Food and Drink http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/209/all en-US 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-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-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/the-7-most-calorie-burning-breakfasts">The 7 Most Calorie-Burning Breakfasts</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/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-smarter">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You Smarter</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-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-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-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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-4 views-row-even"> <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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-44-sneaky-shopping-traps-to-avoid">Flashback Friday: 44 Sneaky Shopping Traps to Avoid</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-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/throwback-thursday-58-best-thanksgiving-hacks-ever">Throwback Thursday: 58 Best Thanksgiving Hacks Ever</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-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-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/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-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-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/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-thermoses">The 5 Best Thermoses</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-robotic-mops">The 5 Best Robotic Mops</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-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</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-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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-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-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/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-charcoal-scrubs">The 5 Best Charcoal Scrubs</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-food-steamers">The 5 Best Food Steamers</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 9 Restaurant Secret Menu Items That'll Actually Save you Money http://www.wisebread.com/9-restaurant-secret-menu-items-thatll-actually-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-restaurant-secret-menu-items-thatll-actually-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_68368369_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="order these secret menu items to save money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The idea of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-secret-fast-food-menus-revealed">secret menus at restaurants</a> and fast food joint is not a new concept. Items that might not be on the regular menu, but yet are ordered by savvy eaters who are &quot;in the know.&quot; Could be just a small twist on a popular item, or better yet, it could be a secret menu item that'll actually save you some money, or give you more food for your greenbacks. Here are nine such items that you just might need to add to your fast food vernacular.</p> <h2>1. Poor Man's Big Mac at McDonald's</h2> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/product/mcdouble.html">McDouble</a>, also known as the &quot;poor man's Big Mac,&quot; is a must-order for the frugal minded dining at McDonald's. To make it happen, you need to order a McDouble, which is a burger with two beef patties and a slice of cheese in the middle. Next, politely ask them to hold the pickles and ketchup, and add lettuce, onion, and secret sauce to your burger. The result is essentially a Big Mac for about $1.39, compared to $3.99 for an actual Big Mac. The only thing missing is the bun stuck in the middle, but who really needs that anyway, right?</p> <h2>2. Order Meat &quot;Half &amp; Half&quot; at Chipotle</h2> <p>If you want to get a bigger burrito at Chipotle, consider asking for half chicken and half steak. Or whatever meat combo you like. By doing this, you'll inevitably get more protein in your wrap. The idea here is that the burrito artist behind the counter tries to get a half scoop of each but more often than not, you get over a half-scoop of each. I've personally seen this phenomena happen, and while not scientific, it's a great way to get more chow without paying extra.</p> <h2>3. Order Both Bean-Types at Chipotle</h2> <p>Similar to the above meat example, if you want an even bigger burrito at Chipotle, order both pinto and black beans. Apparently, you'll typically end up with 92% more beans and a 16% bigger burrito overall. Want even more food? Do the same thing with rice and order both white and brown and you'll get 93% more rice on average.</p> <h2>4. Grande Americano in a Tall Cup at Starbucks</h2> <p>If you're looking for the cheapest caffeine fix available at Starbucks, and you only want a &quot;Tall&quot; sized drink, try this hack. Order a &quot;Grande&quot;<a href="http://www.starbucks.com/coffee/espresso/americano-beverages"> Americano</a>, but ask for it in a &quot;Tall&quot; sized cup. You'll get three shots of espresso, instead of two that comes with a &quot;Tall,&quot; and you'll be charged less than if you ordered a &quot;Tall with an extra shot.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Iced Coffee With &quot;Half-Ice&quot; at Starbucks</h2> <p>Have you ever noticed how much ice Starbucks baristas add to your iced coffee drinks? By the time they're done adding ice, there is barely any room for your actual drink. Heck, they've even&nbsp;<a href="http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2016/05/02/starbucks-faces-5m-lawsuit-over-amount-ice-in-its-iced-beverages/">recently been sued</a> over this issue. To fight against this, try asking for &quot;half-ice&quot; when placing your next order. Most baristas will happily reduce the amount of frozen water added to your drink leaving you more coffee goodness.</p> <h2>6. Cheap Chai Tea Latte at Starbucks</h2> <p>A&nbsp;<a href="http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/tea/chai-latte">Chai Latte</a> at Starbucks will cost you about $4 for the Grande size. But if you simply order the same sized Chai Tea for about $2 &mdash; which is just hot water and a Tazo tea bag &mdash; you can create your own latte. To make it happen, you can either add the milk yourself, or better yet, most baristas will give you some steamed milk for free, up to one and half inches, to be exact.</p> <h2>7. Don't Buy Bottled Water From Starbucks</h2> <p>Whenever I see someone buying a bottle of water at Starbucks, I have to shake my head and fight the temptation to inform them they're wasting money. This is because the ice water they'll give you for free is triple-filtered and tastes great.</p> <h2>8. Order the &quot;Old Cut&quot; at Subway</h2> <p>Consider ordering an&nbsp;<a href="http://hackthemenu.com/subway/secret-menu/old-cut/">Old Cut sub at Subway</a> and get more toppings for free. This cut refers to how the sandwich artist slices the bread. Back in the day, they would cut a small notch, or v-cut, from the top of the bread and re-add it after the sandwich was made. This is known as the &quot;Old Cut&quot; and many Subway employees will still cut the bread for you this way. While this cut won't get you more meat and cheese, you can absolutely get more toppings as they won't fall off the side of the sub. Order the &quot;Old Cut&quot; and pile the toppings high.</p> <h2>9. &quot;Extra Everything&quot; at In-N-Out Burger</h2> <p>If you're lucky enough to live in a state that has an In-N-Out Burger location, this menu hack is for you. Consider politely ordering your next burger &quot;Extra Everything&quot; and they'll happily load your burger with extra lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, and onions. I've actually seen a diner do this and order a free package of spread (used as salad dressing) and create a small side salad with all the extra veggies.