70 Foods You Can Freeze or That Don’t Freeze Well

70 foods you can freeze or that don't freeze wellThere are many good reasons to freeze foods. First, freezing food can save you money. After you grocery shop and purchase items in bulk or stock up on extra food items, freeze the items you won’t use right away so it doesn’t go to waste and you have to throw it away.

Second, it’s convenient to have a freezer full of food that you can grab for meals. Plus, it saves you from making unnecessary trips to the grocery store where you would probably spend more money.

And third, it saves you time. If you cook and prepare food in advance, you can freeze meals and snacks to pull out on busy days.

 

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Before listing all of the foods you can freeze or the foods that don’t freeze well, here are food tips on how to flash freeze foods, how to prevent freezer burn and labeling food before you place it in the freezer.

 

HOW TO FLASH FREEZE FOOD:

With a bunch of food items below that you can freeze, I suggest flash freezing the food first if you don’t want pieces to clump together during the freezing process. Before flash freezing fruits or vegetables, first wash them and pat them dry. Then flash freeze foods by placing individual pieces of food separately on a baking sheet or tray and putting the tray in the freezer for 1-3 hours until the pieces are frozen. Once this is done, you’ll remove the frozen pieces from the tray and place them in resealable freezer bags, then label and put the bags in the freezer. If food will be in the freezer for a longer period of time, then wrap it with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and put it in the freezer bags.

 

HOW TO PREVENT FREEZER BURN:

To prevent freezer burn, you’ll want to minimize the food’s exposure to air by using freezer bags or containers. Make sure to push out any excess air from the freezer bags before sealing them. If you are freezing baked goods or meats, wrap them in aluminum foil twice and then place them in freezer bags. To freeze casseroles, read this tip here so you don’t have to put your good casserole dishes in the freezer for months or use aluminum baking tins. Wrapping and storing food correctly will prevent freezer burn.

 

LABEL ALL FOOD:

Be sure to label any freezer bag or container you place in the freezer with the name of the item, the date, quantity of food if applicable (for example, 2 cups of shredded chicken), and any cooking instructions. You might think you’ll remember what’s in the bag or container, but once it’s frozen it looks different and it is hard to tell what it is. Trust me, just label everything.

 

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Here are 70 foods you can freeze or that don’t freeze well:

 

FOODS YOU CAN FREEZE:

Bacon Bits — Freeze homemade bacon bits that you can later use to sprinkle on top of baked potatoes or in soups.

Bananas — When bananas become overly ripe don’t throw them out. Peel and put them into a freezer bag, then label and freeze. You can use them for banana bread, muffins or smoothies.

Berries — Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries can make delicious smoothies or can be used in baked goods like muffins. Flash freeze the berries first so they don’t clump together during the freezing process (see above how to flash freeze food).

Bread – Buy extra loaves of bread on sale and freeze them. If you make homemade bread, slice it first before freezing.

Sweet Breads — Freeze loafs of sweet breads such as banana bread or zucchini bread. To freeze sweet breads, wrap them in plastic wrap and then a heavy tinfoil and put them in a freezer bag.

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How to Save Money Purchasing Meat in Bulk

How to Save Money Purchasing Meat in BulkOne way to save money on meat is to purchase it in bulk when it’s on sale. Savory Butcher sells fresh, high-quality meats by the case in bulk at affordable prices, and they deliver the meat straight to where you live. The meat comes directly from the farm in refrigerated trailers and into the trunk of your vehicle. By buying meat in bulk, it brings the prices down 30-50% less than the price of meat at the grocery store.

For those of you who want to try Savory Butcher, you can get $5 off your first order by clicking the link here.

You can reserve a case of meat from Savory Butcher for just $10, which is then applied to your full balance. Choose from chicken breasts, organic chicken, chicken thighs, bacon, ground beef, beef box, steak box, and smoked ham. All of these come in bulk cases, which saves us money because we are buying in bulk.

Bonesless Skinless Chicken Breasts Savory Butcher

Savory Butcher Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

One of the products I order regularly is the chicken. Savory Butcher has fresh boneless chicken breasts that are untrimmed for $1.79 lb. That’s a great deal! Recently, I ordered the fresh trimmed boneless chicken breasts for $1.99 lb (right now its $2.19 lb) because the chicken comes fully trimmed and ready for me to place into freezer bags or to make meals. This saves me time because I’m not trimming the fat off the chicken. However, if you want to save money, then definitely order the untrimmed chicken breasts. Both are high-quality meats.

 

Savory Butcher How It Works

I recorded a video to show the process of how Savory Butcher works and how easy it is to use. Check out the video below.

