Food and Drink http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/209/0 en-US The 5 Best Camping Coffee Makers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-coffee-makers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-camping-coffee-makers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/camping_coffee_maker_820461726.jpg" alt="Using the best camping coffee maker" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you're planning a camping, glamping, backpacking, or hiking trip, you need a coffee maker that is suited to your location and available materials. With the travel-friendly options below, you can still enjoy the comforts of home, with very little time or effort.</p> <h2>What is a camping coffee maker?</h2> <p>Coffee pots are available in all shapes and sizes, with some being particularly well-suited for camp sites and RVs. Camping coffee makers are typically a bit slower than your traditional coffee maker, but they'll still allow you to enjoy coffee just the way you like it, even when you're in remote, unfamiliar locations. They can also be used at home or when you're traveling, allowing you to get a better value out of your purchase.</p> <h2>Top 5 camping coffee makers</h2> <h3>Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite Coffee Percolator</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ATfrln" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/farberware.jpg" width="192" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in coffee percolators, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2ATfrln" target="_blank">Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite Coffee Percolator</a> allows you to brew four to eight cups of coffee on the stovetop. The stovetop percolator uses traditional brewing methods for a richer flavor. It features a polished stainless steel exterior, comfortable handle, tightfitting lid, permanent filter basket, pump tube, and a nonreactive interior that prevents water from absorbing any odors or flavors. It's also fully immersible and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.</p> <p>This is recommended by The Wirecutter and Engadget. It is also backed by a quality assurance guarantee and more than 4,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ATfrln" target="_blank"><em>Currently $25.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman Camping Coffee Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2hxIGkY" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/coleman_4.jpg" width="179" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s Choice for camping coffee makers, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2hxIGkY" target="_blank">Coleman Camping Coffee Maker</a> brews a full pot of coffee in about 10 minutes, and can also be used for making tea or hot chocolate. The drip coffee maker filters out all grounds and can make up to 10 cups of coffee without an electrical outlet. That's because it can sit over most camp stove burners and draw the heat it needs to brew the coffee. It features an easy-fill reservoir, swing-out filter basket, solid steel base, and an easy-pour decanter. The Pause &lsquo;N Serve feature allows you to pause the brewing so you can pour the first cup as soon as it has brewed.</p> <p>This comes from the trusted Coleman brand and has hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also frequently recommended online.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2hxIGkY" target="_blank"><em>Currently $34.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2hGCPgY" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/primula.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in camping coffee and tea pots, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2hGCPgY" target="_blank">Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy</a> is particularly ideal for travel thanks to its compact size, which allows it to be stored anywhere. It features an eco-friendly reusable fine mesh filter, which filters out even the finest coffee grounds. It allows you to brew a single cup of coffee or tea at any strength. It has a nearly universal fit, so you simply place it on the rim of your mug, add coffee and hot water, and brew to your desired strength.</p> <p>This is dishwasher safe, durable, and easy to use. It&rsquo;s recommended by OutdoorGearLab and is one of the &quot;Most Wished For&quot; and top gift ideas on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2hGCPgY" target="_blank"><em>Currently $6.04 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>GSI Outdoors JavaDrip</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2yPO7CR" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/gsi.jpg" width="126" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2hxrzzU" target="_blank">GSI Outdoors JavaDrip</a> only takes up the size of a carafe, but can make enough for two cups of coffee, while keeping the next two cups hot while you drink. The silicone drip cone includes a fine mesh reusable filter, shatter-resistant BPA-free carafe with double walled insulated lid, and insulating sleeve. The drip coffee maker folds easily inside itself to stay compact and clean.</p> <p>This is available in two sizes. It's recommended by The Wirecutter, Engadget, and OutdoorGearLab. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2hyOiMc" target="_blank">GSI Outdoors Collapsible Java Drip</a> and <a href="http://amzn.to/2yPO7CR" target="_blank">GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip Coffee Maker</a> are other best-selling options from the trusted brand.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2hxrzzU" target="_blank"><em>Currently $34.83 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Jetboil Coffee Press</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2hxYPaj" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/jetboil.jpg" width="178" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you prefer a French press and have a Jetboil stove, then the <a href="http://amzn.to/2hxYPaj" target="_blank">Jetboil Coffee Press</a> is perfect for your next camping trip. It filters out coffee grounds well, takes up no space, and is easy to use. The stem detaches from the basket so you can stow the press inside of a cup to make it even more travel-friendly. It comes with a basket, rod, and knob. It&rsquo;s an Amazon best-seller and recommended by OutdoorGearLab.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2hxYPaj" target="_blank"><em>Currently $10.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best camping coffee makers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">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-camping-coffee-makers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-stoves">The 5 Best Camping Stoves</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-thermoses">The 5 Best Thermoses</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-reusable-straws">The 5 Best Reusable Straws</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-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles">The 5 Best Aluminum and Stainless Steel Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping 5 best camping accessories camping coffee makers product reviews shopping Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:00:07 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2055732 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Reasons to Skip the Big Holiday Dinner This Year http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-to-skip-the-big-holiday-dinner-this-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-reasons-to-skip-the-big-holiday-dinner-this-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/unhappy_boy_stands_before_chistmas_tree.jpg" alt="Unhappy boy stands before chistmas tree" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's something you feel like you just can't avoid, and so you do it every year. The big holiday dinner. The one that, supposedly, everyone looks forward to. But do they really? Do you? For some, it can be an awful lot of stress. For others, the thought of those two particular family members in the same house, at the same time, is unbearable. Here's a reminder of why the holidays aren't always festive, and why you might consider opting out. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Ways to Relax Over the Holidays</a>)</p> <h2>1. Do you really need two big dinners in two months?</h2> <p>Let's start with the most obvious reason to skip the big holiday this year &hellip; there's more than one of them.</p> <p>Most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, followed a month later by either Christmas or Hanukkah. Each one of those holidays is accompanied by a gathering of family and friends around some kind of feast. Why not skip one of them and put all the effort into the most important holiday for your family. When it comes to Christmas, people are so busy opening gifts and playing with toys that the additional feast on top can be a real strain. And with plenty of eateries open throughout the holiday season, you can either pop out for a meal, order in, or make something quick and easy. After all, it's not really about the food, it's the company. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-alternative-ways-to-do-thanksgiving?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Alternative Ways to Do Thanksgiving</a>)</p> <h2>2. The clean up afterward is a pain</h2> <p>Large metal trays filled with grease. Pans caked in potatoes and gravy. A mountain of dirty plates, cups, and utensils. You're going to be at the sink for hours doing all the rinsing, scraping, and preparation for the dishwasher. And even then, the chances of getting it all in one dishwasher load are slim. That means you'll be back for a second round, after putting away the dishes from the first round. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-keeping-your-kitchen-clean-while-you-cook?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Tricks to Keeping Your Kitchen Clean While You Cook</a>)</p> <h2>3. The preparation takes days</h2> <p>Right now, if you're celebrating Thanksgiving this year, you're already making plans for the big dinner. You have ideas of what you're going to make, and what the other guests will be bringing. There will be countless trips to the grocery store. You'll have to get that turkey brined if you don't want it to be as dry as a mouthful of sawdust. And let's not forget about the scheduling to make sure everyone gets their dishes into the oven at the right time, and everything gets onto the table when it's hot. There is a monumental amount of prep work involved in a dinner of this magnitude, and it can get even worse with issues like gluten sensitivities and other food allergies. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-throw-a-fun-and-affordable-holiday-party-heres-how?ref=seealso" target="_blank">You Can Throw a Fun and Affordable Holiday Party &mdash; Here's How</a>)</p> <p>Who needs that kind of headache?</p> <h2>4. Who needs a political debate?</h2> <p>After a certain Donald J. Trump won a divisive election against Hillary Clinton, America has become fanatical about taking sides. Yes, politics is important to discuss to a degree, but should it break up families and cause screaming matches? The chances are, the more people you have in the room, the more heated the conversation will be. Fights are inevitable, even if you have a &quot;no politics&quot; rule at the table. So, skip the big dinner, and make it a more casual affair. Perhaps a buffet people can pick at during the day will make it easier to avoid certain topics &mdash; and certain grumpy uncles. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-conversation-tricks-thatll-get-you-out-of-a-political-discussion?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Conversation Tricks That'll Get You Out of a Political Discussion</a>)</p> <h2>5. So many calories!</h2> <p>We all joke about it to some extent. &quot;Oh man&hellip;I am going to eat so much on Thanksgiving that I will literally turn into a giant pumpkin.&quot; However, there is a serious side to this. According to the Calorie Control Council, the typical holiday dinner alone clocks in at a whopping 3,000 calories! That's not including all the snacks, drinks, cakes, sweets, and other goodies people consume throughout the day. And let's not forget, those Thanksgiving dinner recipes rarely include the healthy options. It's all butter, heavy cream, bacon, fat, and other artery-clogging foods. The Calorie Control Council states that on the day, the average person will eat enough fat to equal three whole sticks of butter. Holy heart attack, Batman. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-vegetarian-thanksgiving-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-turkey?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes That Hold Their Own With Turkey</a>)</p> <h2>6. There's no room to store anything</h2> <p>When you start prepping for the big day, you realize that space is a premium that's consumed by a holiday dinner. The turkey alone can take up an enormous part of the fridge. Then there are all the extra fruits and vegetables, the cakes and pies, and enough snacks and candies to make the pantry door swell. You come home one day to find boxes of cookies overflowing onto the counters and the dining room table. You have to eat a bunch of food quickly to make space for more food that will be eaten on the big day. And get ready for that space to continue to be tight after the event, with all the leftovers and extra treats that people were too full to even touch.