and are wondering what to do with it. This Instant Pot <a href="http://omnivorescookbook.com/instant-pot-rice-pilaf" target="_blank">rice pilaf</a> is an example of how you can take yesterday&rsquo;s food, mix it with something new &mdash; in this case, rice &mdash; hit a button, and have a flavorful new meal in minutes. The pressure cooker&rsquo;s way of infusing flavors throughout the whole dish makes this more successful than other attempts to refresh leftovers.</p> <h2>11. Make Your Own Yogurt</h2> <p>Yogurt can be a healthy snack for kids and adults alike, but commercial yogurts can be both expensive and over-sugared. The Instant Pot can turn milk plus a little starter into <a href="http://www.teamyogurt.com/posts/2016/3/30/making-yogurt-in-an-instant-pot-is-it-worth-it" target="_blank">yogurt overnight</a>, and you can even make it in individual jars so it&rsquo;s somewhat portable. (As long as the person carrying it is old enough to responsibly handle glass.)</p> <p>As with many things, the amount of money you can save by making your own yogurt increases as you move up the quality chain. You might score portable cups of store-brand yogurt on sale for 30 cents each, which would be tough to beat in your own kitchen. But if you enjoy premium, organic Greek yogurts, or if you want to customize your yogurt, homemade can pay off. For instance, one gallon of milk can make the equivalent of four 32 oz. containers of yogurt. If you pay $6 for a gallon of organic milk, that&rsquo;s like paying $1.50 per container of yogurt, while the same amount of organic yogurt might run for $6 at the grocery store.</p> <h2>12. Make Special Diets More Affordable</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;ve gone paleo or vegan, and are also busy, you could spend a fortune on specially prepared foods. Or, you could use your Instant Pot to make the specialized foods at home.</p> <p>The paleo recipes for Instant Pot on the Internet are so bountiful that I have used some of them myself, even though there is not a paleo bone in my body. I loved this <a href="https://paleopot.com/recipe/super-fast-instant-pot-sweet-potato-mash/" target="_blank">sweet potato mash</a> from PaleoPot because you don&rsquo;t have to dice anything &mdash; you can throw in whole or sliced sweet potatoes and go. And hello, bone broth? The blog Stupid Easy Paleo recommends simmering bones on the stove top for up to 48 hours &mdash; or <a href="http://stupideasypaleo.com/2014/07/23/bone-broth-101-how-to-make-best-broth/" target="_blank">in the Instant Pot for two hours</a>. If you were making bone broth every week as the author does, which would you choose?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking">8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate Cooking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master">16 Simple Kitchen Skills Every Frugal Person Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beer-donuts-and-11-other-recipes-you-can-make-with-beer">Beer Donuts and 11 Other Recipes You Can Make With Beer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Cooking dinners instant pot meal planning pressure cooker recipes slow cooker Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:31:36 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1858985 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 80 Holiday Treats That Won't Bust Your Budget http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-80-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-80-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/snowman_hot_chocolate_497277722.jpg" alt="Finding holiday treats that won&#039;t bust your budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Holiday beverages and baked goods are the best treats of all. They're warm and hearty, and extra sweet with the flavors of the season. While the price of ingredients can add up quickly, there's no need to spend all your money on said treats. Here are 80 holiday goodies that won't bust your budget.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/holiday_punch_000076603497.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties?ref=fbf">15 Cheap and Delicious Punch Recipes for Holiday Parties</a> &mdash; This is peak holiday party time, so punch bowls around the world are full to the brim and ready to be drained. But you don't need pricey syrups, liquors, and pressed juices to make a yummy drink. Just use any of these cheap recipes!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-savory-holiday-food-gifts?ref=fbf">7 Savory Food Gifts</a> &mdash; Since we've all been gobbling up candy and baked goods since Halloween, we might all need a break from the sweetness. These savory food gifts are just as delicious, but won't give you any instant cavities.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/270433978_851e50828b_z.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-your-garbage-turn-your-trash-into-delicious-holiday-food?ref=fbf">Eat Your Garbage! Turn Your Trash Into Delicious Holiday Food</a> &mdash; Ready to cook up some holiday meals? Shop your trash can! No, seriously. The food you always throw away might contain the key ingredients you need to make the perfect Christmas dish. Give it a go!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unique-holiday-gifts-you-can-bake?ref=fbf">15 Delicious Gifts You Can Bake</a> &mdash; DIY holiday gifts are not only cheap, but they're also wonderfully personal. So when you can save money and give someone an edible gift they'll truly enjoy, it's a win-win for everyone.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/christmas_baked_goods_77270193.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/start-now-you-can-make-these-23-delicious-holiday-gifts?ref=fbf">Start Now: You Can Make These 23 Delicious Holiday Gifts</a> &mdash; There's still time to make many of these delicious gifts! Just grab your list, check it twice, and get cookin'.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-easy-delicious-and-homemade-holiday-gifts?ref=fbf">16 Easy, Delicious and Homemade Holiday Gifts</a> &mdash; I'm not inclined to cook or bake anything unless the recipe has &quot;Easy&quot; in the name. For those of you who can relate, these scrumptious holiday treats are right up your alley!