Food and Drink http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/209/all en-US 5 Cheap Travel Destinations for Wine Lovers http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-travel-destinations-for-wine-lovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-cheap-travel-destinations-for-wine-lovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_in_the_vineyard.jpg" alt="Couple in the vineyard" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For those who like to swirl, sniff, and sip their way around the world, a tour of one of the world&rsquo;s great wine destinations can be a dream vacation. Staying at a winery is a fantastic experience and many vineyard restaurants around the world offer fresh, farm-to-table style dining, prepared by expert chefs in breathtaking locations. While some of these locations can be outrageously expensive, there are wonderful international wine destinations that you can experience on a budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-no-fuss-wine-destinations-anyone-can-visit-and-enjoy?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 No-Fuss U.S. Wine Destinations</a>)</p> <h2>1. Salta, Argentina</h2> <p>While Argentina&rsquo;s Uco Valley and Luján de Cuyo, both near Mendoza, are world renowned, they can be pricey. Farther north, the wine region around Cafayate in Salta province offers great value for wine lovers.</p> <p>Among the 10,000 acres dedicated to vineyards, some wineries (<em>bodegas</em>) offer <a href="http://wander-argentina.com/winery-tours-in-cafayate/" target="_blank">free tours and tastings</a>. But you really don&rsquo;t need to spend a lot of money on a rental car or private driver to take you out to wineries, because there are plenty right in the town of Cafayate. This means that you can walk from tasting to tasting without having to get behind the wheel. Any trip should also include a visit to a fantastic wine bar in town called Bad Brothers Wine Experience, which has affordable tapas and wines.</p> <p>If you do choose to head out to some of the nearby vineyards, I recommend visiting Piattelli Vineyards, which is about a five-minute drive from Cafayate town. When I was there in 2017, tours started at 100 Argentine pesos, or about $6.50. Another favorite is Bodega El Esteco, where a tasting was 155 Argentine pesos, or $10 during my visit. This bodega also has a fabulous hotel called Patios de Cafayate, where you can stay in a historic building right on the vineyard &mdash; a truly memorable experience for those who love all things wine.</p> <h2>2. The Okanagan Valley, Canada</h2> <p>You may not have considered visiting your neighbor to the north for an excellent glass of wine, but British Columbia&rsquo;s Okanagan Valley is famous for producing tasty merlot, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, pinot gris, and chardonnay. Thanks to the strong U.S. dollar, travel within this region and other parts of Canada is cheaper than it has been in previous years.</p> <p>Vineyards in the region are set along the breathtaking, 84-mile long Okanagan Lake, and many of the restaurants at the wineries have beautiful views over the water.</p> <p>The best way to visit the wineries is to get a group of people together and share the cost of a private vehicle. You can rent a 10-passenger stretch limousine for $79 an hour and take it on a self-guided wine tour. You can usually visit three to four wineries in a five-hour half-day tour that would cost $395. If you split the cost among 10 people, your transport would cost less than $40 a person.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s not always easy to get together 10 friends when you&rsquo;re traveling, so you can also book affordable wine tours starting at $90 per person. Another option is to rent a car in Kelowna, the main town in the region, for around $25 a day, and drive yourself out to the wineries. Just make sure you don&rsquo;t overdo it on the tastings!</p> <p>Whether you go in a limo or in a rental car, you can cut costs by visiting wineries that offer low-cost tours and tastings, usually running $2&ndash;$7. Often these fees are waived with the purchase of a bottle, and some tastings are free even if you don&rsquo;t buy wine.</p> <h2>3. Robertson, South Africa</h2> <p>South Africa is already an inexpensive destination thanks to the strong U.S. dollar, and this also translates to big savings on bottles of wine and wine tours in the country.</p> <p>When I visited a couple of years ago, two separate wine tour guides explained to me that the wine-famous university town of Stellenbosch had to start charging for wine tours because of overzealous students going to town at the vineyards. Meanwhile, a couple of hours away, Robertson still offers (mostly) free wine tours and tastings, but you do have to organize your own transport to and from each winery. A rental car is a great way to get around this area as the drives are quite scenic.</p> <p>On top of free wine experiences, bottles of excellent South African reds are extremely inexpensive when bought from the vineyard. I personally found that all of my favorite South African wines were as much as 40 percent cheaper than I would typically find them in wine shops in Canada or the U.S.</p> <p>While you can stay on some lovely wineries in Robertson, if you really want to save on your travel budget, I recommend checking out some of the &ldquo;backpackers,&rdquo; which are like local homestays in the region.</p> <p>You can find them on <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-12715010" target="_blank">Booking.com</a>, or on the <a href="http://www.coasttocoast.co.za/" target="_blank">Coast-To-Coast</a> website, or the free print guide you can pick up while in South Africa. This handy little book lists all of the backpackers lodges throughout the country, as well as some tours and experiences that you can have while traveling in South Africa.</p> <h2>4. Plovdiv, Bulgaria</h2> <p>The small, Eastern European country of Bulgaria may not have made your wine radar yet, but believe me, the fertile soils of this ancient wine production territory have long made some of the world's best wines.</p> <p>In my experience, Bulgaria is an incredibly inexpensive place to travel, with my wife and I getting by on $50 a day. On top of that, the beautiful town of Plovdiv has some of the country's best wineries right at its doorstep.</p> <p>My wife and I booked through Bulgaria Wine Tours and enjoyed a half-day wine tour with visits to three different wineries, a private guide, and a delicious lunch for just over $100 per person. This may sound a bit expensive at first, but when you factor in the cost of the wines, the tour fee at each winery, the food we ate, and what we would&rsquo;ve had to pay for a private driver, it was a steal. Plus, the bottles of wine at each vineyard were rarely more than $10 to buy.</p> <p>During the tour, we were able to taste some of the country's finest wines, right out of the oak barrels &mdash; a highly recommended experience. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-incredible-world-cities-you-can-afford?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Incredible World Cities You Can Afford</a>)</p> <h2>5. Santorini, Greece</h2> <p>Tiny, whitewashed Santorini bobs in the Mediterranean Sea and sits firmly on the list of many travelers&rsquo; wish lists. But few people know that there are beautiful wineries on the island.</p> <p>The wine itself may not blow your socks off, but the experience of renting a motorbike (around $25/day) and cruising around the island looking for signs that say &ldquo;wine tasting&rdquo; is a lot of fun. You can also get around the island by public transport. Just make sure you don&rsquo;t go overboard on the tastings if you&rsquo;re driving.</p> <p>There are about a dozen wineries on the island that accept visitors for tastings and tours. A few notable ones include Domaine Sigalas in Oia, Boutari in Megalochori, and Santo Wines in Pyrgos.</p> <h2>Getting to wine country</h2> <p>The most expensive part of a wine holiday abroad will likely be the flights to get there. By doing some advance planning and getting an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">airline credit card</a> or a good <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel rewards credit card</a>, you may be able to earn a big stash of points to help defray your air travel costs. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-getting-a-free-or-close-to-free-vacation-in-9-months-or-less-with-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Get a Free Vacation in 9 Months with Credit Card Rewards</a>)</p> <p>To save money on airfare to South Africa, check out Ethiopian Airlines (a return journey from New York&rsquo;s JFK starts at $850). For Bulgaria, your best bet is to fly to London, then take a budget flight with Ryanair to get to Sofia. From there it&rsquo;s a one-hour and 45-minute bus ride to Plovdiv. For Canada, check out WestJet for flights into Kelowna (often, but not always via Vancouver), and for Santorini, you can usually fly return from New York for around $1,300.</p> <p>To get to Salta, Argentina you have many options, but your cheapest will likely be to fly to Buenos Aires (from $720 for round-trip out of JFK), spend a couple of days in the Argentine capital, and then hop on a round-trip flight to Salta for around $400.</p> <p>However you choose to get to your next wine vacation destination, once you&rsquo;re there, the cost of travel and your favorite grape varietal will be very reasonable in these five destinations. Experience all that the vineyards have to offer and sip your favorite blends until your lips are purple and your camera is full of pictures of wine experiences.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-travel-destinations-for-wine-lovers">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/5-airline-miles-secrets-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Airline Miles Secrets Only Frequent Flyers Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-international-destinations-you-can-visit-for-50-a-day">5 International Destinations You Can Visit for $50 a Day</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/are-airline-or-travel-rewards-credit-cards-the-better-deal">Are Airline or Travel Rewards Credit Cards the Better Deal?</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/argentine-wine-hack-make-bad-wine-better">Argentine Wine Hack: Make Bad Wine Better</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/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking">Here&#039;s How Rich You&#039;d Be If You Stopped Drinking</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Travel alcohol argentina bulgaria Canada greece international rewards south africa vacation vineyards wine wineries Wed, 24 May 2017 08:30:13 +0000 Nick Wharton 1952958 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Get Free Coffee From These Places http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-get-free-coffee-from-these-places <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-get-free-coffee-from-these-places" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_coffee_cup_520959887.jpg" alt="Woman getting free coffee from these places" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></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 places to get free coffee, easy ways to add storage to every room, and how to use Google to save money.