This post was supposed to go up on Saturday, but you know how things go! So I thought I’d do a little mid-week vault entry with y’all.
Apparently I was very busy thinking about chicken that week. I had made a 20-lb purchase of chicken thigh quarters that I was prepare for the freezer. It took a little longer than planned due to an unfortunate mishap. Since then I have learned that chicken goes on sale about every 6 weeks at my local store, so I tend to buy smaller amounts at a time-but I still do cook ahead and freeze! I also like to freeze chicken in marinade raw for quick and easy grilling nights during the summer.
In a small break from the theme, I warned against the evils of the dollar store. If you are wondering, yes, I still use bubble bath in my hand soap dispensers-but my dollar store has stopped carrying the larger size of bubble bath so I have to be careful of the cost comparison against hand soap on sale!
In response to a reader’s question I shared the items I keep in my car to help with my frugal lifestyle. Of course my kids are 3 years older now, and both in school, so of course some things have changed. I no longer need to keep diapers and a change of clothes in the car for one! And although I do keep some plastic bags back there, I have picked up a ton of cheapo canvas tote bags over the years at yard sales (average price-$.25) that I usually use for my Aldi’s shopping. Sometimes I even remember to bring a couple in to Walmart when I shop.
I also did a breakdown of the cost involved in joining a DVD club.These days I tend to watch my TV on Hulu.com for free, Use my $9 a month Netflix subscription both for DVDs and for the free on demand streaming movies. I’m lucky because my new laptop has an HDMI out slot, so I just hook a cable between the laptop and our TV (which is HDMI) and viola, I can watch Hulu & Netflix right on the big screen. The kiddos and I have been working our way through Dr. Who together. For new releases I tend to just use the Redbox down at the gas station in town. Although I have to admit-I’m bad about returning them right away. That $1 DVD rental can turn into $4 pretty fast!
This is the week back in 2007 that I first shared my Spicy Thai Noodle recipe. This is still one of my favorite vegetarian and favorite pot luck recipe ever. I rarely bring it somewhere without getting at least ONE request for the recipe!
I was decorating my mantle and using an Easter Variation (perfect timing eh!), I also pointed you all to an article on Cheap Healthy Good about how to “Recession Proof your Diet“. Great info that is still extremely relevant today!
Last year I gave you all my Mother In Law’s recipe for “bar cheese“. Not healthy, but oh so good. Actually-I’m now craving the stuff. . .
I also had a guest post on how to use electronic coupons by the fabulous Erin Gifford of Coupon Cravings. Although I still don’t use coupons very much, I know a lot of you do. I’ve recently become and affiliate for Cellfire-where you can add your coupons directly to your store loyalty card* or you can use them right in the store from your cell phone. Erin recommended them in her post 🙂 I am also an affiliate for Eversave where you can print great coupons for free.
So there is this week’s vault reading-hope you enjoy!
*Note: Stores Cellfire currently works with: Baker’s, City Market, Dillons, Fry’s, Gerbes, Hilander, JayC ,King Soopers, Kroger, Owen’s, Pay Less, QFC Ralphs, Scott’s, Smith’s, Carrs, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Pavilions, Randall’s, Safeway, Tom Thumb, Vons, Giant Eagle, Shop ‘n Save and ShopRite.