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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9050 on: June 06, 2017, 06:49:23 PM »
-- Reused packaging material for ebay sale.  I turn lots of boxes inside out, and I make my own shipping envelopes with flexible cardboard sheets turned inside out and taped.  I can't stand paying for shipping materials!

-- Remembered Father's Day.  Double-checked that it wasn't this coming Sunday...lol.  Found netural/masculine-ish cards in my homemade card stash.  Minimalist and celebratory.  Got them approved by husband.  Won't pay anything out of pocket for Father's Day...

-- Used the sad veggies, some potatoes and a ring sausage to make what my husband calls "clean out the fridge fry".  Its basically frying up sliced ring baloney/ring sausage with diced potatoes, seasonings, and whatever veggie needs using up.  Carrots, celery, peppers, squash, zucchini, mushrooms, green beans....etc.  Lots of veggies and the meat stretches really far too. 

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« Reply #9051 on: June 06, 2017, 10:25:30 PM »
Winter has hit Sydney with a vengeance. We are all suffering from SAD here. So, my slow cooker is getting a workout and a chance to use up herbs in the pantry. Hubby did beef stew earlier this week and that has lasted him three work lunches so far - he's a good cook when he puts his mind to it; chicken soup and offal (tripe and ox tail) for me. The rainy weather (and flu season) has put us off going out anywhere. So hello kitchen, goodbye restaurants!

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« Reply #9052 on: June 07, 2017, 10:16:23 AM »
I resisted the temptation to throw away a gift card with less than 25 cents left on it. Used it up last night after carrying it around for a while, waiting until I needed something there.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9053 on: June 07, 2017, 01:51:32 PM »
Had a mystery shop at Chipotle for lunch, which worked out great since it was one of the rare days I didn't have leftovers from last night's dinner.  Free food for the win! 

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« Reply #9054 on: June 07, 2017, 06:38:25 PM »
Stopped drinking canned carbonated/flavored water.  I had developed a 2+ can/day habit, or at least $.60/day -- admittedly small potatoes.  My dentist says it's not good for tooth enamel, and what the heck are these mystery "natural flavors" anyway?  The world may never know.

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« Reply #9055 on: June 07, 2017, 07:50:56 PM »
Stopped drinking canned carbonated/flavored water.  I had developed a 2+ can/day habit, or at least $.60/day -- admittedly small potatoes.  My dentist says it's not good for tooth enamel, and what the heck are these mystery "natural flavors" anyway?  The world may never know.

I think I may have accidentally picked up this bad habit too. After we finish the few we have left, no more in the house! Thanks for the reminder that though they taste good, water is just better when it's plain.

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« Reply #9056 on: June 07, 2017, 09:02:46 PM »
Tried a new homemade bread recipe for variety. It turned out delicious and even looks like a fancy bakery loaf.

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« Reply #9057 on: June 08, 2017, 07:19:45 AM »
At work today I've been using disposable surgery packs which include a thin sealable plastic bag which we don't need to use because the instruments are disposed of as sharps and the swabs etc. go in the clinical waste bag. Today, instead of throwing those bags away I've kept them as inner wrappings for when I post the craft materials I'm currently offering for sale, saving a few pennies on Ziploc bags and tissue paper.

(I also keep the scissors and forceps if I haven't needed to use them during the procedure. They have all sorts of uses, and they'd only have to be discarded otherwise.)


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« Reply #9058 on: June 08, 2017, 10:07:26 AM »
Stopped drinking canned carbonated/flavored water.  I had developed a 2+ can/day habit, or at least $.60/day -- admittedly small potatoes.  My dentist says it's not good for tooth enamel, and what the heck are these mystery "natural flavors" anyway?  The world may never know.

I think I may have accidentally picked up this bad habit too. After we finish the few we have left, no more in the house! Thanks for the reminder that though they taste good, water is just better when it's plain.