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://shoppingkim.com/5-ways-get-morning-cup-joe-free/">5 Places To Get Free Coffee</a> &mdash; With 7-Eleven's 7Rewards app, you get a free drink (coffee included) after purchasing six fountain-based drinks. [Shopping Kim]</p> <p><a href="http://www.easyways.net/8-easy-ways-add-storage-room/">8 Easy Ways To Add Storage To Each Room</a> &mdash; Add plenty of hooks behind the bathroom door and on the walls to hang up robes and towels. [easyWays]</p> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/saving-money-using-google/">10 Easy Ways You Can Use Google to Save Money (Instantly)</a> &mdash; Set up Google Alerts to find coupons, deals, reviews, and more. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Hotel-Manager-Secrets-43238460">A Front Desk Hotel Manager Dished the (Literal) Dirty Details of the Job</a> &mdash; Hospitality and service industry workers are more likely to help you if you treat them nicely, so don't be rude to the front desk associates when asking about lowering the rate of your hotel room. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2017/0512/Why-there-is-a-bounty-of-used-cars">Why there is a bounty of used cars</a> &mdash; The surplus of used cars in the US market is great for consumers looking for a deal, but not everyone is celebrating the glut. [The Christian Science Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/t-financial-issues-lower-middle-income-families/">Important Financial Issues Facing Lower and Middle Income Families</a> &mdash; Join Experian's #CreditChat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET for a discussion on the financial issues that lower and middle income families face. [Experian]</p> <p><a href="https://due.com/blog/motivate-your-team/">10 Key Ways to Motivate Your Team Every Day</a> &mdash; Each person on your team has positive and negative qualities. Focus and build on the positive. [Due]</p> <p><a href="https://untemplater.com/self-improvement/get-rid-bad-habits-once-and-for-all/">Get rid of bad habits once and for all!</a> &mdash; Don't overthink about what you can't do and start acting on what you can, instead. [Untemplater]</p> <p><a href="http://sweethometimes.com/4-options-outdoor-barbecue/">4 Options for your Outdoor Barbecue</a> &mdash; The best type of grill for you will depend on your taste and how much time and effort you want to put into making it a real barbecue. [Sweet Home Times]</p> <p><a href="https://www.fivecentnickel.com/the-hidden-savings-in-a-rent-payment/">The Hidden Savings In a Rent Payment</a> &mdash; Some rental communities have fitness centers for residents &mdash; and if they don't, they may offer complimentary memberships at nearby facilities. [Five Cent Nickel]</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-get-free-coffee-from-these-places">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-a-ton-by-eating-soup-every-day-and-never-get-bored">How to Save a Ton by Eating Soup Every Day (and Never Get Bored!)</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-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-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 free coffee Tue, 23 May 2017 08:00:11 +0000 Amy Lu 1952531 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Money-Saving Tips for Backyard Grill Masters http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-money-saving-tips-for-backyard-grill-masters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-money-saving-tips-for-backyard-grill-masters" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_grill_bbq_655786102.jpg" alt="Man saving money on his backyard grill" 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 money-saving tips for backyard grill masters, over 50 hacks that will save you money on Amazon, and tips for planning an affordable honeymoon.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/summer-grilling-tips/">10 Money-Saving Tips for the Backyard Grill Master</a> &mdash; Make your own rubs from sugar, salt, pepper, and fresh spices to taste. Go to a market that sells spices in bulk for the lowest prices. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/amazon-hacks/">51 Amazon Hacks That Will Save You a Ton of Money (#33 Is the Best Kept Secret)</a> &mdash; Amazon Prime members can store an unlimited number photos and up to 5 GB of videos on the Amazon Cloud Drive &mdash; for free. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.allstate.com/6-tips-for-planning-a-honeymoon-on-a-budget/">6 Tips for Planning a Honeymoon on a Budget</a> &mdash; Consider getting help from a travel agent. They often get access to better deals on travel packages than you&rsquo;d be able to get on your own. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.positivityblog.com/overcome-fear/">How to Overcome Fear: 6 Powerful Strategies You Can Start Using Today</a> &mdash; Don't try to push fear away. Acknowledge it, sit with it for a few minutes, and the fear will start to lose steam. [The Positivity Blog]</p> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Questions-Ask-Before-Traveling-Friends-43546925">28 Questions to Ask Your Friends Before You Travel With Them</a> &mdash; These questions will help get the group on the same page about expectations for the trip &mdash; and if you aren't, you'll know which people should form their own mini-group based on things like sleep schedule and certain activities they want to do. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://wellkeptwallet.com/26-best-places-to-sell-textbooks-for-the-most-money/">26 Best Places to Sell Textbooks for the Most Money</a> &mdash; Campus bookstores don't tend to offer the best prices on used textbooks. Consider selling through one of these websites to get more money. [Well Kept Wallet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.theorderexpert.com/time-management-skills-at-work/">How to Improve Your Time Management Skills at Work</a> &mdash; View your workday as a finite unit of time. When you don't have all the time in the world to complete a task, you'll be more selective about what you work on. [The Order Expert]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/best-health-savings-accounts/">How to Choose the Best Health Savings Account</a> &mdash; Choosing an HSA is kind of like choosing a new savings or checking account. You want convenient access, options that you'll use, and low fees. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/environmentally-friendly-money-saving-make-home-energy-efficient/">Environmentally Friendly Money Saving: Make Your Home Energy Efficient</a> &mdash; Replace UPVC and metal windows with wood-framed windows, which are more insulating, less polluting, and last longer. [Lazy Many and Money]</p> <p><a href="https://due.com/blog/5-best-productivity-tips-working-traveling">5 Best Productivity Tips for Working While Traveling</a> &mdash; Make sure you have the right tools to work while traveling. Do you need Wi-Fi? A reliable phone with a solid data plan? [Due]</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-money-saving-tips-for-backyard-grill-masters">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/8-alternative-ways-to-cook-outside">8 Alternative Ways to Cook Outside</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-barbecue-hacks-to-master-this-summer">10 Barbecue Hacks to Master This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-breakfast-dishes-for-your-grill">11 Delicious Breakfast Dishes for Your Grill</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking">8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate Cooking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill">13 Delicious Early Summer Recipes to Try on Your Grill</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips Grilling Fri, 19 May 2017 08:30:07 +0000 Amy Lu 1950129 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Save a Ton by Eating Soup Every Day (and Never Get Bored!) http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-a-ton-by-eating-soup-every-day-and-never-get-bored <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-save-a-ton-by-eating-soup-every-day-and-never-get-bored" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-537368113.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to save a ton by eating soup every day" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In January I found a sale on Progresso Soup for 99 cents per can, down from it's normal $3.29 price at my local grocery store. It was a huge savings on something we usually buy as a last-minute lunch backup. And since I love soup, this sale was extra exciting to me. It's a veritable soup coup!</p> <p>So, naturally I had to call my husband, Mr. Spendypants, about my glorious, souper duper find.</p> <p>Yes, this is what passes as exciting in our marriage. Don't judge us.</p> <h2>Taking full advantage of our soup savings</h2> <p>We fell into this yummy life hack by accident. My husband and I are currently working opposite schedules, so it's hard to make a more complicated meal that is hot and on the table when both of us are home and hungry. January was so overbooked with work that we agreed to simplify suppertime. Instead of our typical, fancy multicourse dinner, we'd just split a can of soup and eat some homemade bread. To round out the meal, the person who got home first would make a vegetable side from whatever we already had in the fridge.</p> <p>At the end of the week, we were shocked to find that we'd only spent $20 on food for two people.</p> <p>We decided to make our bread and soup dinner a nightly habit for the rest of 2017 as a part of our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-2016-budget-challenge-three-lessons-about-saving-one-husband-learned-in-a-year" target="_blank">ongoing budget challenge</a>. You don't have to go to that extreme to realize advantages from a scaled-back version of our plan. And you can improve the nutritional profile by sticking with low-salt, vegetable-laden, and no-cream varieties of canned soup, or making homemade soup. Beyond the price, there are a lot of benefits to our limited menu.</p> <h2>1. It's flexible</h2> <p>My husband and I are committed to bread and soup dinners for a year, but I know our meal plan sounds a little hard-core and weird to anyone who isn't a big soup aficionado already. However, canned soup has a long shelf life, so it's great to have on hand for those particularly busy weeks when every minute counts. Consider stocking your pantry with two weeks' worth of these timesaving dinners to get you through rough patches in your schedule.</p> <p>Also, if automating seven meals a week is going to cause whining at the dinner table, you could always start by automating just one meal a week, to give the family cook a break.