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The Costco Haul: Saving Money at Costco

I’ve already mentioned the great deal Costco has on tires. I also hit Costco 4-5 times a year to stock up on essentials, in a shopping trip I refer to as the “Costco Haul.” A costco shopping tips would surely be needed to get the best out of our “Costco Haul.” Unfortunately, there are a few preferred brands of personal care products that they don’t carry, but I usually…
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Avoid Wasting Milk with These Substitions

I don’t drink milk or eat cereal, and neither does my husband, so it’s tough for us to use up milk before it goes bad. We do now buy a half-gallon every other week, but it’s used entirely for yogurt, leaving none for other purposes. That’s fine with me. Over the years, I’ve found several milk substitutes that are great for cooking and baking. Lactose-Free Milk I used…
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What’s for Dinner: 10 Frugal Fall Foods

Some people don’t believe Los Angeles has seasons, but we do. They’re just not as pronounced, and they don’t arrive on the traditional schedule, or always in the proper order. Nevertheless, my body seems to follow the traditional seasonal cycle, so I start craving fall foods when the calendar rolls to September, even if it’s 80 degrees outside.This weekend, with the air-conditioning blasting, I got to thinking about…
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10 Green Products You Shouldn’t Pay Extra For

I support environmental causes. I believe that some aspects of the frugal lifestyle are inherently good for the environment, but others can be wasteful. I shop at the farmer’s market and buy grass-fed beefc. But, I don’t pay more for most products labeled as being. There are, of course, exceptions. Products with really big price tags like energy-efficient windows and hybrid cars cost more to make and have a proven…
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How to Use Up Leftover Cream

What to do with Heavy Cream Leftovers? I tend to have leftover cream fairly frequently, and I hate wasting this delicious nectar of the gods. So, I’ve developed a list of tried and true uses for heavy cream. I’ve also recently discovered some new ones, but I haven’t actually tried all of these yet. I can’t fully vouch for their effectiveness. 29 uses for Heavy cream leftovers here…
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Eat Well for Less: An Example

Now that I’ve shown you my strategies for frugal grocery shopping, here’s a breakdown of this week’s menu and costs. If you’d like to specific instructions on how to accomplish fine-dining on a budget, visit these posts: In-Store Deals and the Price Book Coupons and Strategic Shopping Managing Food Allergies How to Eat Well for Less How Not to Save Money on Groceries Menu Planning This week’s menu is…
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Simplify Menu Planning with Recipe Binders

I cut my weekly menu planning time by at least 15 minutes after I started using recipe binders. Before then, I had to flip through an accordion file to find the recipes I wanted, which took forever because they were all jumbled together. Other people prefer to use a computer database or a recipe card box. Here are the pros and cons of each method, and tips for building your…
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Top New Trend: Everyone Has a Farmer’s Market

Last week, a farmer’s market opened next to the White House. It’s even called the White House Farmer’s Market. I believe this is what we’d call the peak of the farmer’s market trend. So what does this mean for you? If you haven’t already discovered the wonders of the farmer’s market, it’s time to go. Chances are there’s a market very near you. Finding Local Markets New markets…
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