 

 

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Here is how Savory Butcher works:

  • First, head over to Savory Butcher’s site and choose the location that is closest to you where the refrigerated trailer will be delivering the meat. They are expanding to more areas, so check if they deliver to an area near you. If they aren’t delivering in your area then become a community leader to get Savory Butcher out where you live.
  • Next “Reserve” the meat product you want to purchase and add any other meats you want to your cart.
  • Then checkout. Your case of meat will be reserved for $10, which is then applied to your full balance.
  • Drive to the location you chose on the specific date and time listed to pick up your meat. When you drive up to the refrigerated trailer, they will put the meat directly into the trunk of your vehicle for you.
  • The meat comes in bulk cases. Ordering in bulk is a great way to save money on meat. If you feel a case of meat is too much for your family, then go in on this deal with a family or friend, and split up the meat between both of you.

 

What ways do you save money when purchasing meat?

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How to Use a Cash Envelope System & How Our Family Budgets

Cash Envelopes

 

Holding cash in an envelope

Using cash is an important part of controlling your spending. It’s not only a system for people trying to get out of debt, but it’s also for everyone because it really makes you think more about your spending.

A cash budget never lets you overspend because once the money is gone, it’s gone. In order to make this work, stop using credit cards and stash the credit cards where it’s hard to get to them. You could also place your credit cards in a Ziploc bag and freeze them in water.

 

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WHAT IS THE CASH ENVELOPE SYSTEM?

The cash envelope system divides your spending into small categories or budgets. And each category has its own envelope to help you manage your money better and help you intentionally think about how you’re spending your money. Having to hand cash to a cashier really does make you think twice about impulse buys. And setting aside money in an envelope for larger expenses helps relieve the burden when the bill comes due.

To begin using a cash envelope system, start by making a list of all your expenses and then decide which categories to make cash only. With your monthly bills, you can continue to have those deducted from your bank account. Here is a list of cash only categories you could have:

  • Groceries
  • Clothing
  • Eating Out
  • Entertainment
  • Hair Cuts/ Beauty
  • Doctor and Dentist Visits/Medicine
  • Miscellaneous Spending
  • Home Repairs
  • Vacations
  • Christmas
  • Car Insurance/Other Insurance

 

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HOW MUCH CASH TO TAKE OUT?

In order to determine how much cash you need to take out of each paycheck, take the total monthly amount for each category and divide it by two if you get paid every two weeks or divide it by four weeks if you get paid weekly. For instance, we have a monthly grocery budget of $400, and we get paid twice a month. If I divide $400 by two that’s $200 that we take out per pay check to use on groceries.

Additionally, break the cash down into weekly spending. For instance, if I pull $200 from each paycheck for two weeks of groceries and if I were to go to the store weekly, then I would only allot myself $100 per week to spend at the grocery store. That way I still have money to spend on groceries each week and I won’t come up short.

Here is another example. If your car insurance is $700 per year and you only receive the bill once a year, then in order to determine how much money to take out each paycheck, divide $700 by 12 months, which comes out to be about $58 per month. If you get paid twice a month, then you divide the $58 by two, which means you need to take out $29 per paycheck and set it aside in an envelope or bank account so you have the money to pay for car insurance when it comes due.

Once you decide the categories and determine how much cash will go into each envelope, then go to the bank and withdraw the cash each time you deposit your paycheck. Then place the cash in each category envelope. I don’t use anything fancy, just some blank envelopes that are located by my desk, and I write the category on the outside of the envelope.

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Dish Towel & Wash Cloth Neighbor Christmas Gift Idea

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Every year, we do small Christmas gifts for neighbors and friends who live close by. Last year, we saw this cute idea of a dish towel and wash cloth that made us smile and decided to do it as our neighbor Christmas gift. It’s simple to do,thoughtful, and doesn’t cost a lot of money. I picked up the items at a dollar store. Here’s what to do:

 

Holiday Dish Towel

Choose a regular or holiday dish towel from the dollar store.

 

 

holiday wash cloth inexpensive

Then choose a wash cloth. I picked them up at a dollar store, and they came in a pack of 10 for $1.

 

hand towel inexpensive neighbor christmas gift

Fold both the hand towel and wash cloth together. Create or purchase printable tags that you can add the following saying:

“We wanted to get you something big this year, so here’s a “washer” and “dryer”. Happy holidays!”

I just used red paper for the tag and printed six on one page. Then I hole punched the tag and tied it all together with ribbon. That’s it! Really easy!

