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6 Strategies to Help You Eat More Home Cooked Meals
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According to Value Penguin, food costs make up 30% – 40% of the average American budget. That amount probably increases the more you dine out at restaurants and order takeout. It’s no secret that dining out is expensive. Buying lunch daily during a 5-day work period can easily add up to over $1,000 for the […]

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Six Simple Steps for Cooking at Home If You’ve Never Really Done It Before
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Several years ago, I wrote a brief article on the first steps someone should take if they’re new to cooking at home. For some reason, I spent half the article outlining reasons why someone might be new to cooking at home, citing statistics about fast food and takeout use. Suffice it to say, many Americans […]

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Couples who post too much on social media always break up
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Ramit’s politically incorrect observation #394: If you’re a couple who posts too many lovey-dovey photos on Instagram… …you are going to break up. Am I the only one who thinks this?? Come on, you know what I’m talking about. One day they’re running on a beach together, drinking pina coladas with that weird intertwined arm […]

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Is an Instant Pot Really a Worthwhile Frugal Purchase?
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Over the last few years, a hybrid pressure cooker and slow cooker called the Instant Pot has become quite popular in some circles and, as a result, many people have written to me asking for my thoughts on it. I’ve given some brief thoughts on it in the past, but I wanted to spell out […]

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The Power of the Spice Rack: How Simple Spices, Aromatics, and Other Simple Additions Can Transform Bland Staples Into Amazing Foods
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I am a huge advocate for making low cost meals at home. It’s been one of our biggest money savers over the past several years, trimming our cost per meal for our family well below $1 per meal, which means we can feed a family of five for about $400-450 per month, and we do […]

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12 Ways to Use Spring Break to Tidy Up Your Financial Life
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In the coming month, many Americans of all ages – not just children – are going to be enjoying spring break. Students, teachers, school employees, college employees, and many others will enjoy a partial or full week away from the regular demands of their life to recharge and pursue other projects. In my own family, […]

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Here’s What Our $150-a-Week Grocery Budget and Meal Plan Looks Like in Real Life
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When my husband and I got serious about our finances years ago, our food spending was out of control. We were just two people and a baby at the time, yet we were inhaling $1,000 in food each month – and sometimes more. One fix for our food spending woes was simple: We were dining out […]

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13 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Rotisserie Chicken
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Whether you ran out of time to make dinner, have a hankering for barbecued meat, or simply don’t want to cook, a rotisserie chicken could be the lifeline you’re looking for. With these skewered delights, you get a main course that’s smoking hot and ready to eat without having to do any cooking yourself. Costco’s rotisserie […]

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Questions About Financial Coaching, Letterboxing, Bag Dumps, and More!
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What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Certifications and financial coaching 2. Selling valuable items through mail 3. Starting college advice 4. Thinking of quitting my job 5. Restaurant bloat […]

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Meal Prep Day! Simple Rice and Beans
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I often talk about how I enjoy preparing meals in advance by making a bunch of duplicate meals at once, popping them in the freezer in a state that’s almost ready to eat, and then pulling them out when needed, merely reheating and then eating them. For many people, the idea of preparing a bunch […]

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Twelve Strategies for a Successful “Meal Prep Day”
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One common strategy for saving money on food that shows up in a lot of frugality books and on many frugality websites is the idea of a “meal prep day,” sometimes simply called “meal prep Sunday” because people often use a Sunday to do it. On that day, the idea is that you’ll do all […]

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