Plain water is good -- we really like our well water.  I've also been making lemonade: 1/2 gallon mason jar, 1 tsp lemon extract (or just squeeze half a lemon in there), 1tsp citric acid, 3 tbsp sugar (stevia, etc.) or to taste.  Still probably isn't great on the enamel, but I know exactly what the ingredients are, and it's a lot cheaper per serving and less wasteful than the canned water.
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« Reply #9059 on: June 08, 2017, 05:34:03 PM »
A band from Russia that I've been dying to see for years and years is playing in NYC this month, but the tickets are pretty expensive ($60 each). The venue sometimes does ticket giveaways and contests, so I held out and crossed my fingers that it wouldn't sell out. Today I won a pair of tickets to the show! Woo hoo! $60 saved, plus I get to treat a friend.

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« Reply #9060 on: June 08, 2017, 05:45:09 PM »
^^  That is awesome!

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« Reply #9061 on: June 08, 2017, 05:47:18 PM »
I skipped lunch today. I've actually been doing that for quite a while now. I'm losing a few pounds while saving a few bucks.

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« Reply #9062 on: June 08, 2017, 10:41:09 PM »
* Saved $10 by asking for a discount at the oil change place.

* Saved $36 on grapevines for the yard and future community guerrilla gardening by shopping the clearance sale at the local garden center.

* Harvested zucchini and artichokes from the garden.

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« Reply #9063 on: June 09, 2017, 08:14:38 AM »
Started a 6 gallon batch of "dragon's blood" wine.  All ingredients available at costco!

I'm intrigued. Do tell.

http://www.winemakingtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41825

Lemon Juice, Tri-berry Blend & sugar come from Costco... about $28 for those ingredients.  Unfortuately you'll have to go to the wine store for the yeast, energizer, etc.  But for about $40 you can make 25 bottles of fruit wine!

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« Reply #9064 on: June 09, 2017, 08:18:21 AM »
Started a 6 gallon batch of "dragon's blood" wine.  All ingredients available at costco!

I'm intrigued. Do tell.

http://www.winemakingtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41825

Lemon Juice, Tri-berry Blend & sugar come from Costco... about $28 for those ingredients.  Unfortuately you'll have to go to the wine store for the yeast, energizer, etc.  But for about $40 you can make 25 bottles of fruit wine!

Sounds pretty tasty, but I have to admit, I'm disappointed. There isn't even a quest involved, let alone dragons.

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« Reply #9065 on: June 09, 2017, 08:48:25 AM »
Picked some pretty, wild flowers to put on the table.

Went to the cheaper grocery store and bought cheapest type of bread.

Ate homemade sandwiches for lunch at work the whole week, even though I really wanted to buy something more inspirational in the cafetaria at work, as many weeks before this.

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« Reply #9066 on: June 09, 2017, 03:18:29 PM »
It was the last day of school, and we thought about taking our kids out to lunch. They were very indecisive about where they wanted to go. Finally, I realized that this was an outing that would bring very little value. So I said, "do you just want to eat quesadillas and watch movies this afternoon?"  They loved that idea. Everyone is happy, and I didn't spend a dime. For me, this was a good reminder to see out simple choices first.

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« Reply #9067 on: June 09, 2017, 03:27:45 PM »
I went to my husband's workplace in the car before 6:40am to pick him up and take him home. I could have been in bed that whole time!

And I took him to work at 8:00pm. I could have already started relaxing and drinking!

Each time gained us at least 2. I'm not sure I can keep it up, and I'm unsure about using the car *more* for a cheaper way of life rather than *less*, but I guess, let's give this a go and see how it feels!

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« Reply #9068 on: June 09, 2017, 09:46:58 PM »
Someone at work stole my apple from the refrigerator in the common kitchen. I loudly proclaimed while in the kitchen that I couldn't believe someone stole my slightly bruised apple. Someone that was in the kitchen said it has been happening a lot lately so I guess we have a food thief at work.

The money saving part is that this person said "just go buy one in the cafeteria". I shrugged and just went to my desk and had no fruit dessert.

It wasn't just about the money, but rather that I i am an apple snob and after getting used to organic ones I find the regular red delicious ones totally tasteless so it wouldn't be worth it.

Oh well, $0.50 saved!