</p> <h2>7. Not everyone loves big holiday events</h2> <p>Like anything else in life, people have different ideas on what makes for a fun, entertaining event. For some people, these dinners are the opposite of happy. They may simply hate large gatherings. Or, they may be avoiding certain people for any number of reasons, only to be forced to sit around the same table with them for an evening. They may have other reasons, like the cost to attend, or the fact that they would much prefer to do something more intimate with just their immediate family. Why not send out a survey, that can be answered anonymously, asking the people you were planning to invite if that actually want to do it this year. You may be surprised at the results. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-friendsgiving-hacks-thatll-make-everyone-feel-at-home?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Friendsgiving Hacks That'll Make Everyone Feel at Home</a>)</p> <h2>8. Getting there can be expensive</h2> <p>The average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner that feeds 10 people is around $50, according the American Farm Bureau Federation. That's a bargain right?! Well, that's the cost of dinner, and yes, it's cheap at $5 a head. However, the biggest expense for the holiday dinner for many people is the travel. Not every family is lucky enough to live 20 minutes from their relatives. Some have to drive across the country, staying in hotels and paying for many tanks of gas. Others fly, which as we all know includes not just the price of the ticket, but the baggage, seat selection, and check-in. If there is not enough room at the house, these people also have to shell out for hotel rooms, and perhaps a rental car. It's perfectly OK to let your family and friends know that you're watching your money this year, and cannot come. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-save-money-on-holiday-travel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Ways to Save on Holiday Travel</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-to-skip-the-big-holiday-dinner-this-year">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties">15 Cheap and Delicious Punch Recipes for Holiday Parties</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-give-back-this-thanksgiving">7 Easy Ways to Give Back This Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-seasonal-side-hustles-thatll-cover-your-holiday-spending">8 Seasonal Side Hustles That&#039;ll Cover Your Holiday Spending</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/6-vegetarian-thanksgiving-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-turkey">6 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes That Hold Their Own With Turkey</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-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays">8 Ways to Actually Relax Over the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Christmas etiquette family holiday meals Holidays manners Thanksgiving Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:00:06 +0000 Paul Michael 2054953 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Are Your Must-Have Thanksgiving Dishes? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-must-have-thanksgiving-dishes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-must-have-thanksgiving-dishes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/thanksgiving_feast_overhead_599878318.jpg" alt="Sharing must-have Thanksgiving dishes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie for dessert &mdash; these are just a few staples of Thanksgiving. But as we all know, every family does this food-centric holiday differently, and some must-have dishes may not be very &quot;traditional&quot; at all!</p> <p><strong>What are your must-have Thanksgiving dishes?</strong> What traditional Thanksgiving dishes can you do without? What dish are you looking forward to most this Thanksgiving?</p> <p>Tell us about your must-have Thanksgiving dishes and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win:</p> <ul> <li>Follow us on Twitter</li> <li>Follow our Executive Editor Janet Alvarez on Twitter</li> <li>Tweet about our giveaway for an entry.</li> <li>Visit our Facebook page for an entry.</li> </ul> <p>Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards:</p> <p><a class="rcptr" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa329/" rel="nofollow" data-raflid="79857dfa329" data-theme="classic" data-template="" id="rcwidget_gfr8vue3">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, November 20th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after November 20th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and U.S. resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about your must-have Thanksgiving dishes and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-must-have-thanksgiving-dishes">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/are-meal-prep-subscription-boxes-worth-it">Are Meal Prep Subscription Boxes Worth 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/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-coffee-makers">The 5 Best Camping Coffee Makers</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/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">254 Uses for Vinegar. And Counting.</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/ask-the-readers-is-now-the-time-to-shop">Ask the Readers: Is Now the Time to Shop?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Ask the Readers thanksgiving dishes Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:31:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 2053312 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Eat Healthy Even During the Holidays http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-eat-healthy-even-during-the-holidays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-eat-healthy-even-during-the-holidays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_healthy_food_669861852.jpg" alt="Woman eating healthy food during the holidays" 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 ways to eat healthy during the holidays, the best dollar store finds, and how the save money on car expenses.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2017/11/10/nutrition-tips-to-navigate-the-holidays/">Eat Healthy Even During the Holidays</a> &mdash; Need help managing your portion? Use a smaller plate to trick your brain into thinking you're eating more. [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Best-Things-Dollar-Store-44107383">50+ of the Best Dollar Store Finds</a> &mdash; The dollar store is your one-stop shop for holiday decorations, kitchen essentials, beauty supplies &mdash; most of your everyday needs, really. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://shoppingkim.com/save-money-car-expenses/">How to Save Money On All of Your Car Expenses</a> &mdash; Choose a car with the best fuel consumption system. An automatic transmission with a six-cylinder could potential save you about $400 a year. [Shopping Kim]</p> <p><a href="https://www.kiplinger.com/article/retirement/T064-C032-S014-to-retire-mind-your-purpose-planning-procrastinati.html">To Retire, Mind Your P's: Purpose, Planning and Procrastination</a> &mdash; Go after the first two principles and avoiding the third to get a solid jump on reaching your retirement goals. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyminiblog.com/family/kids-money-lessons/">10 Lessons to Teach Your Kids About Money</a> &mdash; Teach your kids that reducing expenses will help them reach their savings goals more quickly. [Money Mini Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://www.financialsamurai.com/important-lessons-learned-selling-million-dollar-home/">What Every Home Seller Should Do Before Listing</a> &mdash; If you're planning to sell your home, do this exercise to get a more accurate idea of how much your property is worth. [Financial Samurai]</p> <p><a href="https://moneystrands.com/night-routine-helps-save-money/">Set up a Night Routine That Helps You Save Money (And Relax)</a> &mdash; Do a brain dump before you go to bed. Write down things you want to do tomorrow and other concerns so you can sleep with a clear mind. [Money Strands]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dumblittleman.com/unhappy-customer/">5 Behaviors That Annoy Your Customers</a> &mdash; Make sure your social media campaigns deliver relevant, helpful content to your customers. Don't try to get their attention with click bait. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="https://www.csmonitor.com/World/2017/1113/Zimbabweans-facing-a-currency-shortage-look-to-bitcoin-for-solution">Zimbabweans facing a currency shortage look to bitcoin for solution</a> &mdash; As the &quot;zollar&quot; hyperinflates and becomes increasingly worthless, more Zimbabweans are turning to bitcoin as a stable form of currency. [The Christian Science Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/money-saving-holiday-travel-tips/">Money-Saving Holiday Travel Tips</a> &mdash; Join Experian's #CreditChat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET for a discussion on how to save money on your holiday travels. [Experian]</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-how-to-eat-healthy-even-during-the-holidays">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/are-meal-prep-subscription-boxes-worth-it">Are Meal Prep Subscription Boxes Worth 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/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-coffee-makers">The 5 Best Camping Coffee Makers</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/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">254 Uses for Vinegar. And Counting.</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/how-to-make-moonshine">How to Make Moonshine</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips healthy holidays Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:00:09 +0000 Amy Lu 2053353 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Ways to Cut Costs on Holiday Feasts http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-cut-costs-on-holiday-feasts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-ways-to-cut-costs-on-holiday-feasts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/smiling_woman_taking_out_her_roast_turkey.jpg" alt="Smiling woman taking out her roast turkey" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every time I plan a big holiday meal, I brace for the bill. Even after making these family-style feasts several times over, I'm still annoyed when I hear the total at the supermarket checkout. &quot;How do turkey, green beans, and mashed potatoes cost <em>that</em> much?&quot; I ask myself. Yet year after year, I overspend on Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners while continuing to scratch my head.</p> <p>But not this year. No. This year I'm setting a reasonable budget and sticking to it (so I can have more money to buy presents!). Here's how you can do it, too.</p> <h2>1. Take inventory of what you already have</h2> <p>One of the biggest mistakes is not itemizing all the dinner ingredients at once and checking your pantry and cabinets for what you already have. I've gone to the supermarket countless times and questioned whether I have enough butter or olive oil just to return home to realize I did, in fact, have plenty &mdash; <em>after</em> I bought more, of course.</p> <p>Stocking up on these items unnecessarily is a massive budget suck, and you're better off taking the time to figure out what you need to buy and what you don't before hitting the store. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-pantry-tricks-that-save-you-big?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Pantry Tricks That Save You Big</a>)</p> <h2>2. Map out your menu</h2> <p>Based on the ingredients you already have on hand, you can start planning your menu, then fill in the gaps with new items you buy. I go through my bookmarked recipes on my phone and visit my favorite food sites to choose my recipes, keeping in mind the money-plus-time investment. I don't want to spend 12 hours slaving over the stove, so I make sure that all dishes can be prepped in less than 10 minutes, not including set-it-and-forget-it cook time. Just because the recipes are efficient, however, doesn't mean they can't be delicious. Maybe they're not overly fancified, but I've come to learn that most people aren't that impressed by my cooking and presentation skills when they've been growing hungrier since the moment they walked through the door.</p> <h2>3. Compare prices</h2> <p>Just because something is on sale doesn't mean it's not cheaper elsewhere. Don't limit yourself to one supermarket. Pick up the circulars and flip through to price out what you need. Use a price comparison tool like <a href="http://www.priceblink.com/" target="_blank">PriceBlink</a> or <a href="https://camelcamelcamel.com/" target="_blank">Camelizer</a> to make sure you're getting the best price before stepping into the store. If this means you have to visit two supermarkets to save, decide if it's worth your while. Generally, if I'm saving more than $10 between stores, I'll take the detour. