Mary Hunt's Everyday Cheapskate Save Time and Money Every Day - Household tips, tricks, DIY cleaning recipes, product reviews. Sat, 06 Jun 2020 19:33:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Join a CSA for Your Health and Your Wealth Sat, 06 Jun 2020 07:01:01 +0000 Join a CSA for Your Health and Your Wealth

Being a savvy consumer means a lot of things. It can refer to a person who knows how to get the lowest price on whatever he or she is buying. It can also mean finding the best value—the highest quality product for the most reasonable price. Or, it can refer to someone who shops ethically, according to his or her values.

However you define “savvy consumer,” becoming one requires research and education about the products that you buy according to your individual priorities. When it comes to shopping for food, today’s savvy consumers know where their food comes from, and, if they do things right, they save money, too.

Growing our own food is certainly one way to go—and don't we all wish we had an abundant garden at its peak right about now! Well hang on, because I have good news.

It is quite possible you can piggyback onto an abundant "garden," right there in your local area, with an owner willing and anxious to share its bounty. Seriously! All the details in today's post.

See you there! Love, xo m 🌽🍅🥒🍆🥔🥕 and 🍉🍎🍒🍓🥝🍇, too!

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Rotisserie Chickens to the Rescue Fri, 05 Jun 2020 07:01:15 +0000 Rotisserie Chickens to the Rescue

If you're fresh out of ideas (let alone desire) to make one more home-cooked meal, but even the thought of yet another take-out or curbside pickup leaves you cold during these days of uncertainty and angst—I invite you to embrace these two words: rotisserie chickens.

Not exactly take-out, not completely home-cooked—think of a well-seasoned, perfectly cooked rotisserie chicken as your ace in the hole; a kitchen assistant with an extra pair of hands to help you get delicious, home-cooked meals on the table in a flash.

Today's post ... what to do with it once you get that rotisserie chicken home! Follow these guidelines and you can easily get three great meals from one chicken. See you there ...

Love, xo m 🐔🍗🍲❣️

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A New Chapter of Money-Saving Tips, Hacks, and Ideas Thu, 04 Jun 2020 14:07:06 +0000 A New Chapter of Money-Saving Tips, Hacks, and Ideas

In preparation for today's BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, here's a little background information.

We estimate that Everyday Cheapskate enjoys at least a million readers a week—via its website, email, social media, shares, and on the pages of hundreds of print newspapers that are still alive and well across the country via Creators syndicate. Over the years you, my dear readers, have responded and gotten involved by sending me their best tips, tricks, hacks, and ideas. This has become something bigger than I can wrap my head around when I add in relationships and friendship with you.

I'm estimating that in 28 years, I've received more than 50,000 specific money- or time-saving tips, based on my attempt at weekly averages. Clearly, we have a lot of money-saving experts in our EC Family. You are amazing.

Today ushers in a new addition—we're doing the official ribbon-cutting (finally!!)

I'll be honest—we've plowed a lot of money into this endeavor, which means we're looking at a significant investment. You can help keep EC alive and solvent by inviting friends to join in (CASH prizes!). Share today's post, spread the word. And most of all, visit often and participate at your highest and best stuff.

I'm counting on you!

I've got all the details for you at the post. See you there ... xo m

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These Puppies Detect Water Leaks (and More Great Reader Tips!) Wed, 03 Jun 2020 07:01:38 +0000 These Puppies Detect Water Leaks (and More Great Reader Tips!)

My readers do come up with the greatest tips, tricks, and ideas for how to save time and money every day. Today is no exception. From water leaks to puppy poop—all the way to phone chargers, tomato paste and better space saver bags— we’re about to cover a lot of frugal ground.

I hope that today's post inspires you to share a great money-saving tip of your own with us! But whatever you do, DO NOT send it to me today. Please! Wait until you read my BIG ANNOUNCEMENT tomorrow. This is HUGE ... so much fun, and could even land some $$ in your wallet. You don't want to miss it! Curious, aren't you! Ha. I love to tease my dear readers 😂...

See you at the post. ❣️xo m

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Cheapskate Gourmet: Salad Dressings Tue, 02 Jun 2020 07:01:59 +0000 Cheapskate Gourmet: Salad Dressings

If you think eating well means eating out—home delivery, pick-up, or dining-in—you may be feeling the effects of restaurant dining your wallet as the cost of restaurant meals is now soaring in ways we've not seen before.

Yesterday, I was shocked to read the new (disposable) menu at a small local hamburger joint in our town. The same classic hamburger that was $7.95 pre-virus, is now $11.95. Will prices decline as this thing settles down? I wouldn't bet on it.

It's time for us to change our thinking and start digging in to find every realistic way imaginable that we can save time and money every day.

If I can make the leap from being a diner-in-debt to making irresistible meals at home that often taste even better than those from a restaurant—at a fraction of the cost of eating out—you can, too.

For many years ( before there was a Food Channel), I was uniquely privileged to sit under the personal tutelage of world-famous gourmet cooks the likes of Julia Child, Christopher Kimball, Martha Stewart, Martin Yan, and Jacques Pepin.

Every weekend I had standing appointments with one or more of them. They came right into my home and demonstrated unique techniques while I assumed a prone position, curled up in my favorite blanket, first-row-center in front of the television. They sparked confidence in me. From that start, my love for making great meals economically has grown.

Today, I want to share my basic recipes for what I consider to be gourmet salad dressings. So fresh and easy. Tasty, too.

See you there! Love, xo m ❣️

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