With the holidays around the corner, your relatives may be nagging you about your wish list. Instead of requesting electronics or gift cards, consider asking for gifts that keep giving: kitchen appliances.
Cooking from scratch saves a lot of money, but it does require more effort. The following six appliances won’t do the work for you, but they can bring down your food budget if you plan your meals carefully, shop smart, and actually use them—instead of letting them collect dust in the pantry.
Back when I first moved off campus, I thought shopping for one was about buying for one, not planning too far ahead, and eating whatever I wanted—especially unnecessary, expensive foods that my parents wouldn’t let me buy when I was a kid. (Looking at you, Lucky Charms.)
When I graduated college and was flat broke and unemployed, I finally educated myself about all the ways I could save—including at the grocery store.
If spring launches BBQs, then fall definitely kicks off potluck season. It’s easy to come up with tasty, easy, and cheap contributions for any fall foodie gathering using fresh produce from the grocery store or a farmer’s market.
Here’s a list of recipes containing autumn harvest items, with pricing estimates to give you an idea of how affordable it can be to make yummy home-cooked fall dishes.
For the last month, my Facebook and Instagram newsfeeds have been chock full of the wonders of autumn: brilliantly colorful foliage, piles of pumpkins, and lots of artsy shots of apple picking.
I went and picked 20 pounds of apples with a few friends. I kept them all, because I paid—but what’s a girl to do with 20 pounds of apples? I’m guessing many of you have an excess of apples, too. So I’ve been brainstorming easy, cheap apple recipes so none of those babies go to waste.
Here are some of my favorites.
One day at Whole Foods, a cheerful employee enticed me to sample some raw, fresh juices. Kale, ginger, lemon, and beet were just some of the ingredients listed on the packaging for these 16 oz. bottles, which also gleefully listed the juices’ health benefits.
Of course, also on the bottles was the price: between $5.99 and $8.99 each. “For a juice?” I asked out loud.
I have moved enough times that I’ve encountered my fair share of moving dramas—probably more than any human being should. Moving is always stressful, unless you have the money to pay a crew to do everything, including packing, boxing, moving, and lifting. But even if you do, there’s a lot that can still go wrong.
I moved on September 1, and a lot did go wrong. Like, worst-case scenario “wrong.” If you face any of the problems I did, here’s how I dealt with them.
It’s almost Labor Day, also known as moving day. That means it’s the ideal time to keep an eye out for yard sales—or to hold your own!
I’ve hosted yard sales with my mother for as long as I can remember. As a kid, it was a great way to get rid of my old toys and make a little pocket money to get some new ones. And now, it’s a great way to get rid of my old dorm decorations and earn some cash to decorate my new grown-up post-college apartment.
I held a sale a few weeks ago, during the height of vacation season. I knew the traffic might be slow, so I took the following steps to increase the yardsalers to my house, as well as my earnings.
I save money on food by cooking at home, saving leftovers, packing lunches, and being sure to eat breakfast or bring something to eat on the run in the morning. Part of what makes all this possible is having a good system for food storage— containers for leftovers, baggies for snacks, travel cups, etc. are a hidden expense for the money-savvy foodie.
It’s that time of year again: Moving Day 2013. In Boston, it seems half the city moves on September 1, because the rental market revolves around students starting the new school year.
Moving can be stressful and expensive. Throughout my childhood, my parents always moved themselves, so there was never a moving truck or paid movers involved. In my adult life, I too have chosen the DIY moving method, mostly to save money.
I’ve moved over 40 times in my life, so I’ve learned a thing or two about managing a move. Here are some tricks I use to cut down on my costs.
Have you ever gone camping with friends only to realize you’ve packed 10 times the amount of food that you could possibly consume over a long weekend in the woods?
People tend to get into a weird survival mode for camping trips, thinking they need to stock up for getting stuck in the woods for a month. There’s also some sense that you’ll be cut off from the world and any possibility of last-minute supplies.
In reality, you’re probably within reasonable driving distance from some kind of convenience store or supermarket.