</p> <h2>2. It's not boring</h2> <p>One of the reasons why this meal hack works so well for us is that it doesn't get boring. There are approximately a bazillion canned soup varieties to choose from, and even more recipes for homemade soup, so we don't get tired of eating the same thing.</p> <p>To keep dinner costs at a minimum, we have also been careful only to buy produce that is both on sale and in season. This shopping limit has had a secondary effect of keeping our side veggie plate interesting because we can't rely on eating the same fruits and vegetables year-round.</p> <h2>3. It's simple to make</h2> <p>Because we are using canned soup, this is such an easy meal that a 10-year-old could make this with very little supervision. It requires no special tools or cooking skills. Dinner can be ready and on the table within 10 minutes.</p> <p>Want to try homemade? Even if you are a novice cook, it's hard to ruin soup. Ease yourself into cooking from scratch by practicing with some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-soup-recipes" target="_blank">basic soup recipes</a>.</p> <h2>4. The numbers are easy to track</h2> <p>The automation aspect of this meal plan makes it easy to budget around. The soup costs about $7 a week. The bread ingredients cost less than 50 cents per loaf, or less than $2 per week. Since we have access to cheap or free produce in our area, we've managed to keep our side salad budget to around $5 per week. Our grocery spending is much more predictable now.</p> <p>Pro Tip: My mother eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with an apple every single day for lunch. She knows not only the cost of her lunch, but also the nutritional value and the calorie count. If you want to be super calibrated with your calorie counting and grocery budgeting, you can automate one meal each day to this basic level. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-easy-ways-to-automate-your-everyday-life?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Easy Ways to Automate Your Everyday Life</a>)</p> <h2>5. It works with almost any budget</h2> <p>We've managed to keep our dinner budget to about $2 per day for two people, but you can make the meal even less expensive if you are in a budget pinch by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-soups-you-can-make-from-leftovers">making your own soup</a>. I saved even more money on our grocery budget this week when a friend gave me a turkey carcass to turn into turkey broth. Also, this month we've been using the weeds out of our backyard as salad ingredients.</p> <h2>6. Homemade soup can be made in bulk in advance</h2> <p>We are currently dining on a lot of canned soup in part because our tiny freezer is packed with food. As we eat through our freezer stash, we are making room for homemade soups. Obviously it takes longer to make soup from scratch than it does to open a can, but it's still very easy to make a huge amount of soup in advance and then freeze it in individual portions. And, because we own a slow cooker, soup is one of those dishes that we can actually make while we sleep!</p> <h2>7. It's easy to scale</h2> <p>Do you have company coming over? Thaw more soup.&nbsp;Are you eating alone? Open a can and put half in the fridge for later.</p> <h2>8. It works with most diets</h2> <p>Because this meal is basically soup and salad, you can tailor it to your own dietary needs or available pantry supplies.&nbsp;If you don't like bread, substitute potatoes, rice, or another inexpensive grain dish for the bread.</p> <h2>9. It increases vegetable intake</h2> <p>Since my husband and I are borderline vegetarians, our new canned soup habit has actually increased our meat consumption. That said, the average American does not eat enough vegetables, and soup is an easy way to up your vegetable servings. Obviously, vegetarian soups like gazpacho or Turkish lentil soup will increase your vegetable intake the most, but even canned chicken noodle soups provide between 10 percent and 50 percent of the daily value for vitamin A.</p> <h2>10. It reduces stress</h2> <p>There's no decision fatigue with this meal. The only thing we have to think about is finding another sale on soup before we run out. Luckily, soup goes on sale pretty regularly, so we've already re-upped our supply twice.</p> <p>Also, because our menu planning is simple and clear, shopping requires no forethought. Our shopping list consists of: milk, coffee, soup, tea, bread-making ingredients, and the least expensive vegetables in the store that week.</p> <h2>11. It saves on food waste</h2> <p>One side effect of our extremely tight dinner budget is that we are not tempted to buy more food than we can eat in a week.</p> <p>Also, soup is the perfect vehicle to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers" target="_blank">transform leftovers</a> into a delicious second meal. Even unattractive food like wilted lettuce, broccoli stems, and stale bread can all be converted to soup or added to pre-made canned soup to stretch it further.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-a-ton-by-eating-soup-every-day-and-never-get-bored">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/this-simple-shopping-list-strategy-from-5-meal-plan-will-save-you-big">This Simple Shopping List Strategy From $5 Meal Plan Will Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-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> <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-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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips">Save $100s Next Month With These 10 Grocery Shopping Tips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping budgeting dinner ideas Food groceries grocery shopping tricks meal planning saving money soup Fri, 19 May 2017 08:00:08 +0000 Max Wong 1950125 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Surprising Health Benefits of Growing a Garden http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-health-benefits-to-growing-a-garden <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-surprising-health-benefits-to-growing-a-garden" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_garden_504344589.jpg" alt="Woman learning surprising benefits to growing a garden" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all know by now that we should be increasing the vegetables in our diet. We also know that we can save a ton of money at the grocery store if we grow our own herbs, fruits, and vegetables. But what other benefits are there to gardening, beyond eating what you grow? Here are six surprising reasons to get out into the dirt and perfect your green thumb. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-simple-gardening-skills-anybody-can-master?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Simple Gardening Skills Anybody Can Master</a>)</p> <h2>1. Fight depression</h2> <p>Gardening may be the key thing to lifting your spirits and battling depression. According to Psychology Today, tending plants can give you a sense of responsibility, provide you with something to nurture, keep you connected to other living things, and help you relax. What's more, when you exercise by working in the garden, your endorphins rise and your stress levels fall.</p> <h2>2. Cut your risk of Alzheimer's disease</h2> <p>In a study released by the Journal of Alzheimer's disease in 2016, researchers found that your risk of Alzheimer's could be reduced by various physical activities. The study measured the changes in the brain using MRI scans in correlation to increased exercise. It concluded that even low-intensity activities such as walking improved cognitive function by increasing gray matter in the brain. So even though gardening might not be as strenuous as attending a kickboxing class at the gym, this activity will help safeguard your brain as you age.</p> <h2>3. A chance to socialize</h2> <p>Have you been feeling a little lonesome? Explore getting a plot in a community garden. There, you can happily toil along with others as you maintain your growing fruits and veggies. You can also exchange produce, compare techniques, and swap seeds.</p> <p>Those interactions have real health benefits. Researchers at Brigham Young University who analyzed existing studies found that while loneliness is associated with early death as much as obesity, socializing with others can help you live longer. So even on days when you're not up for small talk, head to the community garden and you might just add years to your life.</p> <h2>4. Soak up some vitamin D</h2> <p>Does your doctor think you are getting enough vitamin D? If not, remember that regular sun exposure will provide vitamin D &mdash; which regulates your calcium levels and helps you maintain healthy bones and teeth. Be sure to use sunscreen, of course, but soak up those rays when you can.</p> <h2>5. Meditate</h2> <p>For a long time, I watched my neighbor, May, squat and pull weeds from her lawn. <em>Why didn't she use a chemical to do the work for her</em>, I wondered. As it turns out, it's meditative. She enjoys the birds, the sunrise, and the satisfaction of getting rid of weeds. She finds it therapeutic to work repetitively, one weed at a time.</p> <h2>6. Absorb some healthy bacteria</h2> <p><em>Mycobacterium vaccae</em> is the scientific name for a healthy bacteria that naturally lives in soil. Amazingly, it has been found to trigger the release of serotonin in humans and mice, and that can elevate your mood and decrease anxiety. How cool is that?</p> <p>More studies are being done to determine how effective <em>M. vaccae</em> is at treating mental health disorders via pill, vaccination, or inhalation, but until you can purchase this in the vitamin section of your local grocery store, you might be able to soak up the benefits by getting your hands dirty in the garden.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-health-benefits-to-growing-a-garden">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-ultimate-green-workout">The Ultimate &quot;Green&quot; Workout</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-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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-non-physical-benefits-of-exercise">10 Surprising, Non-Physical Benefits of Exercise</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/live-a-longer-and-happier-life-with-these-8-frugal-buys">Live a Longer and Happier Life With These 8 Frugal Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-reasons-to-drink-wine">10 Great Reasons to Drink Wine</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty exercise fresh food gardening green living growing a garden health benefits healthy habits healthy lifestyle Wed, 17 May 2017 09:00:09 +0000 Marla Walters 1948478 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Shop for Food Once a Month and Save Big http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-shop-for-food-once-a-month-and-save-big <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-shop-for-food-once-a-month-and-save-big" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-537954141.jpg" alt="Woman shopping for food once a month and saving big" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've changed my grocery shopping habits quite dramatically, and it's really paid off. First, I've saved several hundred dollars on food in a single month. And beyond that, I've saved a ton of time. What exactly did I do? Well, I started shopping for the majority of my groceries on just one day each month. It may sound overwhelming, but it's definitely doable, and has worked well for my family.