Five things that will save you money on the long run.
- Air popcorn popper. I got mine at Kohls for 14.00. It is a healthy way to pop popcorn and takes the place of all the snack foods that can detail your food budget.
- Crockpot. Crockpots can save bucks and not heat up an entire kitchen. It is an easy way to beat the take out gremlins when you know you are going to have a busy day and are not going to be on the mood to set out and cook a meal. I have heard of older ones starting fires. This is a case where buying new is probably best. They last a long time.
- A probe type meat thermometer. Mine was 25.00 at Costco. It makes cooking a roast or chicken almost set it and forget it. Raw whole chicken can be as low as .88 a pound. Rotisserie chicken can be upwards of two dollars a pound and you don't know where it came from. Never buy a chicken that is less than three pounds. The ratio of bone to meat is too low and you are paying for a lot of bone.
- Automobile rags. They are school bus yellow and are in the auto section of Costco. They save a lot of paper towels for cleaning on general, and mopping up spills.
- A microwave plate cover from the dollar store. Saves paper towels and a lot of cleaning.
If I was short on money, I would take baby steps and get things a little at a time.
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