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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Coupons: $35 coupon booklet

Don't forget to sign up for the Home Made Simple Coupon booklet to be mailed to you home . It has $35 worth of coupons inside.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cleaning Recipes: Vinegar!!

We all know that vinegar can be used for pretty much anything and everything. One of the newer uses I came across is to replace the expensive dishwasher rinse aids. I've been using it for probably 30-40 washes now and you really wouldn't know I was using vinegar instead of the expensive rinse aids.

I know there's a list that went around and around about the many uses of vinegar, but I didn't save it. Here's a site though that has tons of uses. 131 in fact.
In the Kitchen
In the Bathroom

Cooking the Frugal Way: Empty Boxed Cereal Bags

I wish I could give credit to where I saw this tip, but I honestly can't remember. The tip was to save the plastic bags that hold the cereal in the cereal box. It is very thick and durable. When you empty the cereal box, wash the plastic bag, let it dry, and store for when you need it. These are great for pounding out chicken/steak. The plastic is thick and durable and won't tear/break when you are pounding the meat. Thought that was a great tip. Now if I can just remember to use it ;)

Cooking the Frugal Way: Gourmet Burger Spice!

If you have not tried this Weber Gourmet Burger seasoning, you must pick it up the next time you're at the store. It's great on steaks, but what we use it most on is oven fries and making homemade chicken tenders. It tastes amazing on both! It gets a little spicy if you add too much, but it's not too spicy for the kids if you are not a seasoning hog like I am ;)

I just take wedged potatoes, put a little oil on them and sprinkle the Gourmet burger seasoning on them. Pop in the oven at 375-400 and cook until brown, flip and brown the other side.

For the chicken tenders, I put the Gourmet Burger Seasoning into the flour in a bowl. I take the chicken cut into tenders or nuggets and dip them in buttermilk (or whatever you choose), then dredge in the flour. You can fry in your oil of choice or cook in the oven . If you cook in the oven, just make sure to put oil on the pan to keep from sticking.

Cooking the Frugal Way: Spices

This is about 1/2 of our spices in our spice cabinet. One way to save alot of money is to stop buying all of the boxed or canned foods because you can make those things yourself very quickly. I buy my spices at Sam's Club because we have a large family and would use that much, but if you have a smaller family, you can get your spices cheap at the grocery store or even dollar store. Trust me, it is worth the expense of stocking up on these. You will be able to make everything on your own including sauces and most of the boxed and canned items that you have been buying. This has began to save us so much money and I am excited to learn more recipes.

This week, I bought the gallon can of tomato sauce at sams for a little over $2. I was able to make homemade Manwich, 2 meals worth of enchilada sauce, and have tons of tomato sauce left-all because I made use of the spices we bought. Did you know it only takes 1 cup of tomato sauce, broth, ketchup, and spices to make your own enchilada sauce? It usually costs about 84cents per small can of enchilada sauce, so that is a huge savings! We make chicken enchilada casserole and beef enchiladas, so this was a great find.

You can get a gallon can of crushed tomatoes from Sam's Club for a little over $2 and use your spices to make enough spaghetti sauce for probably 3-4 meals for a large family. When you think that you pay that much for 1 jar of store bought sauce, you can see the savings add up.

Cleaning Recipes: Carpet freshener

You can make your own carpet/furniture/curtain/bedding freshener out of just water and your favorite laundry fabric softener. Put as much or as little fabric softener as you want into the spray bottle and fill the rest with water. i would put just maybe an inch of fabric softener. It is much cheaper than buying the powder that you put on your floor and then buying a separate one for your furniture or bedding. It's a quick way to run through the house and make everything smell nice and fresh out of the dryer!

Cleaning Recipes: Counter Stains

For those stubborn stains that you can sometimes get on your counters, especially if your unlucky like us and have very light colored counters, I have found a great concoction to get them out. For instance, I've had a stubborn rust colored stain on my counter from a pan that was left sitting over night. I could have gotten the stain out the next day, but life gets ya busy, ya know?

To get the stain out, put some dish soap on it first and smear it all over the stain. Next rub in some baking soda and make a paste of the two. Next, pour on the alcohol and then vinegar. use your scrubbing brush to scrub it in and let it sit. You don't have to let it sit, because it does come out after only a minute or two of scrubbing, but if you have other things to do then you can let it sit and go back to it. It gets the stain out like new!

I have also used this on a wooden table to get marker off. I would just not let it sit on it long.