</p> <p>Here's how you can try this method, too.</p> <h2>Take stock</h2> <p>Before I even began meal planning or thinking about shopping, I took a look around my pantry and refrigerator shelves. We actually did a &quot;use-it-up&quot; meal week before the big shop. We ate the remaining pasta, cooked all the beans, and snacked on that rogue pudding cup in the back of the fridge. You know, just so we'd be down to basically nothing.</p> <p>You don't have to clear out all your food to get planning. Still, it's a good idea to take stock of what you have before you start making grocery lists. That way you'll avoid buying duplicates. Heck, you may also realize that you mindlessly pick up a can of salsa or jar of jam every week even though you don't need them.</p> <h2>Begin meal planning</h2> <p>After you've assessed your situation, you can get to meal planning. This part of the process is the most important. It may even be the most time consuming. Taking time to plan your meals, though, is the key to success. You don't want to buy a mega load of groceries and then not know what to do with them.</p> <p>What I do is sort of old school. I have a regular notebook and I write down the number of weekdays and weekends for that month. From there, I'll start planning the dinners. I write out how many we'll cook at home and how many nights we might eat out (or be out of town, in meetings, etc.).</p> <p>Last month, I ended up with a total of 23 dinners at home.</p> <p>Breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are a bit different. We tend to fall into habits with those. I'll eat oatmeal every day, my daughter likes cereal, and my husband noshes on eggs and toast for breakfast. On weekends, we may do something like pancakes.</p> <p>Lunches are pretty much the same: PBJ, pretzels, and applesauce for my daughter. My husband packs salads and big Greek yogurt creations. I usually eat leftovers. The baby eats bits of what we eat since she only just started eating solid foods.</p> <h2>How to plan your meals</h2> <p>So, how exactly can you plan meals efficiently? We have a running list of the dinners that have been hits in our house. I'd say there are 15-20 meals on this list. When I'm meal planning, I choose maybe six of these meals to incorporate into our month.</p> <p>For example, we may do something like this for our 23 dinners:</p> <ul> <li>Breakfast for dinner x 4 nights</li> <li>Slow cooker chili x 4 nights</li> <li>Homemade pizza x 4 nights</li> <li>Sloppy lentil sandwiches x 4 nights</li> <li>Tofu stir-fry x 4 nights</li> <li>Slow cooker chickpea curry x 3 nights</li> </ul> <p>From there, I go through the recipes (they may be in my head or on a website, but it's helpful to actually look at them) and write down the ingredients I'll need for each. It can be helpful to pick recipes that use similar ingredients, so you can take advantage of bulk pricing, if available. (See also:<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fruits-and-veggies-that-stay-fresh-a-month-or-longer?ref=seealso" target="_blank"> 10 Fruits and Veggies That Stay Good a Month or Longer</a>)</p> <h2>Pick a day and a store</h2> <p>Choose a day for your big shop when you have plenty of time and energy. For some, this may be the weekend. I am able to do my big shop during the week, so I avoid the crowds. I also try to leave my kids at home if I can.</p> <p>You may not want to go to just one grocery store for this shop, either. I hit up Aldi and Wegmans and sometimes a bulk place like Sam's or BJ's. Where I go has a lot to do with what's on our meal plan and my knowledge of prices. Aldi wins out on most items. I've seen their eggs as low as 70 cents for a dozen. Their Greek yogurt prices can't be beat and I buy six tubs of it at a time. They also carry avocados for a fraction of the price I can find them anywhere else. I can't say enough wonderful things about Aldi.</p> <p>But there are some things, like our favorite huge jars of organic peanut butter, that I like to buy at Wegmans. Tofu isn't an item I've seen at Aldi, so I buy a three-pack of that at Wegmans, as well. They also have certain bulk items, like lentils, beans, etc.</p> <p>Find the best prices in your area and choose where you'll go from there. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-alternatives-to-the-grocery-store?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Affordable Alternatives to the Grocery Store</a>)</p> <h2>Set aside funds</h2> <p>For our monthly shop, we set aside $350 for our family of two adults, one kid, and one baby. We also set aside $150 each month for grocery trips throughout the month, when needed. That's to buy things that spoil more easily, like milk or certain produce (berries come to mind). Because we do the big monthly shop, these trips to the grocery store are extremely quick and easy, since we only buy a few items from the fresh sections of the store.</p> <p>That means that we are spending $500 total on food for the month &mdash; a little over $100 a week. But as I got used to shopping this way, we've started spending less than the allocation. We were spending $800 a month on food before. This process has cut our monthly food spend by almost half.</p> <h2>Cook, cook, and cook some more</h2> <p>The other critical piece that makes this way of shopping work is to cook. Cook all the meals you have planned. You may feel like you're on food-overload when you first come home and put everything away. But if you stick to your list, you'll be using everything by the month's end. Stick with your plan and you'll be fine.</p> <p>If you have the space and the time, I have found it incredibly helpful to batch cook and use our freezer space to make things ahead. For example, I make my daughter homemade Uncrustable sandwiches for each school day and store them in the freezer. I have even started experimenting with freezer dump meals where you do all the prep, put everything in pre-portioned freezer bags, and then cook in the slow cooker the day of your planned meal.</p> <p>I also buy more frozen foods that won't spoil and can carry over into the next month if we don't use everything. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-time-and-money-with-a-monthly-assembly-or-bulk-cooking-weekend?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Save Time and Money With a Monthly Assembly Cooking Weekend</a>)</p> <h2>What about meat?</h2> <p>You may have gathered that I'm a vegetarian. Meat eaters can totally follow this type of shopping, too, though. Freeze your meat and thaw the night before in your refrigerator. If you don't have the freezer space, simply figure in how much meat will cost and add it to your small weekly shop.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-shop-for-food-once-a-month-and-save-big">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-ways-having-your-groceries-delivered-can-save-you-money">6 Ways Having Your Groceries Delivered Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-alternatives-to-the-grocery-store">10 Affordable Alternatives to the Grocery Store</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-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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-checkout-line-tricks-to-finish-shopping-faster">5 Checkout Line Tricks to Finish Shopping Faster</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-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping clipping coupons food shopping grocery shopping grocery store saving money Shopping Tricks Mon, 01 May 2017 09:00:07 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1936650 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Recipes That'll Clean Out the Fridge http://www.wisebread.com/8-recipes-thatll-clean-out-the-fridge <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-recipes-thatll-clean-out-the-fridge" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-622987214.jpg" alt="Couple making dishes that&#039;ll clean out the fridge" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;Mom, there's nothing to eat!&quot;</p> <p>Ah, the cry of the hungry child. But there is plenty of food in the fridge, even if it looks like a collection of mismatched ingredients. Maybe instead of hitting the grocery store, you need to get into frugal mode and whip up something delicious and easy with those leftovers. Handy items to have around that can bring any assortment of ingredients together are whole-wheat tortillas, spring roll (rice paper) wrappers, biscuits, panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), and eggs. Here are eight easy meals that'll clean out the fridge. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a>)</p> <h2>1. Fried rice patties</h2> <p>Got fried rice? Make crispy fritters. Stir an egg or two (start with one, and see if that is enough to bind the rice). Add some chopped onion, a tablespoon or two of panko breadcrumbs, and a little garlic. Heat up some oil, add the patties, and fry on each side until crispy. This will be delicious with a fried egg on top or some peanut sauce.</p> <h2>2. Fried chicken salad</h2> <p>Lucky you, if you have fried chicken leftovers. Dice the chicken up, toss it onto a bed of lettuce with tomatoes and cucumbers, and pour over some buttermilk salad dressing. It's such a good salad, you may find that you prefer the leftovers to the original dinner. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-up-leftover-buttermilk?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Ways to Use Up Leftover Buttermilk</a>)</p> <h2>3. Roasted veggies and quinoa</h2> <p>Toss together your remaining quinoa with any other veggies in your fridge &mdash; leftover roasted vegetables are great, or sauteed mushrooms &mdash; and toss with a lemony vinaigrette. Top with some nuts and you will have a delicious power bowl ready to take to work.</p> <h2>4. Cheesy baked potatoes</h2> <p>Leftover baked potatoes are so versatile that I just bake extras on purpose. Slice cold potatoes in half and scoop out the center. Mix the potato with any leftover vegetables. If you have any frozen broccoli or spinach, use them up! Add some cheese and heat in the microwave. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers</a>)</p> <h2>5. Rotisserie chicken lettuce wraps</h2> <p>Costco has wonderfully low-priced rotisserie chickens, and at $5 a chicken, these are pretty much a constant in our refrigerator. Use any chicken you have left over in these <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/chicken-lettuce-wraps-52719031" target="_blank">delicious lettuce wraps</a>.</p> <h2>7. Stuffed biscuits</h2> <p>Refrigerated biscuits are so versatile that I keep a can of the Pillsbury rolls around at all times. You can put pretty much anything in a flattened biscuit, fold it in half, and bake. I especially like leftover sausages, tomato sauce, peppers, and mozzarella.