</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-restaurant-secret-menu-items-thatll-actually-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-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/tips-for-eating-out-cheaply">Tips For Eating Out Cheaply</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/ugggh-hic-i-justss-gotta-eat-somehicthing-my-top-10-homemade-drunk-snacks">Ugggh, (hic) I justss gotta eat some(hic)thing; my top 10 homemade drunk snacks.</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/five-more-tips-for-eating-in-restaurants-and-sticking-to-a-budget">Five More Tips For Eating In Restaurants And Sticking To A Budget</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/eat-better-and-save-money-with-these-easy-two-night-meals">Eat Better and Save Money With These Easy Two-Night Meals</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink Fast Food Food menu items restaurant hacks restaurants secret menu items Fri, 04 Nov 2016 10:30:09 +0000 Kyle James 1826530 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Hydration Packs http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hydration-packs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-hydration-packs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_hydration_pack_81473877.jpg" alt="Woman using best hydration packs" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A hydration pack can carry the fluids you need during your next outdoor adventure. It can make your next run, hike, climb, hunt, or biking excursion more enjoyable. It makes it easy to stay hydrated so you can push yourself further.</p> <h2>What Is a Hydration Pack?</h2> <p>A hydration pack is a type of hydration system that contains a reservoir for carrying water. You&rsquo;ll want to find a quality hydration pack that fits comfortably and can hold the amount of liquid you need to sustain you on your adventure.</p> <h2>Top 5 Hydration Packs</h2> <h3>Hydration Pack With 1.5-Liter Backpack Water Bladder</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ebfFYu"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/camden.jpg" width="215" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in cycling hydration packs and bladders, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2ebfFYu">Hydration Pack with 1.5-Liter Backpack Water Bladder</a> is the perfect leak-free, lightweight bag for any outdoor activity. It features breathable mesh fabric, several side pockets for additional storage, an extendable bite valve with pull tab for easy access, and an insulated hose to keep the water cool. It also has a wide screw cap so you can add ice cubes. The included 1.5-Liter water reservoir bladder is made from high quality, BPA-free flexible plastic. The durable, water-resistant bag reduces wear and tear, so it lasts longer. The adjustable shoulder/chest straps ensure that it fits children, men, and women comfortably.</p> <p>This has outstanding online reviews, including more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a 60-day 100% satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ebfFYu"><em>Currently $26.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>TETON Sports Trailrunner 2-Liter Hydration Backpack</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fsEzIS"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/teton.jpg" width="136" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The compact, lightweight <a href="http://amzn.to/2fsEzIS">TETON Sports Trailrunner 2-Liter Hydration Backpack</a> has a low-profile athletic cut, so it never gets in the way. The minimalist body-hugging pack has a 2-liter capacity. The included BPA-free, leak-proof bladder has a welded seam, shows water markings, and features a hang loop to hang inside the backpack. It has a heavy duty kink-free sip tube, a bite valve, and a large opening for ice. It offers reflective piping and tabs for high visibility. It also includes strap clips and an emergency whistle on the chest strap. It features wide mesh shoulder straps with comfort-taped edge and a chest shock absorber that reduces bounce. The adjustable waist/shoulder straps ensure a comfortable fit for men and women. It also has a cushioned, breathable mesh back panel with quick drain drip hole for ventilation and added comfort. The deep mesh pocket is easy to access and can carry all of your necessities.</p> <p>This comes in various colors. It is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews, including nearly 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a limited lifetime warranty. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2ekNee1">TETON Sports Oasis 1100 2-Liter Hydration Backpack</a> is another highly rated and recommended option.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fsEzIS"><em>Currently $20.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>CamelBak Hydrobak Hydration Pack</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fawJjg"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/camelbak.jpg" width="172" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2fawJjg">CamelBak Hydrobak Hydration Pack</a> is CamelBak's most economical hydration system, designed for daily use. The lightweight minimalist pack has a low profile, so it will never get in your way. It has one small exterior pocket and a large reservoir opening, so it is easy to fill and use. The streamlined pack has unique features like a reflective strip, air mesh back panel, an easy-to-use cap, flow regulated mouthpiece, external attachment points, and a removable 1.5-Liter pack.</p> <p>This comes in various colors. It is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews. It comes from the best-selling CamelBak brand, which is the world leader in hands-free hydration systems. It is also backed by a lifetime guarantee for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fawJjg"><em>Currently $47.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Osprey Packs Rev 1.5 Hydration Pack</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fCcRZk"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/osprey.jpg" width="140" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2fCcRZk">Osprey Packs Rev 1.5 Hydration Pack</a> is comfortable and easy to carry. The minimalist pack features a compact design and hugs the upper body and shoulders, so the weight stays balanced and provides all-day comfort. The mesh back panel provides a soft, irritation-free contact surface for ventilation and added comfort. It features a 1.5-liter hydraulics reservoir, magnetic bite valve, multiple pockets, stabilization wings, and bungee compression/storage. The weatherproof, removable drop down DigiFlip media pocket also provides secure storage and quick access to your touch screen mobile devices.</p> <p>This comes in various colors and sizes. It comes from the bestselling Osprey brand, so you can count on it to work when you need it to. It is recommended by Runner&rsquo;s World and has outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fCcRZk"><em>Currently $69.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Aquatic Way Hydration Bladder Water Reservoir</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ekRNou"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/aquatic%20way.jpg" width="123" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in outdoor backpack reservoirs, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2ekRNou">Aquatic Way Hydration Bladder Water Reservoir for 2-Liter Bicycling Hiking Camping Backpack</a> is ideal if you only need a bladder. It is compatible with most 2-liter backpacks, so it can be used in a hydration backpack, or you can simply keep it upright in your favorite hiking bag. It has a large opening for easy cleaning and to easily fit ice. The premium hydration bladder has no taste, smell, or leaks. It is made with BPA-free, FDA approved, non-toxic materials that are extremely resistant to mold and microbes. The thick TPU bladder material is also pressure-tolerant and wear-proof. It has a 2-liter capacity and an extra long 37-inch drinking tube. The quick disconnect tube allows for simple click in and out, while the auto shut-off valve prevents leaking when the tube is detached. The leak proof sealing technology and tube insulation also help resist water temperature changes. The soft, durable, 90-degree turn antimicrobial mouthpiece allows for effortless sipping.