If you have a coffee maker that uses single use coffee pods and you're having a hard time finding them as I am or just find them too expensive...make your own. I found tea bags (no tea, just the bags) at Whole Foods (100 for $4.99). They are larger than the single tea bags so I trimmed the bag a bit. Open the bag and spoon in 4 tbsp of coffee and fold over and staple at the fold. I made 40 pods for $6.57 or 17 cents each.
I keep several small plastic boxes with a snack-size serving of chopped veggies or fruit in the fridge ready to grab as I run out the door. No excuses for not taking a healthy snack then :-)
I'm not very crafty or do it yourself, but I have a body scrub addiction and it was starting to cost too much..so I looked into doing it myself and it was so easy! I use good ol' white sugar (you can also use salt or brown sugar for varying textures - I like it rough) and I mixed it with lime infused olive oil. I had that as a gift and am unsure of how much it would cost to buy, but you could use plain olive oil also and then just add some essential oils for yummy scents.
I went into a jacuzzi wearing a sterling silver necklace and it turned BROWN! I had warn this necklace for 4 years and this had never happened before! Here's how I fixed it:
Buying Name Brand Foods even Fat Free may not be the best choice. By comparing store brand nutritional values to those of name brand (even the reduced fat types), you may find the savings not only in price but in calories, fat and sodium as well. Take a look and you may be surprised!
I do not live off very much money and I am doing my best to save, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy going out every now and then. Groupons are amazing, I have only recently started using them but they save you a lot of money and sometimes just give you really good ideas of things to do. Each day http://www.groupon.com will have a special offer in the city you select, and you can opt to buy into it. Once enough people buy into it, becomes active and you save on that vendor!!
AT the end of every week I go through the crisper for unused veggies and through the freezer for ends of bags of veggies. I toss everything in a big pot with a boullion cube or two and cook it to make soup. Add leftover chuncked meat or chicken if you have it. You can just chop it all, or use the immersion blender on it for a different style of soup. If I'm using the immersion blender, I also add any bits of leftover cheese. You could cook ends of boxes of pasta or broken spaghetti, and add
To save money, meal preparation and clean up time, I purchase 2-3 pkgs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts when they go on sale, wrap 2-3 breasts with my favorite seasoning in foil and freeze all foil pkgs in one large freezer bag. When you feel like it, take on pkg out of the bag and cook (from frozen) in oven @ 250ºF for 3-4 hrs while you go about your business (best if also baking potatoes or squash.) Meat always tender and you have low cal meals ready for the rest of the week.
Ground coffee fresh or used absorbs all smell.
My all natural, money saving, laundry detergent recipe: 1/4 Castille soap, 1/4 cup Washing soda, 1/4 Borax. In a very dirty load, I also put 1/4 cup OxyClean.
I plan our meals for the week every wednesday (payday!) around what is on special at my supermarket. I write it on our planner so my husband knows what we're having. If we committ to it we are much less likely to grab take out instead.
I recently started making my own frozen lunches. I add all the ingredients to a freezer bag and then pull it out at lunch and microwave it. Now more pricey, flavorless frozen entrees for me! One of my favorites: Shredded chicken, black beans, salsa, and fat free cheese.
When you've purchased fresh berries and they start going bad, like you don't really want to use them, blend them, pour them into ice cube trays and use them for smoothies! Saves you money in not through them out and
Checking out videos from the library is a great money saver, but options are limited (at least in my town). I use Netflix to try out exercise videos that I'm interested in to see if I like them enough to buy. I can also get a huge variety this way: abs, cardio, yoga, pilates, kickboxing, walking.