</p> <h2>8. Tamale pie</h2> <p>Bet you have some Jiffy cornbread mix in your pantry. It's all of 59 cents, so you should. Put your leftover chili into a casserole dish. Prepare cornbread as directed and spread over the top. Add some grated cheddar cheese. Bake at 400 F for 20 minutes and you have a sort-of tamale pie.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-recipes-thatll-clean-out-the-fridge">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers">11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-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/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-actually-enjoy-leftover-pizza">9 Ways to Actually Enjoy Leftover Pizza</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dinner ideas dishes easy dinners fridge frugal dinners leftovers lunch ideas recipes Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:30:14 +0000 Marla Walters 1934994 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Fast and Cheap Meals for Busy Families http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-fast-and-cheap-meals-for-busy-families <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-fast-and-cheap-meals-for-busy-families" 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_cooking_507119780.jpg" alt="Mother and daughter making fast and cheap meals" 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 fast and cheap meals for busy families, things you didn&rsquo;t know about Apple stores, and a realtor&rsquo;s tips for getting a lower mortgage payment.</p> <p>Top 5 Articles</p> <p><a href="http://everythingfinanceblog.com/20199/fast-cheap-meals-for-busy-families.html">3 Fast &amp; Cheap Meals for Busy Families</a> &mdash; Crock Pot Pork Shoulder is quick, easy, and cheap. Shred the pork and dress it up however you like! [Everything Finance]</p> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Apple-Store-Employee-Secrets-Revealed-43428784">32 Things You Never Knew About Apple Stores, Straight From Employees</a> &mdash; Every store offers free workshops to help you get the most out of your Apple devices. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2017/04/19/5-ways-lower-mortgage-payment-according-realtor/">5 Ways to a Lower Mortgage Payment, According to a Realtor</a> &mdash; Keep an eye on interest rate trends. If it looks like rates will be going up for a while, submit your application and lock it in ASAP. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="https://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/data-and-credit-trends/">Data and Credit Trends ft. the NFCC</a> &mdash; Join Experian's #CreditChat today at 3 p.m. ET for a discussion on current money and credit trends. [Experian]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2017/0417/More-young-Americans-want-moms-to-stay-home.-What-s-behind-that">More young Americans want moms to stay home. What's behind that?</a> &mdash; Over the past 20 years, young adults have moved toward the view that one parent should stay home with children. [The Monitor]</p> <p>Other Essential Reading</p> <p><a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/free-walking-tours-16420/">50 Free Walking Tours Across America</a> &mdash; These free walking tours will allow you explore cities all over America, up close and personal. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://shopperstrategy.com/2017/04/24/15-ways-to-keep-the-kids-busy-this-summer/">15 Ways to Keep the Kids Busy this Summer</a> &mdash; Take advantage of the sunshine! Provide outdoor games and activities to keep your kids busy throughout the day. [Shopper Strategy]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.allstate.com/7-apartment-security-tips-to-consider-this-spring-and-summer/">7 Apartment Security Tips to Consider This Spring and Summer</a> &mdash; Be aware of &quot;deception crimes,&quot; where the burglar masquerades as contractors, utility workers, or some other type of professional repairman to get access to your apartment. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/free-money-from-the-government/">10 Ways to Get Free Money from the Government</a> &mdash; Through the Weatherization Assistance Program, the government will give out a cash incentive to anyone willing to make their home more energy efficient. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/9-ways-to-avoid-becoming-that-parent-at-your-kids-sports-game">9 Ways to Avoid Becoming &quot;That Parent&quot; at Your Kid's Sports Game</a> &mdash; Don't harass the referees. This is not a good example to set for your kids. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-fast-and-cheap-meals-for-busy-families">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/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-meals">What to Eat Every Day: A Month of Frugal Meals</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/20-cheap-and-easy-soup-recipes">20 Cheap and Easy Soup Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-budget-friendly-meals-everyone-should-know-how-to-make">10 Budget-Friendly Meals Everyone Should Know How to Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-on-dinner-no-meal-planning-required">8 Ways to Save on Dinner — No Meal Planning Required</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/cooking-with-kale-easy-recipes-for-real-people">Cooking With Kale: Easy Recipes for Real People</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips cheap meals Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:30:15 +0000 Amy Lu 1934678 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Affordable Alternatives to the Grocery Store http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-alternatives-to-the-grocery-store <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-affordable-alternatives-to-the-grocery-store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-532270670.jpg" alt="Woman finding affordable alternatives to the grocery store" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you sick of taking weekly trips to the grocery store? Maybe you'd like to try to save some money, buy fresher produce, support your local farmers, or even grow food yourself. Here are 10 affordable alternatives to that hectic and tiring grocery-grind.</p> <h2>1. Contact farmers directly</h2> <p>If you know a farmer or rancher, consider approaching them directly about buying their goods. Personally, I have found this method enables me to purchase certain cuts of meat, or other things I need at a discounted price. It's also nice to know the source of your food and be assured that it is truly organic or grass-fed. If you don't know someone, try calling your local agricultural extension, 4-H Club, or FFA (National FFA Organization) chapter.</p> <h2>2. CSA shares</h2> <p>CSA is an acronym for Community Supported Agriculture. When you become a member of a CSA, you purchase a share of vegetables, fruits, eggs, or other agricultural goods from a farmer (or several farmers) in your regional area, often for less than you'd normally spend in the grocery store.</p> <p>If you like a challenge and to learn about how to cook things, a CSA box is going to be right up your alley. I have cooked and eaten things I never would've tried. CSA boxes are a fun way to support local agriculture, save money, and learn how to cook new things.</p> <h2>3. Vegetable or fruit stands</h2> <p>During family road trips when I was a kid, my dad would take back roads in the California central valley in our family station wagon. Along the road, we'd stop at numerous fruit stands. We'd load up on peaches, nectarines, tomatoes, dates, and nuts. Everything was sold in bulk, in big flats, but at a huge discount from the grocery store. My mother would spend hot summer days canning, but what a treat when those jars of peaches came out, midwinter. I'll still hit the brakes for a fruit and vegetable stand, where I know I can get farm-fresh, locally grown produce.</p> <h2>4. Farmers markets</h2> <p>Farmers markets seem to be everywhere these days, and with good reason. Besides being a great place to stock up on fresh local food, they often offer food tents, music, plants, and crafts. Farmers markets have made shopping fun again.</p> <h2>5. Co-op grocery stores</h2> <p>You don't usually have to be a member of a grocery co-op to shop at one, but if you join, you will get a vote &mdash; and some input &mdash; on how the co-op is run. For a fairly nominal fee, you will become a member who can give input about the items purchased or carried by the store. While the prices may not be rock-bottom, you'll usually find high-quality organic and natural foods. During profitable years, you may receive a dividend. Co-ops tend to be very community-minded, and some have delis and household goods, as well.</p> <h2>6. Ethnic food stores</h2> <p>A Chinese exchange student, missing food from home, took me to our local ethnic grocery. Not only was it fun to have her explain the interesting selection of foods, but I was shocked to see those same foods at my regular grocery store at a considerably higher price. Similarly, when I make Mexican food, I head to one of those specialty stores to get ingredients. You may also be able to locate hard-to-find spices there.</p> <h2>7. Online Delivery</h2> <p>Online grocery delivery was something I pooh-poohed until our daughter moved to Brooklyn. I've stopped teasing her about it after she emailed me copies of her lists so that I could see the prices. Surprisingly, it's not unreasonable. Yes, she does pay an add-on price for delivery, but I pay for gas to drive to the market, so the difference is a lot closer than I assumed. With online delivery, you also avoid the lines and parking hassles. If you want to try it, do some comparisons between services to see which delivery policies best suit your lifestyle. Also be aware that ordering at &quot;peak times&quot; may result in not being able to get everything you need. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-having-your-groceries-delivered-can-save-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Ways Having Your Groceries Delivered Can Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>8. Trade</h2> <p>I have too many bananas, and my neighbor needs to get rid of avocados. (I get the better end of that deal, honestly.) It's great to be able to trade produce. Do you have an overactive orchard, or did you plant too many hills of zucchini? See if you can trade produce with a neighbor.</p> <h2>9. Discount outlets</h2> <p>Some outlet stores carry things that just didn't sell, but are still perfectly edible. Maybe the packaging was just too strange, or the label was off-putting. One of our friends carried a corkscrew and would just try some wines out in the parking lot of the local wine outlet after purchase. If they were good, she'd go back in and buy a case.</p> <p>There are no bells and whistles in outlet stores, so come with an open mind. It's not Whole Foods. There are some amazing bargains at outlet stores, which can offer goods sometimes at 50-80 percent less than grocery stores. Cereal is usually a good buy, as are frozen foods. And don't forget a corkscrew.