frugal strategies

An Awesome Frugal Haul From The Scratch And Dent Store! – Parents Article

I haven’t left my house much these days because of Coronavirus, and because of my reluctance to take public transportation now, I haven’t left my town much at all. The few times I did get to the city, I decided to check out the scratch and dent stores, but unfortunately I didn’t find much there of use to my family.Today, though one of the stores didn’t have much by way of groceries my family would enjoy, the other scratch and…

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Homeade Garaetteok, Korean Rice Cake Cylinders For Making Tteokbokki – Parents Article

I find when I’m looking for recipes to make, sometimes I end up going down the rabbit hole of recipes, usually from eastern Asia, looking at first one recipe and another and another, deciding that I needed to make every last one of them.Tteok, Korean rice cakes, was something I discovered in one of these forays, when I learned about tteokguk, Korean New Years’ rice cake soup, and garaetteok, the rice cakes that you use to make it. As someone…

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Lowering Grocery Bills Even with Corona Precautions and Restrictions – Parents Article

I’d say that I’m pretty good at lowering grocery bills. (I got our monthly grocery bill down to $170 a month for a family of 4 a few While at the moment my grocery bills aren’t as rock bottom as I’ve been able to get them in the past, that’s because I utilize my frugal strategies to get higher quality things and specialty ingredients for lower prices than most people are able to. The problem, though, is that with corona…

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Quick and Cheap Hack- Extending the Life of My Freezer Shelf – Parents Article

When we moved to our new home about 3.5 years ago, we bought a new fridge instead of the 30 year old friend we had second hand before that. And while I’ve been pretty happy with this fridge/freezer combo, especially that its been maintenance free since we got it (unlike our old one that needed regular maintenance), there are some things about it that really annoy me. First off, I can’t adjust the heights of the shelves in the fridge,…

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Homemade Restaurant Quality Korean Beef With Mushrooms and Broccoli Recipe — Delicious, Easy, Gluten Free, Paleo Friendly, Allergy Friendly – Parents Article

My favorite food to make is my own riffs off of restaurant meals. This goes way up there. I haven’t been eating so well lately, because I’ve been busy, and today I felt the need for a really good home cooked meal that would nourish my body as well as my soul. I headed to the supermarket knowing exactly what I would be making- beef with broccoli, but then as soon as I saw the mushrooms I decided to add…

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Homemade Gluten Free Sfinge — Moroccan Donuts — Vegan and Easy – Parents Article

Sfinge! Oh, these delicious lumpy bumpy crunchy bits of delight are something that I’d heard about for years, but only tried for the first time today. These Moroccan donuts are extremely delectable, and even tastier than your typical donut. I’ve made so many different types of donuts over the years, and these are officially the easiest, which is why I think this will now be my go-to recipe. I made this recipe gluten free, using this one as a base…

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Lessons Learned On My Recent Trip to the US and London – Parents Article

Don’t worry, I still have a few more posts I wanted to write about what I did on my trip to London, but I wanted to share some lessons I learned with you on my recent trip to the US (New York and Cleveland) and London. Some of these lessons are location specific, but mostly they’re good lessons for anyone traveling.I’ve broken down the tips into a few different categories, to make them easier to find.Phones and DirectionsPhone plans aren’t…

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Quinoa and Beet Salad with Tahini Dressing Recipe — Vegan, Easy, and Delicious – Parents Article

I mentioned in a different post how there’s this restaurant that I like to sit at and work sometimes, and one of the few things on their menu that I can eat is this salad. I previously shared the recipe for one of its components, sweet and sour quick pickled beets, which has gotten wonderful reviews from people who tried them out. I had guests this weekend, and one of the things I served for dinner was this quinoa salad.…

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Homemade Turkish Salad Recipe — Frugal, Paleo, Vegan, and Delicious – Parents Article

Locals, when serving a nice meal, like to put out a spread of meze, salads and spreads and other dips to eat at the start of a meal. Hummus, tahini, roasted eggplant salad, spicy carrot salad, and marinated eggplant salad are all common to find as part of this mezze, but there are two tomato and pepper cooked salads that are served and I wasn’t quite sure how to explain the difference between them to people, but knew I definitely…

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Easy and Delicious Chew Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe – Parents Article

I really wanted a good chocolate chip cookie, but the gluten free ones I purchased recently were quite unsatisfactory for me. My 9 year old son, Ike, wanted to do some baking with me and chose to make cookies. The first batch we made was coconut macaroons and then I decided that while we already were in the middle of baking, might as well make some chocolate chip cookies. I was trying to find a recipe that didn’t call for…

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