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« Reply #9069 on: June 09, 2017, 10:04:22 PM »
Today I was invited to a lunch with my kids. I offered to bring bread and hummus and veggies. The bread was still warm from the oven when I took it over. I wrap it in parchment and tie it up with jute. Looks cool and rustic. The hummus was made from scratch (from dried beans, not canned) and did carrot and celery sticks. Very inexpensive but much appreciated by the hostess. I was kind of embarrassed when everyone was droooling over the warm bread and the non-store bought hummus!


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« Reply #9070 on: June 09, 2017, 10:16:47 PM »
Today I was invited to a lunch with my kids. I offered to bring bread and hummus and veggies. The bread was still warm from the oven when I took it over. I wrap it in parchment and tie it up with jute. Looks cool and rustic. The hummus was made from scratch (from dried beans, not canned) and did carrot and celery sticks. Very inexpensive but much appreciated by the hostess. I was kind of embarrassed when everyone was droooling over the warm bread and the non-store bought hummus!

I invited people over once and made homemade chicken salad and homemade hummus.

Everyone was like "you made your own hummus?!?!?"...implying that it was such a hard task and they were very impressed.

I kept responding that the chicken salad was actually more work than hummus, which is easily made in a food processor while the chicken salad requires a lot of chopping.

Yet they kept praising the homemade hummus as if it was such a hard task.

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« Reply #9071 on: June 09, 2017, 11:30:53 PM »

Everyone was like "you made your own hummus?!?!?"...implying that it was such a hard task and they were very impressed.


This makes me laugh! This is EXACTLY the reaction I got too!

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« Reply #9072 on: June 10, 2017, 02:51:13 AM »

Everyone was like "you made your own hummus?!?!?"...implying that it was such a hard task and they were very impressed.


This makes me laugh! This is EXACTLY the reaction I got too!

This when I told MiL my mum make her own tomato sauce (what Americans would call ketchup).

"... she knows you can buy that, right???"

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9073 on: June 10, 2017, 08:18:03 AM »
Ha ha ha, I make my own bread and that's exactly the reaction I get too!

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« Reply #9074 on: June 10, 2017, 08:32:12 AM »
I feel that my mega chopping for the chicken salad was not properly praised.

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« Reply #9075 on: June 10, 2017, 09:34:44 AM »
I feel that my mega chopping for the chicken salad was not properly praised.

It was awesome.

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« Reply #9076 on: June 10, 2017, 09:40:00 AM »
I feel that my mega chopping for the chicken salad was not properly praised.

It was awesome.

Thank you! It took like 3 years but I knew someone would finally notice.

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« Reply #9078 on: June 10, 2017, 11:40:27 AM »
Inspired by this thread, I think I will make hummus this afternoon from the can of chickpeas in the pantry ;) 

*  Staying in today so will not use up gas or money
*  decluttering, which continues to help simplify my life (which continually reminds me that buying things does not make me happy)
*  Use Instant Pot to make huge batch of coconut curry for the freezer for lunches next week

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« Reply #9079 on: June 10, 2017, 02:29:54 PM »
Ending a lease on one June 30th and want to get all of the deposit back, so we patched a hole in the drywall and replaced a broken pane of glass in the window.  The window really should be the landlord's responsibility but we decided it was worth a couple dollars and a few minutes to make sure we get the money.  $400.

Picked some tea and raspberries from a neighbors fence line (with permission).  $2-4.

Used the library for a book for book club.  $20.

Started working on Christmas gifts.  Early. yeah.  Hoping to not have to ship things.



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« Reply #9080 on: June 10, 2017, 03:26:38 PM »
I ate leftovers for dinner and then took a Pokemon walk without using data. Today I realised that a nearby gym has a track / unused road around the outside and that I can pick up wifi all the way around it. I already knew it had 2 Pokestops at the edges of its parking area, but today was the first time I tried going around the building. Not only that, the gym is currently surrounded by fields full of daisies. So I walked in circles around the gym I'm too cheap to join and then continued a bit along a canal to a duck pond. I saw multiple rabbits, a pheasant, two slugs, ducks, ducklings, a moorhen, trees, songbirds, and wildflowers. In the game, I hatched five eggs, picked up lots of goodies, and caught several creatures. It was really pleasant and gave me a chance to destress a bit. I don't know what I saved exactly, but I didn't spend anything.