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-80-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-47-brilliant-ways-to-save-money-on-dinner">Flashback Friday: 47 Brilliant Ways to Save Money on Dinner</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-62-creative-uses-for-your-favorite-condiments">Flashback Friday: 62 Creative Uses for Your Favorite Condiments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-reasons-to-be-done-with-summer-and-get-excited-for-fall">Flashback Friday: 84 Reasons to Be Done With Summer and Get Excited for Fall</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-no-bake-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget">12 No-Bake Holiday Treats That Won&#039;t Bust Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: 63 Best Cooking Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink Christmas christmas food fbf flashback friday food and drink frugal living holiday food holiday treats recipes snacks Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:00:16 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1855467 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 No-Bake Holiday Treats That Won't Bust Your Budget http://www.wisebread.com/12-no-bake-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-no-bake-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-497005966.jpg" alt="enjoy these no-bake treats for the holidays" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Love holiday treats, but not crazy about baking? Same here. If making treats involves heating up an oven, my enthusiasm wanes considerably. Fortunately, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tempting-no-bake-desserts" target="_blank">&quot;no-bake&quot; treats</a> have become extremely popular, so we need not open a bag of flour or grease any cookie sheets.</p> <p>Let's not bust our holiday budgets, though, while making holiday treats. Watch for sales on these items to have on hand: Crisp rice cereal, chocolate chips, baking chocolate, nuts, liquors, coconut, and candies. I find that Walmart usually has a good center aisle section of these items with prices that are hard to beat. I also frequent Costco for chocolate chips and nuts. For gift-giving, it's helpful to choose one item to make; that way you can take advantage of bulk buying. Not sure where to start? Here are 12 ideas.</p> <h2>1. Chocolate Bark</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3VOb14PG51w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Chocolate-covered bark has become a popular gift around the holidays, and it's easy to see why. Turn your microwave into your new BFF. Here are several variations of super <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VOb14PG51w" target="_blank">easy-to-make barks</a> &mdash; from &quot;movie theater&quot; (including popcorn!) to almond, peanut butter-cup, and seasonal white chocolate craisin.</p> <h2>2. Peppermint Bark</h2> <p>Want more? Here is a <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/155827/milk-chocolate-peppermint-bark/" target="_blank">peppermint bark</a> that goes together quickly. Broken up and placed into cellophane bags, it looks festive and tastes terrific.</p> <h2>3. Kentucky Bourbon Balls</h2> <p>It just wouldn't be Christmas in our family without <a href="http://southernfood.about.com/od/bourbonballs/r/bl81212f.htm" target="_blank">bourbon balls</a>, which you can put together in no time.</p> <h2>4. Rum Balls</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/D0VInZma6s4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Prefer rum to bourbon? If so, try these <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/9777/no-bake-rum-balls/" target="_blank">rum balls</a>. This funny lady shows <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0VInZma6s4" target="_blank">how to make both variations</a>.</p> <h2>5. Mint Chocolate Chip Pie</h2> <p>Mom used to make grasshopper pie for Christmas dessert, but her recipe took much longer than the 20 minutes for this <a href="http://dinnersdishesanddesserts.com/no-bake-mint-chocolate-chip-pie/" target="_blank">mint-chocolate chip pie</a>. So use the quick and easy method! I love the incorporation of the tiny Andes mints.</p> <h2>6. Eggnog Pie</h2> <p>There are two selling points for this <a href="http://www.southyourmouth.com/2014/11/eggnog-pie.html?m=1" target="_blank">eggnog pie</a> recipe. First, it just says &quot;holiday.&quot; It's not like we can drink eggnog all year long, so let's do while we can. Secondly, it makes <em>two</em> pies. You can mix this up, let it chill overnight, and in the morning, ta-daah, pies, ready for a party, potluck, or a really nice gift.</p> <h2>7. Chex Mix</h2> <p>Mom used to heat the oven to make this party favorite <a href="http://www.chex.com/recipes/original-chex-mix/" target="_blank">Chex Mix</a>, but now you can make it in your microwave. I like to add extra zip by adding oregano, curry powder, or a few red chili flakes.</p> <h2>8. Spiced Nuts</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/spiced-nuts-recipe2.html" target="_blank">spiced nuts</a> are perfect for cocktail-party nibbling, but also make really terrific gift when packaged in clear, airtight bags. Best of all, you can make them in about 20 minutes.</p> <h2>9. Date Balls</h2> <p>These little <a href="http://www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/recipes/no-bake-coconut-and-date-balls-2934" target="_blank">date balls</a> aren't exclusively a holiday snack, but with their coconut coating, they look like tiny snowballs. And with only two ingredients, they can be whipped up in a snap.</p> <h2>10. Coconut Cranberry Energy Bites</h2> <p>Not to be outdone, though, are these delicious <a href="http://lifemadesweeter.com/2016/01/no-bake-cranberry-coconut-energy-bites/" target="_blank">coconut cranberry energy bites</a>, made with Christmas-y cranberries.</p> <h2>11. Rice Krispie Pops</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/uyWhWq9WOUA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>The holidays are a fun time to make treats with kids, but that doesn't have to mean turning on the oven. I love these <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyWhWq9WOUA" target="_blank">Rice Krispie pops</a>. To melt chocolate easily, put chips into a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 60 seconds. Stir. If that doesn't do it, give it another 30 seconds, and stir again.</p> <h2>12. Reindeer Pops</h2> <p>If these <a href="http://www.shesaved.com/2015/12/rice-krispie-reindeer-treats.html/" target="_blank">reindeer Rice Krispie pops</a> aren't the cutest darn things, well, I give up. Need <a href="http://amzn.to/2hHBTDA" target="_blank">candy eyeballs</a>? Got you covered.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-no-bake-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-80-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget">Flashback Friday: 80 Holiday Treats That Won&#039;t Bust Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/start-stockpiling-now-four-cheap-christmas-gifts-to-make">Start Stockpiling Now: Four Cheap Christmas Gifts to Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-starbucks-drinks-you-can-easily-make-yourself">4 Starbucks Drinks You Can Easily Make Yourself</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-104-sweet-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day">Flashback Friday: 104 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-save-money-when-getting-your-drink-on">15 Ways to Save Money When Getting Your Drink On</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink Christmas christmas food holiday gifts holiday snacks holiday treats no-bake desserts no-bake snacks Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:00:09 +0000 Marla Walters 1854678 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Develop the Breakfast Habit http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-develop-the-breakfast-habit <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-develop-the-breakfast-habit" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cigna-breakfast-habit_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've heard it before &mdash; breakfast is the most important meal of the day &mdash; but it is also the meal that we're most likely to skip. Having breakfast every day can increase your nutritional intake, improve your concentration, boost your energy, and even help you lose weight. Try the following tips to start developing the breakfast habit.