Just wanted to say Thank You to all Frugalistas this Thanksgiving! I am so very thankful for the past year all the amazing ladies that I have gotten to meet, learn and share with. I also want to thank Dayle for all she has done to help Keep It Frugal Blog, Frugalistas Ladies Night Out, the amazing field trips ... she is truly a warrior for empowering women. Happy Thanksgiving and I look forward to our Christmas season ahead and bringing you great ideas and money saving tips that will keep your dollars in your wallet.
Today, I am going to give you a money saving idea for the kitchen and all the holiday feasting!!! I love using plastic food bags for kitchen prep and food storage but if you don’t clean and reuse the them they can be expensive to throw out. I have been using these bags from Walmart. They are the Great Value Twist Tie 1 gallon bags...100 bags for $2.88. I also use them for freezing and then double bag it in a freezer bag it really helps with freezer burn for meat. They are also great for putting loaves of bread that you bake for gifts. I use them in many areas of my house. They are super durable and a huge cost savings...try them out and make life and little easier and your wallet a little fatter.
Keep It Frugal,
Let’s talk Turkey Frugalistas. Some years I have drastically failed on keep with my food budget for Thanksgiving. Some years I have done great...what’s key is planning out your menu and shopping this week for your Turkey. Shop your ads, price match and only buy what’s on sale, use a coupon. That might mean that you have to shop at multiple stores or you can price match everything Walmart. Is it worth it? YES! I have spent double what I could have spent when I didn't plan correctly and shopped the week of Thanksgiving. If you are hosting, don't be embarrassed to ask your guest to bring a side dish, wine or dessert. Most people want to do their part so let them!
Here are some tips I stick to when it comes planning Thanksgiving.
Tip 1: Don't buy too big of a Turkey. I used to buy a huge turkey in hopes that the left overs would feed everyone for a week. What would really happen is that everyone would get sick of turkey two days later and not eat my dinners no matter how great I did at making them into a new recipe. Now what I do is buy a smaller one and use the leftovers, if any, and make homemade broth that you can freeze from carcass to be used for soup later.
Tip 2: Don't serve appetizers. Focus on the meal instead. If someone offers to bring one, that is great. Appetizers can get costly and your guest fill up on them which means they eat less of the main course and you end up with more food waste. (leftovers that can't be eaten)
Tip 3: Serve a Soup with the meal. It does double duty because you can use the soup as a vegetable serving. Try Butternut Squash soup. Make the day before and put in the slow cooker the next day on low or warm until dinner is ready.
Tip 4: Shop the food bargains for your Christmas meal. Keep in mind that after Thanksgiving, you are going to be doing this all over again for Christmas in 4 weeks. I saw a great price this week for Pork Loin boneless for 1.29 per lb. I am picking that up for Christmas dinner this year put it in the freezer. Yeah!
So let’s get planning Frugalistas. I saw turkey this week on sale from 47 cents per lb. to 97 cents per lb. Gobble Gobble!
Keep it Frugal,
You might be getting tempted to go to your favorite coffee shop or drive thru to quench your thirst for Limited Edition Holiday flavored coffee right now. Quick question; do you know what the Latte Factor is?
The Latte Factor is that those daily runs for coffee add up to some huge bucks. The average fancy coffee costs $4 or $5 or even more depending on the type, size and how many extras you want to add in. So let’s just say you go get coffee 5 times a week at $5 dollars a piece that makes $25.00 per week times 4 weeks in a month and that's $100.00 a month. So my challenge and question to you is What’s your Latte Factor? Is it $100.00 dollars a month is it more? What could you do if you saved that money?
Instead of buying a Pumpkin Spice Coffee could you make your own at home? Yes, you can! For the cost of one coffee shop /drive thru coffee you can get a Pumpkin Spice Creamer, Sugar cookie or Peppermint flavored and make a least a 10 drinks at home and have some change left over. I found these at Walmart this week and many more ...yum yum!
Keep it Frugal,
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