 

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7 Video Tips to Save Money Now for Christmas

7 Tips to Save Money Now for ChristmasThe holidays are coming up quickly, and I want to share with you tips to save money for Christmas because the last thing we want is to have credit card bills that need paid off in January because that is a financial stress. It’s unfortunate that a lot of people have credit card bills from shopping during the holidays, so watch the video below to get 7 tips to save money for Christmas that have helped our family so we aren’t paying off Christmas items after the holidays. If you start now, you can save money to help pay for Christmas.

 

 

 

If you can’t see the YouTube video, head over to my channel here, and be sure to subscribe. And for those of you who like to read the post instead of watch the video, here are the 7 tips to save money now for Christmas.

1. Set a budget
Determine how much money you are going to spend on Christmas, and set a budget. To figure out how much you’ll spend, look back and calculate how much you spent last Christmas. That should give you an idea of what you think you’ll spend this year. It might also help you realize that you spent more than you planned and that you need to cut back on some Christmas items or presents this year. But when setting a budget, be sure not to set it too tight because it’s nice to have a little wiggle room for last minute purchases. And don’t forget to include in your budget the extras such stocking stuffers, Christmas cards, and holiday home decorations.

2. Begin Saving Now
After you’ve determined how much you think you’ll need, then break it down into how much you need to set aside each month to reach that goal. If it seems like there is no way you can set aside that much money each month, especially since the holidays are in a few months, then at least set aside something. You’ll have some money saved that will help out toward some of the holiday purchases for this year. You may also want to re-evaluate the amount and price of gifts you are purchasing for others. And look to see if there are areas in your holiday shopping that you could cut back on so you have enough money for the most important purchases.

Last year, I made it a point to set aside $50 every month for the entire year and place it into a “Christmas” envelope. There were some months that were tight and we had extra bills to pay, so I wasn’t able to put aside money each month, but by the end of the year, we were able to save $500 for our Christmas fund. It was nice to be able to pay for our Christmas items as we purchased them. And what’s even better is that with the money we didn’t spend, we put it toward our goals of paying down our mortgage and increasing our savings.

I realize this year you might not be able to save as much as you want, but save what you can now, then starting January try out the Christmas envelope budgeting technique so you can get a head start on next year’s Christmas.

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Tips on Using Walmart Grocery Pickup + $10 Off Your First Order

Walmart Grocery Pickup Tips

Walmart Grocery Pickup is a way for you to order groceries online from Walmart and to schedule a time to pick them up curbside without ever having to leave your car. Walmart does the shopping and loads your car for free.

If you haven’t used the Walmart Grocery Pickup yet, head over here to get $10 off your first online purchase at Walmart Grocery.

I used the Walmart Grocery Pickup and am sharing with you a video of how it works and some tips when using the pickup service. Watch the video below or head over to my YouTube channel to see it. And please comment below with your tips when using a grocery pickup service.

Tips on Using Walmart Grocery Pickup

 

 

 

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6 Tips How to Successfully Meal Plan

6 Tips How to Successfully Meal Plan

As we move into routines again now that the kids are back in school, it’s time to get back to meal planning, especially with how busy life can be. By planning meals it makes it easier to know “What’s for Dinner?” every night.  I’m sharing a video today of some simple things I do in advance to make meal time run smoothly and not be stressful. Check out the video below with 6 tips to make meal planning successful and make it easier on you every night.

 

 

 

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And for those of you who would rather read the 6 tips how to meal plan, here they are below.

6 tips how to meal plan

1. Create a Menu
Creating weekly meal plans can be simple, and most of us have at least 10 favorite meals that we cook every few weeks. I repeat our favorite meals regularly, but I also try to add in a new recipe or two each week or bring back a recipe that I haven’t made in a while. When I create a menu, I take about 15 minutes and plan two weeks of meals at a time, write down on a paper what meals I want to cook and hang it on the side of my refrigerator. This system works for me.

If you want to take it a step further, you can specify which day you want to make each meal. Some people like Meal Planners such as these Dry Erase Meal Planners here to help them stay organized with their meal planning. Because my days vary with how busy I am or what I feel like cooking or eating that day, I don’t assign days to my meals. I like to know my meals are planned but I like flexibility with which days I cook those meals.

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8 Tips How to Plan Family Vacations on a Budget

How to plan family vacations on a budgetSummer is approaching and most of us are looking forward to planning and going on family vacations. And while summer is a good time to travel since the kids are out of school, it can also be an expensive time to travel with prices going up during this time. Even though prices may be higher, an enjoyable vacation doesn’t have to be expensive. You can plan fun and inexpensive family vacations on a budget. Some of our children’s most fun vacations are the simple ones like camping, swimming, hiking or going to the beach.

