The biggest Dud:
This wins the "Don't Waste Your Money" award from me!
It's the Progressive International jumbo Potato Cutter. Saw it online first and since they had it at this kitchen store, thought we'd give it a try. It's supposed to cut potatoes, sweet potatoes and other veggies such as carrots and zucchini into french fry shapes. It comes with two sizes of blades/grids. We followed the instructions, inserted the potato, and with firm steady pressure, began trying to push the lever to get the potato through the blades. It was almost impossible to push...and the blades suddenly broke free of the grid and went flying everywhere! When we returned it, the clerk was happy to take it back and sort of mumbled something acknowledging the problems (I think this was not the first return they had!). So from now on, we'll be hand cutting our own potatoes. Oh well....live and learn! Buyers Beware!
I've been browsing quite a few home-organization and kitchen management websites. Been working on learning more tricks for organizing, budgeting, reducing costs, and meal-planning. We've started by really using coupons, going to lower priced stores, following sales...and I'm boycotting Diet Coke right now....The price is too darn high! I've been drinking the off-brand diet soda from Wally world, and it's really good. And HALF the price of name brands.
I am finding that spending time doing some meal planning can really save time & money too! A few of these planning websites suggest talking to your family and picking a plan or routine for your weekly dinners - and then finding & filling in your recipes and shopping for two weeks. We came up with this plan below, to give it a try. We know we can swap nights if we need...but it's helpful, because when I'm planning, I know what types of recipes I need to come up with. Leftovers can become lunches or incorporated into other nights' recipes. There are literally thousands of recipe choices that I can find online to keep it interesting.
- Mondays- Chicken
- Tuesdays- Pasta
- Wednesdays - Beef or Pork
- Thursdays - CrockPot or Soups
- Fridays - Fish/Seafood
- Saturday - Something New or Asian
- Sunday - Something EASY
Do you follow a weekly or bi-weekly meal plan? If so, what's your plan look like? Any really good tips for big grocery savings? Are you making changes in your buying habits or what products you are choosing because of the higher prices and economic situation? Share your ideas, comments!