</p> <h2>1. Create Meal Plans</h2> <p>Breakfast will never happen if you don't plan for it. Just as many people plan their dinners for the week (even if only in their heads), try planning what you're going to eat for breakfast throughout the week. Buy the groceries you'll need and the battle is already half won.</p> <h2>2. Pack Your Breakfast&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</h2> <p>If you're rushed to get out the door in the morning, pack your breakfast just as you would pack a lunch. To make it even easier, make it a breakfast you don't have to refrigerate, so you can just stow it in your purse or bag the night before. A whole fruit, like a banana or apple, and some low- or no-sugar granola with plenty of nuts will easily keep overnight and are easy to take to-go. Alternatively, prepare a packed breakfast and store it in the fridge (perhaps along with a packed lunch) so you can grab it and go.</p> <h2>3. Eat What You Like</h2> <p>If you're not a fan of traditional breakfast foods, feel free to eat something you like. An egg salad sandwich, for example, is a great replacement for scrambled eggs and toast. Or, you could reheat last night's leftovers. You can even have a salad for breakfast if you like! Just try to avoid sugar-laden convenience foods, which can add a lot of calories (and not a lot of nutrition) to your daily diet.</p> <h2>4. Gradually Ramp Up</h2> <p>If you don't feel hungry first thing in the morning, start the breakfast habit by introducing small amounts of food gradually. For instance, sip on a veggie-packed smoothie (keep the sugar down and the protein up by using unsweetened almond milk and/or adding a spoonful of nut butter or protein powder). Or start with something small like a banana or a single scrambled egg. As you get used to eating in the morning, add more food in small amounts.</p> <h2>5. Prep Ahead</h2> <p>Prepare your ingredients for breakfast ahead of time so you can quickly assemble your meal in the morning. Chop the vegetables for an omelet the night before, wash and cut up fruit, and pre-portion frozen fruit for smoothies. Overnight oats are a popular and easy choice &mdash; mix rolled oats with double the amount of milk or other liquid and place in the fridge overnight. Add nuts and berries in the morning.</p> <p>Planning your breakfast ahead of time also means you won't waste precious time deciding what to eat in the morning.</p> <h2>6. Batch-Cook Your Breakfasts</h2> <p>If you don't have time to cook a different breakfast every day, consider preparing a few days' worth of breakfasts at once. Portion out granola and berries into separate individual bags or containers for each day. Boil several eggs and keep them in the refrigerator for easy morning protein. Make a muffin tin full of breakfast vegetable, low-fat cheese and egg frittatas and reheat them individually in the microwave each morning. Sauté a pan full of turkey sausage and peppers and portion them into individual containers to store in the fridge. Having the food already prepared will make a big difference in your willingness to eat breakfast.</p> <h2>7. Keep Food at the Office</h2> <p>My husband keeps a box of low-sugar instant oatmeal at his office, as well as deli meat and cheese. This has worked very well for him in ensuring he gets something relatively healthy to eat in the morning, instead of just donuts and coffee. If getting breakfast ready at home isn't possible, keeping food at the office might do the trick.</p> <h2>8. Get Up Earlier</h2> <p>If you're serious about making breakfast a daily habit, it's best to get up earlier to give yourself time to eat a nutritious meal. Try shifting your schedule so you get to bed and get up 15 minutes earlier. Who knows? You might find that having a more leisurely morning helps to set a more relaxed tone for the day as well.</p> <h2>9. Set Realistic Goals</h2> <p>If your mornings are hectic and you're not the type to sit down for a leisurely breakfast, try to find a breakfast routine that fits your lifestyle. Whether it's grabbing something to eat on the road, or batch-cooking a week's worth of meals in advance, start with dishes you enjoy that are simple to prepare.</p> <p><em>What's your morning routine? How do you typically fit breakfast into your day?</em></p> <p><em>This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Please consult your physician before beginning this or any diet program.&nbsp;This article is sponsored by Cigna. It is for educational purposes only and is intended to promote consumer health. It is not intended as medical advice and you should always consult a professional for medical advice. For other tips on using your health benefits, visit </em><a href="http://www.cigna.com/takecontrol/"><em>http://www.cigna.com/takecontrol/</em></a><em>.&nbsp; All Cigna products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-develop-the-breakfast-habit">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-healthy-ways-to-have-ice-cream-for-breakfast">10 Healthy Ways to Have Ice Cream for Breakfast</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grab-and-go-post-workout-breakfasts">15 Grab-and-Go Post-Workout Breakfasts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-smarter">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You Smarter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-superfood-smoothies-for-a-better-morning">8 Easy Superfood Smoothies for a Better Morning</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-most-calorie-burning-breakfasts">The 7 Most Calorie-Burning Breakfasts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty breakfast Cigna healthy eating Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:42:03 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1842869 at http://www.wisebread.com Throwback Thursday: 58 Best Thanksgiving Hacks Ever http://www.wisebread.com/throwback-thursday-58-best-thanksgiving-hacks-ever <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/throwback-thursday-58-best-thanksgiving-hacks-ever" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_thanksgiving_dinner187295888.jpg" alt="Family sharing best Thanksgiving hacks ever" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You can plan and prep as much as possible in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, and you still might end up with some last-minute turkey troubles or side dish snafus. Ultimately, all that matters is that you are surrounded by loved ones as you ingest large amounts of food. But just in case you need some Turkey Day support, here are our 58 best Thanksgiving hacks ever.