Category Archives: Money Savers

Save Money on Meat

Buy boneless pork shoulder instead of center-cut pork chops – make into stew

Buy a whole pork loin and have the butcher cut it into individual portions for you instead of center cut pork chops

Learn to use meat as an ingredient or garnish instead of a main course

Use meat sparingly in family favoriotes like casseroles, stgir it into rice dishes and use it to flavor a vegetable lasagna o spaghetti sauce

Cut it into small, ibt-0size piecs and skewer it ionto kebobs with plenty of fresh, flavorful vegetables

Buy chicken in large quantities, separate into smaller pkgs. and store in freezer
cut up your own chicken and save wings, etc. for soup

Buy bone in breast and de-bone it yourself.

When buying turkey, buy the largest available – more meat and less bone

Buy frozen fish instead of fresh – better quality and price

There are many, many entries on this web site. Be sure to scroll back through to the beginning for all the recipes and tips. The “calendar” area has class listings of many types of classes and locations that I teach cooking, homemade pet foods, homemade soap and personal products and many more items. If you would like a class in “home-making”, sewing without a machine or with a machine or any other subject, please contact me and we can arrange a class in my home or any location of your choice. Please contact me for more details. Classes for all ages are available, including children – hands-on or presentational style.
Gift certificates area available for weddings, holidays or “your are special” gifts or any other reason.
Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.
I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net
Cooking classes currently scheduled can be viewed by clicking on the “Calendar” icon. The schedules will be updated as they change.
Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website.

Save on Your Grocery Bill

Purchase oranges, onions, and potatoes in bags rather than individually – you will save about 1/2 the price.

Don't buy non-gorcery items at eh supermarket (sometimes they are cheaper at a super-market – watch the pricing)-watch mass-maraket retailers like Walmart, etc. and paper products at warehouse clubs like Costco, etc.

Opt for frozen seafood over fresh – save 20 to 40 percent and often safer (cold to transport and less handling in the case/store)Much seafood comes in frozen and then is sold as “previously frozen”.

Buy ground beef and chicken breasts in bulk or family-size packages to save 20 percent on ground beef and 50 percent a pound on chicken.

Find out the item's cost per unit (CPU) Sometimes larger packages cost more per ounce, like detergents often do. Wasted space in packaging is often deceiving on some packages.

Know when the store has double coupon day and get double value for your coupons.

Watch for store brand. Sometimes quality is different on store brand, but not always. Best to buy one of an item of a lesser priced brand to sample and then decide if the savings is wise.

There are many, many entries on this web site. Be sure to scroll back through to the beginning for all the recipes and tips. The “calendar” area has class listings of many types of classes and locations that I teach cooking, homemade pet foods, homemade soap and personal products and many more items. If you would like a class in “home-making”, sewing without a machine or with a machine or any other subject, please contact me and we can arrange a class in my home or any location of your choice. Please contact me for more details. Classes for all ages are available, including children – hands-on or presentational style.
Gift certificates area available for weddings, holidays or “your are special” gifts or any other reason.
Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.
I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net
Cooking classes currently scheduled can be viewed by clicking on the “Calendar” icon. The schedules will be updated as they change.
Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website.

Shop Per Serving not Per Pound

If you figure how many servings you will get from a pound of roast (especially if used in a stew or soup, etc.) instead of the price per pound, you will have a more realistic idea of what the piece of meat, etc. is costing in your budget and you can justify purchasing it, even if you have a tight budget, if you can get several servings from a pound of a good cut. If you purchase ground meat at a lower price but it has a high percentage of fat (that will fry away into waste) you are not getting a good buy, since you are not “eating” all of what you buy. Instead, buy a more lean ground meat and mix it with a can of soup or tomato juice or chopped tomatoes or vegetables for liquid, and you will save calories, add vegetables to your diet, flavor and moisture to the meat without wasted money on fat that you will need to find a way to dispose of, along with the fact that you will be consuming more fat also, mixed in with the meat.

