Food and Drink http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/209/all en-US The World's Most Affordable Michelin-Starred Restaurants http://www.wisebread.com/the-worlds-most-affordable-michelin-starred-restaurants <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-worlds-most-affordable-michelin-starred-restaurants" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/spotted-pig.jpg" alt="the spotted pig" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You don't have to eat at a Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, or Wolfgang Puck Restaurant to enjoy Michelin Star quality meals. In fact, you can have world-class food for as little as $5 a meal. That's right. Here are the world's cheapest Michelin Star restaurants where you can eat in style, without breaking the bank. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-fool-proof-ways-to-stay-within-your-travel-budget?ref=seealso">7 Fool-Proof Ways to Stay Within Your Travel Budget</a>)</p> <h2>1. Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/tim-ho-wan.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>I had the great pleasure of dining at this famous dim sum and dumpling restaurant during a recent trip to the &quot;Pearl of the Orient&quot; and it lived up to its reputation, for sure. People are lining up down the street to get into the world's cheapest Michelin Star restaurant and for good reason.</p> <p>Not only does this place serve up the best dumplings and dim sum in Asia, but the servers are on the ball from open until close. While you're waiting in line on the street, they come by with a pencil and a menu so that you can fill out your order. By the time you get to your table, the food is hot and ready.</p> <p>I gorged myself on an assortment of stuffed pork buns, dumplings, and dim sums, and the entire bill came out to $5.50! Unbelievable. It's located near the Hong Kong Station in central Hong Kong. Tim Ho Wan would be hard to find if it wasn't for the fact that the queue usually goes all the way around the block.</p> <h2>2. Nakajima in Tokyo, Japan</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/nakajima.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The Eastern Capital is famous for having more Michelin Star restaurants than any other city in the world, but Nakajima is one where you can feast on fish without using all of your yen. In the evening, Nakajima restaurant serves exquisite kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine) dinners while on weekdays, it churns out a delicious set lunch of iwashi (sardines).</p> <p>Nakajima is a third-generation, family-run restaurant and it is located in Shinjuku (downtown Tokyo). Eating here can cost as little as 800&yen; ($7.50) and you'll probably return again and again. It's located at 〒160-0022 Tokyo, Shinjuku, 3 Chome&minus;32&minus;5 日原ビル, downtown Tokyo, but make sure you get here early because the line for lunch usually starts forming at around 11:00 a.m.</p> <h2>3. The Spotted Pig in New York City</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/spotted-pig.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>And you thought you were going to have to travel halfway across the world to enjoy affordable Michelin Star cuisine. Luckily, there's a one-star Italian/British eatery right in your backyard. The Spotted Pig in New York City was created by two unlikely partners. celebrity chef Mario Batali and hip hop mogul Jay Z joined forces to open this successful New York Bistro, and today it comes in at the third cheapest Michelin Star restaurant in the world.</p> <p>Maybe Mario and Jay Z have made enough money already, so they're offering excellent food at affordable prices. Whatever the case may be, don't miss The Spotted Pig on your next visit to the Big Apple. It's located at 314 West 11th Street, at Greenwich Street.</p> <h2>4. I Tigli a Lago in Como, Italy</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/i-tiglig-a-lago.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Somewhat hidden in a seldomly visited town in Northern Italy, I Tigli a Lago earned its Michelin Star in 2012, and has been churning out the most affordable Michelin-quality food in Italy ever since. A meal here will still cost you over $60, but considering how prestigious this place is, that's a pretty great value.</p> <p>According to I Tigli a Lago, the restaurant offers &quot;both an experience of contemporary high cuisine and an unexpected path of balanced and refined tastes, featuring local and seasonal products.&quot;</p> <p>Michelin's review claimed that the eating experience at I Tigli in Theoria restaurant is really fascinating, with its delicate and sophisticated tasting paths and refined food, in a charming location arising love for the culinary art.</p> <p>The restaurant is located at Via Bianchi Giovini, 41 22100 Como, Italy and is open for lunch every day and dinner everyday except Sunday.</p> <h2>5. Hand and Flowers in Marlow, UK</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/hand-and-flowers.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>If you are surprised that there are five affordable Michelin Star restaurants, you'll be shocked to find out that Hand and Flowers doesn't just have one star, but two. This place is located in the quiet town of Marlow and offers a traditional Sunday lunch, but the best deals on offer are the set lunches.</p> <p>This place offers a two-course set lunch menu for just 15 pounds ($22) and a three-course set menu for a mere 19.50 pounds ($28.50). That means that the lunch menu only costs $11 per course for two courses, or under $10 per course if you order the three-course meal. You really can't beat those prices.</p> <p>The set lunch features white onion and herb velouté with chestnut tortellini and toasted lemon with a smoked brisket of beef, english mustard mash, and rhubarb fool. And to finish it all off, a ginger sorbet and oat crumble. Mmm... My mouth is watering just writing this.</p> <h2>Bon Appetit!</h2> <p>A meal at a Michelin Star restaurant doesn't have to break your budget. Put these places on your gastronomic bucket list because they are truly worth their star status.</p> <p><em>Have you ever eaten at a Michelin Star restaurant? Was it expensive and if so, was it worth it? Please share in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-worlds-most-affordable-michelin-starred-restaurants">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-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling">The 14 Best Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling</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/40-restaurants-that-offer-senior-discounts">40 Restaurants That Offer Senior Discounts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-secrets-restaurants-dont-want-you-to-know">6 Secrets Restaurants Don&#039;t Want You to Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-eating-the-10-most-over-priced-restaurant-menu-items">Are You Eating the 10 Most Over-Priced Restaurant Menu Items?</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/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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Travel 5 star restaurants dining out fancy dinner michelin starred restaurants restaurants saving money Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:30:25 +0000 Nick Wharton 1736929 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Score Free Food at Chick-fil-A http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-free-food-at-chick-fil-a <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-score-free-food-at-chick-fil-a" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/chick_fil_a_20495862.jpg" alt="Learning ways to score free food at Chick-fil-A" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Before they put a Chick-fil-A in my neighborhood, my taste buds and waistline didn't know what they were missing. Now that I have a Chick-fil-A nearby, it is hard to resist the delicious food, but even more so the amazing customer service.</p> <p>As much as I love Chick-fil-A, I do not love that it costs almost $30 to feed my family of four. So I have rounded up the best tips to get discounted and free food at Chick-fil-A. No need to send me a thank-you note &mdash; a Chick-fil-A gift card will do just fine.</p> <h2>1. Use the Calendar Card Once a Month</h2> <p>At the end of each year, Chick-fil-A sells calendars for the upcoming year. These calendars have promo cards attached to them. Each month, they offer one free food item. These cards come with six mystery offers (usually for a full-price salad or sandwich) and six disclosed offers, which are usually for a large drink or fry.</p> <p>I did not find out about these counter cards until last month. However, I was still able to hop onto eBay and purchase two calendars and cards for $15.99. Despite only having them for two months and missing January through April's offers, I've already redeemed $20 worth of food and drinks.</p> <p>You are only able to have one card per customer, and to use one card per order. But, you are able to get a card for every member of your family! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-secret-fast-food-menus-revealed?ref=seealso">14 Secret Fast Food Menus Revealed</a>)</p> <h2>2. Download and Use the New Chick-fil-A One App</h2> <p>Chick-fil-A just released their new app, <a href="https://one.chick-fil-a.com/">One</a>, which allows you to earn points through your mobile phone. Also, if you download and sign up for the app before June 11, 2016, you will get a free sandwich. Not only will you be rewarded right away, but the app is very similar to Starbucks' rewards program. Scan your app every time you order Chick-fil-A, and you will earn credit toward free food. Also like the Starbucks' app, you can order ahead and pay with the Chick-fil-A app.</p> <h2>3. Dress Up for Cow Appreciation Day</h2> <p>This is one of the most well-known ways to get a free Chick-fil-A meal. Chick-fil-A holds a cow appreciation day each year in July. Individuals that dress partially like a cow will get a free entree. Those who don a full cow outfit will get a free meal. It is speculated that cow appreciation day 2016 will happen on July 8th.</p> <h2>4. Check Your Local Chick-fil-A Social Media</h2> <p>Check in with your local Chick-fil-A to know what special offers are going on. For example, many locations gave away free food to active and retired military during Memorial Day. Currently, my Chick-fil-A is giving away a free breakfast item every Wednesday morning in June, whereas the<a href="https://www.facebook.com/CFAWilloughby/"> Willoughby, Ohio Chick-fil-A</a> gave out free breakfast every Friday morning in May. Be sure to follow your local Chick-fil-A's social media accounts to be in the know, rather than the general Chick-fil-A accounts.</p> <h2>5. Buy a School Fundraiser Card</h2> <p>Chick-fil-A is also a big contributor to local schools and charities. Many times, they will contribute a free drink or another small freebie to fundraiser cards. For my area, Chick-fil-A offers a free frosted coffee with any purchase with the use of the school fundraiser card. I did pay $10 for this card, which also has many other local deals on it, but even if I just used it at Chick-fil-A, the card would have paid for itself in three trips.</p> <h2>6. Ask About Senior Discounts</h2> <p>Chick-fil-A's are individually owned and operated, but many locations have a senior discount for individuals 55 and older. Typical offers are a free drink or coffee, or a 10% discount. Check with your local restaurant to confirm.</p> <p>Not only is Chick-fil-A generous with their free food offers, they are one of the top restaurants that contributes to local communities. Take a closer look at Chick-fil-A, and you will see that they contribute quite a bit of money to local schools, charities, scholarships, and more. So while I will enjoy my free Chick-fil-A food, I will also gladly give them my &quot;dining out&quot; budget over another restaurant.</p> <p><em>What is your favorite thing to order from Chick-fil-A?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-free-food-at-chick-fil-a">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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The heat is on.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-restaurants-that-offer-senior-discounts">40 Restaurants That Offer Senior Discounts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink apps Chick-fil-a discounts Fast Food free food freebies promotions Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:00:09 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1733680 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag It http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_sandwich_lunch_18207339.jpg" alt="Woman eating delicious lunch and excited about brown bagging it" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Lunch might not be as important as breakfast, and not as decadent as dinner, but it's still a meal you need each day. But so many of us are pressed for time that we either skip lunch, get quick and easy fast food, or are utterly bored with the plain sandwich we brought from home.</p> <p>It's time to change that. Here are 106 delicious lunches that will make you excited to brown-bag it.