</p> <p>This is frequently recommended online and has outstanding reviews, including more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a 60-day money-back guarantee for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ekRNou"><em>Currently $14.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best hydration packs. 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-hydration-packs">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/the-5-best-glass-water-bottles">The 5 Best Glass 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-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart 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-charcoal-scrubs">The 5 Best Charcoal Scrubs</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-food-steamers">The 5 Best Food Steamers</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-water-flossers">The 5 Best Water Flossers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty Shopping 5 best fitness accessories hiking hydration hydration pack product reviews shopping water bottle Wed, 02 Nov 2016 09:30:37 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1825232 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Stay on Budget While Eating Paleo http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stay-on-budget-while-eating-paleo <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-stay-on-budget-while-eating-paleo" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_eating_healthy_43050240.jpg" alt="Man eating healthy on a budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let's admit this upfront: It is <em>calorically impossible</em> to eat paleo as cheaply as you can eat a frugal version of the standard American diet. It's a simple fact that non-paleo foods like grains, potatoes, and legumes are vastly cheaper per calorie than the meat and fresh veggies that one associates with paleo eating.</p> <p>But here's the thing: Nobody living in a rich country has any trouble getting enough calories. What's in desperately short supply are things like flavor, nutrition, and variety. A paleo-style diet gives you those things, and can do so at quite a frugal price, if you're prepared to be strategic about it.</p> <p>Wise Bread writer Max Wong offers a list of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-eat-paleo-for-super-cheap">20 Ways to Eat Paleo for Super Cheap</a>, and that's an excellent place to go for some specific tips. What I want to offer is a model for thinking about how to design a diet that's nutritious, paleo, and <em>frugal</em>.</p> <h2>Why Paleo?</h2> <p>Let's start with why you're eating paleo, which I'm going to speculate is for health benefits. I'm guessing that because you're calling it <em>paleo</em> (or primal or ancestral). If you had more social, environmental, or political motivations you'd probably use other terms &mdash; whole food, slow food, locavore.</p> <p>It almost doesn't matter what you call it, because all these terms refer to ways of eating that solve the same problem: It's unhealthy to build your diet around eating large quantities of a small number of foods that mechanized farming and government subsidies have made super cheap.</p> <p>Half the problem is that industrial agriculture tends to produce foods that are cheap, but less nutritious.</p> <p>The other half is that those cheap foods are processed into ingredients for the industrial production of edible foodlike substances <em>that are all the same</em>. They may seem different from one another, but when you dig down, they're really all just sugar, fat, and starch from corn, soybeans, wheat, and potatoes. (Plus a little salt.)</p> <p>And that sameness is the biggest problem, even bigger than the individual foods having lower quantities of important nutrients. We know from the historic and prehistoric record of agricultural people all over the world that it is possible for agricultural people to eat a healthy diet. But when agricultural people end up eating large quantities of just a few things, their skeletons show signs (such as stunted growth) of ill health. This brings us to rule one.</p> <h2>Rule One: Eat a Wide Variety of Nutritious Foods</h2> <p>Paleolithic people got variety automatically. It was a different kind of variety than modern people think of. We think of eating a wide variety of foods <em>every day</em> (because that's easy if you have a supermarket). Paleolithic people, on the other hand, ate a wide variety of foods <em>every year </em>&mdash; but many days they probably ate a whole lot of the same thing. On a day that they killed a large animal, it's likely everybody ate mostly meat. On a day that some kind of fruit was ripe, everybody ate mostly fruit. On a day that someone found a patch of tubers, I bet everybody ate a lot of tubers.</p> <p>It turns out that's okay. Eat a wide variety of foods every year, and your body can handle a few days now and then when you eat a whole lot of the same thing. (It probably helps if there are also days when you can't find a lot of anything, and end up trying to fill your stomach with tiny amounts of a dozen different things scrounged up wherever you can find them.)</p> <p>Nutritious foods are easy: just eat food, and not industrially produced edible foodlike substances. Yes, you can upgrade to organic (or local, or free-range, or pasture-raised), but just eating <em>food</em> gets you most of the way there.</p> <p>Wide variety is trickier for us non-paleo people, because we do have a supermarket, so we have the option of just eating our favorite foods every day.</p> <p>The rule &quot;eat food&quot; turns out to be a great guide to getting nutritious foods. My efforts to come up with a similar rule to guide us to getting a wide variety have not yet produced anything as simple or pithy. The best I've come up with so far is based on the fact the reason Paleolithic people got their wide variety was seasonality.</p> <h2>Rule Two: Respect Seasonality</h2> <p>Seasonality provides two great clues for anyone who wants to eat paleo on the cheap, but who is getting most food from the supermarket:</p> <ol> <li>If it's always cheap regardless of season, eat it rarely.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If it's only cheap during a season, eat it in large quantities while it's cheap.</li> </ol> <p>Taken together, these two rules solve most of the problems with the standard American diet. By rarely eating the stuff that's cheap all the time, you avoid the things that Paleolithic people rarely ate. By eating the good stuff in quantity when it's cheap, you get the wide variety you need without breaking your budget.</p> <p>Finally, if you want to keep your overall diet under budget, we also need rule three.</p> <h2>Rule Three: Reject No Foods</h2> <p>Paleo is often described in terms of what not to eat, such as no legumes and no grains. But that's crazy. We <em>know</em> Paleolithic people ate both grains and legumes. (How do we know this? Because neolithic people domesticated both grains and legumes, and there's no way they'd have done that if they weren't already eating tasty peas and seeds of ancient grasses when they found them in the wild.)</p> <p>Dairy is a special case. Paleo people probably never had access to milk, but lactose tolerance has evolved in humans at least twice (once in Europe and once in Africa). If you're descended from either of those populations, go ahead and consider that dairy may be a healthy food for you.