</p> <h2>10. Your own garden</h2> <p>I don't have the greenest thumb in the household, but I can handle growing green beans, carrots, beets, and tomatoes. Even if my carrots are misshapen, they are delicious. To get the best results, check out your soil. We took a soil sample to our local college's agriculture department, where they analyzed it and told us what to add (your local co-op extension may offer this service, too). Even a small garden plot is a very rewarding thing. Plus, the fresh air, vitamin D, and exercise are essential to your overall health. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-most-valuable-things-to-plant-in-your-garden-this-spring?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Most Valuable Things to Plant in Your Garden This Spring</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-alternatives-to-the-grocery-store">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/how-to-shop-for-food-once-a-month-and-save-big">How to Shop for Food Once a Month and Save Big</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-ways-having-your-groceries-delivered-can-save-you-money">6 Ways Having Your Groceries Delivered Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</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-checkout-line-tricks-to-finish-shopping-faster">5 Checkout Line Tricks to Finish Shopping Faster</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping farmers market food shopping groceries delivered grocery budget grocery shopping grocery store saving money on food Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:30:09 +0000 Marla Walters 1934679 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Hot New Food Trends — The Frugal Way http://www.wisebread.com/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_grocery_store_505801836_0.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to try hot new food trends the frugal way" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems there&rsquo;s always a new health food trend going on, and companies are quick to capitalize by conveniently packaging and offering them on store shelves for us to try. Unfortunately, trying what's new and different isn't always affordable. You're in luck, though. Here are the trends, and how you can enjoy them on the cheap.</p> <h2>1. Wellness beverages</h2> <p>The chilled beverage sections at your grocery store are probably teeming with new tonics and juices. Many of them include ingredients like turmeric, vinegar, and maca. There are even beverages that contain medicinal mushrooms! While this is all very interesting and even quite tasty, these drinks come at a premium &mdash; costing anywhere from $5&ndash;$14 per bottle.</p> <p>I make my own vinegar-infused beverage at home. It actually tastes a lot like kombucha, just at a fraction of the cost. First, I crack open a can of my favorite sparkling water from Aldi, usually lemon or lime. Then I pour it over a tablespoon of Aldi's organic apple cider vinegar. Mix and enjoy.</p> <h2>2. Oily byproducts</h2> <p>A company called Eco Olea has made a variety of house cleaners using the water that's left over after making olive oil. Another company is using the liquid from cooking chickpeas to make vegan mayonnaise. Incorporating byproducts into new products is definitely on the rise, and it's great to see that less is going to waste.</p> <p>How can you try this trend at home? Stop before you toss the liquid you drained from that can of chickpeas. That gooey stuff is called <em>aquafaba</em>, and there are many good things you can make with it. Try this vegan&nbsp;<a href="http://vanillacrunnch.com/aquafaba-chocolate-mousse-3-ingredients-vegan-and-glutenfree/" target="_blank">chocolate pudding</a> made from aquafaba. Sounds strange, but when you combine it with dark chocolate, maple syrup, and vanilla extract? Delicious.</p> <h2>3. All things coconut</h2> <p>You've probably tried coconut water and coconut oil to see what all the fuss is about. This year, the coconut is expanding its horizons. You can buy coconut flour, coconut chips for baking, and a whole host of other products. While <a href="http://amzn.to/2os53cS" target="_blank">coconut flour</a> costs about $3 a pound, prepackaged foods made with this ingredient are even steeper.</p> <p>Here's an easy recipe for homemade&nbsp;<a href="https://www.wholesomeyum.com/recipes/coconut-tortillas/" target="_blank">coconut flour tortillas</a>. You need just three ingredients: coconut flour, eggs, and nondairy milk. It only requires a half cup of flour. Whisk the ingredients together. Then heat a skillet and cook it like a very thin pancake, flip, and fill with your favorite hummus or whatever else you like wrapped up. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a>)</p> <h2>4. Purple foods</h2> <p>You may have heard that you should eat the rainbow &mdash; vibrant, fresh veggies that come in all colors. In 2017, the color everyone seems to be focusing on is purple. You can find purple cauliflower, purple potato chips, purple corn, purple asparagus, and much more at your local grocery store.</p> <p>If you want to try this one at home, try making this gorgeous&nbsp;<a href="http://prettypies.com/recipe/purple-sweet-potato-pie/" target="_blank">purple sweet potato pie</a>. If you don&rsquo;t want to deal with the almonds and dates for the crust, you can always stick with a traditional pie crust out of flour and butter. It will still look gorgeous.</p> <h2>5. Healthier pastas</h2> <p>You can find pasta made from chickpeas, lentils, and quinoa on shelves at the store. If you take a walk around the produce section, you may even see some varieties of spiralized vegetable &quot;pastas&quot; that are healthy alternatives to the traditional noodles we all know and love. I'm especially flabbergasted by the price of the spiralized noodles because produce can be quite cheap when it's in season.</p> <p>The up-charge is all about the noodle-making process. And that's an easy at-home thing you can do yourself. Invest in a&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/2oP1PSm" target="_blank">spiralizer</a>, and you'll be set with beet and zucchini noodles for life.</p> <h2>6. Unique condiments</h2> <p>My husband and I are addicted to interesting condiments. But I can't say it's good for our wallets. These days, you can find anything from ghee with pink Himalayan sea salt to pomegranate molasses to chipotle adobo sauce. One way I like to save on these splurges is to check out what our local Home Goods (a discount store) has on the shelves. I can often find condiments a few dollars cheaper than they might be at the grocery store.</p> <p>Making your own cool condiments is another option. Buying ghee at the store can cost around $1.20 an ounce. You can make it at home for around 67 cents an ounce. Just get eight ounces of a good-quality organic butter and heat it over low heat in a medium saucepan. Continue cooking until the milk solids turn brown and fall to the bottom of your pan, around 10 minutes. Then pour through cheesecloth into a glass jar for safekeeping. This makes five ounces of ghee.</p> <h2>7. Meal kits</h2> <p>Eating out can be expensive. But making everything from scratch can be time-consuming and messy. Many people are turning to meal kits you can easily toss in the oven. You can find some awesome vegetable mixes in the freezer section that won't break the bank. Others include pasta and even meat for a no-fuss meal. Just check your prices carefully and take advantage of coupons and store sales when you can.</p> <p>You may also want to try make your own meal kits. Sure, the process takes some effort &mdash; but it will save you time and money in the long run. I actually tried this method out last month when I made a bunch of &quot;dump meals&quot; to stash in my freezer. I'm hooked. It's seriously as easy and opening cans, chopping stuff, and tossing it in a bag to freeze for later cooking in the Crock-Pot.</p> <h2>8. Japanese food</h2> <p>Japanese foods are becoming more popular, as well. But move over sushi, the trend this year is going beyond the roll. Check out ingredients like miso, seaweed, and mirin. Have you ever heard of Japanese-style pickles? I hadn't either, and now I'm utterly intrigued.</p> <p>My own family regularly eats udon noodles with our stir-fries. This ends up being cheaper than buying Japanese takeout because we get a huge bag of stir-fry veggies in the freezer section and buy tofu in bulk. We also like incorporating miso into our meals &mdash; a little goes a long way. Try a miso-tahini dressing on anything from roasted sweet potatoes to salads. Combine a quarter cup tahini with just one tablespoon miso. Then add in lemon juice, warm water, and cracked pepper. You'll enjoy the flavor every day!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way">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/how-to-save-a-ton-by-eating-soup-every-day-and-never-get-bored">How to Save a Ton by Eating Soup Every Day (and Never Get Bored!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-alternatives-to-the-grocery-store">10 Affordable Alternatives to the Grocery Store</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-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-shop-for-food-once-a-month-and-save-big">How to Shop for Food Once a Month and Save Big</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/6-ways-having-your-groceries-delivered-can-save-you-money">6 Ways Having Your Groceries Delivered Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping Food food shopping food trends groceries grocery budget grocery shopping saving money Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:30:13 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1931161 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Kids Eat Free at These 50 Restaurants http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-kids-eat-free-at-these-50-restaurants <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-kids-eat-free-at-these-50-restaurants" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_eating_restaurant_579235854_0.jpg" alt="Kid eating for free at a restaurant" 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 restaurants where kids eat free, hotel perks that save you money, and things to buy and sell on Craigslist to make a profit.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/kids-eat-free-restaurant-deals-16154/">50 Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free</a> &mdash; Families can save a bundle by taking advantage of kids-eat-free deals when dining out. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cleverdude.com/content/6-hotel-perks-that-save-you-money/">6 Hotel Perks That Save You Money</a> &mdash; Many hotels offer free light snacks and drinks for a few hours in the evenings. [Clever Dude]</p> <p><a href="http://flippingincome.com/things-to-buy-and-sell-on-craigslist/">8 Things to Buy and Sell on Craigslist to Make Money</a> &mdash; You can make a good profit on solid wood furniture. A little staining or a fresh coat of paint is often all it takes to bring an old piece back to life. [Flipping Income]</p> <p><a href="https://www.moneytalksnews.com/should-you-hire-someone-negotiate-your-cable-and-other-bills/">Should You Hire a Service to Negotiate Your Cable and Other Bills?