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/63560539.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-frugal-lunches-are-delicious-hot-or-cold?ref=fbf">These 10 Frugal Lunches Are Delicious Hot or Cold</a> &mdash; In the heat of the summer, who could ever get a hankering for soup? Well, cold soups are so in right now, and here are some other delicious lunches that taste good hot or cold.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-brown-bagging-it-better-than-buying-lunch?ref=fbf">15 Ways to Make Brown Bagging It Better Than Buying Lunch</a> &mdash; When you buy lunch everyday, you spend way more money than you should. But it's hard to top the convenience and taste in a meal that's loaded in sugar and that you didn't have to make yourself. There are ways to make brown-bagging it way better, though, and they're all right here.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/eating-5336068-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas?ref=fbf">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a> &mdash; With just a little planning, you can prep and pack a ton of easy lunches for the week. Oh, and they'll taste amazing, too!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup?ref=fbf">11 Delicious Dishes You Can Make With a Can of Tomato Soup</a> &mdash; Who knew a basic can of tomato soup could be so versatile? It's true. So stock up on tomato soup and have some of the best lunches ever.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000017035986_Large.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-cheap-spring-roll-wrappers-at-every-meal?ref=fbf">20 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Cheap Spring Roll Wrappers at Every Meal</a> &mdash; The wonderful thing about spring roll wrappers, is that you can put just about anything in them. I'm talking buffalo chicken, mac and cheese, or chili. And here are 17 more you'll absolutely love.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches?ref=fbf">25 Great Non-Sandwich Work Lunches</a> &mdash; Sandwiches are the most common option for lunch, as they're portable and uber affordable. However, don't let that be a daily routine, or you'll get sick of sandwiches quickly. Here are 25 excellent non-sandwich options.</p> <p><em>What are some other lunch hacks we should try? Share with us in the comments!</em></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-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning">Flashback Friday: 41 Coffee Hacks That Will Instantly Improve Your Morning</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-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer">Flashback Friday: 102 Amazing Food Hacks You Have to Try This Summer</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-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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-wise-breads-88-best-food-hacks-ever">Flashback Friday: Wise Bread&#039;s 88 Best Food Hacks Ever</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-122-scrumptious-super-bowl-party-snack-ideas">Flashback Friday: 122 Scrumptious Super Bowl Party Snack Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink bag lunch brown bag fbf flashback friday Food food hacks healthy living lunch lunch hacks recipes Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:00:06 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1732948 at http://www.wisebread.com Don't Throw That Out! 19 Great Meals You Can Make From Scraps http://www.wisebread.com/dont-throw-that-out-19-great-meals-you-can-make-from-scraps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dont-throw-that-out-19-great-meals-you-can-make-from-scraps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_16330968_LARGE.jpg" alt="making meals out of food scraps" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Trying to save money? Are you also interested in cutting back on food waste? Sure, most of us are on board with that. What you may not know is that you are probably tossing out both money and nutrients every day. Don't be put off by the word, &quot;scraps.&quot; These 19 food scrap meal ideas are easy and delicious &mdash; and practically free. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-money-lessons-to-take-from-the-great-depression?ref=seealso">9 Money Lessons to Take From the Great Depression</a>)</p> <h2>1. Power Bowl Beet Greens</h2> <p>Beet greens, or tops, are my favorite &quot;greens.&quot; All you need to do is to wash, dry, and sauté those greens. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil. Add a tablespoon of chopped onion and stir until it is tender and translucent. Add beet greens, stir, and cook until the beet greens are wilted. A dash of balsamic vinegar on top and some chopped bacon really &quot;make&quot; this dish. This is makes a nice power bowl with a side of grains (quinoa or barley are good), a poached egg, and a little diced, cooked squash.</p> <h2>2. Juice Pulp Muffins</h2> <p>Are you a juicer? My favorite juice is carrot-ginger. When I make it, I save the carrot and ginger pulp. It makes a delicious muffin. Just take your favorite, basic muffin recipe (here is <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/220651/quick-and-easy-oatmeal-muffins/?internalSource=search%20result&amp;referringContentType=search%20results">mine</a>) and add &frac14; cup of pulp. This is also good with pineapple pulp.</p> <h2>3. Candied Orange Peels</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yIGztrldUvM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>These <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIGztrldUvM">candied orange peels</a> take a couple of days to make, but they are well worth it. I made them as Christmas gifts one year and they were a hit. Watch for oranges to go on sale, and DIY some cute packaging for adorable treats.</p> <h2>4. Roasted Seeds</h2> <p>Seeds are full of nutrients. You probably know to save pumpkin seeds (soak them overnight, drain, then spread on a baking sheet, sprinkle with olive oil and salt; roast), but did you know you can also roast cantaloupe seeds? They are high in protein, fiber, and vitamin E, so roast away. They are great for snacking, or sprinkled onto a salad.</p> <h2>5. Onion Skins for Soup</h2> <p>Onion skins are full of flavor, so next time you peel an onion, save those skins. Either freeze for stock, or just toss into soup or broth for extra flavor. Remove before serving.</p> <h2>6. Fish Stock</h2> <p>You may have made beef or chicken stock, but how about a <a href="http://www.morethangourmet.com/our-family-recipes/category/fish-fumet-stock">fumet</a>? Fumet is the French term for a fish stock. Using fumet in a poached salmon, or in linguine with clam sauce gives a huge flavor boost.</p> <h2>7. Broccoli Stalks</h2> <p>For years, I just chopped the florets off the broccoli to cook and tossed the rest. Big mistake, because it's all edible. Slice the stalks thinly and cook with the rest of the broccoli, or save for another use, like a stir-fry. The leaves, too, can be eaten. Just wash them and sauté.</p> <h2>8. Celery Leaves for Broth</h2> <p>I have never understood why grocers remove celery leaves. They are the most flavorful part. I keep them in a bag in my freezer until I am ready to make chicken stock. Just toss them in with your other scraps for a super-flavorful broth.</p> <h2>9. Beef Stock</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WvIbGOBNblA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Cutting scraps from beef? Don't throw the fatty scraps away. Put them into a freezer bag and later, make beef stock. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvIbGOBNblA">Here's</a> how.</p> <h2>10. Pickled Watermelon Rinds</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lu4xGmMHBNQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Ever heard of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu4xGmMHBNQ">pickled watermelon rinds</a>? They are delicious, and really easy to make. They are refreshing right out of the jar, or added to a salad.</p> <h2>11. Beef Bone Broth</h2> <p>My mother rarely gave bones to our poodle. Instead, she made <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/beef-bone-broth-51260700">Beef Bone Broth</a>, which was delicious.</p> <h2>12. Chicken Stock</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bOTUU9S_pXc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Speaking of broth, done with that rotisserie chicken? Make <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOTUU9S_pXc">chicken stock!</a> It's so easy, and so much more flavorful than the canned stuff.</p> <h2>13. Apple Peel Smoothie</h2> <p>I love the idea of making a healthy smoothie using <a href="http://www.southernliving.com/food/how-to/what-to-do-with-apple-peels-video">apple peels</a>. Or, you can <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/925882/apple-peel-twigs">roast</a> the peels for a fun, fiber-filled snack.</p> <h2>14. Lemon Peel Butter</h2> <p>Done with a lemon? Zest it, and make this yummy <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/herb-lemon-zest-butter">compound butter.</a> Put a dollop of this on a grilled steak or a piece of salmon. Or, save the lemon peels and put them inside your next roast chicken for extra lemony flavor.</p> <h2>15. Steamed Carrot Tops</h2> <p>Carrot tops can easily be steamed or sautéed, and they make a great side dish. Or, if you are a smoothie fan, wash and toss in the blender, along with the other ingredients.</p> <h2>16. Herb Stem Dressing</h2> <p>Don't waste those herb stems! They are good in salads or stock; you can also use them to infuse oils and vinegar. They are even good tossed into scrambled eggs.</p> <h2>17. Bread Heel Croutons</h2> <p>Not everyone in my household likes the heel of a loaf of bread, but nobody complains when I use them to make croutons. Save them in a freezer bag. When you want fresh croutons for a salad, just defrost, slice into small squares, and sauté in olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic salt and toss over a salad.</p> <h2>18. Cereal Cookies</h2> <p>Right now, I am staring at a box of cornflakes. There must be a cup of them left in the box, but everyone seems to be tired of cornflakes for breakfast. Solution? Cookies! Cornflakes are a great addition to a basic cookie mix. Also, leftover unsweetened cereals can be tossed with crackers, pretzels, and nuts, and baked in the oven with a little butter, garlic salt, and oregano.</p> <h2>19. Nut Butter</h2> <p>I seem to accumulate bags of leftover nuts. Solution? Nut butter, my newest addiction. Using roasted nuts, just toss into your blender or food processor. It takes patience, so don't give up. Add a tiny bit of honey, if you'd like a little more sweetness.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to use food scraps?</em></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/dont-throw-that-out-19-great-meals-you-can-make-from-scraps">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-and-frugal-power-bowls-you-want-right-now">10 Delicious and Frugal Power Bowls You Want Right Now</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/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</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/11-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup">11 Delicious Dishes You Can Make With a Can of Tomato Soup</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/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant Mashed Potatoes</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/10-frugal-and-delicious-meals-to-make-with-your-kids">10 Frugal and Delicious Meals to Make With Your Kids</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Cooking dinner ideas easy dinners food scraps healthy eating lunches recipes Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:00:05 +0000 Marla Walters 1731886 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Genius Ways to Use Leftover Fruits and Veggies http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-genius-ways-to-use-leftover-fruits-and-veggies-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-genius-ways-to-use-leftover-fruits-and-veggies-0" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/healthy_green_smoothie_80848607.jpg" alt="Learning genius ways to use leftover fruits and veggies" 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 genius ways to use leftover produce, how to avoid common sales traps, and things to remember when you&rsquo;ve lost your motivation.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Uses-Leftover-Fruit-Vegetables-35106060#photo-35106060">26 Genius Uses For Leftover Fruits and Vegetables</a> &mdash; You can make garbage disposal cleaning cubes with citrus rinds, rosemary, and vinegar. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/student-loans-for-living-expenses/">How to Avoid Common Sales Traps Year Round</a> &mdash; It's hard to pass up a BOGO deal&hellip; but you really should let it go unless you genuinely need multiples of an item. [Everything Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2016/06/12/10-things-to-remember-when-youve-lost-your-motivation/">10 Things to Remember When You&rsquo;ve Lost Your Motivation</a> &mdash; Let go of what you can't change. Focus your energy on the things you can control. [Marc &amp; Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0611/Let-them-eat-ice-cream-Great-ice-cream-machines-for-summer">Let them eat ice cream: Great ice cream machines for summer</a> &mdash; Want to make your own sweet treats at home? Here's what you need to know about ice cream makers and what to look for when you shop for one. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2016/06/09/take-care-of-yourself/">Take Care of Yourself: 6 Simple Summer Tips</a> &mdash; Go slow and enjoy all the sights, sounds, smells and people of your summer. [The Positivity Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/student-loans-for-living-expenses/">Five Times To Use Your Student Loans For Living Expenses</a> &mdash; If you need to rely on student loans to pay rent, make sure you minimize the expense by comparing rental prices in the area, commuting from a city with a lower cost of living, or getting a studio instead of a single-bedroom apartment. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/06/home-improvements-to-sell-a-house.html">5 Practical Home Improvements To Sell A House</a> &mdash; Assess the foundation of your house and make sure you fix any structural problems before you even consider cosmetic updates. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="https://timemanagementninja.com/2016/06/5-times-to-say-no-to-yourself-to-stay-productive">5 Times to Say No to Yourself to Stay Productive</a> &mdash; Stop and ask yourself, &quot;What shouldn't I be doing right now?&quot; [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-help-your-children-play-more-with-less-using-the-20-toy-rule">How to Help Your Children Play More with Less Using the 20 Toy Rule</a> &mdash; With the 20 Toy Rule, your kids choose 20 toys to keep in the playroom. The rest are donated, sold, or given to other children. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2016/06/13/how-to-fit-in-more-fitness/">How to Fit In More Fitness</a> &mdash; The next time you need to run errands, park your car and literally run as to go from place to place. [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><strong>$1,500 Giveaway!</strong> Don't forget to enter before June 30th for your chance to win $1,500 in prizes in our Rutgers Giveaway! If you are a young adult, take a quick survey on your financial decisions and you could win a $500 or one of five $200 Amazon gift cards. For more information and to enter, check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rutgers-is-giving-away-1500-to-wise-bread-readers">giveaway article</a>!</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-genius-ways-to-use-leftover-fruits-and-veggies-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-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-frugal-lunches-are-delicious-hot-or-cold">These 10 Frugal Lunches Are Delicious Hot or Cold</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/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers">Thursday Night Soup: Delicious Soup From 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/8-fancy-ways-to-use-leftover-food">8 Fancy Ways to Use Leftover Food</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/10-delicious-ways-to-use-leftover-mashed-potatoes">10 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Mashed Potatoes</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-meals-you-can-make-with-thanksgiving-leftovers">4 Meals You Can Make With Thanksgiving Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips leftovers Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:00:06 +0000 Amy Lu 1731139 at http://www.wisebread.com These 10 Frugal Lunches Are Delicious Hot or Cold http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-frugal-lunches-are-delicious-hot-or-cold <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-10-frugal-lunches-are-delicious-hot-or-cold" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/63560539.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now that the weather is warmer, the office microwave has less appeal at lunchtime. I'm not ready to abandon it completely, since there are still some rainy days. However, I find I like the option of having a cold lunch, instead of the usual wintertime hot lunch. To keep lunches frugal and fast, cook a little extra food for dinner, and then eat the leftovers &mdash; hot or cold &mdash; for lunch. Here are 10 of my favorites that work at either temperature. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-brown-bagging-it-better-than-buying-lunch?ref=seealso">15 Ways to Make Brown Bagging It Better Than Buying Lunch</a>)</p> <h2>1. Soup</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.braunhousehold.com/global/recipes-household-tips/recipes/multi-quick-5-hand-blender-recipes/soups-starters-sauces/spiced-carrot-and-lemongrass-soup">spiced carrot and lemon grass</a> soup is wonderful either hot or cold. It's also easy to convert it from vegetarian to vegan &mdash; just use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. Try it with some slices of avocado on top, too.</p> <h2>2. Grilled Skewers</h2> <p>I personally prefer these cold, but they are good both ways, especially served with vegetables and leftover rice. My mother's marinade recipe (below) makes enough for three and a half pounds of chicken or beef, works on beef or pork skewers, and is equally tasty over chicken and vegetables. I like to make vegetable skewers to grill alongside the meat including: zucchini, mushrooms, red pepper slices, and pineapple. I usually use beef or pork sirloin, but if I use chicken, I prefer boneless thighs.</p> <h3>Marilyn's Marinade</h3> <p><strong><em>Ingredients:</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>&frac14; cup olive oil</li> <li>&frac14; cup soy sauce</li> <li>1/2 cup molasses</li> <li>1/2 cup sherry</li> <li>⅛ cup Worcestershire</li> <li>1 T grated ginger</li> <li>&frac12; t Chopped garlic</li> <li>Dash of liquid smoke</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Method:</em></strong></p> <p>Combine all ingredients. Cut meat into small chunks and put into a large sandwich bag. Pour marinade over and put into refrigerator for at least six hours. Put onto skewers and grill. Serve with skewered vegetables and rice.</p> <h2>3. Pasta</h2> <p>Pasta easily goes from being delicious dinner to lunchtime leftover. I like to make a little extra pasta, and the next day, I can decide if I want a hot lunch with a leftover sauce, or cold, as in pasta salad. Certain types of pasta also seem to do better in salads: Bow tie, corkscrew, and fusilli come to mind. For a quick salad, just add chopped bell peppers, olives, and feta, and a little Italian dressing.</p> <h2>4. Lentils</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4tgg0erT57c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Aside from being nutrient packed powerhouses (fiber, potassium, calcium zinc, and vitamin K), lentils are <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tgg0erT57c">easy to cook</a> <em>and</em> they are inexpensive. Bonus! I like them for dinner with grilled chicken apple sausages and a purple cabbage coleslaw. For lunch, either pack leftovers and heat, or toss the lentils into a wrap, a salad, or drizzle with a vinaigrette.</p> <h2>5. Fried Chicken</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7-WEdqJBXoQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-WEdqJBXoQ">Fried chicken</a> is pretty darn irresistible when hot, but when cold, it is still delicious, with that spicy, crispy, coating. At home, you can make a healthier version <em>and</em> a frugal one, using bone-in thighs. I like to serve with baked potatoes (bake extra) and vegetables. For lunch, you can dice the leftover potatoes and add an Italian vinaigrette, along with leftover vegetables. Pack into a container along with leftover fried chicken. Instant picnic!</p> <h2>6. Meatloaf</h2> <p>I know some of you are skeptical about meatloaf, having had bad experiences in school cafeterias and terrible diners. A good meatloaf, though, not only makes a terrific dinner, but an outstanding sandwich. <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/home-style-meatloaf/a88edb8e-d80a-4b01-b91a-b6f89a9fd101">This recipe</a> is one of my favorites. Serve with mashed potatoes, carrots, and green beans for dinner. The next day, put a slab on some bread with pickles, mustard, and sharp cheddar cheese.</p> <h2>7. Quiche</h2> <p>Quiche is a perfect &quot;hot or cold&quot; dish. I make them two at a time, because the <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/bacon-and-cheese-quiche/19288cf4-0cdc-46cc-bc86-4c9bfa799695">Pillsbury crusts</a> come two to a pack (&quot;scratch&quot; pie crust is not my thing, gang). You can either enjoy the quiche for a few days, or share one with another hungry family member. The next day after baking, it's fine cold or just warmed up in the microwave. They are also very versatile. You can add cooked, drained broccoli, spinach, chopped meats, etc.</p> <h2>8. Quinoa</h2> <p>Quinoa is another super versatile grain that lends itself to dinner (like this great <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/55885/quinoa-pilaf/">vegetarian quinoa pilaf</a>) and makes enough for leftovers. I love it cold, too. Try adding a cilantro pesto on top, or chopped artichoke hearts.</p> <h2>9. Borscht</h2> <p>You wouldn't think that a beet soup would be so filling, but it is &mdash; and the sour cream topping makes it luxurious. I like <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2009/02/dinner-tonight-vegetarian-borscht-recipe.html">this vegetarian version</a>. This is good with pumpernickel bread. Just wear an apron when you're cooking, because beet juice stains.</p> <h2>10. Frittatas</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/b5EuVL5Xlcc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>You'll love to learn to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5EuVL5Xlcc">make a frittata</a>, because they're easy and are good either hot or cold. They can also be vegetarian, or you can add meat to them. Not all frittatas are flipped, so don't be intimidated. And they are great for using up leftovers that you have in your fridge.</p> <p>Remember food safety. Even if you are eating these meals &quot;cold,&quot; be sure to pack them appropriately so that they stay that way until lunchtime.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite hot or cold lunches? Share with us!</em></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/these-10-frugal-lunches-are-delicious-hot-or-cold">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</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/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes</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/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</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-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches">25 Great Non-Sandwich Work Lunches</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-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink bag lunch cold meals easy lunches easy recipes frugal living hot meals leftovers lunch recipes Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:00:04 +0000 Marla Walters 1727883 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 41 Coffee Hacks That Will Instantly Improve Your Morning http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_drinking_coffee_000080906057.jpg" alt="Woman using coffee hacks that improve her morning" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most mornings, for most people, are basically a nightmare. That is, until the first drop of glorious java touches our tongues. Then the world is a much better place. Coffee is such an important part of our daily routines, so why should we ever settle for overpriced coffee that isn't as tasty as it could be? Here are 41 coffee hacks that will instantly brighten your day.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_drinking_coffee_000052198132.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-money-on-your-cup-of-coffee?ref=fbf">9 Ways to Save Money on Your Cup of Coffee</a> &mdash; There are lots of scenarios in which &quot;you get what you pay for&quot; is an accurate consumer mindset to have. Coffee does not have to be one of them. Save your hard-earned money and get your morning cuppa joe for less.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/better-brewing-12-ways-to-make-coffee-at-home?ref=fbf">Better Brewing: 12 Ways to Make Coffee at Home</a> &mdash; If you're a loyal home-brewer, you're already a winner in frugal living. But don't settle for bland coffee when you brew a cup at home that tastes better than any barista could make. Step up your coffee game!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000016525303_Large.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-starbucks-drinks-you-can-easily-make-yourself?ref=fbf">4 Starbucks Drinks You Can Easily Make Yourself</a> &mdash; Starbucks has so many delicious caffeinated treats, it's a little intimidating to try to recreate any of them at home. But you can! And these four are just as good as the in-store versions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/french-press-coffee?ref=fbf">French Press Coffee: Step-by-Step Guide to Handcrafted Coffee</a> &mdash; When people go French Press, they hardly ever go back. Perfect your pressin' skills and make the best coffee you've ever had, with this handy guide.