</p> <p>Of course, if you know that grains, or lentils, or dairy, or potatoes cause problems for you, then don't eat whatever it is. But, if you don't have specific issues with this or that particular food, go ahead and include it <em>among the great variety</em> of things you eat. Just don't turn foods like that into a major source of calories &mdash; or if you do, only make them a major source of calories for a few days, a few times a year.</p> <h2>What About Those Calories?</h2> <p>As I said earlier, it is calorically impossible to eat paleo as cheaply as eating a grain, potato, and legume diet. However, you didn't decide to eat a paleo diet because you thought it would be cheaper; you decided to eat it because you thought it would be <em>healthier</em>. If you have implicitly accepted the idea that it's going to cost more, the issue is <em>how much more?</em> And that brings us back to the title of this post. It's called &quot;How to Stay on Budget While Eating Paleo,&quot; because the <em>budget </em>is the key.</p> <p>Of course answering the question &quot;How to eat paleo on a budget&quot; with &quot;Make sure the budget is big enough,&quot; is not what Wise Bread is all about, and that's why I started with rule one above. Following that rule, more than following anyone's fantasy rules about what Paleolithic people ate, is what's going to give you your best chance at good health.</p> <p>Having said that, let me point you again to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-eat-paleo-for-super-cheap">Max Wong's article</a>, which is packed with ideas for getting paleo food for less. There are the obvious ways: gardening, fishing, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/foraging-not-insane-useless-or-impossible">gathering</a>, gleaning, bartering, etc. There are the adventurous ways: eating organ meats, insects, or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/recession-survivor-would-you-eat-bugs-and-roadkill-to-cut-the-grocery-bill">even roadkill</a>. (See &quot;snout to tail&quot; cooking and eating.) There are the leftist ways, like <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-a-farm-share-a-smart-buy-for-your-household">joining a CSA</a>, and the right-wing ways, like hunting your own meat. There are the simple ways, like buying more eggs, and the complicated ways, like <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/real-eggs">raising chickens</a> for your own eggs.</p> <p>Even if you do all those things, it remains true that getting most of your calories from grains and legumes is going to be cheaper than any alternative. I actually have a post <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, Frugal Eating</a> that walks you through creating a menu on that basis &mdash; but note that even it starts with vegetables.</p> <p>If switching to paleo eating means skipping most of the grains and legumes, where do you get your calories? First, by eating even more fresh vegetables. Second by eating plenty of meat and nuts.</p> <p>&quot;But all those things are expensive!&quot; you are no doubt saying, and yes, on a per-calorie basis, they are, and that's what your budget is for. You will get enough calories either way. How much money you're willing to spend will have a great influence on what form those calories take.</p> <p>Following rule two (eat large amounts of whatever is cheap when it's in season) costs nothing and does not compromise your efforts to go paleo. You can get a bunch of cheap calories that way, and the seasonal variety comes along for free.</p> <p>Once you're eating paleo, following rule three (allow limited quantities of less paleo foods) lets you upgrade the quality of your more paleo foods without seriously compromising the paleo-nature of your overall diet. A meal where you get half your protein from a legume might save enough money to upgrade the meat that provides the other half of your protein: grass-fed, pasture-raised, local, organic, or whatever upgrade means the most to you.</p> <p>Paleolithic people followed rule one &mdash; eat a wide variety of nutritious foods &mdash; automatically. You're at a disadvantage &mdash; you have a supermarket &mdash; so it's less automatic for you, but you can follow rule one as well. If you do, you can eat paleo on a budget.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stay-on-budget-while-eating-paleo">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/20-ways-to-eat-paleo-for-super-cheap">20 Ways to Eat Paleo for Super Cheap</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/save-big-at-these-4-discount-supermarkets">Save Big at These 4 Discount Supermarkets</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/anyone-can-spend-less-for-food">Anyone Can Spend Less for Food</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-9-easiest-food-budget-wins">The 9 Easiest Food Budget Wins</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty Shopping budgeting diet food costs groceries legumes meat non-processed foods paleo paleolithic diet Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:30:20 +0000 Philip Brewer 1822948 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 47 Brilliant Ways to Save Money on Dinner http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-47-brilliant-ways-to-save-money-on-dinner <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-47-brilliant-ways-to-save-money-on-dinner" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_eating_dinner_96585443.jpg" alt="Family learning ways to save money on dinner" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You get home from work. You realize you still need to make dinner. But what should you cook? Naturally, you'll want something quick, easy, healthy, and most importantly, frugal. And why should you settle for anything else? That's exactly how preparing dinner every night should be.</p> <p>Here are 47 ways to save on dinner tonight.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_cooking_000029847332.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-one-pot-meals-that-will-transform-dinner?ref=fbf">10 One Pot Meals That Will Transform Dinner</a> &mdash; When all the ingredients can be tossed into the same pot, you end up saving time, effort, and also money, since you know one pot can only fit so many items. And if you're a small family, there will probably be plenty of leftovers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-better-and-save-money-with-these-easy-two-night-meals?ref=fbf">Eat Better and Save Money With These Easy Two-Night Meals</a> &mdash; Speaking of leftovers, just because you have extra chili doesn't mean you need to eat it the same exact way the second night. Here are plenty of leftover meals that can be given a delicious twist on night two.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/quesadilla-179218531-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-freeze-ahead-dinners-for-busy-fall-weeknights?ref=fbf">10 Delicious Freeze-Ahead Dinners for Busy Fall Weeknights</a> &mdash; Meal prep is truly the key to happiness nowadays. It prevents unnecessary dinner stress, boring meals, and wasting money on takeout when you simply don't feel like cooking. These meals can be made ahead of time, and enjoyed on a crisp autumn night.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-and-eat-better-with-these-6-online-meal-planners?ref=fbf">Save Money and Eat Better With These 6 Online Meal Planners</a> &mdash; Take just a few minutes to plan out your eats for the coming week and you'll be so glad you did. Plus, if the meal planner is free, you really can't go wrong.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/pasta_dinner_000041265532_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-quick-dinners-for-lazy-cooks?ref=fbf">8 Quick Dinners for Lazy Cooks</a> &mdash; When we say &quot;lazy cook,&quot; we really mean &quot;busy, hard-working baller that doesn't have enough time in the day to also cook.