There are many, many entries on this web site. Be sure to scroll back through to the beginning for all the recipes and tips. The “calendar” area has class listings of many types of classes and locations that I teach cooking, homemade pet foods, homemade soap and personal products and many more items. If you would like a class in “home-making”, sewing without a machine or with a machine or any other subject, please contact me and we can arrange a class in my home or any location of your choice. Please contact me for more details. Classes for all ages are available, including children – hands-on or presentational style.
Gift certificates area available for weddings, holidays or “your are special” gifts or any other reason.
Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.
I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net
Cooking classes currently scheduled can be viewed by clicking on the “Calendar” icon. The schedules will be updated as they change.
Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website.

Take Kids Shopping

Take your kids food shoping with you and let them each pick out one treat (and be FIRM on ONE treat). In the long run, you'll save more money than if you bring home cookies that elicit a “Yuck!” and end up on the pantry shelf not getting eaten. Do not allow them to persuade you to buy unnecessary other items though.

There are many, many entries on this web site. Be sure to scroll back through to the beginning for all the recipes and tips. The “calendar” area has class listings of many types of classes and locations that I teach cooking, homemade pet foods, homemade soap and personal products and many more items. If you would like a class in “home-making”, sewing without a machine or with a machine or any other subject, please contact me and we can arrange a class in my home or any location of your choice. Please contact me for more details. Classes for all ages are available, including children – hands-on or presentational style.
Gift certificates area available for weddings, holidays or “your are special” gifts or any other reason.
Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.
I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net
Cooking classes currently scheduled can be viewed by clicking on the “Calendar” icon. The schedules will be updated as they change.
Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website.

Check Unit Pricing

Check the unit pricing and the price per ounce before you decide that bigger is better. In the end, giant sizes of some products (especially cleaning supplies and often cereals) aren't always the best buy. The marketers assume that people buying bigger sizes are busy with children, etc. and won't check the pricing, so will charge the unsuspecting shopper more for the large size items.

There are many, many entries on this web site. Be sure to scroll back through to the beginning for all the recipes and tips. The “calendar” area has class listings of many types of classes and locations that I teach cooking, homemade pet foods, homemade soap and personal products and many more items. If you would like a class in “home-making”, sewing without a machine or with a machine or any other subject, please contact me and we can arrange a class in my home or any location of your choice. Please contact me for more details. Classes for all ages are available, including children – hands-on or presentational style.
Gift certificates area available for weddings, holidays or “your are special” gifts or any other reason.
Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.
I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net
Cooking classes currently scheduled can be viewed by clicking on the “Calendar” icon. The schedules will be updated as they change.
Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website.

Garnish Trick

Before placing washed greens or cut veggies or fruit pieces on your serving trays/plates, spray them with cooking/vegetable oil. This will give them a very fresh appearance, enhance the color and preserve their freshness for many hours. Since the oil is etible, the garnish is safe to eat and be in contact with your foods.

Tip: Spray over the sink to save any mess on your tray/plate. You can also apply oil to your hands/plastic gloves and then rub them over your garnish items if you prefer to not use aerosol products.

There are many, many entries on this web site. Be sure to scroll back through to the beginning for all the recipes and tips. The “calendar” area has class listings of many types of classes and locations that I teach cooking, homemade pet foods, homemade soap and personal products and many more items. If you would like a class in “home-making”, sewing without a machine or with a machine or any other subject, please contact me and we can arrange a class in my home or any location of your choice. Please contact me for more details. Classes for all ages are available, including children – hands-on or presentational style.
Gift certificates area available for weddings, holidays or “your are special” gifts or any other reason.
Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.
I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net
Cooking classes currently scheduled can be viewed by clicking on the “Calendar” icon. The schedules will be updated as they change.
Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website.

