There’s money hiding in your refrigerator!

I know it sounds funny, but it’s the truth. Every time you go to the grocery store, farmers market, Costco, etc. and buy food, you’re investing your money in the foods you buy. The next time you go to the store, look in your fridge and think about how much each item costs. It might look something like this:

Quart of Organic Milk: $4.50

Head of Romaine: $1

6 oz. Greek Yogurt: $1.25 each

Jar of Pasta Sauce: $3

Orange Juice: $4.50

That’s almost $15 for just a few items! All of these things expire at some point. Let’s say they do expire and you’ve only eaten half of each of them. Now you have to throw them away. You’re throwing away more than $7. Now, grab your wallet and pull out $7 and put it in the trash. If your stomach hurts just thinking about pulling money out of your wallet and throwing it away then you need this post! (I also need some tums. I can’t bear the thought of throwing money away!)

I got this little tip from a blog I follow called Savvy Housekeeping. Ms. Savvy has tons of tips from DIY, cooking, cleaning, decorating and much more. To save money on food items, she suggests making one of these:

It’s an “Eat Me First Box.” Simply place all of the foods in your refrigerator that are close to their expiration date in the box. When you’re digging around your refrigerator looking for something to eat, just grab something out of the box and know that you’re saving money since you wont be throwing these items away in the near future!

What do you think? Easy enough? Do you have something like this in your fridge? Has it worked for you? I also think an “Eat Me First Box” in the pantry would be nice. I would put opened bags of crackers, cereals, nuts, etc. in it. (I might label my box “Eat Me” just to see what my guests say when they open my fridge.)

Another great way to save money is to utilize your freezer! So many foods can be frozen and thawed and taste as good as new. Whenever I open a jar of pasta or pizza sauce I’m always left with half a jar. Instead of putting it back in the refrigerator (and waiting for it to grow a moldy, slimy layer on top when I finally pull it out of the fridge 3 months later since it got sucked into the black hole that is the back of my refigerator) I immediately place it in a plastic zip top bag, label it and freeze it! Your sauces will never go bad again! This is also great for nuts as they have lots of oil in them that will cause them to spoil. Just toss them in the freezer and they’ll be fresh when you need them! Did you buy fresh meat or fish that’s nearing it expiration date? Freeze it! I often buy meat and fish in bulk so I usually freeze about 3/4 of it when I get home from the store. Do you have any citrus that’s nearing the end of its shelf life? Juice them and freeze the juice! I’m always using fresh lemon juice in recipes and this way I always have it on hand.

What are your favorite ways to save money in the kitchen? I would love to hear your tips and tricks!

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January 25, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . FruGal Foodie. 2 comments.

Kick up your boots for Stagecoach 2012!

This year my friends and I are heading to Indio, California for the annual Stagecoach Music Festival. This year the headlining acts will be Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean! I really can’t contain my excitement for this show and its not until the end of April!

To get into the spirit of the festival I’ve been thinking about what I should wear to this show. I enjoy country music but I’m not much of a cowgirl. At all. (I’m afraid of horses.) When I think about the festival I picture a bunch of cute little cowgirls dressed in daisy dukes, plaid button downs and cowgirl boots. I don’t own any of these… eek!

If you’re going to a country show this year (I hear the Tim McGraw/Kenny Chesney tour is going to be amazing!) and you want to get started on your cowgirl get-up, head over to Ruelala today to check out their selection of super cute cowgirl boots.

There are so many styles and colors to choose from. (Who knew cowgirl boots came in purple?!) Here are a few:

Ariat Women’s “Ransom” Leather Boot:

Original Price: $200.00.  Ruelala Price: $119.90.

Ariat Women's 'Ransom' Leather Boot

Ariat Women’s “Mesteno” Leather Boot:

Original Price: $250.00. Ruelala Price: $149.90.

Ariat Women's 'Mesteno' Leather Boot

Ariat Women’s “Sonora” Leather Mid Shaft Boot:

Original Price: $200.00. Ruelala Price: 119.90.

Ariat Women's 'Sonora' Leather Mid Shaft Boot

If you’ve never shopped on Ruelala you will need to sign up for an account before you’re able to shop. It’s a daily deal site with amazing clothes, shoes, and housewares sales everyday. They also allow you to earn credit towards your next purchase when you invite friends! You earn a $10 credit when your friend makes their first purchase. Get enough friends to join and you be shopping for free!

If you have any questions about Ruelala or other questions about getting more for less, leave me a comment and I will answer! I may even dedicate a post to your question! Happy Shopping!

January 13, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . FruGal Fix. 1 comment.

$69.99 tablet and much more on BensOutlet.com!

Head on over to Ben’s Outlet today to find great deals on lots of electronics and free shipping!

Ben’s Outlet is part of 1SaleADay, another great daily deal website that I love. They offer different products everyday at rock bottom prices.

Today they are offering an amazing deal on a Samsung Bluetooth earpiece. The original price was $99.99, but on Ben’s Outlet it’s only $14.99! But that’s not all, there is a manufacturer’s rebate you can download on the site for $20.00! That makes this little baby a MONEYMAKER!

Who doesn’t want to get paid for new gadgets?

Note: You can file one rebate request per item you purchase, but you can  file up to three rebates per household when you buy three earpieces.

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They are also having a sale on the BlackBerry Playbook Tablet:

Original Price: $599.99.  Ben’s Outlet price: $279.99.

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Pandigital Google Android Tablet:

Original Price: $299.99. Ben’s Outlet Price: $69.99.

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All three of these items are listed as “Brand New” but Ben’s Outlet does sell some items that are listed as “Factory Refurbished.” Make sure you check each item under Specifications so you know what you’re getting.

Speaking of Refurbished items, they are also selling an 64 GB Apple IPad that is “Apple Refurbished” for $479.99.

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And if you’re not into all these electronics, you could always opt for these Kenneth Cole Aviators:

Original Price: $99.99. Ben’s Outlet Price: $9.99.

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There are also tons of other deals on Ben’s Outlet today so make sure you check it out!

January 12, 2012. FruGal Fix. Leave a comment.

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