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/thanksgiving_dinner_000072009501.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot?ref=fbf">11 Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make in Your Crock Pot</a> &mdash; There are few things better than a Crockpot meal. You toss in the ingredients, stir occasionally, and just let it do its thing all day. That's why Thanksgiving is the perfect day to bust out your trusty slow cooker. And if you have more than one, you can cook multiple dishes!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving?ref=fbf">10 Things You'll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving</a> &mdash; Along with things you need to buy and bake this Thanksgiving, it's important know what you shouldn't even bother buying. Wasting cash on centerpieces and name-brand ingredients are just a couple areas you can cut right out of your budget.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/shopping-for-pumpkins.png" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-on-your-thanksgiving-celebrations?ref=fbf">9 Ways to Save on Your Thanksgiving Celebrations</a> &mdash; Want to save big bucks on Thanksgiving essentials? You can shop secondhand for table decor, roast a chicken instead of a turkey, create your own DIY centerpieces, and more! Because this is a feast that should always be financially feasible.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-alternative-ways-to-do-thanksgiving?ref=fbf">6 Alternative Ways to Do Thanksgiving</a> &mdash; If you're tired of the same old football-and-massive-dinner routine on Thanksgiving, consider shaking things up this year. Plan a weekend getaway, volunteer, sign up for a local turkey trot race, etc. In order to really enjoy this holiday, you need to make it your own.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/thanksgiving_leftover_pie_000077749959.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers?ref=fbf">17 Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers</a> &mdash; The only thing better than the classic Thanksgiving feast? The leftovers! And instead of just a massive turkey sandwich the next day, give these Turkey Day leftover recipes a try.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-thanksgiving-traditions-you-should-skip?ref=fbf">5 Thanksgiving Traditions You Should Skip</a> &mdash; We are creatures of habit. Once the last Thursday of November rolls around, we're programmed to stuff ourselves with turkey while watching the parade and napping before we head out for Black Friday shopping. But you can actually skip all of those things and still have a blast! Here's how.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/throwback-thursday-58-best-thanksgiving-hacks-ever">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: 63 Best Cooking Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-80-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget">Flashback Friday: 80 Holiday Treats That Won&#039;t Bust Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-30-brilliant-ways-to-survive-black-friday-madness">Flashback Friday: 30 Brilliant Ways to Survive Black Friday Madness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-a-thanksgiving-turkey-teaches-us-about-money-0">7 Things a Thanksgiving Turkey Teaches Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-47-best-back-to-school-shopping-hacks-ever">Flashback Friday: 47 Best Back-to-School Shopping Hacks Ever</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink cooking hacks flashback friday frugal living shopping tbt Thanksgiving throwback thursday turkey day Thu, 24 Nov 2016 12:30:06 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1839703 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Things a Thanksgiving Turkey Teaches Us About Money http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-a-thanksgiving-turkey-teaches-us-about-money-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-things-a-thanksgiving-turkey-teaches-us-about-money-0" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-493115518.jpg" alt="we can learn a lot about money from the thanksgiving turkey" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's that time of year again, and many of us will indulge in the traditional Thanksgiving turkey feast with all the trimmings. As you're prepping the bird, and basting it, you may not consider that the humble Thanksgiving turkey has a few lessons to teach us about money. But, there are a number of ways this tasty bird can give us insights into the economy, and our own financial situations.</p> <h2>1. Your Chances of Winning the Lottery Are Very Slim</h2> <p>According to the National Turkey Federation, <a href="http://www.eatturkey.com/why-turkey/history">233.1 million turkeys were raised</a> in the USA in 2015. Roughly 46 million of those are eaten at Thanksgiving, with another 22 million at Christmas. And as you may be aware, once a year (since 1947) the President pardons one of these turkeys destined for the dinner table. The simple math there is that, as a turkey, you have a roughly one in 233 million chance to win the turkey lottery, and live a long, happy life. The lottery humans often partake in has similar odds. Actually, they're a little worse. If you play the <a href="http://www.lotteryusa.com/powerball/">Powerball</a>, the odds of winning the jackpot are approximately one in 292 million. Longer odds than the average turkey has of being spared. Remember that the next time you buy your ticket&hellip; your chances of winning are worse than being chosen as the turkey to be pardoned by the President.</p> <h2>2. You Can Lose Everything in an Instant</h2> <p>The Thanksgiving turkey is fed and housed from day one. Perhaps not in ideal conditions, but from the day it is born, it's given everything it needs to grow and become the plump turkey that most of us look forward to on Thanksgiving. Of course, for the turkey, it's not a happy ending. After months of daily feedings, just when it is at its biggest, the blade drops and it's all over.</p> <p>This is much like the stock market, the housing crash, our careers, and many other aspects of our lives. All too often, our assets are steadily rising, and when we are at our most confident, the rug is pulled out from under us. Stocks crash. House prices plummet. Jobs are eliminated, and people are left with a bleak future when it was looking very rosy just the day before. And in the blink of an eye, our fortunes have reversed, and we're in serious trouble. Like the Thanksgiving turkey, we can very easily spend most of the year blissfully unaware that doom is just around the corner.