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_barista_coffee_000059553918.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-starbucks-savings-hacks-that-actually-work?ref=fbf">7 Starbucks Savings Hacks That Actually Work</a> &mdash; If going into Starbucks each morning is more your style, then asking for &quot;half ice&quot; and bringing your own cup are just two of the ways you can save big on your Starbucks budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-your-morning-coffee-for-free?ref=fbf">8 Ways to Get Your Morning Coffee for Free</a> &mdash; Take those coffee savings one step further by resolving to pay zero dollars on your daily cup using these incredibly brilliant savings hacks. Because nothing compares to the taste coffee you didn't have to pay for, am I right?</p> <p><em>What are some other coffee hacks we should try? Share with us in the comments!</em></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-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning">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-6"> <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-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag It</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-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</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-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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer">Flashback Friday: 102 Amazing Food Hacks You Have to Try This Summer</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-wise-breads-88-best-food-hacks-ever">Flashback Friday: Wise Bread&#039;s 88 Best Food Hacks Ever</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink breakfast breakfast hacks coffee coffee hacks fbf flashback friday Food food hacks healthy living Fri, 10 Jun 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1728083 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Frugal and Refreshing Popsicles to Make This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-and-refreshing-popsicles-to-make-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-frugal-and-refreshing-popsicles-to-make-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000065700299_Large.jpg" alt="refreshing diy popsicles" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You don't need fancy plastic molds to make delicious popsicles &mdash; they can be made a variety of ways with a variety of tools. You can buy plastic equipment to make them on a regular basis, or just use popsicle sticks, Dixie cups (or any paper cups), and saran wrap. Keep in mind that popsicles take about four hours to set, so plan ahead if you want to use them for parties.</p> <p>To make your own popsicles, you can use juice, fresh fruit, pudding, yogurt, cream, and even alcohol. We've found some of the most <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/guacamole-wine-and-23-other-surprisingly-refreshing-popsicle-recipes">delicious popsicles</a> the Internet has to offer. Some are healthy and some, not so much, but all of them are absolutely divine.</p> <h2>1. Watermelon Pineapple</h2> <p>Watermelon mixed with pineapples makes for the quintessential summertime treat. This <a href="http://iwonderasiwander7.blogspot.com/2013/09/watermelon-pineapple-popsicles.html">easy popsicle recipe</a> only requires those two simple ingredients. Blend the watermelon until it becomes liquid, pour into your mold, add the pineapple, and freeze!</p> <h2>2. Orange Pink Lemonade</h2> <p>Shake up your lemonade stand with this <a href="http://thesimpleparent.com/easy-homemade-popsicles-orange-pink-lemonade/">delicious summertime treat</a>. The recipe requires an &quot;orange drink,&quot; like Kool Aid or orange juice, and pink lemonade. Pour the orange drink into your mold about a third of the way full, let it set for 30 minutes, and then add the popsicle stick. Let it freeze completely. Add in the pink lemonade, let it set for 30 minutes, and then add the orange drink to mix. Let it freeze completely and add just pink lemonade at the end to freeze. While this is a multistep process, it adds a little more transition time to the popsicle and gives it yummy layers!</p> <h2>3. Iced Coffee</h2> <p>Iced coffee popsicles are the perfect ones for me. Brew some strong coffee, grab some heavy cream and sugar (to taste), and you'll be on your way. Follow this <a href="http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/iced-coffee-popsicles/">iced coffee recipe</a> from <em>The View From Great Island</em> and create some tasty goodies for a midday pick-me-up or brunch.</p> <h2>4. Red, White, and Blue</h2> <p>To recreate those <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/kids/healthy-kids/homemade-popsicles#red-white-blue-pops">red, white, and blue popsicles</a> you grew up with, you'll need a little more patience, but not too many ingredients. Use strawberries, blueberries, cream cheese, lemon juice, sugar, and corn syrup to create a (somewhat) healthier take on the popsicles of your childhood.</p> <h2>5. Horchata</h2> <p>Horchata is my go-to drink at any Latin restaurant. Refreshing and a little spicy, it also <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/horchata-pops">makes a great popsicle</a>. Take four ingredients: rice milk, cinnamon, heavy cream, and sugar, combine and freeze. You can substitute the rice milk with almond milk, if you prefer.</p> <h2>6. Creamy Lime</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.architectureofamom.com/2014/05/creamy-lime-popsicles-two-ingredients.html#_a5y_p=1719932">two-ingredient recipe</a> only takes one cup of limeade and 4 oz. of whipped topping. Whisk the two ingredients together and freeze. It's simple and adds the right amount of sweet and sour to your day.</p> <h2>7. Banana and Nutella</h2> <p>I couldn't resist this one! It's so easy and anything <a href="http://thevietvegan.com/banana-nutella-fudgesicles/">Nutella is delicious</a>. Take six overripe bananas and puree. Add half a cup of Nutella and blend. Pour into popsicle molds and add sticks (if using paper cups). Freeze and enjoy.</p> <h2>8. Jello Pudding Pops</h2> <p>Seriously, these <a href="http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/jell-o-creamy-chocolate-pudding-pops-50306.aspx">creamy chocolate pudding pops</a> sound good, even if they aren't the healthiest. Grab a box of pudding, milk, and Cool Whip, and make these quick and easy popsicles everyone will love. Make the pudding and stir in Cool Whip, spoon into molds or paper cups, add a popsicle stick or spoon, and freeze.</p> <p><em>What are your go-to homemade popsicle recipes? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-and-refreshing-popsicles-to-make-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surefire-ways-to-save-on-grilling">7 Surefire Ways to Save on Grilling</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-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag It</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/11-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup">11 Delicious Dishes You Can Make With a Can of Tomato Soup</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/10-frugal-and-delicious-meals-to-make-with-your-kids">10 Frugal and Delicious Meals to Make With Your Kids</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> Frugal Living Food and Drink DIY homemade popsicles popsicles recipes summer summer desserts summer food summer treats Fri, 03 Jun 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1722969 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Smoothie Bowls You Want Right Now http://www.wisebread.com/11-smoothie-bowls-you-want-right-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-smoothie-bowls-you-want-right-now" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fruit_smoothie_bowl_000087391049.jpg" alt="Smoothie bowls you want to eat right now" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's getting warmer, and hot oatmeal, or scrambled eggs, just don't have the same breakfast appeal. Rather, a cool smoothie bowl, with fruit, nuts, and grains, sounds much better. The prices, though, when buying them, gives me sticker shock. How about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-superfood-smoothies-for-a-better-morning" target="_blank">making your own smoothie</a> bowls?</p> <p>Here is the basic concept for the smoothie bowl, in case you haven't tried one yet.</p> <p>Your smoothie is made a little thicker, either by not adding as much liquid, or by adding other ingredients (avocado, banana, nut butters, etc.) to make it thicker. Think &quot;spoonable.&quot; Toppings are then added, which usually consist of sliced fruits, seeds, nuts, grains, granola, and maybe some small sweets like cacao nibs or flaked coconut. Like a lunchtime <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-and-frugal-power-bowls-you-want-right-now">power bowl</a>, they are usually artfully concocted, so that they look decorative and appealing. This time in prep, plus the sometimes expensive toppings, are what drive those high take-out smoothie bowl prices. Here are 12 delicious, healthy, and frugal smoothie bowls that you can make right at home.</p> <h2>1. Healthy &quot;Peach Pie&quot;</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.spoonfulofflavor.com/2015/07/22/peach-pie-smoothie-bowl/">peach pie smoothie bowl</a> reminded me of summertime at my aunt's house, where we'd eat fresh peaches with cream at breakfast. You don't need fresh peaches, though, for this bowl. In fact, frozen ones work better when making a smoothie. To keep things frugal, check your pantry for nuts before you buy more, as most nuts have a shelf life of less than a year.</p> <h2>2. Peanut Butter and Banana</h2> <p>Bananas are one of the most inexpensive fruits to buy. When on sale, buy extras, slice, and freeze. You'll be glad you did when you want to try this <a href="http://www.mealmakeovermoms.com/kitchen/2015/06/23/peanut-butter-and-banana-smoothie-bowls-how-to-make-a-smoothie-bowl/">peanut butter and banana bowl</a>. To keep it more frugal, skip the chia seeds, which are expensive, and use your favorite nuts.</p> <h2>3. Creamsicle Bowl</h2> <p>Remember cxreamsicles, or &quot;Fifty-Fifty&quot; bars? I still love those things. Try making a <a href="http://justins.com/recipes/orange-creamsicle-smoothie-bowl">creamsicle bowl</a>, smoothie-style! I love this recipe because this is all stuff I have around the house, so I can easily satisfy a &quot;popsicle&quot; craving with something much healthier.</p> <h2>4. Healthy &quot;Apple Pie&quot;</h2> <p>Apples are another wallet-friendly fruit, and they keep well, so you'll want to bookmark this <a href="http://fitfoodiefinds.com/2015/10/apple-pie-smoothie-bowl/">apple pie smoothie bowl</a>. I substituted granola in place of the rolled oats; it was delicious. Keep it even more frugal and learn to <a href="http://greatist.com/health/make-your-own-homemade-yogurt-how-to-diy">make your own Greek yogurt</a>. (I make my own, and it's simple, and <em>so</em> much cheaper.)</p> <h2>5. Blackberry Bowl</h2> <p>One of my favorite berries are combined here with shredded coconut in this <a href="http://the-fit-foodie.com/recipes/blackberry-smoothie-bowl/">blackberry smoothie bowl</a>. Although expensive in grocery stores, you can forage for free! In summertime, go berry picking, then wash and freeze. Berries freeze very well. Or, look for a U-Pick farm and take your kids along.</p> <h2>6. Green Smoothie</h2> <p>My friend Chuck drinks a green smoothie every day (and he did lose a lot of weight). It gets a little boring, though, so he was glad that I shared this recipe for a <a href="http://www.thebalancedberry.com/green-smoothie-bowl/">green smoothie bowl</a>. Keep it frugal: Buy your spinach in a bunch, and wash/dry it yourself, rather than buying the &quot;prewashed&quot; in the small bags.</p> <h2>7. Carrot Cake</h2> <p>I love carrot cake, but it is usually really fattening (which seems so wrong). Good news, because this <a href="http://www.flavourandsavour.com/carrot-cake-smoothie-bowl/">carrot cake smoothie bowl</a> has the flavors &mdash; but it is so much healthier. The spices (cinnamon, ginger, cloves) are spot-on for carrot cake flavor, and the toppings seal the deal.</p> <h2>8. Chocolate and Fiber</h2> <p>I loved the ingenuity here of combining oats and quinoa for more fiber and texture in this <a href="http://1bigbite.com/2016/03/healthy-chocolate-smoothie-bowl/">healthy chocolate smoothie bowl</a>. To keep it easy, make a larger batch of the porridge so that you have it on hand.</p> <h2>9. S'Mores</h2> <p>Kids love these <a href="http://www.frugalmomeh.com/2016/04/smores-smoothie-bowl.html">s'mores smoothie bowls</a>, and so do big kids, like me. Using yogurt instead of ice cream keeps the calorie count down, a little.