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« Reply #9081 on: June 10, 2017, 08:22:54 PM »
*Picked up a huge hug of laundry soap that was on clearance - I am NOT brand loyal!

*Husband made a pot of oatmeal for all for breakfast and we topped it with yogurt bought on clearance

*Got a bunch of magazines out of the library

*Son bought himself a new guitar out of his own earnings. Love to see my kids earn money and really judge carefully if this is a good purchase. Better to make a $200 mistake now than a $2000 or $200,000 mistake later!

*Made 2 banana cakes with cream cheese icing for dessert for company tonite out of old, spotty bananas

*Got $40 off my groceries using cc points

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« Reply #9082 on: June 11, 2017, 03:50:49 AM »
Went home after church to make my own coffee instead of buying coffee and maybe a pastry out in a shop or market stall. Savings between 0.99 and 3.

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« Reply #9083 on: June 11, 2017, 08:32:37 AM »
-Usual stuff: cut husband's hair, groomed dog ourselves, did NOT have to use a dry cleaner since I get dress shirts for husband that can be laundered at home.

-Tried a cheap beer ("simpler times" lager from trader joe's) that, while nothing to write home about, will be great for bbqs and such.

-DH used google survey credit, and I used app store credit leftover from a GC at christmas, to buy an app we can cross platform. (catan). We've been having fun playing it together, so free entertainment- nothing else we use those credits for!

-Been continual harvesting sooooo much lettuce. So we've been eating a ton of salads with lettuce, cucumber, red onion, kalamata olive (bought in bulk at costco!), and topped with canned tuna and a red wine vinegar + thyme + garlic + olive oil dressing with mustard as the emulsifier. Delicious, and pretty cheap relative to all the nutrition in there!

-Gas is a bit cheaper than it's been, so I'll try to get over and fill our truck today at costco.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9084 on: June 11, 2017, 08:38:29 AM »
-Been continual harvesting sooooo much lettuce. So we've been eating a ton of salads with lettuce, cucumber, red onion, kalamata olive (bought in bulk at costco!), and topped with canned tuna and a red wine vinegar + thyme + garlic + olive oil dressing with mustard as the emulsifier. Delicious, and pretty cheap relative to all the nutrition in there!

This sounds delicious BJ!!

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« Reply #9085 on: June 11, 2017, 08:50:24 AM »
-Been continual harvesting sooooo much lettuce. So we've been eating a ton of salads with lettuce, cucumber, red onion, kalamata olive (bought in bulk at costco!), and topped with canned tuna and a red wine vinegar + thyme + garlic + olive oil dressing with mustard as the emulsifier. Delicious, and pretty cheap relative to all the nutrition in there!

This sounds delicious BJ!!

Thanks! It is! I highly recommend the dressing, for just about any salad but especially for fish!
-2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
-6 Tbsp olive oil
-1 clove fresh minced or crushed garlic
-~1 tsp dijon or spicy deli mustard
-1/2 tsp dried thyme

That recipe makes enough for two bigass salads. (We split a can of tuna between them). You can also do it with white wine vinegar for a more mild and sweet taste- that goes great with chicken on the salad =)

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« Reply #9086 on: June 11, 2017, 12:48:36 PM »

Thanks! It is! I highly recommend the dressing, for just about any salad but especially for fish!
-2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
-6 Tbsp olive oil
-1 clove fresh minced or crushed garlic
-~1 tsp dijon or spicy deli mustard
-1/2 tsp dried thyme

That recipe makes enough for two bigass salads. (We split a can of tuna between them). You can also do it with white wine vinegar for a more mild and sweet taste- that goes great with chicken on the salad =)

Thank you!! I have been meaning to find a good salad dressing recipe like this. And kudos, since I too love putting tuna over my salads!