</p> <h2>3. Keep a Close Eye on Things</h2> <p>You know the story. You put the juicy bird in the oven, forget about it for a few hours, and then realize it's been way too long. You go back to the oven, and pull out a turkey with all the tenderness of a piece of stale beef jerky. The same rule applies to money. Watch it&hellip;carefully. Or pay a professional to do it for you. Check in on your bank accounts daily. You want to look not only at the balances, and any bills coming out, but also for any unusual debits. Quite often, compromised bank accounts will be tested with very small charges; usually under one dollar. If they go unnoticed, a large amount will be taken at a later date. You also need to keep an eye on your stocks and bonds, your savings, and your other assets and liabilities.</p> <h2>4. Preparation Is a Must</h2> <p>A few days before Thanksgiving, if you're smart, you'll brine your turkey. It's a simple enough procedure, and involves soaking the turkey for at least 24 hours in a solution of broth, salt, herbs, spices, and ice water. This preparation ensures a moist, tasty turkey after all those hours in the oven or the fryer.</p> <p>Just like the turkey, you need to prepare for the future. In the short term, look at your emergency fund. Is it enough? Do you even have one? Can you cut a few expenses out of your budget now to start building up that safety net? The more distant future, that requires preparation as well. What are you doing to plan for retirement? Do you have a 401K or IRA? Are you setting aside enough money now to grow? Preparing your finances for both short and long-term goals is something we all have to do.</p> <h2>5. When Supply Outpaces Demand, Prices Drop</h2> <p>You may think that the prices of turkeys go up in November, as this is the time most families want to buy one. Well, that couldn't be further from the truth. As the <em>NYTimes</em> illustrates, <a href="http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/turkey-economics-annotated/?_r=0">prices for turkeys nosedive in November</a> by a staggering amount. In fact, a Thanksgiving turkey is about 20% cheaper than a turkey sold in January. Why is that? The simple answer is that <a href="http://www.marottaonmoney.com/the-economics-of-a-thanksgiving-turkey/">supply during November is plentiful</a>. Turkeys can be frozen and kept in storage for up to two years. This stockpile of turkeys flood the market in November, and when you have a glut of anything, the prices drop. Not only that, but customers expect to pay less for turkey during Thanksgiving, and many stores sell turkeys at a loss (known as a loss leader) to bring you into the store and shop for other goods that have a decent profit margin.</p> <h2>6. You Can't Grow Your Future on a Weak Foundation</h2> <p>Modern turkeys have been bred and modified to create the &quot;perfect&quot; Thanksgiving turkey. But sadly, what is good for us as consumers is not good for the turkeys. They grow way too quickly, and as they have been bred to have large breasts, their flimsy legs often get crippled under the weight. This rather depressing fact is just as gloomy for your finances. You need a solid foundation, with slow, steady growth to succeed. You cannot create a healthy financial future if you are being crippled by debt, or are looking into &quot;get rich quick&quot; schemes that never, ever work the way they say they will.</p> <h2>7. Know Your Limits</h2> <p>How many of us bite off way more than we can chew at Thanksgiving? We load up the plate with turkey and gravy, wash it down with a glass or two of wine or cider, and spend two hours in a food coma on the sofa. Overindulgence and the Thanksgiving turkey go hand in hand. And while recovering from that is simply a case of sleeping it off, when we overindulge with our money, the consequences are much greater. By refusing to acknowledge our limits, we can quickly and easily end up with serious debts. Gambling and other addictions can lead us into ruin. And the simple case of &quot;my eyes being bigger than my belly&quot; can lead to food shopping sprees that result in fridges and pantries full of food that will expire before we get the chance to use them. Like the Thanksgiving feast, we should all take caution with what we put onto our plates.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-a-thanksgiving-turkey-teaches-us-about-money-0">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving">10 Things You&#039;ll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/throwback-thursday-58-best-thanksgiving-hacks-ever">Throwback Thursday: 58 Best Thanksgiving Hacks Ever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-creative-simple-frugal-recipes-for-leftover-turkey">5 Creative, Simple, and Frugal Recipes for Leftover Turkey</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties">15 Cheap and Delicious Punch Recipes for Holiday Parties</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-booze-teaches-us-about-money">What Booze Teaches Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink budgeting Holidays money lessons Thanksgiving thanksgiving feast thanksgiving turkey turkey day Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:00:06 +0000 Paul Michael 1839208 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Food Steamers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-food-steamers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-food-steamers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/broccoli_food_steamer_104830135.jpg" alt="Steaming broccoli with best food steamers" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Steamers can be used to cook a variety of different foods, including meat, chicken, seafood, vegetables, dumplings, and any item that requires moisture retention. They can often also help you cook rice and keep your food warm.</p> <p>Steamers can help you cook balanced meals in a quicker, simpler, healthier, and more efficient manner. They use an effective moist-heat cooking method that cooks food on stackable trays by surrounding it with hot steam in an enclosed environment.</p> <h2>What Is a Food Steamer?</h2> <p>A food steamer is a small kitchen appliance that can cook a variety of foods using steam. It works by steaming food in a sealed pot that limits the escape of air. By steaming foods, you can retain much of the food&rsquo;s nutritional content. You can also cook without fat, oil, or butter, so it provides a healthier way to make delicious, nutritious home-cooked meals.</p> <h2>Top 5 Food Steamers</h2> <h3>Aroma Housewares Digital Cool-Touch Food Steamer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fVdCJk"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/aroma_0.jpg" width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in rice cookers, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2fVdCJk">Aroma Housewares Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer</a> is also a top-notch steamer and slow cooker. It can simultaneously cook rice and steam meats, vegetables, and more. You can even use it to quickly and easily create one-pot dinners to save you time. The Unique Sensor Logic technology uses an onboard microcomputer to automatically optimize cooking temperature to enhance flavor and texture. Once the food is ready, it will automatically switch to the &ldquo;keep warm&rdquo; setting to keep your food warm until you&rsquo;re ready. You can also set the delay timer for up to 15 hours, so it&rsquo;s ready when you are.