</a> &mdash; Companies like BillCutterz and BillFixers can help you save on monthly bills by negotiating costs with your service providers and tracking expiring promotional offers for you. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2017/0406/More-for-less-Renewable-power-surges-into-mainstream-as-costs-fall">More for less: Renewable power surges into mainstream as costs fall</a> &mdash; Solar panels and wind turbines may no longer be niche as investors in renewable sources of electricity generation are increasingly getting more bang for their buck. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Harry-Potter-World-Secrets-38520014">25 Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hacks You Need to Know Before Going</a> &mdash; Carrying all the merchandise you buy at Honeydukes and other shops can be a hassle. Ask the wizards at the registers to send your purchases to the front of the park, where you can pick them up at the end of the day. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefrugaltoad.com/personalfinance/12-save-money-hate-couponing">12 Ways to Save Money When You Hate Couponing</a> &mdash; Sign up for text alerts from your favorite retailers so you are the first to know when deals hit the stores. (Just make sure your phone service plan won't charge you for all the texts you'll be getting.) [The Frugal Toad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2017/04/07/how-to-keep-your-car-clean/">How to Keep Your Car Clean</a> &mdash; First things: take everything out of your car and give it a deep clean. [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="https://fitzvillafuerte.com/psychology-investing-9-biases-behavioral-mistakes-must-avoid.html">The Psychology of Investing: 9 Biases and Behavioral Mistakes You Must Avoid</a> &mdash; Don't allow memory bias to affect your investment decisions. Try to be as object as possible. [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dailyworth.com/posts/5-things-consider-choosing-summer-childcare">5 Things to Consider Before Choosing Summer Childcare</a> &mdash; Make sure you understand how the childcare tax credit works. The higher your income, the lower your credit will be. [Daily Worth]</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-kids-eat-free-at-these-50-restaurants">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-restaurants-that-offer-senior-discounts">40 Restaurants That Offer Senior Discounts</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-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling">The 14 Best Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-more-tips-for-eating-in-restaurants-and-sticking-to-a-budget">Five More Tips For Eating In Restaurants And Sticking To A Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-birthday-freebies">Big List of Birthday Freebies</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/do-you-practice-math-when-you-leave-a-tip">Do You Practice Math When You Leave a Tip?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips restaurants Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:30:13 +0000 Amy Lu 1923845 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Home Cooking Tips for Newbie Chefs http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-home-cooking-tips-for-newbie-chefs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-home-cooking-tips-for-newbie-chefs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_cooking_food_181890611.jpg" alt="Newbie chef learning home cooking tips" 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 home cooking tips for newbie chefs, easy ways to strengthen your bones, and tax misunderstandings that could cost you.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/six-simple-steps-for-cooking-at-home-if-youve-never-really-done-it-before/">Six Simple Steps for Cooking at Home If You&rsquo;ve Never Really Done It Before</a> &mdash; A home-cooked meal may require you to use many different skills at once. Focus on mastering the basics, first, and the whole process will become easier and easier. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.easyways.net/12-easy-ways-make-bones-stronger/">12 Easy Ways To Make Bones Stronger</a> &mdash; Certain foods can weaken your bones by creating excess acid in your body. Limit your intake of tea, coffee, sodas, excess red meat, white flour and sugar. [easyWays]</p> <p><a href="http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/06/pf/taxes/tax-misunderstandings/index.html">7 tax misunderstandings that could cost you</a> &mdash; Tax credits and tax deductions are not the same thing. Tax credits are actually more powerful because they reduce your taxes dollar for dollar. [CNN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.oneincomedollar.com/2017/04/your-new-neighborhood-checklist.html">Your New Neighborhood Checklist</a> &mdash; Here are a few things to consider when you're checking out new neighborhoods to move to. [Stretching the One Income Dollar]</p> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Amtrak-Train-Across-Country-Tips-40685768">12 Things You Should Know Before Traveling Across the Country on Amtrak</a> &mdash; Don't worry too much about packing light to avoid baggage costs. Amtrak allows each passenger to take two carry-on items and check two pieces of baggage for free. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://shebudgets.com/personal-finance/how-to-save-money/spring-cleaning/67041">How To Save Money On Spring Cleaning</a> &mdash; It's easy to stuff everything into a trash bag, but you can make a little money by selling lightly-used items. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://everythingfinanceblog.com/20028/7-good-reasons-not-buy-house.html">7 Good Reasons You Might Not Want to Buy a House</a> &mdash; Don't buy a house if you need to travel a lot for work. Why spend money to keep up a home that you barely live in? [Everything Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://fortunateinvestor.com/13-things-avoid-broke/">13 Things to Avoid Doing When Your Broke</a> &mdash; Try not to use your emergency fund for nonemergency expenses. [The Fortunate Investor]</p> <p><a href="http://productivitytheory.com/tax-stress-and-ways-to-relax/">Tax Stress Got You Tense? 4 Ways to Relax</a> &mdash; If you're worried about being able to pay your taxes on Tax Day, know that the IRS offers payment plans that will give you more time to come up with the money. [Productivity Theory]</p> <p><a href="http://www.theorderexpert.com/things-you-must-know-want-be-on-time/">4 Things You Must Know if You Want to Be On Time</a> &mdash; You can't be punctual if you don't know what time it is. Stop guessing; pay attention to the clock. [The Order Expert]</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-home-cooking-tips-for-newbie-chefs">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/how-to-make-moonshine">How to Make Moonshine</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-a-ton-by-eating-soup-every-day-and-never-get-bored">How to Save a Ton by Eating Soup Every Day (and Never Get Bored!)</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-credit-cards-for-dining-out">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Dining Out</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips home cooking Fri, 07 Apr 2017 08:00:11 +0000 Amy Lu 1923218 at http://www.wisebread.com Dried Fruit, Paint Brushes, and 8 Other Things You Should Keep in the Fridge http://www.wisebread.com/dried-fruit-paint-brushes-and-8-other-things-you-should-keep-in-the-fridge <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dried-fruit-paint-brushes-and-8-other-things-you-should-keep-in-the-fridge" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-487694409.jpg" alt="Woman learning things she should keep in the fridge" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Did you know your chill box is good for keeping a variety of things other than the standard perishables? Here are 10 things that will benefit from being added to your fridge.</p> <h2>1. Paint rollers or brushes</h2> <p>Not quite done painting? There's no need to clean everything just yet. Wrap up those rollers or paint brushes in aluminum foil or a wet towel and pop them into the refrigerator. The next day, take them out, and resume painting without missing a beat.</p> <h2>2. Medications</h2> <p>We keep our Pepto-Bismol in the refrigerator. Somehow, the chilled sensation makes it easier to get down. And there are several other medications that should kept be in the fridge, too, as the label should indicate.</p> <h2>3. Bulbs</h2> <p>Like the look of potted bulbs like daffodils, hyacinths, and crocus? A pot on your desk will remind you that spring is just around the corner. Hopefully. <a href="http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/bulbs/forcing-spring-bulbs/" target="_blank">Chilling the bulbs</a> breaks their normal cycle, allowing the plant to bloom earlier.</p> <h2>4. Washcloths</h2> <p>If you've got a sick kid, or it's just a sticky, hot day, dampen a washcloth, pop it into a plastic bag, and tuck it into your refrigerator. It'll feel really wonderful when you take it out.</p> <h2>5. Dried fruit</h2> <p>Wait... it's dried, right? So shouldn't it last a while without being chilled? Yes. However, as it turns out, refrigerating it will make it last even <em>longer.</em> Just make sure it's in a sealed container. You might find out you like the flavors of some fruits even better when chilled.</p> <h2>6. Polymer clay</h2> <p>Polymer clay is fun for making all sorts of stuff (like this gorgeous faux <a href="http://www.craftberrybush.com/2015/06/how-to-make-faux-sea-glass-with-polymer-clay.html" target="_blank">sea glass</a>), but it should be stored in a cool place lest it decomposes. Heat is not its friend. Just make sure it's wrapped up well and marked.</p> <h2>7. Dishes for cold meals</h2> <p>Keeping some bowls in the fridge for ice cream, or small plates for salad and other cold meals, is ideal. The food will taste fresher, longer. (Beer mugs in the freezer will always serve you well, too.)</p> <h2>8. Fresh Flowers</h2> <p>Keep cut flowers in the fridge until you are ready to arrange them. Blooms will stay prettier and last longer.</p> <h2>9. Nuts</h2> <p>Ever pulled nuts out of your pantry and found that they taste awful? That flavor is called &quot;rancid,&quot; folks, and that's what happens when nuts go bad. Nuts contain oils, so they're best off kept tightly sealed in your refrigerator for up to six months, or in the freezer for up to a year.</p> <h2>10. Eye masks</h2> <p>Suppose you stayed home with a cold, and then you watched &quot;The Notebook.&quot;&nbsp;Now you have really puffy eyes. No problem, just pull your chilled <a href="http://amzn.to/2o91LiK" target="_blank">eye mask</a> out of the refrigerator and get the swelling down.