How To Freeze Cream Cheese

Stocking up on foods when prices are low is one of my favorite ways to save money. It is so easy to do and doesn't take a lot of time. When you are stocking up on foods like dairy products they may only last so long, so freezing them is a great way to extend the time you get from the dairy products. I often freeze cream cheese because we use a ton of cream cheese and it is just so simple to do. Wondering how to freeze cream cheese? It's easy!Cream Cheese is probably about the easiest thing you could possibly freeze. If you are new to freezing foods this is definitely a great one to start with. You will want to freeze the cream cheese before the use-by date on the package. To freeze cream … [Read more...]

Top 5 Things To Buy In August

One of the easiest ways to save more money is by stocking up on food and items when the prices are at their lowest. You can save over 50% off of items just based off of what time of year you buy them. Fruit & Veggies have their own seasons and are way cheaper when they are in season. By purchasing at the right time you can save your family $100’s of dollars per year.I can't believe August is just around the corner. August is the beginning of school for us, plus a two-week break from swimming. My kiddo is headed off to high school this year so that will be very interesting!I love stocking up on the good deals that we find in August. There are so many good deals on school supplies and … [Read more...]

The Easiest Way To Clean Your Food Processor

I love my food processor. For years I thought that a food processor was one of those useless kitchen gadgets that you didn't really need. I put off buying one and used my blender or did everything by hand. I finally broke down and bought one about 5 years ago. It has been a dream! I use it to make soups and to shred my cheese. There is one thing I hated about it though. It can be a mess to clean up.My first food processor bit the dust after it melted in the dishwasher. My second food processor broke in the dishwasher. I have found that although they work great, they don't do so well in the dishwasher. I followed all of the instructions, top shelf only, but they still break. Besides that, … [Read more...]

How To Cook Corn On The Cob In The Crockpot

Usually, when you think of the crockpot you think of warm winter meals like a pot roast. But you can use your crock pot in summer too. In fact, I love to use my crockpot during summer because I don't have to be cooking over the stove or heating up the oven. It helps me keep cool all summer long. The crockpot is also great to have meals waiting on you when you come home at night. So many summer evenings we are busy and don't get home until later. Having a meal ready is a great way to avoid carryout.During the summer we often have smaller meals like fresh watermelon and BLT's or sometimes we do a cold pasta salad and fresh corn on the cob. Instead of doing the corn on the cob on the stove, I … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Do Spending Freezes

It seems like everywhere I turn I hear about people doing a spending freeze. They seem to be the next big thing in money management. Maybe it's just me, but I can't seem to get into the idea of a spending freeze.  In case you haven't heard of them, basically for a set amount of time you don't spend any money. Some people do a week of no spending and some will do a spending freeze for up to a month. At the end of the month, you have a bunch of money leftover that you didn't spend.In theory, it sounds really good. Go a couple of weeks without buying things that aren't necessities and then have money to spend on other things. I have seen a lot of people do this in October or November to pay … [Read more...]

Laundry Room Tips and Tricks

If there is one area of cleaning that I completely fail at it would be laundry. I am horrible at staying on top of laundry and getting it put away. I usually start the laundry when my husband says he is running low on something. Clothes often sit clean in the clothes basket for days before they get put away. Why do I go days without doing laundry when I insist on vacuuming every day? I just really hate laundry!As much as I hate doing laundry I have learned quite a few laundry room tips and tricks. I have learned how to take out most stains, even those set in stains because I already laundered them. I have found a great trick to skip the ironing. These tricks and tips will not just save you … [Read more...]

Make It Or Buy It: Croutons

It is officially summer and around here we are eating a ton of salads for lunches and dinners. There is nothing more delicious in summer than a salad piled high with fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, and of course croutons. The toppings in my mind can make or break a salad.  I love the crunch that croutons give a salad. My kiddo loves croutons too. He will literally eat a box of croutons if I don't keep an eye on him. He will put a few in his salad and eat the rest like chips.Croutons probably aren't the most unhealthy thing he eats, but they aren't cheap. Where I shop they will set you back $1-2 a box. Those boxes aren't really that big either. If my whole family eats two salads a day we can … [Read more...]