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-foolproof-ways-to-lower-your-grocery-bill?ref=seealso" target="_blank">31 Foolproof Ways to Lower Your Grocery Bill</a>)</p> <h2>4. Check your cash-back apps before heading to the store</h2> <p>Hopefully you're clipping your coupons before you go to the supermarket &mdash; and being smart enough not to fall for the &quot;buy more and save&quot; deals because you're not really saving if you're buying more than you need &mdash; but I also want you to scroll through your cash-backs apps like <a href="https://ibotta.com/r/jcsgjbv" target="_blank">Ibotta</a> and <a href="https://www.checkout51.com/" target="_blank">Checkout 51</a> before you start shopping to see what deals are available. Many times I've gone grocery shopping and checked the app after the fact, only to realize that I could have bought a similar item at a discount. Open the app and browse what's offered so you have the items fresh in your head as you work your way through the aisles. Afterward, submit your receipt and claim your cash. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-shopping-apps-thatll-actually-save-you-money-in-2016?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 8 Shopping Apps That'll Actually Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>5. Set your budget and stick to it</h2> <p>Once you've priced out all the items you need, create a shopping list and set your budget. Try not to exceed more than $10 of the total you've set, but your real goal is to come in <em>under</em> budget. This requires discipline, especially when factoring in impulse buys at the supermarket. To avoid this, it's best to go food shopping right after eating since you won't be hungry in the chip and cookie aisle &mdash; my biggest weakness. Another trick to maintain efficiency in the supermarket is to go on a busy day. I know, it sounds dreadful, but on those days, you're likelier to want to get in and out instead of shopping more leisurely. The less time you have in front of all that food, the better. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-effortless-ways-to-prevent-budget-busting-impulse-buys?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Effortless Ways to Prevent Budget-Busting Impulse Buys</a>)</p> <h2>6. Opt for generic</h2> <p>I'm usually against buying generic (yes, I know it's the cheaper option, but I prefer name-brand food; it's a quality issue for me), but when I'm planning a big meal, I relax my anti-generic policy to shave money off the bill. Butter, for instance, doesn't have to be Land O'Lakes, and I'll settle for store-brand spices, which are already pricey. Pastas, nuts, sugar, and flour are also good options to buy generic. These substitutes make zero difference in my recipes, but you do have to be savvy about what you're swapping. Namely, not all cheese is created equal, and I would recommend sticking to what you know, lest you want an oily mess on your hands. Some corners should not be cut.</p> <h2>7. Load up on cheap carbs</h2> <p>Know how to feed a crowd and actually fill them up? Ask any working family in America and they'll tell you the secret is carbs. Serving breads, potatoes, and pastas is a great way to extend your reach in the bang-for-your-buck department, which means you can skimp a bit on already love-it-or-hate-it vegetables like Brussels sprouts, spinach, and asparagus, which all come at a premium.</p> <h2>8. Buy in bulk when it makes sense</h2> <p>Buying in bulk doesn't always save you money, especially if you don't plan to use <em>all</em> of whatever it is you're buying before it expires. However, if you're getting a better deal in a large quantity versus buying several smaller versions, go for it. I don't, however, suggest you buy a wholesale club membership solely for your large holiday meal. You most likely will not get back in savings the $60 you spent on the membership in that single shopping trip. If it makes sense for your family the rest of the year, consider it, but otherwise it's not a good idea. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bulk-buying-basics-what-to-buy-how-to-store-and-money-saving-tips?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Bulk Buying Basics: What to Buy, How to Store, and Money Saving Tips</a>)</p> <h2>9. Turn your holiday feast into a potluck</h2> <p>If you really want to slash your own out-of-pocket costs for the holiday meal you host, leave the side dishes and desserts up to your guests. You make the main course &mdash; turkey, ham, or whatever you like to serve &mdash; plus a few pre-dinner treats, but request that your guests fill in the blanks. An easy way to keep track of who's bringing what is to create a Google spreadsheet that you can share via email with all of your guests. It will save updates automatically for everyone to see. When sides and desserts are claimed, feel free to pawn off drinks and ice on whoever's left empty-handed on the list. There's nothing wrong with a party where everyone pitches in. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/throw-an-awesome-potluck-dinner-with-these-6-easy-tricks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Throw an Awesome Potluck Dinner With These 6 Easy Tricks</a>)</p> <h2>10. Ask your guests about their food preferences</h2> <p>To avoid wasting food that people don't like or can't eat, get a sense of your guests' palates before planning your menu. If only one person likes lima beans, it's not the best side dish to serve if most of it will end up in the trash. Ask about any dietary restrictions and allergies while you're at it, too. Nobody will expect you to cater the entire meal to the vegetarian or gluten-free guest at the table, but it's appropriate to provide at least a few items that guest can and will enjoy.</p> <h2>11. Stretch the food dollars into leftovers</h2> <p>I'm not a super fan of leftovers (you're probably getting a good idea of how picky I am when it comes to food), so I do make a concerted effort to plan my quantities carefully and focus on foods that I don't mind having a second or third time. Since everyone is different, I won't tell you how to eat your leftovers if you so choose, but I will suggest that you mind the parts of the meal that usually hit the trash first, like the ham bone and turkey carcass. These are great for making soups and stocks; it's fairly easy to do with recipes you'll find online. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">17 Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers</a>)</p> <h2>12. Bring only your budgeted cash to the supermarket</h2> <p>The best way to force yourself to stay on budget when shopping for your holiday meal is to leave all debit and credit cards at home and only bring the cash that you've set aside for the ingredients. This will stop impulse buys in their tracks, and you'll be forced to find the most inexpensive items and alternatives to ensure you have enough money to pay the bill. It will also help to use your calculator along the way. I saw my mom doing that on more than one trip to the supermarket when I was a kid and it stuck with me.&nbsp;</p> <h2>13. Establish a BYOB rule</h2> <p>I wouldn't ask my guests to bring a potluck dish <em>plus</em> their own booze. If you're taking on all the food, it's perfectly acceptable to ask your guests to bring what they'd like to drink and share. On the other hand, if guests are bringing dishes to complete the meal, reward them with adult beverages. Don't feel obligated to satisfy everyone's tastes though. Serve white and red wines and a light beer. If they're not happy with that selection, they can sip the soft drinks that you'll also provide until they're able to hit the neighborhood bar.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-cut-costs-on-holiday-feasts">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/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way">8 Hot New Food Trends — The Frugal Way</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-you-are-sabotaging-your-weekly-grocery-budget">9 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Weekly Grocery Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-you-can-cut-grocery-expenses-today">13 Ways You Can Cut Grocery Expenses Today</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-affordable-alternatives-to-the-grocery-store">10 Affordable Alternatives to 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/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping cut food costs feasts food costs grocery budget grocery costs grocery shopping holiday dinners holiday meals Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:00:09 +0000 Mikey Rox 2053313 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Creative Ways to Cook Your Thanksgiving Turkey http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-creative-ways-to-cook-your-thanksgiving-turkey <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-creative-ways-to-cook-your-thanksgiving-turkey" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother_daughter_turkey_861552744.jpg" alt="Mother and daughter cooking Thanksgiving turkey" 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 creative ways to cook your Thanksgiving turkey, simple tips to spend less this winter, and ways to save money on prescriptions.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/thanksgiving-turkey-recipes-18261/">16 Creative Ways to Cook Your Turkey This Thanksgiving</a> &mdash; Want to do something different this Thanksgiving? Consider spatchcocking your turkey. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalvillage.com/2017/11/01/10-simple-tips-to-spend-less-this-winter/">10 Simple Tips to Spend Less this Winter</a> &mdash; Pull open your window curtains and take advantage of the warm, natural light. [Frugal Village]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pennydesaver.com/ways-to-save-money-on-prescriptions/">6 Ways to Save Money on Prescriptions</a> &mdash; Use a drug price finder app like Goodrx to find the lowest prices in your area. [Penny deSaver]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2017/11/5-actionable-negotiation-hacks-that-will-save-you-money.html">5 Actionable Negotiation Hacks That Will Save You Money</a> &mdash; In order to negotiate effectively, you need to establish trust &mdash; and that means being honest and upfront. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="https://everythingfinanceblog.com/22272/selling-used-items-from-your-home.html">5 Tips For Successfully Selling Used Items From Your Home</a> &mdash; Odds are, you won't be selling everything at the same place. Apps like Poshmark are great for selling clothing, while furniture does well on Craigslist or local Facebook groups. [Everything Finance]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.onesmartdollar.com/moving-on-a-budget-life-saving-tips-and-tricks/">Moving on A Budget &ndash; Life-Saving Tips and Tricks</a> &mdash; Try moving during the offseason, especially if you're hiring movers. You'll see more discounts and better deals. [One Smart Dollar]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dumblittleman.com/learning-from-mistakes/">5 Reasons Why You Need To Start Learning From Mistakes</a> &mdash; In some ways, mistakes can be even more valuable than achievements. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="https://lifehacks.io/date-ideas/">20 Fun Date Ideas You&rsquo;ve Never Thought Of</a> &mdash; Join a dance class together and get moving! [Life Hacks]</p> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Camping-Tips-44175653">5 Tips That Will Make Any Camping Trip a Success</a> &mdash; Plan and portion your meals ahead of time to save on space and reduce waste. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2017/1031/Bitcoin-stokes-fear-and-greed-but-it-s-just-tip-of-a-finance-revolution">Bitcoin stokes fear and greed &ndash; but it&rsquo;s just tip of a finance revolution</a> &mdash; Bitcoin's bubble could burst, but the technology behind it will likely transform personal and business finance. [The Christian Science Monitor]</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-creative-ways-to-cook-your-thanksgiving-turkey">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/6-vegetarian-thanksgiving-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-turkey">6 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes That Hold Their Own With Turkey</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-a-thanksgiving-turkey-teaches-us-about-money-0">7 Things a Thanksgiving Turkey Teaches Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-creative-simple-frugal-recipes-for-leftover-turkey">5 Creative, Simple, and Frugal Recipes for Leftover Turkey</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-meal-prep-subscription-boxes-worth-it">Are Meal Prep Subscription Boxes Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips thanksgiving turkey Mon, 06 Nov 2017 08:30:12 +0000 Amy Lu 2046512 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes That Hold Their Own With Turkey http://www.wisebread.com/6-vegetarian-thanksgiving-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-turkey <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-vegetarian-thanksgiving-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-turkey" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pumpkin_soup_on_a_wooden_table.jpg" alt="Pumpkin soup on a wooden table" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have a lot of friends who are vegetarians, and I eat my fair share of vegetarian dishes even though I'm an omnivore. Many of my friends and I have discovered dishes that are crowd-pleasers for everyone at Thanksgiving, whether or not our guests eat meat. Here are some of my favorites to make and serve. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso" target="_blank">35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy (or Lazy) Vegetarians</a>)</p> <h2>1. Crustless quiche</h2> <p>I love a good quiche whether it's for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This <a href="http://bojongourmet.com/2014/03/potato-and-green-garlic-crustless/" target="_blank">crustless quiche</a> from the excellent food blog The Bojon Gourmet heightens the humble dish with a succulent combination of potato, goat cheese, Gruyère, and chives. Because it's made in a cast iron skillet, it gets a crunchy crust of its own during the cooking process without needing to add the calories of a proper crust. This leaves you more room for the other delicious goodies on the table!</p> <h2>2. Stuffed butternut squash</h2> <p>Butternut squash is one of my very favorite fall harvest vegetables. To make it extra special for Thanksgiving, take a page from the Pickles &amp; Honey blog and stuff it with a <a href="http://www.picklesnhoney.com/2014/11/10/stuffed-butternut-squash-eat-clean-live-well/" target="_blank">tempeh and rice</a> mixture that makes it even more satisfying! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-easy-squash-recipes-for-fall?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Easy Squash Recipes for Fall</a>)</p> <h2>3. Acorn squash with walnuts and cranberries</h2> <p>Can't get enough squash during the holidays? Me neither. One of the things I love best about the marvelous varieties of this vegetable is that they can be sweet or savory. Here's one that's yummy enough to be a main dish or a dessert. The gooey combination stuffing of <a href="http://letthebakingbeginblog.com/2012/10/acorn-squash-with-walnuts-cranberry/" target="_blank">walnuts and cranberries</a> makes this one a wholesome sweet treat for everyone!</p> <h2>4. Savory sweet potato gnocchi</h2> <p>Gnocchi is one of my favorite pasta dishes. This recipe from Salt &amp; Wind is one that's both savory and sweet. The sweet comes from the <a href="http://saltandwind.com/recipes/50-sweet-potato-gnocchi-with-balsamic-sage-brown-butter-recipe" target="_blank">sweet potato gnocchi</a>, and the savory comes from the brown butter, balsamic vinegar, and sage. No time to make gnocchi from scratch? No problem. Pick up some pre-made or frozen gnocchi, and just prepare the sauce from this recipe.</p> <h2>5. Vegan veggie wraps</h2> <p>Give the vegetarians at your table some fun with these <a href="https://minimalistbaker.com/vegan-thanksgiving-wraps/" target="_blank">vegan veggie wraps</a>. They are a perfect blend of flavorful roasted chickpeas and sweet potatoes wrapped up in a pillowy soft flatbread with a silky sauce. Plus they are super cute and easy to prep and serve. You can substitute any roasted root vegetable for the sweet potato.</p> <h2>6. Brussels sprouts and root vegetables</h2> <p>Take the bitterness of <a href="http://juliasalbum.com/2015/10/roasted-brussels-sprouts-cinnamon-butternut-squash-pecans-and-cranberries/" target="_blank">Brussels sprouts</a>, the heartiness of any root vegetable combination, the crunch of pecans, and the sweetness of cranberries and cinnamon. Put it all together and you get this masterpiece from Julia's Album. Even though this one uses butternut squash, you could use any roasted root vegetable, or a combination of them for more variety.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-vegetarian-thanksgiving-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-turkey&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Vegetarian%2520Thanksgiving%2520Dishes%2520That%2520Hold%2520Their%2520Own%2520With%2520Turkey.jpg&amp;description=5%20Money%20Moves%20to%20Make%20Before%20Taking%20a%20Mini%20Retirement"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Vegetarian%20Thanksgiving%20Dishes%20That%20Hold%20Their%20Own%20With%20Turkey.jpg" alt="6 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes That Hold Their Own With Turkey" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-vegetarian-thanksgiving-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-turkey">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-give-back-this-thanksgiving">7 Easy Ways to Give Back This Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-make-money-on-thanksgiving">11 Ways to Make Money on Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving">10 Things You&#039;ll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-a-thanksgiving-turkey-teaches-us-about-money-0">7 Things a Thanksgiving Turkey Teaches Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-creative-simple-frugal-recipes-for-leftover-turkey">5 Creative, Simple, and Frugal Recipes for Leftover Turkey</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Lifestyle Holidays recipes side dishes Thanksgiving thanksgiving dinner thanksgiving turkey vegetarian vegetarian dishes Fri, 03 Nov 2017 08:00:06 +0000 Christa Avampato 2039989 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Easy Ways to Give Back This Thanksgiving http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-give-back-this-thanksgiving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-easy-ways-to-give-back-this-thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/little_girl_hugging_father_thanksgiving_celebration_concept.jpg" alt="Little Girl Hugging Father Thanksgiving Celebration Concept" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thanksgiving is coming, and though we should keep helping others in mind all year, the holidays are a special reminder to take care of our community. Here are seven easy ways to give back this Thanksgiving. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-the-world-better-with-these-17-free-ways-to-give-back?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Make the World Better With These 17 Free Ways to Give Back</a>)</p> <h2>1. Buy a pre-packed bag at your local grocery store</h2> <p>While you're in your grocery store, you'll likely find pre-packed bags of food that the grocery store will deliver to people in need. Just say you want to add it to your grocery bill, pay for it with your groceries, and the store takes care of the rest! To find out if your grocery store offers this program, just stop by the customer service desk on your next trip.</p> <h2>2. Contact your local food bank</h2> <p>Your local food bank is one of the major sources of food for those in need throughout the year. They often have special holiday donation drives, and they are usually able to find a major donor or corporate sponsor that will match any donations during this time of year. Reach out to your local food bank and ask about any special holiday programs they are running.</p> <p>Remember, your monetary donation will go a lot further than bringing food to your local food bank because the food bank buys exactly what they need at wholesale prices that are cheaper than what we pay at the grocery store. Also, if you have a little extra time, offer to volunteer for a shift at your local food bank. They always need help during the holidays. This is a great activity to do solo, with a group of friends or coworkers, or with kids. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-charities-you-can-trust-with-your-holiday-donations?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Charities You Can Trust With Your Holiday Donations</a>)</p> <h2>3. Ask your employer about special holiday programs</h2> <p>Many employers go the extra mile during the holidays. Get in touch with your corporate philanthropy or human resources department to ask about any special holiday programs to give back to the community. Many workplaces match the donations of their employees, provide a certain amount of hours that employees can take off to volunteer throughout the year, and organize team bonding activities that involve local volunteering.</p> <h2>4. Find Amazon wish lists</h2> <p>Many nonprofits have started setting up Amazon wish lists. Last year, I bought needed items from the Amazon wishlist of a homeless shelter in my city. I paid for the items that they needed, Amazon shipped the items directly to the shelter, and then the shelter sent me an acknowledgment letter a few weeks later. It's as easy as that! Contact a nonprofit you love and find out if they have an Amazon wishlist. And if they don't, encourage them to create one! You can also search for a nonprofit's existing Amazon wishlist right on Amazon's site.</p> <h2>5. Be a layaway Santa</h2> <p>Layaway is still a service widely used by people who are on limited incomes and have thin credit files. Next time you're at a store, ask if they have a layaway service, go to the customer service desk, and anonymously put money toward someone's layaway items. Then encourage your friends and family to be layaway Santas, too.</p> <h2>6. Go the extra mile right where you are</h2> <p>Going out to eat, getting your haircut, or ordering food delivery? Add a bigger tip beyond what you normally give. People in the service industry work hard all year, especially during the holidays, and anything extra that you give for great service is always appreciated.</p> <h2>7. Be kinder</h2> <p>We can all use some extra encouragement. Anonymously leave a note with an inspirational quote or compliment on someone's windshield or doorstep in your neighborhood. You may never know how much it means to someone. And just be friendlier in everyday life. Smile, say good morning, hold doors open, or offer to carry someone's heavy bags while holiday shopping. A little kindness goes a long way and it's so easy to offer!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-easy-ways-to-give-back-this-thanksgiving&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Easy%2520Ways%2520to%2520Give%2520Back%2520This%2520Thanksgiving.jpg&amp;description=7%20Easy%20Ways%20to%20Give%20Back%20This%20Thanksgiving"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Easy%20Ways%20to%20Give%20Back%20This%20Thanksgiving.jpg" alt="7 Easy Ways to Give Back This Thanksgiving" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-give-back-this-thanksgiving">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-vegetarian-thanksgiving-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-turkey">6 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes That Hold Their Own With Turkey</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/make-the-world-better-with-these-17-free-ways-to-give-back">Make the World Better With These 17 Free Ways to Give Back</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-reasons-to-skip-the-big-holiday-dinner-this-year">8 Reasons to Skip the Big Holiday Dinner This Year</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/11-ways-to-make-money-on-thanksgiving">11 Ways to Make Money on Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays">8 Ways to Actually Relax Over the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Lifestyle charity give back holiday season Holidays Thanksgiving volunteering Wed, 01 Nov 2017 08:00:09 +0000 Christa Avampato 2040126 at http://www.wisebread.com More Cash Back for Dining Out with the Capital One® Savor℠ Cash Rewards Credit Card http://www.wisebread.com/more-cash-back-for-dining-out-with-the-capital-one-premier-dining-rewards-credit-card <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/more-cash-back-for-dining-out-with-the-capital-one-premier-dining-rewards-credit-card" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-627873424.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=290&amp;pid=194&amp;pp=0&amp;uv=sname" target="_blank">Capital One&reg; Savor℠ Cash Rewards Credit Card</a> is a new card that provides the &quot;no hassle&quot; rewards that Capital One is known for, especially if your spending falls into the restaurant and dining out categories. In fact, the newest addition to the Capital One line of rewards cards offers one of the highest cash back rates on these types of purchases. If you frequently spend in these categories, this is one rewards card you want to be sure is in your wallet. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-dining-out?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=seealso&amp;utm_campaign=review" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards for Dining Out</a>)</p> <h2>Why We Like This Card</h2> <ul> <li>$150 one-time cash bonus offer</li> <li>Unlimited 3% cash back on dining</li> </ul> <h2>How This Card Works</h2> <p>This card awards unlimited 3% cash back on dining, 2% on groceries, and 1% on all other purchases. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=seealso&amp;utm_campaign=review" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a>)</p> <p><strong>Bonus</strong>. Earn a one-time $150 cash bonus after you spend $500 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-offer-bonus-cash-for-sign-up?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=seealso&amp;utm_campaign=review" target="_blank">Best Cards that Offer Bonus Cash for Sign-Up</a>)</p> <p>Your rewards do not expire, and you can redeem your cash back at any time, in any amount. You can request a statement credit or a check, or you can set up automatic redemption for a set time each calendar year or once you have reached a specific reward amount.</p> <h2>Other Benefits</h2> <p><strong>Complimentary concierge</strong>. This card includes complimentary concierge services for help with booking travel, making dining reservations, shopping, and more, 24 hours a day.</p> <p><strong>Identity theft services</strong>. If you are a victim of identity theft, this card also offers many identity theft resolution services.</p> <p><strong>Travel benefits</strong>. You get additional travel benefits such as complimentary room upgrades, access to a portfolio of World Elite Hotels &amp; Resorts, travel protection, and more.</p> <p><strong>Extended warranty</strong>. When you use this card for your purchases, you can qualify for additional warranty protection on those purchases at no charge.</p> <p><strong>Price protection</strong>. If an item you purchase with your card is found within 120 days of purchasing at a lower price, you can get reimbursed for the price difference.</p> <h2>Costs</h2> <ul> <li>$0 Annual Fee</li> <li>0% Intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 9 months. After that, 15.49% - 24.49% Variable APR&nbsp;</li> <li>3% Balance Transfer Fee for balances transferred within the first 9 months</li> <li>$0 Foreign Transaction Fee</li> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=290&amp;pid=194&amp;pp=0&amp;uv=sbutton2" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" alt="" class="img-exempt" height="50" width="154" /></a></p> <h3>Considerations</h3> <p><strong>Primarily for dining out</strong>. You earn the most cash back when you dine out, which won&rsquo;t be much if this is an expense you have just a few times per year. If your spending is more likely to fall into other categories <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-gas-rewards-credit-cards" target="_blank">like gas</a> or airfare, you will earn more cash back with cards that focus on those categories or with flat rate rewards cards that award a higher rate for all purchases. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-that-offer-flat-rate-rewards-for-all-spending?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=seealso&amp;utm_campaign=review" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards that Offer Flat Rate Rewards for All Spending</a>)</p> <h2>Who This Card Is Best For</h2> <p>This card is best for those whose spending is primarily dining out in restaurants and groceries. Unlike other cards that award these types of purchases, this card has no cap or limit on the amount of cash back you can earn. Also, because there is no foreign transaction fee, it&rsquo;s a great card to use if you frequently travel abroad or need to make foreign purchases. It also comes with a number of extra benefits and perks that make traveling and shopping more comfortable.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=290&amp;pid=194&amp;pp=0&amp;uv=send" target="_blank"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the&nbsp;Capital One&reg; Savor℠ Cash Rewards Credit Card today</strong></a></p> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christina-majaski">Christina Majaski</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/more-cash-back-for-dining-out-with-the-capital-one-premier-dining-rewards-credit-card">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-credit-cards-for-dining-out">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Dining Out</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/9-ways-restaurant-menus-are-designed-to-make-you-spend-more">9 Ways Restaurant Menus Are Designed to Make You Spend More</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Food and Drink credit card reviews dining out restaurants Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:41:40 +0000 Christina Majaski 1978535 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Smartphone Apps That Make Self-Care a Snap http://www.wisebread.com/14-smartphone-apps-that-make-self-care-a-snap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-smartphone-apps-that-make-self-care-a-snap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/morning_exercise_in_megacity.jpg" alt="Morning exercise in megacity" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Who has time for self-care these days? Whether our days are full of work or caring for family members, it's legitimately hard to find the time to prioritize our most basic needs. And while constant smartphone use is not known for being a healthy habit, our phones can make self-care a whole lot easier. Here are some apps that can help you unwind and take better care of your body throughout your busy day. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-simple-acts-of-self-care-for-the-sandwich-generation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Simple Acts of Self-Care for the Sandwich Generation</a>)</p> <h2>1. MyFitnessPal</h2> <p><a href="https://www.myfitnesspal.com/" target="_blank">MyFitnessPal</a> is one of the best food/exercise/hydration tracker apps out there. It has a massive food database to input your meals, and you can also add your own recipes and nutrition info. The app also helps you set goals for better rest, water intake, and weight loss. The best part, though, is that you can connect with friends to set up challenges or keep each other accountable. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-apps-that-pay-you-to-workout?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Apps That Pay You to Workout</a>)</p> <h2>2. Yoga Studio</h2> <p>Not up for leaving the house, but still need to fit in a workout? Use <a href="http://www.yogastudioapp.com/" target="_blank">Yoga Studio</a> to get your sweat on. You can pick your level and the length of the class, or choose a class by instructor. The videos are beautiful and simple, and the app offers a free two-week trial to test before you buy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-yoga-can-teach-you-about-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Things Yoga Can Teach You About Money</a>)</p> <h2>3. Headspace</h2> <p><a href="https://www.headspace.com/" target="_blank">Headspace</a> is one of the most popular guided meditation apps out there. This will teach you how to meditate effectively. Headspace is designed for all levels of meditators, so you can use it and benefit from it even if you've never done it before. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-meditation-can-make-you-a-money-master?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Ways Meditation Can Make You a Money Master</a>)</p> <h2>4. Calm</h2> <p><a href="https://www.calm.com/" target="_blank">Calm</a> is another meditation app, but this one is specifically designed to help you decrease your anxiety and get better sleep. Follow guided meditations, learn to focus on your breathing, and you should feel better and rest easier.</p> <h2>5. Insight Timer</h2> <p><a href="https://insighttimer.com/" target="_blank">Insight Timer</a> is a free meditation app, although unlike Headspace, it is designed more for those who have meditated before. Follow guided meditations, track your progress, and meditate alone or with groups. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines</a>)</p> <h2>6. Breathing Zone</h2> <p>This app helps you slow and control the pace of your breathing for mindful meditation. <a href="http://www.breathing.zone/" target="_blank">Breathing Zone</a> offers a simple graphic that you can breathe along with to help you visualize the breaths leaving and entering your body. The app also analyzes your breathing rate, so you can see where you start and where you finish. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-might-be-breathing-wrong-heres-what-you-should-do-instead?ref=seealso" target="_blank">You Might Be Breathing Wrong &mdash; Here's What You Should Do Instead</a>)</p> <h2>7. Acupressure: Heal Yourself</h2> <p>If you are stressed, anxious, or not sleeping well, acupressure may be able to help. The <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/acupressure-heal-yourself/id429680650?mt=8" target="_blank">Heal Yourself</a> app shows you the different pressure points that you can massage, and how to do it right. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-self-care-can-actually-save-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Ways Self Care Can Actually Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>8. Start Stretching</h2> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/start-stretching/id827568897?mt=8" target="_blank">Start Stretching</a> is another great how-to app for deep relaxation. If you are feeling tight, or that something isn't right in your body, stretching can instantly help you feel better. You will learn stretches associated with specific muscle groups and types of pain with this app. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-ways-to-work-stretching-into-your-daily-routine?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Easy Ways to Work Stretching Into Your Daily Routine</a>)</p> <h2>9. SleepBot</h2> <p><a href="https://mysleepbot.com/" target="_blank">SleepBot</a> is marketed as an alarm, but it actually tracks your sleep for you so it can wake you at the best time, based on your sleep cycles. It also tracks your sleep debt (how short you are on sleep) and will note or record any sounds above a certain level, so you can determine if you are snoring or talking in your sleep. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-better-sleep-with-these-5-great-sleep-tracking-apps?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Get Better Sleep With These 5 Great Sleep-Tracking Apps</a>)</p> <h2>10. Sleep Cycle</h2> <p><a href="https://www.sleepcycle.com/how-it-works/" target="_blank">Sleep Cycle</a> is similar to SleepBot, though it doesn't track sleep debt or record sounds. It does, however, offer more in-depth charts of your sleep patterns. Try them both and see what works best for you.</p> <h2>11. Relax Melodies</h2> <p>If you struggle to fall asleep, <a href="https://www.ipnos.com/apps/relax-melodies/" target="_blank">Relax Melodies</a> can help. It offers all sorts of different sounds that you can play individually or combine into a set of sounds that will help you sleep. Choose everything from rain forest sounds to a binaural beat, and play your mix alongside a guided meditation. You can set a timer, too, so your mix doesn't play all night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-white-noise-machines?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best White Noise Machines</a>)</p> <h2>12. Lumosity</h2> <p><a href="https://www.lumosity.com/" target="_blank">Lumosity</a> is free to start, and it exercises and trains your brain so it can function at a higher level. It takes your baseline, then offers you games and exercises to help your mind work better. As you go on in the program, some of the exercises do come with an extra cost. The designers work with scientists to make sure you are getting the best brain training out there to keep you mentally sharp into your golden years.</p> <h2>13. Gratitude Journal</h2> <p><a href="http://welovemojo.com/" target="_blank">Gratitude Journal</a> provides a place to note five things a day that you are grateful for. Since being grateful is supposed to make us happier and healthier, this app can help us achieve those goals. It's easy to use and lets you go back to see what you've been grateful for in the past, too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-a-mindfulness-journal-can-fix-your-life?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways a Mindfulness Journal Can Fix Your Life</a>)</p> <h2>14. Happify</h2> <p><a href="https://my.happify.com/" target="_blank">Happify</a> provides you with games and activities to help you learn to control your thoughts and feelings, based on scientific research. This is called building resilience, and is key to feeling confident, competent, and in control of your life. You learn your initial happiness score, then participate in activities designed to raise that. You can track your happiness over time and learn what helps and what doesn't. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-stress-relief-items-you-need-in-your-life-that-are-under-20?