&quot; But you don't even need that much time (or money) to make a decent meal. Here's your proof.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-weeks-worth-of-dinners-out-of-one-chicken?ref=fbf">Get a Week's Worth of Dinners Out of One Chicken</a> &mdash; One chicken can go a long way, apparently. Swing by the grocery store and grab a rotisserie chicken, or take a night to roast your own, and you'll be feasting on it for one half of a fortnight. Cheers to that!</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-47-brilliant-ways-to-save-money-on-dinner">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-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-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-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</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-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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-85-best-ways-to-save-on-halloween-this-year">Flashback Friday: 85 Best Ways to Save on Halloween This Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink budgeting dinner family dinner fbf flashback friday food and drink frugal living meal planning meals Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:00:30 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1817177 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Pantry and Freezer Staples You Should Buy in Bulk http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-pantry-and-freezer-staples-you-should-buy-in-bulk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-pantry-and-freezer-staples-you-should-buy-in-bulk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_grocery_shopping_69304597.jpg" alt="Couple buying pantry and freezer staples in bulk" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on staples that are worth buying in bulk, strategies to increase the value of your estate, and how to make money on Airbnb.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/best-food-to-buy-in-bulk">10 Pantry and Freezer Staples Worth Buying in Bulk</a> &mdash; You won't have to worry about these pantry and freezer staples going bad before you can use them. When you see them go on sale, stock up in bulk! [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/taxes/T021-C032-S014-3-strategies-to-increase-the-value-of-your-estate.html">3 Strategies to Increase the Value of Your Estate</a> &mdash; If you have money spread out across different kinds of investment accounts, the order of withdrawals can affect how much money you'll have in your estate. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2016/10/how-to-make-money-listing-your-home-on-airbnb/">How to Make Money Listing Your Home on Airbnb</a> &mdash; Invest in a programmable keypad deadbolt. You'll be able the change the entry code after each visitor and you won't need to give out a master key to your house. [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/1017/Even-the-smallest-apartments-should-have-renters-insurance">Even the smallest apartments should have renters insurance</a> &mdash; Many renters forgo renter&rsquo;s insurance because they don't think their personal property is worth much, but the cost of replacing even a few of those items can be pretty hefty. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Airlines-Return-Money-Lost-Bags-42113972">This New Law Will Change the Airline Baggage Claim Game in a MAJOR Way</a> &mdash; Airlines will be required to issue a rebate to passengers who don't receive their luggage in an allotted amount of time after paying to check their bags. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/tricks-to-save-money-on-health-care-costs/">Tricks to Save Money on Health Care Costs</a> &mdash; Check if your insurer offers a discount on your monthly premium for taking a health assessment. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dailyworth.com/posts/3443-how-to-lower-utility-payments-and-other-bills">6 Ways to Cut Your Monthly Bills</a> &mdash; Comprehensive insurance with collision may be more coverage than you need if you have an older car. Consider keeping only the liability insurance. [Daily Worth]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dontpayfull.com/blog/starbucks-money-saving-hacks">Starbucks Addict? Here&rsquo;s How to Save Money on Your Habit!</a> &ndash; Iced drinks are usually half ice and half drink, but you can ask for ice on the side to get more drink. [Don't Pay Full]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyrebound.com/5-unexpected-ways-to-save-energy-in-the-winter/">5 Unexpected Ways to Save Energy in the Winter</a> &mdash; The oven is your friend during the winter. It can cook dinner and warm up your house at the same time! [Money Rebound]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-the-donald-trump-tape">How to Talk to Your Kids About the Donald Trump Tape</a> &mdash; Don't shy away from the topic if your kids ask you about the comments that Donald Trump made on the audiotape. This is a teachable moment where you can reinforce the importance of respect and boundaries, and the fact that your words and actions matter. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-pantry-and-freezer-staples-you-should-buy-in-bulk">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/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</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/9-ways-to-develop-the-breakfast-habit">9 Ways to Develop the Breakfast Habit</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-credit-cards-for-dining-out">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Dining Out</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/are-meal-prep-subscription-boxes-worth-it">Are Meal Prep Subscription Boxes Worth It?</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/4-starbucks-drinks-you-can-easily-make-yourself">4 Starbucks Drinks You Can Easily Make Yourself</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips buy in bulk Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:00:17 +0000 Amy Lu 1816657 at http://www.wisebread.com Eat Better and Save Money With These Easy Two-Night Meals http://www.wisebread.com/eat-better-and-save-money-with-these-easy-two-night-meals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eat-better-and-save-money-with-these-easy-two-night-meals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_90650313_LARGE (1)_0.jpg" alt="easy two night meals" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Planning your meals every week can save you a huge amount of time and money. The average American spent <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cesan.nr0.htm">more than $7,000 on food</a> in 2015, with $4,000 of that coming from the supermarket. By repurposing leftovers, you can save money at the grocery store and still enjoy fresh, healthy meals every night. Enjoy a delicious, affordable meat dinner on the first night, and save half for the second night, to be repurposed into a completely new meal.</p> <p>Cooking a big batch of food and freezing the leftovers can save you money and prep time, but it can get boring pretty quickly. That's why we've found some of the best two-night meals to shake up the week's menu. Consider also using an online meal planner to help you get organized and save you even more time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-and-eat-better-with-these-6-online-meal-planners?ref=seealso">Save Money and Eat Better With These 6 Online Meal Planners</a>)</p> <h2>1. Chili</h2> <p><strong>Night 1</strong>: <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/simple-perfect-chili-recipe.html">Chili</a> with Cornbread</p> <p><strong>Night 2</strong>: Tacos or Chili Cheese Dogs or Spaghetti Bolognese or <a href="http://www.fritolay.com/recipes/recipe-detail/fritos-chili-pie">Fritos Chili Pie</a></p> <p>Make a large pot of chili using leftover ground beef or ground turkey. It freezes well, is inexpensive, can be customized to suit your tastes, and the leftovers can be used in several different ways. Many chefs also agree that chili is actually better on the second night.