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« Reply #9087 on: June 11, 2017, 12:56:33 PM »

Thanks! It is! I highly recommend the dressing, for just about any salad but especially for fish!
-2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
-6 Tbsp olive oil
-1 clove fresh minced or crushed garlic
-~1 tsp dijon or spicy deli mustard
-1/2 tsp dried thyme

That recipe makes enough for two bigass salads. (We split a can of tuna between them). You can also do it with white wine vinegar for a more mild and sweet taste- that goes great with chicken on the salad =)

Thank you!! I have been meaning to find a good salad dressing recipe like this. And kudos, since I too love putting tuna over my salads!

Glad people can benefit! I used a salad nicoise dressing as my inspiration and just played with it until it worked, haha. I've definitely found red wine vin to be cheapest at Trader Joe's, olive oil cheapest at costco, garlic cheapest at costco, and thyme... well, I might move up to bulk buying it since I use so much now haha.

Oh! And I do a greek version too:
6 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 clove garlic, fresh crushed
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried dill

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« Reply #9088 on: June 11, 2017, 01:02:36 PM »
I was planning to go on a trip in the forest with a friend. My DH wanted to go running some other place than at home and planned to join us in the car. Planned that he could change to dry clothes after running, so he wouldn't get cold while we were still out there.

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« Reply #9089 on: June 11, 2017, 02:03:26 PM »
I paid it forward today. Kinda.

My parents made a day trip to visit us. Normally they take us out for lunch and the routine is that they pay for the meal and I leave the tip on the table. Today, I cooked the main course and defrosted some desserts I had in the freezer and wanted the opportunity to use up because we don't often eat desserts. The entire meal for five of us didn't cost me much more than the tip at the restaurant would have done, and I saved my parents about $100.

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« Reply #9090 on: June 11, 2017, 05:04:36 PM »
Roasting 4 chickens I picked up for 60c/lb.  Will can most of the meat, saving out enough for my meals for the week.  Making broth with the carcasses and will can that up as well.

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« Reply #9091 on: June 11, 2017, 08:27:48 PM »
Remembered to start the beans soaking!

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« Reply #9092 on: June 11, 2017, 08:50:42 PM »
Drove straight home so I wouldn't stop at a drive-thru.

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« Reply #9093 on: June 11, 2017, 11:00:23 PM »
* Line-dried a load of laundry, saving about $0.25 in energy costs.
* Sold a couple of children's books on Amazon, netting $8 which will be deposited directly into an investment account.
* Prepared and froze eight servings of beet puree for the baby, the rest will be turned into cold borscht for lunch. Savings: $8 compared to buying prepared baby food.
* Also: cloth diapers, my dad curb-shopped a pet crate we can use for raising chickens, watched a show on Amazon Prime instead of paying for something new.
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« Reply #9094 on: June 12, 2017, 02:18:20 AM »
Walked to work and will walk back.
Made lunch and ate a free banana at work.

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« Reply #9095 on: June 12, 2017, 09:14:11 AM »
Walked to work and will walk back.
Made lunch and ate a free banana at work.

Does your workplace have free fruit, Linda? What a great idea!

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« Reply #9096 on: June 12, 2017, 01:15:43 PM »
Walked to work and will walk back.
Made lunch and ate a free banana at work.

Does your workplace have free fruit, Linda? What a great idea!

Quite common here in Scandinavia. :)

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« Reply #9097 on: June 12, 2017, 01:30:16 PM »
Brought leftover dal makhani (frozen from dinner a few weeks ago) to work for lunch.  Wasn't a keeper recipe, and wasn't amazing the second time around either, but it filled me up and will get me through until dinner.

Added a $1.00 bag of M&M's to my grocery order at checkout to get my total over $50 so I could use a $10 off $50 grocery coupon (a pretty sweet savings...pun intended!)

Took the kids to the library for storytime on Saturday.  It's fun for them, we get to pick out new books for the week, and doesn't cost a penny!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9098 on: June 12, 2017, 07:54:26 PM »
Not saving money, but earning - participated in a couple of research studies at the university - made $22 for 45 minutes of 'work.'

Took leftovers home from a meeting - enough for 2-3 meals!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #9099 on: June 12, 2017, 09:46:37 PM »
Getting better at roasting veggies in the oven and searing chicken (or beef) on the stovetop.  Definitely keeps the family happy and the food costs down.