</p> <h2>10. Oat, Coconut, and Banana</h2> <p>This is another recipe I love because the ingredients are things I have on hand. I can whip up an <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/1144132/oat-coconut-and-banana-smoothie-bowl">oat, coconut, and banana smoothie bowl</a> at the drop of a hat. However, I must confess: I did not use a vanilla bean. Just toss in a quarter teaspoon of vanilla extract. (Sorry, Martha.) I also like that this is not overly sweet, unless you use a lot of syrup.</p> <h2>11. Cherry Bowl</h2> <p>Cherries were on sale today at the market, and so I grabbed a bag, hoping that I could find a smoothie bowl recipe to suit. As luck would have it, yesterday I bought a bag of cacao nibs. What a glorious combination in this <a href="https://downshiftology.com/recipes/dark-cherry-smoothie-bowl/">dark cherry smoothie bowl</a>! My husband and I ate it for dessert. What a treat.</p> <p>Tips for keeping your costs down: Watch for fruit to go on sale. Chia seeds are really expensive, so if you have a friend who also loves to use them, consider splitting a package of them. Don't limit yourself to the type of nuts in a recipe. Use what you have, or what you need to use up. Experiment!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite smoothie bowl?</em></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/11-smoothie-bowls-you-want-right-now">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-8"> <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-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes">15 Easy and Delicious Ice Cream Substitutes</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-smart-uses-for-food-thats-about-to-go-bad">10 Smart Uses for Food That&#039;s About to Go Bad</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/eat-less-sugar-with-these-10-simple-tricks">Eat Less Sugar With These 10 Simple Tricks</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes">20 Easy and Delicious Granola Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink breakfasts clean eating desserts dieting fruits healthy recipes smoothie bowls smoothies Thu, 02 Jun 2016 09:30:20 +0000 Marla Walters 1717323 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Aluminum and Stainless Steel Water Bottles http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-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-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-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_drinking_water_000016538606.jpg" alt="Woman drinking water out of stainless steel water bottle" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Aluminum and stainless steel reusable water bottles are long-lasting and can keep your water cold for hours. They are also an eco-friendly option. Studies have shown that less than 15% of plastic water bottles are actually recycled, so they are a huge contributor to the Earth&rsquo;s landfills. By choosing a reusable bottle, you can help reduce our carbon footprint and reduce the amount of toxic plastic found in landfills.</p> <h2>What Is a Reusable Water Bottle?</h2> <p>Aluminum or stainless steel water bottles are reusable beverage holders that can house your hot or cold drinks. They offer the perfect alternative to harmful disposable plastic bottles. Most people prefer stainless steel bottles to aluminum bottles, but we have included both in the list below so that you can find the right one for your personal preferences.</p> <h2>Top 5 Aluminum and Stainless Steel Water Bottles</h2> <h3>Sigg Traveller Water Bottle</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006PHN3O2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006PHN3O2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JFY3BKEMAYELCEBS"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sigg.jpg" width="79" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The durable <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006PHN3O2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006PHN3O2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JFY3BKEMAYELCEBS">Sigg Traveller Water Bottle</a> is constructed of BPA and Phthalate-free materials and will not leach toxins into your drink. It is also solvent-free and uses heavy metal-free paints on the outside. The 1-liter aluminum water bottle has a screw top, is virtually unbreakable, and has a taste-neutral plastic liner that is resistant to acids and odors. The functional bottle can keep your water cold and is the perfect travel companion.</p> <p>This popular bottle is available in a range of colors and designs to best suit your needs and preferences. It is the common choice among the outdoorsy types because it can really take a beating and is designed to last for years. It is also recommended by Good Housekeeping and Wired.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006PHN3O2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006PHN3O2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JFY3BKEMAYELCEBS"><em>Currently $26.15 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005PO9T44/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005PO9T44&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=UQNQEPT2IEV47UQJ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/zoji.jpg" width="69" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The bestselling <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005PO9T44/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005PO9T44&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=UQNQEPT2IEV47UQJ">Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug</a> features vacuum insulation technology to keep your beverages hot or cold for about six hours. The sleek, leak-proof design features an extra wide mouth that easily accommodates ice cubes. The 16-oz water bottle features a convenient tight fitting push-button lid, so you can easily open it with one hand, as well as a safety lock for your protection. The durable SlickSteel finish is corrosion resistant and repels stains. It also traps heat on the inside, so you won&rsquo;t have to worry about hot beverages burning your hands. The slim design easily fits in cup holders and the bottle can be completely taken apart for a thorough cleaning.</p> <p>This bottle is available in two sizes and various colors to match your style. It is recommended by Good Housekeeping, Consumer Search, Cook&rsquo;s Illustrated, LifeHacker, Tested, The Wirecutter, and The Sweethome. It also has exceptional reviews online, including more than 3,200 five-star reviews on Amazon. The thermal vacuum insulation is also backed by a five-year warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005PO9T44/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005PO9T44&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=UQNQEPT2IEV47UQJ"><em>Currently $26.82 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Klean Kanteen Classic Stainless Steel Bottle</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0093IRGZM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0093IRGZM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O2R5SQI4VQWYCNDK"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/klean%20kanteen.jpg" width="83" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The durable <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0093IRGZM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0093IRGZM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O2R5SQI4VQWYCNDK">Klean Kanteen Classic 27-oz Stainless Steel Bottle</a> features a convenient loop cap, which allows you to easily clip the bottle onto your bag. The BPA-free water bottle has no phthalates, lead, or other toxins, and won&rsquo;t leach harmful chemicals into your beverage or retain or impart flavors. It is leak-proof and features a wide mouth opening that allows for ice cubes and bottle brushes. It also features rounded corners, so no dirt or bacteria can hide away in hard angles. The slim design fits in most cup holders and bike cages. It is also dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.</p> <p>The bottle is available in a range of sizes and colors to best suit your personal needs and preferences. It is backed by outstanding online reviews and a lifetime warranty for your added peace of mind. It is also recommended by Wired and The Wirecutter. This is easily found in most outdoor sports stores for a reason. It can really take a beating and is designed to last reliably for years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0093IRGZM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0093IRGZM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O2R5SQI4VQWYCNDK"><em>Currently $16.29 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Thermos Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Hydration Bottle</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FJ9DOK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000FJ9DOK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7N7BKTZZ4KWLLUJE"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/thermos.jpg" width="70" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FJ9DOK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000FJ9DOK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7N7BKTZZ4KWLLUJE">Thermos Vacuum Insulated 18-oz Stainless Steel Hydration Bottle</a> features vacuum insulation technology, which keeps drinks cold for 12 hours and can also maintain hot temperatures for hours. The leak-proof bottle can also help preserve flavor and freshness. It is BPA-free and has a durable, unbreakable stainless steel interior and exterior. It has a slip resistant silicone grip and is condensation-free, so it won&rsquo;t leave any rings behind. The top can be screwed off so that you have plenty of space to include ice cubes. It features a convenient push-button lid, so you can easily open it with one hand. The free-flow spout has a hygienic cover and a locking ring for enhanced safety. It is well designed, leak-proof, has no metallic taste, and fits in most cup holders.</p> <p>Thermos has been the leading manufacturer of convenient insulated products for over 100 years, so you can count on it working well for you. It comes in four colors to match your style. It is recommended by Good Housekeeping and has exceptional reviews online, including more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is designed to last for years and is backed by a five-year limited warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FJ9DOK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000FJ9DOK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7N7BKTZZ4KWLLUJE"><em>Currently $17.67 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman Aluminum Bottle</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00168ZJS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00168ZJS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=D7CY4XZX2ZF7NXXC"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/coleman.jpg" width="75" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The rugged <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00168ZJS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00168ZJS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=D7CY4XZX2ZF7NXXC">Coleman 32-oz Aluminum Bottle</a> is sturdy enough to take on your next vacation or hiking trip. Coleman is a leader in outdoor and camping supplies, so it&rsquo;s no surprise that they also offer one of the best water bottles for all your outdoor (and indoor) needs. The lightweight bottle features a looped topper seal to protect against leaks and ensure you can easily hang it from your bag. The wide mouth opening can also fit most ice cubes. It is the perfect size for most cup holders in the car or on fitness equipment and is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.</p> <p>Unfortunately, you cannot choose which color you&rsquo;ll receive. The colors vary, so you can expect either red, black, blue, or silver. It is featured on Shape.com and has outstanding reviews online.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00168ZJS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00168ZJS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=D7CY4XZX2ZF7NXXC"><em>Currently $7.68 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best aluminum and stainless steel 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-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-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-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-foot-creams">The 5 Best Foot Creams</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-manual-toothbrushes">The 5 Best Manual Toothbrushes</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-hand-lotions">The 5 Best Hand Lotions</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-nail-polish-removers">The 5 Best Nail Polish Removers</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-tinted-moisturizers">The 5 Best Tinted Moisturizers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Home Shopping 5 best aluminum water bottles product reviews shopping stainless steel water bottles water bottles Thu, 02 Jun 2016 09:00:05 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1715521 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Glass Water Bottles http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-glass-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-glass-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_000071930843.jpg" alt="Woman drinking water out of glass water bottle" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A reusable glass water bottle offers an environmentally friendly option. Rather than wasting money on disposable plastic water bottles, you can purchase a durable glass bottle that is better for your health and the earth.