</p> <p>The programmable digital controls have Steam, White Rice, Brown Rice, and Delay Timer settings. There is also a &ldquo;Quick Rice&rdquo; function, which cuts cooking time by up to 50%. The nonstick inner cooking pot and all accessories are dishwasher-safe and can be removed for quick, easy cleanup. The multifunction stainless steel steamer includes a BPA-free steam tray, rice measuring cup, serving spatula, recipe booklet, and coupons.</p> <p>This is available in silver or white. It has outstanding reviews, including more than 4,500 five-star reviews on Amazon. If you need a larger option, consider the highly reviewed <a href="http://amzn.to/2f3E8T5">Aroma Housewares Cooked Digital Rice Cooker</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fVdCJk"><em>Currently $29.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ffOzRq"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hamilton.jpg" width="200" height="193" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2ffOzRq">Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer</a> is a versatile, stackable two-tier steamer that can steam seafood, chicken, and vegetables, and can even be used to boil eggs. You can use the two tiers separately or remove the center divider to fit large items. It will alert you when the cooking time is up and when the water level is too low. It automatically switches to a &ldquo;keep warm&rdquo; function when the food is ready to keep your food warm for one hour, until the steamer shuts itself off. It has a digital touch pad and a &ldquo;Delay Start&rdquo; timer, so it can begin steaming up to 24 hours later. It has an easy-fill water reservoir and a viewing window, so you can monitor the water level. It is durable, reliable, and built to last. It includes a dishwasher-safe rice bowl and drip tray, steaming chart, and a nested storage design for compact storage.</p> <p>This is on Amazon&rsquo;s Home Gift Guide. It is an Amazon best-seller and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon. It also has outstanding reviews, including more than 1,200 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ffOzRq"><em>Currently $39.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Oster Food Steamer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2f3HF3J"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/oster_0.jpg" width="153" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2f3HF3J">Oster Food Steamer</a> steams veggies, meats, chicken, fish, and more. The durable double-tiered five-quart capacity steamer features a power indicator light and an automatic 60-minute timer, so it can shut the steamer off when the food is ready or when the water is gone. With two transparent steaming bowls, you can cook separate foods simultaneously and view the progress of your food. It is quick and easy to use and store with nesting bowls. The versatile steamer is dishwasher safe and designed to last.</p> <p>This is an Amazon best-seller and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon. It is also backed by great online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2f3HF3J"><em>Currently $18.51 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>BLACK+DECKER Food Steamer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ffTEJl"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/black%20%2B%20decker.jpg" width="200" height="143" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in food steamers, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2ffTEJl">BLACK+DECKER Rice Cooker and Food Steamer</a> perfectly cooks grains, rice, soups, stews, oatmeal, fish, and vegetables. It is designed to cook at a consistent rolling boil, so you can perform any kitchen task from the steamer. The unit automatically switches to a &ldquo;keep warm&quot; function after the 20-30 minute cooking time is complete. The high-quality steamer features different colored indicator lights to show when the unit is cooking rice or keeping it warm. The durable tempered glass lid allows you to view the food while it&rsquo;s cooking. It also features a cool-touch plastic handle for easy removal, a built-in holder so you can prop the lid conveniently on either of the side handles, and a steam vent in the lid. It includes a removable nonstick bowl, steaming basket, measuring cup, and spoon. The nonstick bowl and tempered glass lid are dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.</p> <p>This is available in various different sizes. It is one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon and has outstanding online reviews. It is also backed by a limited two-year warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ffTEJl"><em>Currently $14.59 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Kitchen Deluxe Stainless Steel Vegetable Steamer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ggjcuJ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/premium.jpg" width="220" height="145" align="right" alt="" /></a>An Amazon best-seller, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2ggjcuJ">Kitchen Deluxe Stainless Steel Vegetable Steamer Basket</a> is ideal for anyone who simply needs a steamer basket for their favorite pots or instant pot. The bundle includes an ultrasharp julienne peeler slicer, hook utensil for the center ring, and downloadable cookbook. The steamer basket can also be used as a strainer or fruit bowl.</p> <p>The premium quality steaming basket is made of high-grade quality rustproof stainless steel. It is easy to use and dishwasher safe. The legs of the universal foldable steam tray insert keep the ingredients out of the water. The unique compact design opens like a water lily and is collapsible to save storage space. It can also adjust to fit various pots and pan sizes, so you can turn your favorite pan into a steamer. It can quickly steam fruits, vegetables, seafood, eggs, rice, and more. To use the steamer, simply add water to any pot, place the steamer inside with your ingredients, cover, and steam. Then, remove easily using the center ring.</p> <p>This is also available in silicone. It has outstanding reviews, including more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a money-back guarantee for your added peace of mind. About.com also recommends the <a href="http://amzn.to/2eZyIoY">OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Steamer with Extendible Handle</a>, which is another best-selling steamer basket.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ggjcuJ"><em>Currently $10.