A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned -
Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Middle Class Clutter

Americans have more stuff/clutter than any other country in the world. We all have neighbors who have garages filled to the brim with boxes and clutter and they probably have no idea what is in there. Others have storage containers/pods on the driveway. But don't be fooled by those with empty garages, they may be renting a storage unit somewhere.

UCLA anthropologists take a look at over 30 homes where they study the items people collect and stockpile.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Bulk Breakfast Recipes

I'm a big fan of the Do It On A Dime videos. Kathryn comes up with great low cost ideas to save time and money. One suggestion (see video below) is to make bulk breakfast items.

For the bulk pancakes:
10 cups flour
1 pkg (9 1/2 oz) dried milk
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. salt

To make the pancakes add 1 cup of water and 1 egg to 2 cups of mix.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Homemade Food Mixes

Hop on over to Budget 101 for food mix copycat recipes. They are much cheaper than ones you buy.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Try Aldi for Grocery Savings

Aldi grocery stores have only recently started popping up around the Dallas/Fort Worth area and they are well worth checking out. Many of their items are 60% cheaper than other stores (even Walmart) and their return policy can't be beat. Their Twice as Nice program: if you're not 100% satisfied with a food item, return it to the store and they will exchange the item AND return your money.

Note: Keep a list of pantry items and staples (along with prices) you use frequently i.e. toilet paper, coffee, eggs, bread, chips, crackers etc. and refer to it when shopping.  You'll quickly be able to review your list and see if something is cheaper than you usually pay elsewhere.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Re-using Soap Slivers

If you've collected soap from hotel stays or simply have some slivers left over, don't throw them away. You can melt them to make a fresh bar. This video shows using a slow cooker but you can melt it on the stove too.
By the way, soap bars are much cheaper to use than liquid soap or body wash.