</p> <h2>What Is a Glass Water Bottle?</h2> <p>A glass water bottle is simply a reusable water bottle made of glass. Glass water bottles will not leach any harmful chemicals into your beverage, or leave behind any odd odors or flavors, like some other types of reusable water bottles can. It will leave your water with a fresh, crisp, clean flavor; just as water should be. By bottling your own beverages, you can help eliminate waste and save money in the process.</p> <h2>Top 5 Glass Water Bottles</h2> <h3>Lifefactory Glass Bottle With Flip Cap and Silicone Sleeve</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B9DJWTM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00B9DJWTM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BP5UO77IKC3ZPT4Z"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/lifefactory.jpg" width="85" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B9DJWTM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00B9DJWTM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BP5UO77IKC3ZPT4Z">Lifefactory 22-oz Glass Bottle</a> comes with a convenient protective silicone sleeve, flip cap, and pivoting handle. The non-sleeve silicone grip will help protect the durable glass against breakage. The bottle and cap are BPA/BPS-free with no phthalates, PVC, or polycarbonates. It also has no chemical leaching, so you are left with only the purest-tasting drinking water. The reusable glass water bottle has a wider mouth, so you can easily drink from it and add ice cubes. The flip cap is convenient, but not leak-proof, so it is best to keep this bottle upright. It is also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.</p> <p>This sturdy bottle is available in various sizes and colors to best meet your needs and preferences. It is recommended by The Wirecutter and has exceptional reviews online, including more than 1,200 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B9DJWTM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00B9DJWTM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BP5UO77IKC3ZPT4Z"><em>Currently $18.59 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Aquasana Glass Water Bottle</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003XPISEO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003XPISEO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WF5BPC4B65CLYTIE"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/aquasana.jpg" width="200" height="178" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003XPISEO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003XPISEO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WF5BPC4B65CLYTIE">Aquasana 18-oz Glass Water Bottles</a> feature BPA-free plastic lids and will not leach harmful chemicals into your water. With a convenient six-pack of reusable glass bottles, you can store different beverages in each one, or you can fill them all with filtered water so that you always have drinking water ready to go when you are. The thick, high quality, lab-tested glass offers protection from accidental breakage. It also features a wide mouth opening. It is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.</p> <p>The popular bottles are recommended by Apartment Therapy and The Wirecutter, and have exceptional reviews online, including more than 900 five-star reviews on Amazon. Consider adding the six-pack <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BJN8KUE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00BJN8KUE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VZDTJPY5DWHGOMRY">Aquasana Silicone Sleeves and Caps</a> to protect your hands from any condensation or harsh temperatures. You can also just purchase the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BH1WUP8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B01BH1WUP8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=IROE234VCQDWPANN">Aquasana Premium Borosilicate Glass Bottle with Silicone Sleeve</a>, where you can get everything together.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003XPISEO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003XPISEO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WF5BPC4B65CLYTIE"><em>Currently $31.79 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Takeya Classic Glass Water Bottle With Silicone Sleeve</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003DTLNUG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003DTLNUG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3HDVRZ5STTJKZN2N"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/takeya.jpg" width="90" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003DTLNUG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003DTLNUG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3HDVRZ5STTJKZN2N">Takeya Classic Glass Water Bottle</a> has a sturdy no-slip silicone sleeve and classic airtight twist-off cap with a convenient carry hook. The reusable, eco-friendly 22-oz lead-free glass bottle can be used for any beverage. It will not leach harmful chemicals into your water, so you can feel confident about placing your beverages in this bottle. It is sturdy enough for everyday use and has the perfect weight-balance to feel comfortable in your hand. It also has a wide-mouthed opening for easy guzzling. The innovative design features a unique see-thru window, which will allow you to see how much of your beverage is left. It is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.</p> <p>The spill proof bottle is available in various sizes and colors to best meet your needs and preferences. It is recommended by Apartment Therapy and has exceptional reviews online, including more than 700 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003DTLNUG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003DTLNUG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3HDVRZ5STTJKZN2N"><em>Currently $13.91 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Glasstic Shatterproof Glass Water Bottle</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EDS3P0C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00EDS3P0C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=B7X2L2UYDOVHYT6U"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/glasstic.jpg" width="102" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EDS3P0C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00EDS3P0C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=B7X2L2UYDOVHYT6U">Glasstic Shatterproof Glass Water Bottle</a> features thick shatterproof glass that can withstand nearly any drop and is third party tested to ensure safety. It is also free of lead, cadmium, and toxins. The 16-oz double walled bottle features a layer of thick glass on the inside and a layer of plastic on the outside, so you won&rsquo;t need to worry about being careful with it. It features a BPA/BPS-free protective outer shell, which helps prevent condensation and provides insulation. It also has a lockable, leak-proof flip lid with an easy carry handle and lock. It is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.</p> <p>Glasstic claims that this innovative bottle offers the &ldquo;purity of glass with the portability of plastic.&rdquo; The glass inserts and caps are backed by a 30-day warranty and if they break, you can request one free replacement within the first year. It is recommended by Apartment Therapy and has outstanding reviews online.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EDS3P0C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00EDS3P0C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=B7X2L2UYDOVHYT6U"><em>Currently $19.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>The Original Little bkr Water Bottle</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MYCTOK4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MYCTOK4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3LXUGTR2KMPSRBB3"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bkr.jpg" width="103" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MYCTOK4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MYCTOK4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3LXUGTR2KMPSRBB3">Original Little bkr Water Bottle</a> is definitely the priciest option on our list, but it&rsquo;s hard to ignore all of the positive reviews and recommendations. The 500-mL glass bottle is a cult classic for a reason. It is the preferred choice among A-list celebrities around the world and is just as often recommended as a beauty and fashion must have.</p> <p>The modern design features a no leak cap and soft grip. The sheer soft silicone sleeve allows you to see how much of the beverage is left and feels comfortable in the hand. The thick glass is BPA and phthalate-free, with no chemical leaching or canteen taste. It is the perfect size for most cup holders and is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.</p> <p>This wildly popular bottle has been featured in Vogue, ELLE, Forbes, The New York Times, Entrepreneur, InStyle, W, Marie Claire, Glamour, Allure, People, Harper&rsquo;s Bazaar, Self, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Refinery29, Shape, Health Magazine, and Real Simple. Many reviewers claim to be obsessed with it. It is available in various sizes and endless colors and designs to best match your style. They also have Trend Collections released every fall and spring, which features new silicone sleeve colors inspired by seasonal runway trends. bkr also supports early detection cancer research, clean water initiatives, and other charitable organizations, so you can feel good about your purchase.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MYCTOK4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MYCTOK4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3LXUGTR2KMPSRBB3"><em>Currently $35.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best glass 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-glass-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-9"> <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-foot-creams">The 5 Best Foot Creams</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-manual-toothbrushes">The 5 Best Manual Toothbrushes</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-hand-lotions">The 5 Best Hand Lotions</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-nail-polish-removers">The 5 Best Nail Polish Removers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping drink water glass bottles glass water bottle hydration product reviews recycling shopping water bottle Fri, 27 May 2016 09:00:05 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1714590 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 102 Amazing Food Hacks You Have to Try This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_watermelon_000070809455.jpg" alt="Woman trying amazing food hacks this summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The best part of summer isn't the warmer weather, or the days spent lounging on the beach. It's the food. Summer food is fresh, light, and often grilled to perfection. Whether it's produce, meat, or a bowl of ice cream, everything just tastes better in the summer. So to kick your summer food game up a notch, give the following summer food hacks a try. You will not be disappointed.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/grilled_vegetable_kabobs_000020035070.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat?ref=fbf">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</a> &mdash; The grill is not just a place for meat. Pretty much anything can be tossed on the grill, especially veggies. And you won't even notice the lack of meat in these grilled veggie dishes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill?ref=fbf">13 Delicious Early Summer Recipes to Try on Your Grill</a> &mdash; Summer is ready, set, and itching to get the go ahead from Memorial Day weekend. And the best way to kick off the best season of the year is with these early summer dishes that are yummy and grill-friendly.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000088024237_Large_1.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surefire-ways-to-save-on-grilling?ref=fbf">7 Surefire Ways to Save on Grilling</a> &mdash; With the charcoal or gas, and the constant bulk buying of meat, buns, and produce, grilling can be a costly way to cook. But before you start emptying your wallet for this summer pleasure, check out these smart ways to save on grilling season.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes?ref=fbf">15 Easy and Delicious Ice Cream Substitutes</a> &mdash; Ice cream is a summer staple, but those sugary calories can add up quickly. But these substitutes are healthier, and equally as refreshing as your classic ice cream.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-your-summer-veggies?ref=fbf">31 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Your Summer Veggies</a> &mdash; From zucchini fries to hot pepper relish, and grilled tomato gazpacho, you can use in-season summer veggies to make some of the best meals you've ever had. Enjoy!