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best food steamers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-food-steamers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-thermoses">The 5 Best Thermoses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles">The 5 Best Aluminum and Stainless Steel Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-food-scales">The 5 Best Digital Food Scales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cloth-napkins">The 5 Best Cloth Napkins</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-in-home-dry-cleaning-kits">The 5 Best In-Home Dry Cleaning Kits</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Home Shopping 5 best food steamers product reviews shopping steamed veggies steamers Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:32:06 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1834028 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things You'll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_29382656_XXXLARGE.jpg" alt="don&#039;t waste money on these things this thanksgiving" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Serving a Thanksgiving feast on a budget is like performing a magic trick. It takes a lot of money to buy the large quantities of food to fill the bellies of all your Turkey Day guests. But it helps to know what people usually end up wasting money on, before forming your feast menu. If you're the host, here are 10 ways to stay on track and not blow your Thanksgiving grocery budget.</p> <h2>1. Buying Expensive Centerpieces</h2> <p>Have you priced formal <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-on-your-thanksgiving-celebrations">floral Thanksgiving centerpieces</a>, lately? Your basic cornucopia number runs around $50. Ouch! No need to engage a florist. Try your own hand at tablescaping. Here are <a href="http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/30-thanksgiving-centerpieces-pictures">simple, beautiful ideas</a> using items you may already own, or that are easily found outdoors.</p> <h2>2. Serving Food Nobody Really Likes</h2> <p>Yes, Aunt Peggy's wiggly molded red jello may be traditional, but does anyone really <em>like</em> it? Take a hard look at your menu. It may be time ax the dishes you think you <em>ought</em> to make in favor of ones that people actually enjoy. Why waste time, money, and energy on food that is going to sit in the fridge for weeks?</p> <h2>3. Making Too Much Food</h2> <p>One of my grandmothers always worried about not having everyone's favorites, so she made it all. We really did not need both a turkey and a ham, or sweet potatoes fixed two ways. Even when everyone took leftovers home, her refrigerator was still difficult to close. Learn from my grandma: Stop overspending and also cut back on your food waste.</p> <h2>4. Only Buying Name Brands</h2> <p>Per pound, turkey is pretty inexpensive, unless you decide you need a pasture-raised one, which will cost you more. Big-box stores now offer organic products, too, so do your homework before you buy.</p> <h2>5. Not Asking for Help</h2> <p>One of the inevitable questions from your guests will be, &quot;What can I bring?&quot; Take them up on that! Hate peeling potatoes? Ask someone to bring the mashed potatoes. My mother couldn't make gravy without lumps, so she'd ask a friend to bring that. My daughter, who doesn't cook, can be depended upon to bring wine. There is nothing wrong with taking people up on their offers of help, and it will keep your costs down.</p> <h2>6. Serving Elaborate Hors d'Oeuvres</h2> <p>Spending loads of time on dinner? There's not much sense in your guests filling up on snacks ahead of time, and ruining their appetites. Instead of yet another hot appetizer that takes up space in the oven, try serving some inexpensive raw vegetables and <a href="http://markbittman.com/roasted-nuts-so-easy-so-good/">spicy nuts</a> that you can make ahead of time.</p> <h2>7. Using Fancy China</h2> <p>As someone who has multiple sets of china, I'm going to give you the straight scoop: I rarely use it. While I found the pretty flowers and silver bands on the rims just enchanting at age 20, now, I wish I had registered for a plain, good quality pattern. White, or off-white, is a lot more versatile, and a good quality plate is more useful than a highly decorative one.</p> <h2>8. Making Multiple Trips to the Store</h2> <p>Five years, ago, I found myself making a third trip to the supermarket when I realized I only had one type of cranberry sauce. What a waste of gas! How to avoid this? Make a list. Get out each and every recipe and make sure you either have the ingredient on hand, or that it is on your shopping list.</p> <h2>9. Creating Elaborate Place-Settings</h2> <p>I'm all for proper use of silverware, but you really don't need to go out and buy it all. It's no fun for my guests if they have anxiety about which fork to use first, or they don't know which bread plate is theirs. Here are some excellent photos and tips about <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-set-the-table-properly-206075">which silverware to put where</a>, ensuring that your guests don't stress.</p> <h2>10. Presenting Over-the-Top House Decor</h2> <p>Guests want to feel relaxed, welcomed, and comfortable. If you hang a wreath on your door, fine. But piles of pumpkins, huge hurricanes with candles, or hay bales at the front door are really unnecessary, and the cost adds up. What are you going to do with all this decor when Thanksgiving is over? Think ahead, and only buy the stuff you need and will use again.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-a-thanksgiving-turkey-teaches-us-about-money-0">7 Things a Thanksgiving Turkey Teaches Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-buy-organic-and-still-be-frugal">8 Ways to Buy Organic and Still Be Frugal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-major-retailers-that-give-employees-time-off-for-thanksgiving">25 Major Retailers That Give Employees Time Off for Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-frozen-food-values">The 12 Best Frozen Food Values</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping black friday Cooking dinner party food shopping groceries Holidays host Thanksgiving thanksgiving dinner turkey turkey day Wed, 09 Nov 2016 10:30:29 +0000 Marla Walters 1829423 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-water-bottles <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-smart-water-bottles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_water_bottle_51117406.jpg" alt="Woman using best smart water bottles" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Drinking more water can lead to clearer skin, better overall health, improved productivity and brain function, increased energy levels, and even weight loss. In fact, shifting from soda to water can save you thousands of empty calories each month. In order to build a healthy water drinking habit, it&rsquo;s important to track your progress every day.</p> <h2>What Are Smart Water Bottles?