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Stress Relief Items You Need in Your Life That Are Under $20</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F14-smartphone-apps-that-make-self-care-a-snap&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F14%2520Smartphone%2520Apps%2520That%2520Make%2520Self-Care%2520a%2520Snap.jpg&amp;description=14%20Smartphone%20Apps%20That%20Make%20Self-Care%20a%20Snap"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/14%20Smartphone%20Apps%20That%20Make%20Self-Care%20a%20Snap.jpg" alt="14 Smartphone Apps That Make Self-Care a Snap" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-smartphone-apps-that-make-self-care-a-snap">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/11-easy-ways-to-fix-your-whole-life-this-summer">11 Easy Ways to Fix Your Whole Life This Summer</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/6-surprising-health-benefits-to-growing-a-garden">6 Surprising Health Benefits of Growing a Garden</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-apps-that-pay-you-to-workout">6 Apps That Pay You to Workout</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-ways-to-age-well-for-0">10 Ways to Age Well for $0</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-6-healthiest-grocery-stores">The 6 Healthiest Grocery Stores</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty Technology exercise healthy eating healthy lifestyle healthy living apps meditation apps self-care self-care apps smartphone apps Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:00:07 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 2037242 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Podcasts for Foodies http://www.wisebread.com/7-podcasts-for-foodies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-podcasts-for-foodies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_woman_listening_music_on_yellow_headphones.jpg" alt="Young woman listening music on yellow headphones" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You love food. You love podcasts. You're not alone! The interwebs are now chock-full of podcasts for hungry listeners. While this list is by no means definitive, these are seven of my go-to podcasts when I need some inspiration in the kitchen. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-jobs-for-foodies?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Cool Jobs for Foodies</a>)</p> <h2>1. The Slow Melt</h2> <p>This chocolaty podcast is for those of us who are continuously fascinated by the versatility of chocolate and our special relationship with the magical ingredient. <a href="https://theslowmelt.com/" target="_blank">The Slow Melt</a> is expertly written and hosted by Simran Sethi, a journalist and former visiting scholar at the University of West Indies' Cocoa Research Centre. (Who knew there was such a wonderland?!) Simran is the author of <a href="http://amzn.to/2yXmtDG" target="_blank">Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love</a>, named one of the best food books of 2016 by <em>Smithsonian</em>.</p> <h2>2. Gastropod</h2> <p>Like your podcasts served with healthy sides of science and history? So do I, and <a href="https://gastropod.com/" target="_blank">Gastropod</a> delivers exactly that. From the back story of Fluff to the transformation of school lunches, this podcast will leave you with a higher food IQ and greater appreciation of the ever-expanding food landscape after each episode.</p> <h2>3. Go Fork Yourself</h2> <p>Who doesn't love a good food pun? I'm trying to fit as many of them as possible into this story! Don't let the title of this podcast fool you. The hosts of <a href="http://andrewzimmern.com/category/podcasts/" target="_blank">Go Fork Yourself</a> mean business when it comes to food. Andrew Zimmern and Molly Mogren contribute their seemingly endless plates of knowledge on the topics of international food. And they spice things up with interviews with famous chefs and travel experts from diverse backgrounds. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-new-podcasts-thatll-improve-your-money-mindset?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 New Podcasts That'll Improve Your Money Mindset</a>)</p> <h2>4. Add Passion and Stir: Big Passion ... Big Ideas</h2> <p>People who are dedicated to food are often just as dedicated to social justice issues such as food equity. <a href="http://addpassionandstir.com/" target="_blank">Add Passion and Stir</a> is the weekly podcast about people who are changing the world. Each week, <a href="https://www.nokidhungry.org/" target="_blank">Share Our Strength</a>'s founder and chairman Billy Shore has a conversation with a guest from the culinary world and an industry thought leader. Together, they craft a thought-provoking discussion about food and its impact on society. Central to our health, environment, educational achievement, sustainability, and overall quality of life, they never run out of unique food-based story ideas.</p> <h2>5. A Taste of the Past</h2> <p>William Faulkner said, &quot;The past isn't dead. It isn't even past.&quot; Recipes of the past are rich in history, giving us a sensory-based time machine that conveys what it was like to live in an earlier time. Host of <a href="http://heritageradionetwork.org/series/a-taste-of-the-past/" target="_blank">A Taste of the Past</a>, Linda Pelaccio, is a real deal food historian and she's got a mountain of knowledge to share with listeners. Hear her and her guests opine on topics such as the role of tea in shaping the modern world, the alchemy of vinegar, and the fierce baking powder wars.</p> <h2>6. Cooking Issues</h2> <p>If innovative ingredients, techniques, and gadgets is your thing, hosts of <a href="http://heritageradionetwork.org/series/cooking-issues/" target="_blank">Cooking Issues</a>, Dave Arnold and Nastassia Lopez are your guides. From pimping out your oven to making gourmet pizza at home to the virtues of liquid nitrogen, Dave and Nastassia have you covered.</p> <h2>7. Gravy</h2> <p>There are a few things that evoke more passion in people than food. It's primal to our identity and our survival. Nowhere is this more true than the American South. <a href="https://www.southernfoodways.org/gravy-format/gravy-podcast/" target="_blank">Gravy</a> is a production from the Southern Foodways Alliance. The Alliance is based at the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and it documents, studies, and explores the diverse food cultures of the constantly changing American South, while also paying tribute to its deep and diverse cultural roots. Its episodes are produced in the spirit of respect and reconciliation. Examine your favorite southern foods through cultural, historical, and social lenses.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-podcasts-for-foodies&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Podcasts%2520for%2520Foodies.jpg&amp;description=7%20Podcasts%20for%20Foodies"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Podcasts%20for%20Foodies.jpg" alt="7 Podcasts for Foodies" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-podcasts-for-foodies">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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While I use it for everyday meals, the electric pressure cooker has a feature that makes it particularly indispensable for holiday use: You can set it and forget it. On past Halloweens, whether I'm cooking the pre-trick-or-treat supper or heating up apple cider, I have found myself running between the stovetop, the front door, or my kids' bedrooms where they are getting into their costumes. This year, I know I will set up whatever I'm making in the instant pot and then walk away to deal with everything else.</p> <p>The only question is, what to make? Fortunately, every food blogger and her sister has an idea for spooky Halloween treats to make this year. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-instant-pot-meals-that-prove-autumn-is-the-best-season?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Instant Pot Meals That Prove Autumn Is the Best Season</a>)</p> <h2>1. Apple cinnamon pull-apart bread</h2> <p>Start the sugar overload first thing in the morning of October 31 with this gooey, fragrant <a href="https://reviewsbypink.com/apple-cinnamon-pull-apart-bread/" target="_blank">version of apple cinnamon rolls</a>. Hey, at least the kids will have some fruit before school!</p> <h2>2. One-trick chili</h2> <p>Especially if the weather is blustery, I like to fortify my trick-or-treaters before they go out. Chili is a favorite for me anyway, and since there are jack-o'-lanterns everywhere, why not throw some healthy squash into the caldron tonight with this <a href="https://www.artfrommytable.com/instant-pot-turkey-chili-recipe/" target="_blank">squash and turkey chili recipe</a>? I serve mine with a side of <a href="https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/crescent-mummy-dogs/d52a57d7-ab8a-4a1c-8dae-f9f90d03b912" target="_blank">mummy dogs</a>, made in the oven.</p> <h2>3. Hot apple cider</h2> <p>You can always pour store-bought cider or apple juice into the instant pot and set it for a few minutes to get it piping hot, but since it can work unsupervised, why not get more ambitious and set up an amazing pot of <a href="https://www.adventuresofanurse.com/2016/10/13/instant-pot-homemade-hot-apple-cider/" target="_blank">fresh apple cider</a> just as your trick-or-treaters are heading out? A few hours later, they'll come home to a house that smells amazing. I'll be <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/geoffrey-zakarian/spiced-bourbon-apple-cider-2651388" target="_blank">adding bourbon</a> to my mug. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-delicious-reasons-cider-is-our-favorite-fall-treat?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Delicious Reasons Cider Is Our Favorite Fall Treat</a>)</p> <h2>4. Hot cocoa</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MK5ha1dTj5M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>If you were out escorting trick-or-treaters and didn't have time to prepare anything to warm them up on their return, you can use the pot to produce creamy, not-too-sugary hot cocoa in just six minutes, by following this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK5ha1dTj5M" target="_blank">YouTube tutorial</a>.</p> <h2>5. Spider web or pumpkin cheesecake</h2> <p>Cheesecake is one of the dishes that made the instant pot famous. To impress at any Halloween gathering, try this adorable cheesecake decorated with a <a href="https://thisoldgal.com/pressure-cooker-halloween-spider-web-cheesecake/" target="_blank">dulce de leche spider web design</a>.</p> <p>If that's not Halloween-y enough, instead of following that plain cheesecake recipe, you could also make a <a href="https://www.thecentsableshoppin.com/pumpkin-cheesecake-instant-pot-recipe/">pumpkin-flavored cheesecake</a> to top with the same dulce de leche web. You can even make the <a href="https://thisoldgal.com/simple-dulce-de-leche-recipe/" target="_blank">dulce de leche in the instant pot</a>. Or if the spider web looks too fussy for you, just chop up some candy bars for a trick-or-treat-themed topping. Perhaps best of all for parties, you can make the same recipes into individual cheesecakes by placing them inside Mason jars in the instant pot. But beware! Cheesecakes need 12 hours to set in the refrigerator, so start this recipe the day before you want to serve it.</p> <h2>6. Pumpkin pudding</h2> <p>Need a gluten-free dessert option? This <a href="http://gnowfglins.com/2016/12/16/instant-pot-pumpkin-pudding/" target="_blank">elegant dessert</a> is only a pudding in the sense of an English Christmas pudding, meaning that it's more of a cake. It's also not terribly sweet, making it a nice option for pre-trick-or-treat potlucks when everyone's about to eat a bunch of candy.</p> <h2>7. Oreo pops</h2> <p>If you have some kids in your life who you like to give a special treat to on Halloween, this fits the bill. Use the instant pot to melt chocolate, then <a href="https://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/halloween-oreo-pops-1/" target="_blank">dip Oreos on lollipop sticks</a> to create spiders, monsters, or skeleton treats.</p> <h2>8. Apple crisp in a pot</h2> <p>Pies are nice and all, but they tend to take awhile to bake, and this <a href="https://www.centercutcook.com/instant-pot-apple-crisp/" target="_blank">apple crisp recipe</a> cooks in just eight minutes. Serve it with vanilla ice cream for dessert, and save some to have with a dollop of yogurt for a morning-after breakfast. With Halloween falling on a school night again, you'll be grateful you saved something to put on the breakfast table.</p> <h2>9. Pumpkin Bundt cake</h2> <p>With pureed pumpkin, a banana, and Greek yogurt on the ingredient list, I'm gonna add this <a href="http://www.apinchofhealthy.com/pumpkin-banana-chocolate-chip-bundt-cake-instant-pot/" target="_blank">pumpkin Bundt cake recipe</a> to the healthy morning-after breakfast category. Just pretend those chocolate chips are spiders and the calories from them won't count. Or, if that thought terrifies you to your very core, embrace the chocolate chips, because those are always better than spiders.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F9-halloween-treats-you-can-make-in-an-instant-pot&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%2520Halloween%2520Treats%2520You%2520Can%2520Make%2520in%2520an%2520Instant%2520Pot%2520%25281%2529.jpg&amp;description=9%20Halloween%20Treats%20You%20Can%20Make%20in%20an%20Instant%20Pot"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20Halloween%20Treats%20You%20Can%20Make%20in%20an%20Instant%20Pot%20%281%29.jpg" alt="9 Halloween Treats You Can Make in an Instant Pot" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-halloween-treats-you-can-make-in-an-instant-pot">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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Don&#039;t Throw Any of It Away!