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000060439792_Large%20%281%29.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer?ref=fbf">11 Delicious Raw Recipes to Try This Summer</a> &mdash; If you're looking to give the Raw Food lifestyle a try, then whip up these summer raw recipes. Trendy diets are often very restrictive and no fun at all, but any diet where you can eat sushi, guacamole, and almond butter doesn't sound so bad at all.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-barbecue-hacks-to-master-this-summer?ref=fbf">10 Barbecue Hacks to Master This Summer</a> &mdash; You might think that grilling is simply the act of putting food on a grill and making sure it doesn't turn into a burned ball of charcoal. But it's so much more than that. Master the art of grilling this summer with these brilliant tricks.</p> <p><em>What other summer foods are you excited to try? Share with us in the comments!</em></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-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer">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-10"> <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-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag It</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-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning">Flashback Friday: 41 Coffee Hacks That Will Instantly Improve Your Morning</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-wise-breads-88-best-food-hacks-ever">Flashback Friday: Wise Bread&#039;s 88 Best Food Hacks Ever</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-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating 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/flashback-friday-celebrate-national-slow-cooking-month-with-these-95-crock-pot-dishes">Flashback Friday: Celebrate National Slow Cooking Month With These 95 Crock Pot Dishes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink fbf flashback friday food hacks healthy eating healthy living recipes summer food Fri, 20 May 2016 10:00:03 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1713533 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Frugal and Delicious Meals to Make With Your Kids http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-and-delicious-meals-to-make-with-your-kids <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-frugal-and-delicious-meals-to-make-with-your-kids" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000080725467_Large.jpg" alt="cooking healthy and frugal meals with your kids" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are a lot of great reasons to cook with your kids. They'll taste and sample ingredients during the process, which I have found is a good way to introduce new foods. Secondly, cooking is an excellent time to hang out and bond with them. Lastly, they'll need to know how to cook eventually, when they go off to the real world. So having an arsenal of frugal, easy recipes will come in handy.</p> <p>Children can begin to learn to cook at a very young age. In fact, in the Montessori method, cooking is part of the school curriculum, and you can purchase small-hand size cutting and slicing tools.</p> <p>The first step is to teach cleanliness &mdash; show them the importance of washing hands and how to wash fruit and vegetables. Then, demonstrate. It's hard to explain to someone how to crack an egg. You just have to try it.</p> <p>Here are 10 frugal, fun recipes to make with your kids.</p> <h2>1. Stone Soup</h2> <p>You may remember this wonderful book by author <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0689711034/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0689711034&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4QKL4RDZ63H437HD">Marcia Brown</a> about three hungry soldiers. My mother used to make this <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/stone-soup">soup</a> in her kindergarten classroom with the children after reading the story. The children each brought ingredients and would prep the ingredients, add them, and make soup for their lunch. It was a huge hit. Besides working on chopping and measuring skills, they'll learn how to chop an onion, which can be a real challenge.</p> <h2>2. Chicken in Cracker Crumbs</h2> <p>This is a very simple, yet really delicious dinner. To serve four, pop four boneless, skinless, chicken breasts into Ziploc bags. Zip, place on a sturdy breadboard, and hand your kid a mallet. Let them pound away to about &frac34; inch thickness. When all have been pounded, fill a clean Ziplock with a sleeve of crackers and let them pound again until you have crumbs. Add a cup of shredded cheese (another great kid chore) and combine the cheese with the crumbs. Dip each breast into melted butter (use about half a stick), and then into the cheese-crumb mixture. Spray a baking pan with non-stick spray, add the chicken breasts, and sprinkle the top with the remaining coating mix; drizzle with another two tablespoons of melted butter. Bake at 375&ordm;F for about 45 minutes, until thoroughly cooked through. Serve with rice or pasta and vegetables.</p> <h2>3. Stuffed Baked Potatoes</h2> <p>These are one of the easiest things for kids to make, and if you let them choose their own &quot;stuffings,&quot; they'll really get a kick out of them. I like to use russets. Preheat the oven to 400&ordm;F. Scrub each potato and prick with a fork. This is important! I like to rub mine with a little butter before they go into the oven, directly onto a rack. Bake for an hour. Assist the kids with removing from the oven safely, and carefully cut open. To make it a meal, add chili, or broccoli with cheese. They can even make a potato &quot;taco&quot; with cheeses, olives, salsa, etc. Pre-teens might also like to make a potato &quot;bar&quot; with various fillings for parties.</p> <h2>4. Dutch Baby</h2> <p>A Dutch Baby is a sort of a puffy popover pancake. This is a good recipe for practicing egg-cracking and juicing skills, as well as measuring. If have an oven with a window, these are fun to watch while baking with your child. It is loaded with egg, which causes it to puff up when baking. As it cools, it will mostly deflate. They go together quickly in the blender.</p> <p>Here is an easy <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/239993/chef-johns-dutch-babies/">Dutch Baby</a> recipe. I don't use a cast-iron skillet &mdash; melting butter into a large casserole dish works just fine. I like them with butter and lemon juice, as suggested in the recipe, but younger palates may prefer Nutella, peanut butter, or sliced, sauteed apples. These also work for a savory meal. Try filling with cheese, chopped ham, well-drained broccoli, and sliced green onions. Yum!</p> <h2>5. Grilled Cheese</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GyLX64aJY80" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>My father was a big fan of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyLX64aJY80">grilled cheese sandwiches</a>. He taught me how to make them at age seven and I thought they were divine. Here is a classic, easy, method using American cheese.</p> <h2>6. Mini-Pizzas</h2> <p>There are two ways you can make these. One is to split English muffins and spoon over pizza sauce, cheese, pepperoni, olives, etc., and then bake. Another method is to use biscuit dough (the refrigerated kind in the can) and flatten. If you want to try this, place the biscuit dough between two sheets of wax paper. Either use hands or a rolling pin to flatten, then put toppings on and bake as usual (400&ordm;F oven, about 12-15 minutes). I like to set the toppings in small bowls and just let the kids go to town on choosing their own.</p> <h2>7. Chicken &quot;Curry&quot;</h2> <p>My mother-in-law loved to recruit her grandchildren for help when making this recipe. It's a huge family favorite and kids love it because after preparing the toppings, they can put whatever they want on their own plate. Kids can grate cheese, crush tortilla chips, slice olives and green onions, cut up hard-boiled eggs and avocados, etc.</p> <p>Method:</p> <p>Cook a pot of rice; set aside, covered. Prepare two cans of cream of chicken soup; heat. Add curry powder to taste.</p> <p>Toppings: Hard-boiled eggs, avocados, tortilla chips, black olives, tomatoes, pickle relish, grated cheese, raisins, green onions&hellip; the sky's the limit.</p> <p>To serve, put a large spoonful of rice on a plate. Add the &quot;curry sauce&quot; and any toppings you like.</p> <h2>8. Eggs</h2> <p>At age four, my niece was making herself eggs. It was quite a thing to watch her drag a stool into the kitchen and go at it. Her method was to make <a href="http://www.incredibleegg.org/recipe/microwave-coffee-cup-scramble/">scrambled eggs in a cup</a>. After spraying your cup with non-stick spray, add two eggs (stir with a fork), two tablespoons of milk, and add two tablespoons of grated cheese, once cooked.</p> <h2>9. Crepes</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/C1DgmbMMOgA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1DgmbMMOgA">Crepes</a> might sound sort of fancy for a cook-with-kids project, but it's easier than it seems. My daughter, who loved them from an early age, finally figured out she needed to learn to make them herself, because I didn't make them often. A single recipe makes seven or eight crepes. As a young adult, she'd fill them with spinach and goat cheese for dinner, then with jam and powdered sugar for dessert. A nine-or 10-year-old can make these; just make sure you supervise, since the stove will be in use.</p> <h2>10. Tortilla Roll-Ups</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Nj_Y-SovfwM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>These <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj_Y-SovfwM">tortilla roll-ups</a> are really kid-friendly, and as another bonus, kids love them in their <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-school-lunches-that-will-make-your-kid-smarter">school lunches</a>. Make several rolls on a Sunday and you'll be ahead of the game. I prefer using &quot;light&quot; cream cheese in mine, rather than a mayonnaise (and it makes a better adhesive), but let your child decide.</p> <p>Nervous about kids cutting with sharp knives? <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzZyUErS76U">Here</a> is a good demo. Keep safety in mind and supervise, but get creative and have fun!</p> <p><em>What are some other meals that are fun for the kids to cook? Share with us!</em></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-frugal-and-delicious-meals-to-make-with-your-kids">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-11"> <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-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup">11 Delicious Dishes You Can Make With a Can of Tomato Soup</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-delicious-and-frugal-power-bowls-you-want-right-now">10 Delicious and Frugal Power Bowls You Want Right Now</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/dont-throw-that-out-19-great-meals-you-can-make-from-scraps">Don&#039;t Throw That Out! 19 Great Meals You Can Make From Scraps</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-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag 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/8-frugal-and-refreshing-popsicles-to-make-this-summer">8 Frugal and Refreshing Popsicles to Make This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink cooking lesson cooking lesson for kids easy dinners frugal meals how to cook kid-friendly activities kids recipes Wed, 18 May 2016 09:00:04 +0000 Marla Walters 1712071 at http://www.wisebread.com Should You Budget Like You Diet? http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-budget-like-you-diet <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/should-you-budget-like-you-diet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_cupcakes_000055050698.jpg" alt="Woman budgeting the way she diets" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;Spend less&quot; is right up there with &quot;lose weight&quot; and &quot;eat better&quot; as one of the more popular New Year's resolutions of all time. We are almost halfway through 2016 and, whether your resolutions are going well or poorly, there's probably room for improvement.</p> <p>It's a great time to sit back and evaluate your resolutions. Are you achieving your goals? Do you feel half-hearted, at best, about the things you're pursuing? What can you do to improve over the rest of the year?</p> <p>If you wanted to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-old-school-tools-to-help-you-stay-on-budget" target="_blank">budget better and spend less</a>, you can take some hints from the people trying to lose weight. In some ways, these are very similar endeavors, and you can learn from the things we know about losing weight to gain some financial heft.</p> <h2>Think Simple</h2> <p>Michael Pollan is famous for saying that we should only eat food with <a href="http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/20090323/7-rules-for-eating">five or fewer ingredients</a>, all of which we recognize and can pronounce. This helps dieters to eliminate junk from their diets, and a similar simplicity can help you spend less.