Easy -cost effective table pad-table cloth

To save noise from table service (knives, forks, etc.) on your guest tables, place a flat style white bed sheet under your table cloth (best if you can fold it in half lengthwise or as it fits best) to be a substitute for a table pad. This saves you money, since it is lilely already in your linen closet, space since it won't need to be stored anywhere, ironing or special laundry costs, since it is just a “bed” sheet not a fancy table cloth that could be stained if things get spilled on it or need to be sent to the dry cleaners. This also helps protect your table top, even under your table cloth. This will provide a “quality” base for your table settings. If you do not have a table cloth, a bed sheet can become a table cloth, if it is a white one or a color that coordinates with your china or surroundings. If you do not have a sheet to fit your table, they can often be purchased inexpensively at a resale shop and still be in new or very good condition.

There are many, many entries on this web site. Be sure to scroll back through to the beginning for all the recipes and tips. The “calendar” area has class listings of many types of classes and locations that I teach cooking, homemade pet foods, homemade soap and personal products and many more items. If you would like a class in “home-making”, sewing without a machine or with a machine or any other subject, please contact me and we can arrange a class in my home or any location of your choice. Please contact me for more details. Classes for all ages are available, including children – hands-on or presentational style.
Gift certificates area available for weddings, holidays or “your are special” gifts or any other reason.
Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.
I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net
Cooking classes currently scheduled can be viewed by clicking on the “Calendar” icon. The schedules will be updated as they change.
Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website.

Save Coffee Grounds

Save your coffee grounds. Allow them to dry and use them as a sweeping compound for the concrete floors in the basement and garage.

There are many, many entries on this web site. Be sure to scroll back through to the beginning for all the recipes and tips. The “calendar” area has class listings of many types of classes and locations that I teach cooking, homemade pet foods, homemade soap and personal products and many more items. If you would like a class in “home-making”, sewing without a machine or with a machine or any other subject, please contact me and we can arrange a class in my home or any location of your choice. Please contact me for more details. Classes for all ages are available, including children – hands-on or presentational style.
Gift certificates area available for weddings, holidays or “your are special” gifts or any other reason.
Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.
I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net
Cooking classes currently scheduled can be viewed by clicking on the “Calendar” icon. The schedules will be updated as they change.
Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website.

Picture Hanger

For an instant picture hanger, pop the tab off a soda can and glue it to the back of the frame of a picture or hanging. It's easy to position it exactly where you want it so the picture hangs perfectly. For light weight pictures, use a straight (stick) pin – put it in the wall at an angle and hang the picture, etc. at the wall end of the pin. If you put it directly next to the wall and the hanger is thin, the pin will support a great deal of weight- some even hang mirrors this way and save making large holes in walls – also save money from not purchasing hangers.

There are many, many entries on this web site. Be sure to scroll back through to the beginning for all the recipes and tips. The “calendar” area has class listings of many types of classes and locations that I teach cooking, homemade pet foods, homemade soap and personal products and many more items. If you would like a class in “home-making”, sewing without a machine or with a machine or any other subject, please contact me and we can arrange a class in my home or any location of your choice. Please contact me for more details. Classes for all ages are available, including children – hands-on or presentational style.
Gift certificates area available for weddings, holidays or “your are special” gifts or any other reason.
Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.
I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net
Cooking classes currently scheduled can be viewed by clicking on the “Calendar” icon. The schedules will be updated as they change.
Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website.

Save egg shells for your planting

Start now to save your empty egg shells to add to your starter plants for the spring or in the garden when you make holes to plant flowers or other plants.  The egg shells will give drainage in any pots and will provide nutrition to your plants in pots or the garden.  The shells can be collected in a container, bag, jar or anything that is open so that they dry and don't mold or become “sour”.  When you are ready to use them for planting, first soak them in a container with water.  After a day or 2 the water will become “milky” colored and is ready to be used to water your plants and offer free fertilizer, calcium, protein, and nutrition for the plants.  Now take the shells to your planting area and use them once more as noted at the beginning of this paragraph.  Happy gardening!!

There are many, many entries on this web site. Be sure to scroll back through to the beginning for all the recipes and tips.

I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net