</p> <h2>But make sure it's actually cold enough</h2> <p>How cold is your refrigerator? For food safety, it should be between 32 and 40 F. If you don't already have one, invest in a <a href="http://amzn.to/2o92XD6" target="_blank">refrigerator thermometer</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dried-fruit-paint-brushes-and-8-other-things-you-should-keep-in-the-fridge">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-food-scales">The 5 Best Digital Food Scales</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/heres-how-you-maximize-fridge-and-freezer-space">Here&#039;s How You Maximize Fridge and Freezer Space</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-a-ton-by-eating-soup-every-day-and-never-get-bored">How to Save a Ton by Eating Soup Every Day (and Never Get Bored!)</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-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</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-the-most-out-of-these-6-kitchen-gadgets">How to Make the Most Out of These 6 Kitchen Gadgets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Home chilled Food food tricks fridge fridge hacks storage things to keep in the fridge Fri, 31 Mar 2017 08:30:24 +0000 Marla Walters 1918284 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Signs Your Takeout Habit Has Gone Too Far http://www.wisebread.com/7-signs-your-takeout-habit-has-gone-too-far <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-signs-your-takeout-habit-has-gone-too-far" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-502497216.jpg" alt="Woman wondering if her takeout habit has gone too far" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Takeout. Delivery. The very words get my stomach growling. The promise of a tasty dinner with no prep work and no dishes to wash &mdash; not to mention a meal where family members all get to choose their own dishes &mdash; is so tantalizing that I would order out every night if I could afford it. And apps and websites such as DoorDash, GrubHub, UberEats, Seamless, and Foodler make succumbing to temptation even easier.</p> <p>Can you afford all this takeout and delivery, though? Probably not, because even if you're rolling in cash, eating restaurant food every night can take its toll on your health and your cooking skills &mdash; and especially your budget.</p> <p>So, is it time to delete those food delivery apps from your phone? If more than three of these sounds like you, the answer is a double yes with extra cheese. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/all-the-modern-ways-you-can-order-pizza?ref=seealso" target="_blank">All the Modern Ways You Can Order Pizza</a>)</p> <h2>1. Deliveries have turned your home into a traffic hot spot</h2> <p>You keep having to change the batteries in your doorbell. The city put a five-minute loading zone at the curb in front of your house. Single neighbors who can't hit the delivery minimum on their own frequently piggyback on your orders. And the first time they told you they couldn't meet the delivery minimum, you were utterly baffled as to what that struggle must feel like since it's never been a problem for you.</p> <h2>2. Takeout containers are piling up</h2> <p>Your kids are able to make three-bedroom igloos in the backyard out of white Styrofoam containers. Your building has a sign in the hallway forbidding pizza boxes in the trash chute, and it mentions you by name. You have come up with 10,000 uses for spare wooden chopsticks and have dedicated kitchen drawers for condiment packets and plastic cutlery. Instead of a tablecloth, your dining room table is protected by a thick, cushiony layer of receipts. And your kids bring their lunches to school in large white or brown bags with your address scribbled on them in Sharpie.</p> <h2>3. You know the delivery drivers too well</h2> <p>You know to never order sushi on a Tuesday because that driver lets the dipping sauce slosh all over the tempura. When you went two weeks without ordering, the DoorDash driver stopped by to check on you. You're so tight with the drivers that they stop by your house between deliveries to use your bathroom or play a quick game of cribbage.</p> <h2>4. Your addiction has changed your relationship with technology</h2> <p>Your phone is so full of restaurant phone numbers that you have accidentally ordered at least three kinds of cuisine with your butt. When your phone rings, you immediately open your front door. (This is why you always sound disappointed if it's a friend calling.) Your mother spoofed her number to appear as Gary's Gyros on your caller ID, just so you'll take her calls.</p> <h2>5. You find yourself going to great lengths to maintain the thrill that drew you to takeout to begin with</h2> <p>You keep a stash of foreign currency so you can tip natively for each ethnic cuisine. (The drivers hate you for this.) When a new takeout place opens in town, you ferret out their phone number before they open for business so you can place the first order.</p> <h2>6. You have forgotten the food gathering skills you'd need to survive in the wild</h2> <p>You just found out that your oven doesn't work &mdash; and you've been living in your home for 12 years. Last time you were in a grocery store, Nestle Quik was still sold in a metal can.</p> <h2>7. You and your family are way too good at ordering takeout</h2> <p>You just ordered a No. 4, a No. 17, and a double order of No. 23 &mdash; without consulting the menu. Your baby's first words were, &quot;extra spicy.&quot; Ordering online takes less than 10 seconds because your favorite meal is already saved for every area restaurant.</p> <h2>Have you gone too far?</h2> <p>If you recognized yourself in any three of the above &mdash; seek help. At the least seek out some frugal dining advice that's only a click away:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stop-the-takeout-meal-cycle-and-save?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">How to Stop the Takeout Meal Cycle and Save</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-and-easy-dinners-plus-5-delicious-desserts?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">25 Quick and Easy Dinners (Plus 5 Delicious Desserts!)</a></li> </ul> <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/7-signs-your-takeout-habit-has-gone-too-far">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-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/stock-these-20-frugal-foods-for-tough-financial-times">Stock These 20 Frugal Foods for Tough Financial Times</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/make-pizza-night-fun-again-with-these-30-pizza-sauce-alternatives">Make Pizza Night Fun Again With These 30 Pizza Sauce Alternatives</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-save-an-extra-109486-a-year">How to Save an Extra $1,094.86 a Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Food and Drink bad habits food app food delivery healthy eating junk food ordering in pizza Takeout takeout app Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:00:14 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1917657 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 53 Grocery Shopping Tricks That'll Make Your Life Easier http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-53-grocery-shopping-tricks-thatll-make-your-life-easier <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-53-grocery-shopping-tricks-thatll-make-your-life-easier" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_grocery_bag_500927185.jpg" alt="Man using grocery shopping tricks that make his life easier" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You head to the grocery store, armed with a list and a plan to be as efficient as possible, and then somehow you become an aimless browser. You fall victim to impulse buys and overpriced salads from the deli. And when you get home, you spent more time and money than you should have, and you forgot one of the key items you need for upcoming meals. No more. Here are 53 grocery shopping tricks that'll make your life easier.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_grcoery_bag_000018272858_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-fresh-food-delivery-services-that-can-save-you-big?ref=fbf">21 Fresh Food Delivery Services That Can Save You Big</a> &mdash; Skip the trip to the store entirely and have all your food delivered! Sound like a dream come true? It is. Here are all the best services to try.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-checkout-line-tricks-to-finish-shopping-faster?ref=fbf">5 Checkout Line Tricks to Finish Shopping Faster</a> &mdash; When you just want to get in and out of the grocery store, follow these smart shopping tricks. Avoiding chatty cashiers and opting for the checkout lanes on the left could save you lots of precious time.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_fresh_strawberries_000067876803_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-off-season-foods-that-are-destroying-your-grocery-budget?ref=fbf">5 Offseason Foods That Are Destroying Your Grocery Budget</a> &mdash; A really easy fix to staying on-budget is to avoid the sections of the store with foods that are currently offseason. Stick to what's in-season and you'll save time and lots of money.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-having-your-groceries-delivered-can-save-you-money?ref=fbf">6 Ways Having Your Groceries Delivered Can Save You Money</a> &mdash; You might assume that getting your groceries delivered is a luxury only the rich can afford. Not true! If you shop smart, you can actually save money by having your food delivered to your door.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/man_confused_groceries_000061844584_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-you-are-sabotaging-your-weekly-grocery-budget?ref=fbf">9 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Weekly Grocery Budget</a> &mdash; The best way to improve any skill is to learn from your own mistakes, right? Take a look back at your previous grocery receipts, give meal planning a try, clip those coupons, and your grocery budget will remain intact.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping?ref=fbf">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a> &mdash; A big part of making grocery shopping easier is knowing when to shop in the first place. Because there are certain times &mdash; weekend afternoons, for example &mdash; when you shouldn't go at all.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-53-grocery-shopping-tricks-thatll-make-your-life-easier">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/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> <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-affordable-alternatives-to-the-grocery-store">10 Affordable Alternatives to the Grocery Store</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-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</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-shop-for-food-once-a-month-and-save-big">How to Shop for Food Once a Month and Save Big</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping buying food fbf flashback friday food shopping groceries grocery shopping shopping tips Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:30:40 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1915404 at http://www.wisebread.com