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Three Tips to Save Time & Money

December 27, 2010
I love saving money. And time. I’m a big deal shopper. I also lived in Alaska for a few years, where everything is super expensive. Think about how long it takes to get fresh food up north… So I tried a few things that really did save me both time and money. Maybe you’re already familiar with them, but if not, try them out too. I think you’ll find they do help. And please share your tips in the comments.

1. Buy ground meat in bulk when it’s on sale. Sure, that’s a given. Everyone knows that, you say. But here’s my super saver tip: cook it before you freeze it. My husband and I love tacos. It’s how we use the ground beef we buy. So I cook it up on an afternoon when I’m doing housework and whatnot, drain it, and freeze it in meal-size portions. Then, when it’s a rushed evening, and I don’t have time to cook, I toss a bag of pre-cooked meat into the microwave, defrost it, and season it. In 15 minutes I have tasty tacos all ready to go.

2. Make extra waffles and freeze them. I love doing this. I make my waffles from scratch using sourdough starter. They are so delicious. I just make extras, divide them into quarters, and freeze them. I like to stick a square of freezer paper in between so they don’t attach themselves to each other. On hurried mornings we toss our frozen waffle squares in the toaster, and voila! Super quick and homemade breakfast on the go.

3. We also like to have beans on hand for tacos or chili. But canned beans can be expensive. It’s much more cost-effective to buy the dried beans. You can buy a pound of dried beans for the same price as one can of beans. But who has time to cook those? You do. Soak them over night. Then on a housework afternoon (maybe while you’re already cooking hamburger; see above), simmer your beans for a couple of hours. I then freeze them in meal-sized portions. Once again, I’ve got easy to use, cheap protein that’s ready for a quick meal.
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