</p> <p>Think about paring down your life so that you only buy things you need, or taking certain extravagant categories out of your budget entirely. You might consider selling the five pairs of shoes that you never wear and replacing them with one that actually meets your needs. Or maybe you don't really need to go to happy hour every evening, after all. When you eliminate these things from your financial diet, you will spend less.</p> <h2>Prepare Yourself Ahead of Time</h2> <p>Some people gain weight simply because they never have healthy food around. They can combat this by meal planning and prepping &mdash; spending some time, once or twice a week, getting food ready for the next few days. This can include meals, snacks, even desserts. Similarly, if you sit down once a week to plan your spending, you can save money.</p> <p>Take 30 minutes every week to look ahead at what you'll need to spend money on. Maybe you need to buy lunch for your team at work this week, or you've got to have a new clothes dryer. Work out how you're going to find the money for those things. You can even do some research online, so you know about how much you'll spend. Even just having a ballpark figure in your mind can help you refrain from overspending when making the actual purchase.</p> <p>For larger items, take the time to research different options, etc. Decide what features you really need, want, and can afford, so you don't end up splurging last minute.</p> <h2>Consistency Is Key</h2> <p>One of the major principles of modern weight loss is consistency. You can't just eat well one or two days a week, but you need to make good food choices every day. Similarly, if you want to spend less money, you need to figure out how to consistently make good financial choices, too.</p> <p>Figure out what motivates you financially. Are you saving for a trip to the Caribbean? Do you want to buy a new car or a house or know that you can retire at 60? Keeping your goals in the forefront of your mind (and even writing them down where you can see them) will help you remember, every day, that every choice matters.</p> <h2>There Are No Villains Here</h2> <p>Dieters are learning that there's <a href="http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/R-D/Is-the-there-is-no-such-thing-as-bad-foods-only-bad-diets-argument-helpful">no such thing as a bad food</a>. Sure, some foods have less nutritional value, but when you're craving something, it's better to have a little than to deprive yourself now and binge later. A similar principle can apply financially.</p> <p>If there's something you really want to buy, and you say no and think about it for a week or a month and you still want it, it's worth looking into ways to get it. If you need to save, start a special savings account. If you can fit it in your budget by taking other, non-essential things out, then make it work. Otherwise, wanting that thing can make you miserable.</p> <p>Along the same lines, there are no absolute rules for saving. There's nothing that says it's always wrong to spend money, and no saving formula that works for everyone. Instead of villainizing certain items and methods, realize that there is a time and place for everything, even in your budget.</p> <h2>Take Baby Steps</h2> <p>Dieters often find that taking baby steps &mdash; making small changes one at a time &mdash; is more effective for achieving their goals than overhauling their lives entirely. Budgeting and saving money can be like that, too.</p> <p>Instead of eliminating whole categories from your budget (&quot;I'm not going to eat out at all this month!&quot;), try making incremental changes (&quot;I'm only going to eat out twice, instead of four times, this week.&quot;). These kinds of changes will make you feel less like you are missing out, and you will still end up with more money in the bank than you would have otherwise.</p> <h2>Do It Yourself</h2> <p>People who cook their own food often end up weighing less than those who don't. In a similar vein, people who DIY it as much as possible often save money.</p> <p>Last week, my washing machine stopped working. I had several people send me names and numbers of repair folks. I'm sure they were well-intentioned, but I decided to try it myself, first. Sure, it took a couple of hours and some YouTube-ing, but I was able to do the necessary repairs on my own. I saved myself at least a couple hundred dollars because I didn't call the repair guy.</p> <p>There are a lot of things you can learn to do online in order to save yourself some cash. Sure, you have to balance the cost of your time and energy with what you'd spend, but it's often fiscally worthwhile, not to mention satisfying, to do simple repairs and food prep yourself.</p> <h2>Take a Financial Cheat Day Now and Then</h2> <p>Some weight loss experts consider it wise to plan a cheat day (or a cheat meal) into your diet so you don't feel so deprived and end up binging. Planning a <a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/articles/2016-02-04/why-you-need-financial-cheat-days">financial cheat day</a> can function very much the same way.</p> <p>Note that a cheat doesn't have to be huge. Buy your coffee instead of making it one day a week, or take your family for authentic Mexican instead of Taco Bell. Plan your cheats around things you really want, things that are satisfying to you, and you'll be able to stick to a stricter budget the rest of the time and, ultimately, you'll spend less than if you tried to restrain yourself all the time.</p> <p><em>Do you budget like you eat? What does that look like for you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-budget-like-you-diet">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-6"> <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/wisdom-from-my-favorite-frugal-tv-character-julius-rock">Wisdom from My Favorite Frugal TV Character - Julius Rock</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-big-expenses-you-can-easily-get-rid-of">10 Big Expenses You Can Easily Get Rid Of</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/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget">How to Create Your Dream Backyard on 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-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-day-debt-reduction-plan-pay-it-off">5-Day Debt Reduction Plan: Pay It Off</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Food and Drink Lifestyle cheat days cutting costs DIY expenses simplifying spending less Tue, 17 May 2016 09:30:26 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1706850 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Starbucks Savings Hacks That Actually Work http://www.wisebread.com/7-starbucks-savings-hacks-that-actually-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-starbucks-savings-hacks-that-actually-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_barista_coffee_000059553918.jpg" alt="Woman learning Starbucks savings hacks that actually work" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Frugal folks like us tend to have a love-hate relationship with Starbucks. We love the tasty goodness of their beverages, but hate the high cost of something we can often do at home for pennies on the dollar. But I'm here to tell you that Starbucks doesn't have to be expensive if you can incorporate some clever money-saving hacks into your coffee routine.</p> <p>The best thing about these tips is they won't make you look cheap, and more importantly, they won't make the barista hate you.</p> <h2>1. Order a Tall in a Grande Cup</h2> <p>When ordering a regular cup of brewed <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-starbucks-drinks-you-can-easily-make-yourself" target="_blank">coffee at Starbucks</a>, and not a $5 milkshake, consider ordering a Tall coffee in a Grande cup. Not only will the barista happily oblige, but once they're done filling your cup, you'll often end up with close to a Grande serving size of coffee. Then you can add your milk or cream and end up with practically a full cup for less money. This obviously works for other sizes, too. For example, you could order a Grande coffee and ask for it in a Venti cup.</p> <p>So if you like to add cream or milk to your coffee, this is a great hack as you'll never have to make room for it by dumping out some coffee into the garbage can. Because no matter how much &quot;room&quot; you ask for, it never seems to be enough as Starbucks coffee is quite strong and many like it with a good amount of the white stuff.</p> <h2>2. Score Free Refills</h2> <p>A great hack that'll score you more coffee for less is to take advantage of<a href="http://customerservice.starbucks.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1882"> Starbuck's free refill policy</a>. To make it happen, simply sign up for their<a href="https://www.starbucks.com/card/rewards"> Rewards Program</a> and get free in-store refills on hot or cold brewed coffee or tea. Be warned, once you leave the Starbucks location, you can't come back in later and get your refill. I started taking advantage of their free refills last year and instead of drinking it, I'd refrigerate the second free cup for later. Then when I needed a pick-me-up in the afternoon, I'd use it make a tasty iced beverage.</p> <h2>3. Ask for &quot;Half Ice&quot;</h2> <p>The next time you order an iced beverage, consider asking for &quot;half ice.&quot; If you've ever seen a barista add ice to your cup, you know just how much frozen water they put in there. So by politely asking for less ice, you'll often end up with the next size beverage for free. While you might not always get half as much ice, must employees that I've seen will definitely add a little less to your cup.</p> <h2>4. Get Your Caffeine Fix With a &quot;Short&quot;</h2> <p>Most loyal Starbucks enthusiasts know the main cup sizes to be Tall, Grande, Venti, and Trenta. But are you aware that there is a fifth size called a &quot;Short?&quot; It's smaller (8 oz.) and cheaper than the 12 oz. Tall and an excellent way to get your caffeine fix on the cheap. For example, a Short cappuccino has the same amount of espresso as the Tall size. So if a caffeine pick-me-up is your main objective, ordering a Short is the cheapest route to go.</p> <h2>5. Split and Save</h2> <p>If you've ever ordered a &quot;Venti&quot; anything from Starbucks, you already know what an enormous size it is. Heck, it's so big, you can use the empty cup as a gas can if you like. So if you're driving through a Starbucks with your spouse or friend, and you're both craving the same cold drink, just order a Venti and politely ask if they can split it for you. While they'll typically not divide it for you, they'll always give you an empty cup so you can do it yourself.</p> <p>Let's do the math on this hack. A Venti Cold size comes in a 24 oz. cup. So if you split it, you each get 12 oz., which is just a bit smaller than the 14 oz. Grande. A Venti iced coffee will cost you around $2.95 where the smaller Grande will cost you $2.45. So after you've added a little creamer, you've essentially gotten two Grande sizes for about $1.50 each by splitting a Venti.</p> <h2>6. Bring Your Own Cup</h2> <p>If you&nbsp;<a href="http://customerservice.starbucks.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2463">bring in your own cup</a> to any Starbucks, you'll get $0.10 off your beverage, any size. They'll do the same thing if you bring in a competitor's cup, except they'll replace it with one of their own. Definitely not a huge savings, but it will add up over time, plus you keep a bunch of cups from ending up in the landfill.</p> <h2>7. Drinking With Friends?</h2> <p>The next time you're meeting up with friends at your local Starbucks, consider ordering a French Press to share. It usually comes in a 32 or 45 oz. size and the coffee beans are ground, poured, and plunged before being delivered to your table. You can typically get 6-8 normal sized cups of coffee out of a single press. Aside from the delicious fresh taste, the cost makes it a very attractive choice if everyone is drinking coffee. Expect to only have to pay in the $3.50 to $5 range, depending on the size of the press and the particular Starbucks location.</p> <p><em>How do you save money at Starbucks? Or do you just stay home and brew your own?</em></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/7-starbucks-savings-hacks-that-actually-work">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/easy-ways-to-save-on-7-everyday-buys">Easy Ways to Save on 7 Everyday Buys</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/4-starbucks-drinks-you-can-easily-make-yourself">4 Starbucks Drinks You Can Easily Make Yourself</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods">6 Foods That Are Actually Cheaper At Whole Foods</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/going-short-at-starbucks-worth-it">Going Short at Starbucks: 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/stop-being-a-slave-to-starbucks-how-to-quit-caffeine">Stop Being a Slave to Starbucks - How to Quit Caffeine</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping baristas coffee Fast Food free refills hacks saving money Starbucks Mon, 16 May 2016 09:30:18 +0000 Kyle James 1706849 at http://www.wisebread.com