Here are 8 tips for planning and budgeting for family vacations:

 

1.  Research Vacation Places & Costs

Decide on your top 5-10 places you want to vacation then begin to research how much it will cost to visit to each place. Do research online and make phone calls to ask questions. Then add up all of the expenses and figure out how much money an entire trip will cost to each of your vacation spots. The expenses should include travel, housing, food, rental cars, gas, souvenirs and entertainment. You will then need to decide how much you can realistically afford to spend on a vacation and how much you are willing to spend on a vacation.

You can do fun vacations, even if it’s on a small budget. If you can’t afford a vacation this year, that’s okay. A vacation isn’t a need, it’s a want. You can still have a great summer without going into more debt. And you can start setting aside money for an upcoming vacation you want to take.

A few years ago our family decided that we really wanted to go to Disneyland. We researched how much it would cost, and then we began to plan and save for it. It took us about two years to save for it, and we were finally able to go. It turned out to be so much fun! Our kids still talk about it today. You can head over here to read all about our experience, how much money we spent, and how we were able to vacation at Disneyland on a Budget.

 

2. Start Saving

I highly recommend that you don’t go on a vacation until you’ve saved up money for it. Once you’ve determined which vacation spot you want to go to, and you researched how much money it will cost, figure out how much money you need to save each month to have the necessary funds for your trip. For instance, if your trip will cost $2,000 and you can afford to set aside $100 a month, then it will take 20 months until you’ve saved enough money. Sometimes it takes time to save up enough money, but it’s worth it to not go in debt and have that stress of paying off your vacation on top of all your other expenses.

how to budget for a family vacation

For our family when we decided that we wanted to take a family vacation to Disneyland, we made it a family goal to save together. We helped our kids create Disneyland savings jars (above photo), and they did extra chores around the house to save money for Disneyland. They also had a lemonade stand and sold baked goods. The money earned went into their Disneyland savings jars. They were so excited to save that they would regularly ask us how they could earn money to go to Disneyland. Be sure to check out these 13 Tips to Help Children Save Money.

As a family, we also looked for additional ways to save money such as not eating out one week and putting that money towards the vacation or not buying clothes at the store that we didn’t need. And we looked around our house and sold items that we didn’t need and weren’t using anymore. Make sure to get the whole family involved in saving for the vacation. And as you save money, place your money in a special trip bank account or envelope.

As you get closer to your savings goal and prior to booking your vacation, search online for deals and call around to see if there are any special rates. This can save you money and may change how much money you need to actually save up for the vacation.

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DIY Homemade Hair Detangler

DIY 2 ingredient homemade hair detanglerAs a mother of two girls, I’m constantly trying to brush tangles out of my girls’ hair every day. And many times they’ll say “ouch that hurts” as I’m brushing their hair. I want to cut my oldest daughter’s hair so it’s closer to her shoulders and easier to brush, but she said that she wants to grow out her hair so she can donate it to Locks of Love. I can’t argue with that, so we just deal with the tangly hair each day.

Recently when I went to a salon to get my hair cut, my stylist and I were discussing tangly hair. She told me about a hair detangling brush that works really well. I want to try this hair detangling brush here. However, I decided to first do some research online about how to make a homemade hair detangler, and I found that I only needed two ingredients. It’s so easy and inexpensive to make! I can’t believe that I didn’t do it sooner. And I’m saving money by not going out and buying hair detangler at the store. The complete directions to the DIY Homemade Hair Detangler is below:

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4-Step Process How to Clean a Curling Iron

How to Clean a Curling IronI just absolutely love my Hot Tools Curling Iron! It keeps my hair curled all day. I’ve learned that if you want curls to last longer, then you should invest in a good curling iron. Good curling irons may be more expensive, but they damage your hair less, they heat up better so you apply heat for a shorter period of time, and they will last you a very long time. This Hot Tools Curling Iron works great and has been a good curling iron. Of course always remember that before you curl your hair be sure to apply heat protectant first.

Since I invested in a good curling iron, I want to keep it for a long time, and the way to make it last a long time is to clean it and take care of it. For a while now I’ve needed to clean my curling iron because it has hair product build up on it. Finally I’m now getting around to doing it. After researching how to clean a curling iron, I found an inexpensive way to clean the curling iron that is really effective. And now my curling iron looks like new again! Check out the photos below.

Curling Iron

 

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Here is what you’ll need:

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