</p> <p>For the first meal, you can doll up the chili with shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado, lime, onions, cilantro, and tortilla chips. For the second night, you can use the chili to make tacos by simply filling each taco shell with 1/4 cup of chili, plus lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, and sour cream. You can also top a hot dog with leftover chili and shredded cheese for a quick chili cheese dog.</p> <p>You can also use it in a traditional spaghetti sauce to make a quick spaghetti Bolognese. You can either top the cooked pasta with chili or combined the leftover chili with a can of crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce for a more traditional Bolognese sauce. Fritos chili pie is another quick and satisfying meal that is an especially big hit with teens and kids.</p> <h2>2. Rotisserie Chicken</h2> <p><strong>Night 1</strong>: <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/93168/rotisserie-chicken/">Rotisserie Chicken </a>with Baked Potatoes or <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/20849/baked-french-fries-i/">Oven Fries</a></p> <p><strong>Night 2</strong>: <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-chicken-soft-tacos-rotisserie-chicken-305472">Chicken Tacos</a>, <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/89539/slow-cooker-chicken-tortilla-soup/">Chicken Soup</a>, or <a href="https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/classic-chicken-pot-pie/1401d418-ac0b-4b50-ad09-c6f1243fb992">Chicken Pot Pie</a></p> <p>Rotisserie chicken is extremely affordable and once you pick off all the meat, you can use it in virtually endless ways. You can repurpose it into shredded chicken sandwiches by mixing it with barbecue or teriyaki sauce. You can also make chicken salads, casseroles, burritos, nachos, stir-fries, and so much more. You can also use the leftover bones to make chicken stock, which you can later use with the leftover chicken to make chicken noodle soup or chicken tortilla soup. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-weeks-worth-of-dinners-out-of-one-chicken?ref=seealso">Get a Week's Worth of Dinners Out of One Chicken</a>)</p> <p>Buying a whole chicken typically costs less than $1 per pound, whereas buying pre-cut chicken pieces will cost you much more and won't go as far. If you need to save even more time, you can always purchase a precooked rotisserie chicken from your grocery store, but you won't save quite as much money as you would by just cooking it yourself.</p> <h2>3. Pork Tenderloin</h2> <p><strong>Night 1</strong>: <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/pork-tenderloin-with-seasoned-rub-recipe.html">Pork Tenderloin</a> with Steamed Seasonal Vegetables or <a href="https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/easy-homemade-mashed-potatoes/09f0bba4-8bb9-4ce3-8d98-ae7a803eb7d5">Mashed Potatoes</a></p> <p><strong>Night 2</strong>: Pulled Pork Sandwiches or Burritos</p> <p>Enjoy grilled pork tenderloin on night one. On night two, heat the leftover tenderloin in the crockpot with barbecue sauce for perfect pulled pork sandwiches. The pulled pork can also be used to make things like burritos or nachos. You can also make crock pot <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/couldnt-be-easier-bbq-pork-tenderloin-crock-pot-317152">pulled pork</a> the first night and then use it in endless ways throughout the week.</p> <h2>4. Steak</h2> <p><strong>Night 1</strong>: <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/18074/marinated-flank-steak/">Steak</a> with <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/lemon-smashed-potatoes-recipe.html">Lemony Mashed Potatoes</a> and Corn on the Cob</p> <p><strong>Night 2</strong>: <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/steak-sandwich-recipe.html">Steak Sandwiches</a>, <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/herb-and-rib-eye-salad-recipe.html">Steak Salad</a>, or <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/philly-steak-sandwiches-recipe.html">Philly Cheese Steaks</a></p> <p>Grilled flank steak is one of the most affordable ways to have a satisfying steak dinner at home. It is also one of the easiest cuts to cook correctly, so even beginners can master it. Sirloin steak is also affordable, healthy, and easy to use in a million different ways. For the second night, use the sliced steak in a steak sandwich, steak salad, burritos, or nachos.</p> <h2>5. Roasted Turkey</h2> <p><strong>Night 1</strong>: <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/moms_roast_turkey/">Turkey</a> Dinner with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, and Steamed Green Beans</p> <p><strong>Night 2</strong>: <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/40545/turkey-tetrazzini-ii/">Turkey Tetrazzini</a>, <a href="https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/classic-turkey-pot-pie/222c3cef-31cc-4936-abfd-cc72611c16c4">Turkey Pot Pies</a>, or <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/turkey-reubens-recipe">Turkey Reubens</a></p> <p>Turkey is a satisfying meal around the holidays, but it can result in endless leftovers. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to use the leftover turkey that you slaved over. Turkey sandwiches are the easiest way to use up the turkey and any stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, and/or mashed potatoes that you may have left over. It can also be used in enchiladas, casseroles, pasta dishes, and so much more. You can also make endless second-night meals with turkey breast and turkey tenderloin, so you don't have to buy and cook the whole bird.</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/eat-better-and-save-money-with-these-easy-two-night-meals">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-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy 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/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers">11 Meals That Make Terrific 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/9-restaurant-secret-menu-items-thatll-actually-save-you-money">9 Restaurant Secret Menu Items That&#039;ll Actually 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/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/flashback-friday-47-brilliant-ways-to-save-money-on-dinner">Flashback Friday: 47 Brilliant Ways to Save Money on Dinner</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink chili dinner ideas dinner recipes family dinner Food leftovers two-night meals Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:30:29 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1815051 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Use Up Leftover Buttermilk http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-up-leftover-buttermilk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-use-up-leftover-buttermilk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_66486603_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="uses for leftover buttermilk" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My favorite salad dressing recipe calls for a <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/219901/buttermilk-blue-cheese-dressing/">cup of buttermilk</a>. The smallest size that I can buy at the supermarket is a quart, which leaves me with three cups of buttermilk. What the heck do you do with three cups of buttermilk? Turns out there are a lot of possibilities. Being a person who hates food waste, I discovered nine delicious ways to use it up.</p> <h2>1. Buttermilk Facial</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1m-Gw66lU0c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>My mother was always experimenting with food that doubles as beauty products. Her favorites were beer or vinegar for a hair rinse, fresh lemons as a hair lightener, and buttermilk as a facial. Try mixing ground oatmeal with buttermilk to make a facial mask. Leave on for 30 minutes, and rinse off. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m-Gw66lU0c">Here</a> are two more buttermilk mask ideas, for your specific skin type.</p> <h2>2. Buttermilk as Hair Conditioner</h2> <p>Sure, you can buy buttermilk hair conditioner, but why not <a href="http://www.howcast.com/videos/218298-how-to-make-a-buttermilk-mask-for-healthy-hair/">make your own</a>. It's easy to have luxe locks!</p> <h2>3. Quick Chive Rolls</h2> <p>I came up with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-scrumptious-quick-homemade-rolls">these</a> quick rolls a few years ago. Mine still turn out sort of lumpy but boy, are they good. Fluffy, tender, and cryin' out for butter.</p> <h2>4. Coconut Grain-Free Pancakes</h2> <p>Avoiding grains? No trouble! You can still enjoy these coconutty <a href="http://thecoconutmama.com/grain-free-buttermilk-pancakes/">pancakes</a>, with buttermilk. The buttermilk helps them be fluffy, not flat. Drizzle a little coconut syrup on the top for extra sweetness.</p> <h2>5. Fried Chicken</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SsH9BBlaYgI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Warning: You are going to get very hungry after watching this video for buttermilk <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsH9BBlaYgI">fried chicken.</a> You may want to have coleslaw, potato salad, and biscuits on hand.</p> <h2>6. Biscuits</h2> <p>Whip up a batch of these easy <a href="http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/chaas-recipe-buttermilk-recipe/">buttermilk biscuits</a> and watch 'em disappear. If you have any left over, they make a terrific breakfast sandwich.</p> <h2>7. Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes</h2> <p>Here is your new favorite <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/buttermilk-mashed-potatoes-106054">mashed-potato</a> ingredient: Buttermilk. It makes the potatoes super creamy. I prefer to use yukon gold potatoes (see recipe note). Add a few chives or bacon bits on top for color. I could just eat these and skip the turkey.</p> <h2>8. Beet and Buttermilk Soup</h2> <p>It's not just pretty, though &mdash; this <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/chilled-beet-soup-with-buttermilk-cucumbers-and-dill-chlodnik">Polish</a> classic (&quot;Chlodnik&quot;) is also surprisingly hearty, flavorful, and full of good things like buttermilk (of course), cucumbers, dill, beets, and egg garnish. It looks remarkably like a dragon fruit smoothie (minus the egg, of course).</p> <h2>9. Just Drink It!</h2> <p>Yes, it's an acquired taste, but buttermilk contains some really great stuff: Calcium (284 milligrams in a cup) and protein (8.1 grams in a cup). If drinking it plain just isn't working for you, try it Indian-style, with cumin, salt, and coriander.</p> <p>Need buttermilk for a recipe and can't run to the store? You can always substitute one cup of milk with either a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar stirred in. Let it stand for 10 minutes before using.</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/9-ways-to-use-up-leftover-buttermilk">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/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers">11 Meals That Make Terrific 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/7-delicious-uses-for-leftover-hot-dogs">7 Delicious Uses for Leftover Hot Dogs</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-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</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-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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-ii-tortillas-and-tortilla-chips">When Good Food Goes Bad, Part II: Tortillas and Tortilla Chips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink buttermilk frugal food frugal living leftover recipes leftovers pancakes recipes Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Marla Walters 1811800 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 50 Ways to Slash Your Food Budget http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-50-ways-to-slash-your-food-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-50-ways-to-slash-your-food-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_food_groceries_66582701.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to slash her food budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on smart ways to slash your food budget, steps to take to become a better investor, and savvy ways to save money at warehouse stores.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/how-to-save-money-on-food-14605/">50 Smart Ways to Slash Your Food Budget</a> &mdash; Last year, the average U.S. household spent $7,023 on food! Use these tips and tricks to lower expenses and contribute to a healthier body, wallet, and planet. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/investing/T064-C000-S002-8-steps-to-be-a-better-investor.html">8 Steps to Be a Better Investor</a> &mdash; Stick to the basics! Keep your investments simple and your costs low. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/saving-money-warehouse-stores/">5 Savvy Tips For Saving Money At Warehouse Stores</a> &mdash; Warehouse stores seem to carry everything &mdash; which makes it very important that you stick to your shopping list so you don't walk out with a cart full of things you don't need. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/1006/Why-Facebook-is-important-for-your-small-business">Why Facebook is important for your small business</a> &mdash; Facebook is launching new tools and handbooks that will help small businesses increase effective engagement with their consumers. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Take-Off-Ring-Stuck-42537423">Have a Ring Stuck on Your Finger? This Simple Hack Will Solve Your Problem</a> &mdash; Don't freak out if a too-small ring gets stuck on your finger. This neat life hack will have that ring off in no time! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://vitals.lifehacker.com/everything-you-need-to-know-to-start-running-1787655831">Everything You Need to Know to Start Running</a> &mdash; Any ol' pair of sneakers will work for your first run, but as you get into the habit of it, you'll want to get a pair of shoes just for running. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="https://www.mybanktracker.com/blog/find-my-answers/how-to-prepare-finances-move-out-parents-house-261009">Getting Your Money Ready to Move Out of Your Parents' House</a> &mdash; Figure out what might hold you back once you're living on your own, whether it&rsquo;s a financial or emotional hurdle. Once you know what your roadblocks are, you can create an action plan for them. [My BankTracker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/personal-finance/budgeting/prepare-for-your-holiday-spending/71358">10 Ways to Prepare for Your Holiday Spending</a> &mdash; Are you traveling for the holidays? Bring your own food so you aren't forced to pay a premium for airport sandwiches. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="https://timemanagementninja.com/2016/10/5-tips-on-juggling-your-family-and-your-business/">5 Tips on Juggling Your Family and Your Business</a> &mdash; Use stress management techniques when you feel overwhelmed. Exercise, meditation, and working on your hobbies are great ways to reduce stress. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-throw-the-perfect-football-themed-baby-shower">How to Throw the Perfect Football-Themed Baby Shower</a> &mdash; Set up a tailgating area outside (weather permitting) with finger foods, casseroles, and sandwiches! For dessert, get grab-and-go sweets like cupcakes and cookies. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-50-ways-to-slash-your-food-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/cut-100-or-more-from-your-food-bill-without-even-trying">Cut $100 or More From Your Food Bill Without Even Trying</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/5-off-season-foods-that-are-destroying-your-grocery-budget">5 Off-Season Foods That Are Destroying Your Grocery 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/save-money-and-eat-better-with-a-7-step-food-budget">Save Money and Eat Better With a 7-Step Food Budget</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-high-cost-of-cheap-food">The High Cost of Cheap Food</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/ready-to-eat-meals-for-weight-loss-can-they-fit-into-your-food-budget">Ready-to-Eat Meals for Weight Loss: Can They Fit into Your Food Budget?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips food budget Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:00:06 +0000 Amy Lu 1810846 at http://www.wisebread.com What Booze Teaches Us About Money http://www.wisebread.com/what-booze-teaches-us-about-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-booze-teaches-us-about-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_40966788_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="what booze teaches us about money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Alcohol gets a bad rap for numbing the brain. But as it turns out, there are some <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/what-alcohol-does-to-your-body-and-mind-2012-11">positive benefits</a> to responsible indulgence in wine, beer, or whiskey, too. A couple of drinks can increase your creativity, promote better and deeper sleep, and make you feel at ease. And <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/8-health-benefits-of-drinking-wine">moderate wine consumption</a> can reduce your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and diabetes. Now here's a benefit of alcohol consumption that you maybe haven't heard: A healthy relationship to alcohol can pave the way for improved fiscal health. Yes, we're serious. And we've got the logic to back it up. Here are a few ways in which a little booze can boost your financial literacy.</p> <h2>Wine Teaches Us to Develop a Knack for Value Forecasting</h2> <p>If you've ever been to a wine tasting, you know that the ability to sniff out the complexity of flavors before the stuff ever touches the tongue is a celebrated form of art. Likewise, the ability to forecast a stock's future value based on historical trends, an industry's present-day performance, and the current economic climate is more skill than gamble.</p> <p>&quot;Once you learn how to give wine a good sniff, you'll begin to develop the ability to isolate flavors &mdash; to notice the way they unfold and interact &mdash; and, to some degree, assign language to describe them,&quot; reads Wine Enthusiast magazine's guide to wine tasting for beginners. &quot;This is exactly what wine professionals &mdash; those who make, sell, buy, and write about wine &mdash; are able to do.&quot;</p> <p>Sounds a bit like the skills needed to succeed in playing the stock market, doesn't it? Indeed, the methods used in wine selection aren't much different from those used by skilled stock traders and investors. So the next time you go wine tasting or select a bottle of red, think about all of the subtle ways in which you're assessing a wine's taste and value, and remember to apply that same circumspection when maneuvering your personal stock trades and purchases.</p> <h2>Beer Teaches Us the Value of Seeing the Big Picture</h2> <p>It's Friday night. You get home and pour yourself a pint of beer. But no so fast! No matter how eager you are to unwind from the work week, a hasty pour is ill-advised. Pour slowly. This way, you'll avoid the foam.</p> <p>Why?</p> <p>Imagine for a moment that the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-hidden-costs-of-drinking">beer in your glass</a> is a publically traded company. For example's sake, let's call it Microsoft. Congratulations, you are officially a Microsoft shareholder. If the beer is Microsoft, then the foam on top represents all of the daily trades that cause Microsoft's stock value to fluctuate. The value of your stock is in constant flux. Up and down and up and down it goes.</p> <p>As a Microsoft shareholder, you want to know how all of these trades are affecting the value of your shares, right? Not so, according to <a href="http://amzn.to/2dsu1V6">The Simple Path To Wealth</a> author Jim Collins. When a stock price jolts up high or sinks down low, it's hard to know what to make of it. Even the top day traders struggle to make sense of it all. Is a big daily point loss indicative of real loss in company value? Or is it just a little hiccup &mdash; background noise &mdash; soon to be forgotten by month's end? Bottom line: It's hard to say.</p> <p>Now, you want to make smart trades, right? So you're going to want to be able to develop some skill in assessing your stock's real value. That's where the ability to differentiate between all those little hiccups and the real ebb and flow in your stock's value are going to come in handy. If you distract yourself with the background noise &mdash; if you crowd your pint glass with foam &mdash; you're going to have a hard time zeroing in on what's really going on. And what is really going on? Well, look at your annual shareholder statements. Take a peek at the monthly ones, too. These monthly and yearly value fluctuations show real trends. Not insignificant hiccups, but trends.</p> <h2>Whiskey Teaches Us That the Best Things Take Time</h2> <p>A good whiskey takes years to mature. And, if we're talking high-end whiskey, then it's safe to bet it was left to age in a barrel for 10-20 years. Indeed, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/7422701/Worlds-oldest-whisky-goes-on-sale-for-10000-a-bottle.html">the world's oldest whiskey</a> developed its complex, woody flavor over a period of 70 years. If the cask had been popped open and poured out sooner, it simply wouldn't have been as valuable, nor as good.</p> <p>In whiskey, like in saving for retirement, patience is a virtue. So is an enduring commitment to making small, incremental steps toward a future goal &mdash; be it a good spirit or a comfortable golden years era. That's why, in many ways, it can be helpful to think of your long-haul effort to save for retirement as a journey to make a really great whiskey. Set and stick to a realistic savings goal, make smart investments, and live within your means. This stuff isn't easy, and it's certainly not always fun, but there's big payoff to be had for all your efforts. Like when you reach your 60s with a sizable nest egg to show for all your hard work. And when you reach that wonderful day, why not consider celebrating with whiskey? After all, you've earned it.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-booze-teaches-us-about-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-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/15-ways-to-save-money-when-getting-your-drink-on">15 Ways to Save Money When Getting Your Drink On</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-hidden-costs-of-drinking">The 9 Hidden Costs of Drinking</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/alcohol-is-good-for-your-heart">Alcohol is good for your heart</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/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking">Here&#039;s How Rich You&#039;d Be If You Stopped Drinking</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/getting-drunk-on-the-cheap-wine-tastings">Wine Tastings: Finding Cheap Wine That You Like</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink alcohol beer booze cash cocktails drinking drinks money money lessons saving money wine Wed, 05 Oct 2016 09:30:29 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1805693 at http://www.wisebread.com