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink candy Halloween halloween candy holiday season holiday treats Holidays instant pot kitchen gadgets slow cooker Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:00:06 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2035899 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Cookbooks for Beginners http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cookbooks-for-beginners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-cookbooks-for-beginners" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_cooking_food_499781701.jpg" alt="Man using best cookbooks while cooking" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cooking at home can help you save money and eat healthier, so finding the right cookbook to guide you in the kitchen can be invaluable. Whether you&rsquo;re just learning to cook for yourself or are looking for the perfect gift for someone else, the cookbooks listed below will suit your needs.</p> <h2>What is a cookbook for beginners?</h2> <p>Cookbooks for beginners provide both easy standby recipes and the essential techniques you&rsquo;ll need to be successful in the kitchen. Whether you are completely clueless in the kitchen, or only have the basics to get by, an uncomplicated beginner&rsquo;s cookbook will get you started.</p> <h2>Top 5 cookbooks for beginners</h2> <h3>Joy of Cooking</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2zeUfFt" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/joy%20of%20cooking.jpg" width="175" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The best-selling <a href="http://amzn.to/2zeUfFt" target="_blank">Joy of Cooking</a> has been one of the most commonly purchased and gifted cookbooks since its publication in 1931. It has taught tens of millions of people to cook. The revised 75th Anniversary edition of <em>The New York Times</em> best-seller includes a total of 4,500 recipes, including both the classic beloved recipes along with hundreds of new recipes to keep up with the modern cooking. It also covers techniques like knife skills, different cooking methods, setting a table, and finding ways to save time in the kitchen. The all-purpose cookbook also has extensive reference materials and helpful illustrations.</p> <p>This is the only cookbook named one of the most influential books of the 20th century by The New York Public Library. The James Beard Foundation also included it on their 20 Essential Cookbooks List. Even Julia Child called it &ldquo;a fundamental resource for any American cook.&rdquo; It has over 49,100 five-star reviews on Goodreads and more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is recommended by Publishers Weekly, Newsweek, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Lifehacker, and The Muse.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2zeUfFt" target="_blank"><em>Currently $20.55 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>How to Cook Everything</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kFOnSz" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/how%20to%20cook.jpg" width="216" height="245" align="right" alt="" />How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food, 10th Anniversary Edition</a> is part cookbook and part reference guide. It provides basic recipes and techniques for just about everything, using easy-to-follow sentences and straightforward instructions and advice. It also offers helpful lists and charts, illustrations, expert advice, and variations to keep the 2,000+ simple recipes modern and exciting. In fact, nearly half the material is new in this revised edition, so you won&rsquo;t get bored of the recipes.</p> <p>Mark Bittman is one of the best-known food writers in the country. He also writes for The New York Times&rsquo; Opinion section and is regularly featured on <em>Today Show</em> cooking segments. The award-winning cookbook has over 23,400 five-star reviews on Goodreads and nearly 1,500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is recommended by <em>The New York Times, Cosmopolitan</em>, Huffington Post, Lifehacker, Serious Eats, and The Muse. Even celebrity chefs like Mario Batali and Bobby Flay recommend this long-standing favorite. Celebrities like Al Roker, Lisa Loeb, and Isaac Mizrahi are also notable fans.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kFOnSz" target="_blank"><em>Currently $20.30 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Better Homes and Gardens: New Cook Book, 16th Edition</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2yf8jQU" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/better%20homes.jpg" width="219" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The best-selling <a href="http://amzn.to/2yf8jQU" target="_blank">Better Homes and Gardens: New Cook Book, 16th Edition</a> is a classic cookbook that covers everything. The newly updated and expanded edition offers a redesigned cover, more than 1,200 recipes, 1,000 color photos, and tips to help you master basic techniques like canning and setting up a kitchen. All recipes were also reviewed and revised for the modern kitchen. There are also icons throughout the book to highlight fast, low-calorie, and best-loved recipes.</p> <p>This has served as a trusted go-to cookbook since 1930. It is recommended by Huffington Post, Lifehacker, and The Kitchn. It has over 43,400 five-star reviews on Goodreads and nearly 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2yf8jQU" target="_blank"><em>Currently $23.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2yfIvEm" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/barefoot%20contessa.jpg" width="184" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust</a> comes from the beloved Food Network star and #1 <em>New York Times</em> best-selling author, Ina Garten. The recipes are easy to follow and prepare, but are still sure to impress. The book also covers skills like planning a menu and making recipes in advance. There are 150 color photographs and helpful tips throughout the book to assist in the event that things go awry with the recipe.</p> <p>This is recommended by <em>The Washington Post</em> and The Muse. It has over 2,400 five-star reviews on Goodreads and over 900 five-star reviews on Amazon. <a href="http://amzn.to/2yfHhsH" target="_blank">Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again</a> is another favorite with beginners.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2yfIvEm" target="_blank"><em>Currently $19.11 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>The Science of Good Cooking</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2yYnqvM" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/science%20of%20good%20cooking.jpg" width="208" height="245" align="right" alt="" />The Science of Good Cooking: Master 50 Simple Concepts to Enjoy a Lifetime of Success in the Kitchen</a> comes from the editors of <em>Cook's Illustrated</em>. The new volume covers 50 core principles and offers 400 simple recipes that apply those principles in order to better teach fundamental kitchen skills. The recipes have been tested, written, and edited by the experts at America&rsquo;s Test Kitchen. The frequently recommended cookbook has nearly 1,100 five-star reviews on Goodreads and over 800 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2yYnqvM" target="_blank"><em>Currently $26.34 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best cookbooks for beginners. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this Image? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-cookbooks-for-beginners&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Cookbooks%2520for%2520Beginners.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Cookbooks%20for%20Beginners"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Cookbooks%20for%20Beginners.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Cookbooks for Beginners" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cookbooks-for-beginners">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-15"> <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-camping-coffee-makers">The 5 Best Camping Coffee Makers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-thermoses">The 5 Best Thermoses</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-reusable-straws">The 5 Best Reusable Straws</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-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles">The 5 Best Aluminum and Stainless Steel Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping 5 best books cookbooks cookbooks for beginners Cooking product reviews shopping Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:00:08 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2034894 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Veggie Noodle Dishes That Will Make You Forget About Pasta http://www.wisebread.com/15-veggie-noodle-dishes-that-will-make-you-forget-about-pasta <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-veggie-noodle-dishes-that-will-make-you-forget-about-pasta" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/zucchini_carrot_sweet_potato_and_beetroot_noodles_on_a_plate.jpg" alt="Zucchini, carrot, sweet potato and beetroot noodles on a plate" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you've been jumping on the low-carb train in an effort to keep your waistline trim and healthy, pasta is often one of the first things that gets cut from the diet. And if you're anything like me, those pasta cravings are fierce. Fortunately, there are some really creative ways to enjoy veggie pasta &mdash; pasta that is made from vegetables &mdash; and some of these veggie pasta dishes are so satisfying, you won't even miss the real thing! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</a>)</p> <p>A <a href="http://amzn.to/2jLb4Et" target="_blank">spiralizer</a> is probably the easiest way to make your own veggie noodles, as they'll turn out the longest and most pasta-like. But you can also use a <a href="http://amzn.to/2wxmx0m" target="_blank">mandoline slicer</a> with a shredding attachment, the grating attachment on your food processor, or buy already-shredded vegetables from the grocery store. You can also use a vegetable peeler to shred vegetables into long thin strips.</p> <h2>1. Raw carrot noodles with peanut sauce</h2> <p>With this simple vegetarian recipe for <a href="http://www.theroastedroot.net/raw-carrot-pasta-ginger-lime-peanut-sauce/" target="_blank">carrot noodles with peanut sauce</a>, you don't even need to fire up the stove. Use raw spiralized carrots, or even a bag of shredded carrots, to make this simple but delicious meal. The tangy peanut sauce is surprisingly filling and satisfying. Allergic to peanuts? Just sub in almond, cashew, or sunflower butter.</p> <h2>2. Zucchini noodles (zoodles) and meatballs</h2> <p>Spaghetti and meatballs is such a comfort dish &mdash; and you can have this <a href="http://nomnompaleo.com/post/5695132949/zucchini-spaghetti-zoodles-meatballs" target="_blank">zucchini version</a> without grain-based pasta but with all the comfort! Homemade or store-bought zucchini noodles cook up in a couple of minutes, and make for a hearty meal when topped with meatballs and marinara sauce.</p> <h2>3. Garlicky spaghetti squash with chicken, mushrooms, and kale</h2> <p>Spaghetti squash, a more nutritious, lower-carb alternative to pasta, is served with an antioxidant-rich topping of <a href="http://www.theroastedroot.net/garlicky-spaghetti-squash-chicken-mushrooms-kale/" target="_blank">kale, chicken, and mushrooms</a>. This veggie-packed version is a nice change from the rich Bolognese usually served with spaghetti squash.</p> <h2>4. Vegan mushroom Bolognese</h2> <p>Speaking of Bolognese, this hearty <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/02/pasta-rich-hearty-mushroom-bolognese-recipe.html" target="_blank">meat-free mushroom Bolognese</a> is bursting with vegetables and flavor. And unlike most vegan Bolognese recipes, it doesn't call for tofu or soy. The meatiness comes from the mushrooms, eggplant, and veggies in the dish. Instead of pouring this over wheat pasta, use spaghetti squash or zoodles instead.</p> <h2>5. Parsnip shrimp lo-mein noodle</h2> <p>You don't have to long for Chinese noodles anymore &mdash; this <a href="https://wellnessmama.com/13190/parsnip-shrimp-lo-mein/" target="_blank">parsnip shrimp lo-mein noodle</a> dish captures all the flavor and adds more nutrients than your favorite noodle dish. It comes together quickly in one pan &mdash; almost as simple as ordering in.</p> <h2>6. Vegan garlicky sweet potato pasta</h2> <p>Ready for Alfredo sauce? This healthy dairy-free <a href="https://minimalistbaker.com/garlicky-sweet-potato-noodle-pasta-8-ingredients/" target="_blank">garlicky Alfredo</a> has all the umami of the original, but uses cashews, garlic, and nutritional yeast instead of milk. Add the rich sauce to hearty sweet potato noodles, and this dish will leave you satisfied without the traditional heaviness. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-ways-to-go-meatless-for-the-newly-vegetarian?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Delicious Ways to Go Meatless for the Newly Vegetarian</a>)</p> <h2>7. Chicken pad thai with daikon noodles</h2> <p>The lightness of <a href="http://inspiralized.com/chicken-pad-thai-with-daikon-noodles/" target="_blank">daikon noodles</a> pairs perfectly with the tangy and spicy flavors of a pad thai sauce. Cooking the daikon noodles in the juices left over after cooking the chicken gives them a robust and meaty flavor.</p> <h2>8. Roasted beet noodles with pesto and baby kale</h2> <p>One of my favorite pasta dishes is just noodles tossed with pesto. This <a href="http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/roasted-beet-noodles-with-pesto-and-baby-kale/" target="_blank">roasted beet</a> version has even more flavor and is almost as easy to make, once you've made the beet noodles. Feel free to substitute jarred pesto to make this dish faster and easier.</p> <h2>9. Greek cucumber noodles</h2> <p>Another vegetarian-friendly, no-cook meal, this <a href="https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/greek-cucumber-noodles/" target="_blank">cucumber noodle dish</a> draws from Greek flavors with olives, tomatoes, and hummus. Simply omit the feta to make this dish vegan.</p> <h2>10. Coconut curry with zucchini noodles</h2> <p>Enjoy a comforting hot bowl of curry noodles, but keep it light by making the noodles zoodles instead. This simple recipe for <a href="http://realhealthyrecipes.com/2014/02/24/coconut-curry-with-zucchini-noodles/" target="_blank">coconut curry with zucchini noodles</a> is packed with veggies and will warm you from the inside out.</p> <h2>11. Broccoli slaw spaghetti</h2> <p>For nights when you need a quick meal and spiralizing your own veggie noodles seems like a chore, that inexpensive bag of <a href="http://fingerprickingood.com/2015/07/16/broccoli-slaw-spaghetti/" target="_blank">broccoli slaw</a> you picked up at the grocery store can work like a charm as a noodle stand-in. A simple spaghetti sauce with ground beef and pasta sauce is delicious served over a bed of cooked broccoli slaw.</p> <h2>12. Miso soup with vegetable noodles</h2> <p>One of my favorite ways to enjoy noodles is in a hot and comforting noodle soup. This recipe for <a href="https://www.asaucykitchen.com/miso-soup-vegetable-noodles/" target="_blank">miso soup with vegetable noodles</a> is easy and quick to whip up, and can be turned into a heartier meal with the addition of an egg or some tofu for protein.</p> <h2>13. Sweet potato or butternut squash mac and cheese</h2> <p>There are few things my kids like better than mac and cheese. This <a href="http://inspiralized.com/spiralized-mac-and-cheese-two-ways-butternut-squash-sweet-potato/" target="_blank">sweet potato or butternut squash noodle</a> version gives them the cheesiness they desire but sneaks in a few extra vitamins and nutrients, too. Just cut the sweet potato noodles into sections to make them look more like macaroni.</p> <h2>14. Vietnamese jicama noodle salad</h2> <p>I love cold Vietnamese noodle salad with veggies stirred in with a tangy sauce. This <a href="https://steamykitchen.com/42653-low-carbpaleo-vietnamese-jicama-noodle-salad-recipe.html" target="_blank">jicama noodle salad</a> makes for an even more refreshing meal with crunchy jicama noodles subbed in for traditional rice noodles.</p> <h2>15. Salmon with rutabaga noodles</h2> <p>You don't often see recipes for rutabagas, but this sweet, hearty root vegetable is delicious and satisfying, especially when used as the noodle portion of this <a href="http://heartbeetkitchen.com/2015/recipes/aip-salmon-with-rutabaga-noodles/" target="_blank">salmon and rutabaga noodle</a> meal. Quick-cooking and nutritious salmon as the main protein means that this meal comes together quickly.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F15-veggie-noodle-dishes-that-will-make-you-forget-about-pasta&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F15%2520Veggie%2520Noodle%2520Dishes%2520That%2520Will%2520Make%2520You%2520Forget%2520About%2520Pasta.jpg&amp;description=15%20Veggie%20Noodle%20Dishes%20That%20Will%20Make%20You%20Forget%20About%20Pasta"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/15%20Veggie%20Noodle%20Dishes%20That%20Will%20Make%20You%20Forget%20About%20Pasta.jpg" alt="15 Veggie Noodle Dishes That Will Make You Forget About Pasta" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-veggie-noodle-dishes-that-will-make-you-forget-about-pasta">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/12-delicious-ways-to-go-meatless-for-the-newly-vegetarian">12 Delicious Ways to Go Meatless for the Newly Vegetarian</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-turn-leftover-sweet-potatoes-and-other-starchy-foods-into-something-special">11 Ways to Turn Leftover Sweet Potatoes and Other Starchy Foods Into Something Special</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/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers">11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers</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-delicious-vegetarian-meals-that-are-surprisingly-filling">Flashback Friday: 122 Delicious Vegetarian Meals That Are Surprisingly Filling</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dinner ideas pasta dishes recipes veggie dishes veggie noodles veggie pasta zoodles Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:00:06 +0000 Camilla Cheung 2026618 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Keep Food Waste From Spoiling Your Budget http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-keep-food-waste-from-spoiling-your-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-keep-food-waste-from-spoiling-your-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-459410387.jpg" alt="save money by tracking food waste" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How much food do wealthy nations waste? More than <a href="http://www.fao.org/save-food/resources/keyfindings/en/" target="_blank">all of Sub-Saharan Africa produces</a>, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. In the United States alone, from the farm to your kitchen, half of all produce ends up in the trash, according to a report by The Guardian.</p> <p>What does that waste mean for your household budget? If you're like the average family of four, you're literally <a href="https://www.nrdc.org/resources/wasted-how-america-losing-40-percent-its-food-farm-fork-landfill" target="_blank">throwing away $1,800 a year</a>, the National Resources Defense Council estimates.</p> <p>So a melon is a terrible thing to waste. We've heard it before. But what can we really do about it? Here are six ideas for taking action by quantifying food waste. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-wasting-13-of-the-food-you-buy-heres-how-to-stop?ref=seealso" target="_blank">You're Wasting 1/3 of the Food You Buy &mdash; Here's How to Stop</a>)</p> <h2>Weigh your waste</h2> <p>The Environmental Protection Agency suggests that households spend two weeks separating &quot;preventable food waste&quot; garbage from inedible scraps as part of its <a href="https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-02/documents/get_smart_ftgtw_2_1_2016_pubnumberadded_508.pdf" target="_blank">Food: Too Good to Waste Challenge</a>.</p> <p>At the end of each week, weigh and record the food you could have eaten but tossed instead. Then, spend three weeks using the EPA's tips to improve your planning, shopping, and storage practices. Finally, measure what you waste during the sixth week, and share the impressive progress you've (ideally) made on social media. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/waste-not-want-not-stop-throwing-away-your-food?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Waste Not, Want Not: Stop Throwing Away Your Food!</a>)</p> <h2>Get the app</h2> <p>So often in busy households food goes to waste because you forget it's there. The iOS app <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nowaste-food-inventory-list/id926211004?mt=8" target="_blank">No Waste</a> allows you to scan the barcodes of stuff in your fridge, enter expiration dates, and track everything you've got. If you don't mark a food item as &quot;eaten&quot; before its expiration date, the app marks that food as wasted. It keeps track of the percent of your food that you waste, and shows you a cute little tree that loses its green if your waste increases. It also allows you to compare your waste percentage with other app users, and gives you an estimate of how much money you're saving by eating the food you paid for.</p> <h2>Create a food diary</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.squawkfox.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Food-Waste-Diary.pdf" target="_blank">printable food waste diary</a> prompts you to record not just the amount of food wasted at each meal, but also the reason and estimated value. This should be helpful to put a weekly dollar figure on your waste and motivate you to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-uses-for-food-thats-about-to-go-bad" target="_blank">consume foods that are about to go bad</a>.</p> <h2>Impose consequences</h2> <p>Whether you used a printable from, a smartphone app, or simply scrawled the amounts and values of your waste on a scrap of paper stuck to the fridge, what do you do with this data? Why not use it to (gently) punish yourself? Take the total value of this week's waste, and deduct it from next week's grocery budget. Chances are, the pain of passing up buying the steak you wanted might help you remember to use up that meatloaf next week.</p> <h2>Track it publicly</h2> <p>Recording your food waste alone in your kitchen is OK, but wouldn't it be more fun to inspire others by planning a <a href="https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/food-waste/research/assignments/mission-no-waste-meal1" target="_blank">Watch Your Waste Meal</a>? In the days leading up to your event, you're supposed to track your waste and share photos of your discards, which a celebrity chef might use as inspiration for a new dish.</p> <h2>Take a picture, it'll last longer</h2> <p>Are you more of a visual learner? Then follow The Frugal Girl's example and photograph <a href="http://www.thefrugalgirl.com/category/food-waste/food-waste-photos/" target="_blank">every bit of food you waste</a>. If you really want to push yourself to improve, share it online like she does! But even a private gallery of moldy horrors should be enough to encourage yourself to save the kale.</p> <h2>Beyond your kitchen</h2> <p>Once you've got a handle on what you throw away at home, turn your attention to the millions of pounds of food that gets thrown away by businesses before you even get a crack at it.</p> <h3>Buy ugly</h3> <p>In California and Portland, <a href="https://www.imperfectproduce.com/" target="_blank">Imperfect Produce</a> delivers weekly boxes of vegetables and fruits that are not cosmetically perfect enough to be sold in stores but still fresh and wholesome.</p> <h3>Take-out the trash</h3> <p>Still in beta, the app <a href="https://foodforall.us/" target="_blank">Food for All</a> will allow you to purchase unsold food from restaurants at the end of the day, at discounts as steep as 80 percent. Lucky Bostonians get to try this super frugal service first.</p> <h3>Save a mint</h3> <p>If you work in or own a restaurant, try the app <a href="https://www.mintscraps.com/" target="_blank">MintScraps</a> to track and reduce food waste.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-keep-food-waste-from-spoiling-your-budget&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Keep%2520Food%2520Waste%2520From%2520Spoiling%2520Your%2520Budget.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Keep%20Food%20Waste%20From%20Spoiling%20Your%20Budget"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Keep%20Food%20Waste%20From%20Spoiling%20Your%20Budget.jpg" alt="How to Keep Food Waste From Spoiling Your Budget" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-keep-food-waste-from-spoiling-your-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way">8 Hot New Food Trends — The Frugal Way</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/how-smart-shoppers-will-save-at-amazons-whole-foods">How Smart Shoppers Will Save at Amazon&#039;s Whole Foods</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/shop-the-salad-bar-and-other-ways-to-save-big-on-groceries">Shop the Salad Bar and Other Ways to Save Big on Groceries</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-53-grocery-shopping-tricks-thatll-make-your-life-easier">Flashback Friday: 53 Grocery Shopping Tricks That&#039;ll Make Your Life Easier</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-no-fuss-dinner-ideas-thatll-save-you-money">Flashback Friday: 122 No-Fuss Dinner Ideas That&#039;ll Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink food shopping food waste green living groceries grocery bill grocery budget saving money shopping tips Spending Money Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:00:06 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2024819 at http://www.wisebread.com