</h2> <p>A smart water bottle is a reusable water bottle that can track your water intake and alert you if you need to drink more to hit your daily hydration goals. This is especially useful if you tend to forget to drink water throughout the day.</p> <p>If you can remember to track when you fill up your water bottle, then something like the <a href="http://amzn.to/2ebtwOY">Thermos Nissan Intak Hydration Water Bottle with Meter</a> should be enough. If you want something that can track your water intake and alert you when to drink water, then you&rsquo;ll need a smart water bottle. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles?ref=seealso">The 5 Best Aluminum and Stainless Steel Water Bottles</a> and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-glass-water-bottles?ref=seealso">The 5 Best Glass Water Bottles</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 Smart Water Bottles</h2> <h3>Sportline HydraCoach Intelligent Water Bottle</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eKgXND"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sportline.jpg" width="74" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2eKgXND">Sportline HydraCoach Intelligent Water Bottle</a> is the world's first interactive water bottle to track your daily water intake, sip by sip. You can set a goal and it will track what you have consumed to ensure your daily hydration goals are met. It calculates your personal hydration needs, tracks your fluid consumption throughout the day, paces you, and motivates you to reach your goals. It is easy to set up and use right away. It is commonly recommended online and is backed by great reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eKgXND"><em>Currently $25.24 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Thermos Hydration Bottle With Connected Smart Lid</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fYyza9"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/thermos_1.jpg" width="75" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2fYyza9">Thermos 24-oz Hydration Bottle with Connected Smart Lid</a> displays the bottle&rsquo;s fill level and temperature. It features a Hydration Calculator, which calculates a personalized daily hydration goal. It can also send custom smart reminders to keep you on track. The user-friendly smart lid can connect to your Fitbit account, so you can instantly see hydration stats each time a bottle of water is finished. The activity dashboard shows a chart and graph with daily, weekly, and monthly hydration progress, so you can always keep track. Simply plug it in with the micro USB charging port and pair with Bluetooth Smart wireless technology. It offers up to a 12-day battery life before needing to be recharged. It is available in two colors. It has outstanding reviews and is frequently recommended online by publications like PC Mag.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fYyza9"><em>Currently $54.07 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Moikit Cuptime2</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ejJMSs"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/moikit.jpg" width="134" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2ejJMSs">Moikit Cuptime2</a> is compatible with Fitbit, Jawbone, and Apple Health Kit. The BPA-free, eco-friendly, premium Tritan cup features a power brick and LED display. The improved sanitized antimicrobial material is durable, ergonomic, and less prone to fingerprints. It has a temperature sensor, which warns when water is too hot to drink and alerts you when it&rsquo;s just right. The liquid measurement sensors offer a precise measurement of the liquid within the cup, both before and after you take a drink. Simply recharge it by placing it on the charging dock.</p> <p>It collects detailed hydration analysis, offers personalized settings, suggests a healthy drinking plan, and offers Bluetooth connection, so you can easily track your personal water consumption data. You can set your hydration goals and it will remind you to drink water through the free app or through the cup, which will vibrate or beep to remind you to stay on track. This has outstanding online reviews and is commonly recommended for people looking for a hot and cold drink cup.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ejJMSs"><em>Currently $79.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Homecube Intelligent Induction Drinking Cup</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eKaWQQ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/smAartcup.jpg" width="116" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2eKaWQQ">Homecube 400-ML Intelligent Induction Drinking Cup</a> is easy to use and features a real-time temperature display on the handle. If you can&rsquo;t find the cup at night, simply tap the table or something nearby and the cup will light up to report its location. You can also touch any part of the cup and it will light up. The eco-friendly cup will also light up automatically after two hours to remind you to drink. It is available in various colors and has great online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eKaWQQ"><em>Currently $19.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>H2OPal Hydration Tracker</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fR0EBl"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/h20pal.jpg" width="76" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2fR0EBl">H2OPal Hydration Tracker</a> is a thin device that attaches to the base of your water bottle and tracks your water intake automatically to remind you when you need to drink water. It uses accelerometer and weight sensors to monitor the water level in the bottle. The specialized sensor connects to your smartphone every time you drink to keep you motivated and on track with your daily goals and progress. It creates custom goals based on physical activity, weather, weight, and age. It's easy to set up, is energy efficient, has a sleek design, and comes with a user-friendly app, which automatically logs data. You can even be notified of hydration levels through push notifications on your smartphone. It is available in two different color combinations. It is frequently recommended online by publications like Gadget Flow.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fR0EBl"><em>Currently $91.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best smart water bottles. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-water-bottles">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles">The 5 Best Aluminum and Stainless Steel Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hydration-packs">The 5 Best Hydration Packs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-diapers">The 5 Best Diapers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-anti-itch-creams">The 5 Best Anti-Itch Creams</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty Shopping 5 best drinking water product reviews shopping smart water bottles water water bottles Wed, 09 Nov 2016 09:30:05 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1829535 at http://www.wisebread.com