Saturday, January 17, 2009

Thrifty Thoughts


This week I found better deals at retail stores than thrift. I got four long-sleeved Gap shirts for Joe, which he happily modeled for me. I paid $1.97-$2.97 at the outlet store. I guess this is a good time to check out those winter clearance sales.


On to money-saving in the kitchen. I may be the last person to have figured this out, but just in case someone else is in the dark about this, too, I'll share a little tip I discovered about three years ago. Over the years countless green peppers have died a slow and moldy death in my refrigerator and I've wasted money on unused onions. A nice lady from church enlightened me about freezing chopped peppers and onions. Now I buy when green peppers are on sale, pull out my trusty food processor, and chop and freeze them. It's so nice to not only save the peppers and onions from the trash can, but to also avoid chopping stuff every time I need it. (Food processor: $15 at a garage sale, only used a couple of times. My friend Kim saw it and gave me a call. Network your garage sale efforts!)

4 comments:

Liz said...

You know, some of the veggie companies make bags of frozen chopped onions as well. I buy the bag for less than $2. It saves me the effort of chopping the onions myself (I have super sensitive eyes & even mild onions make me "cry" when I chop them). Each bag holds about 2.5 onions. It is a little more expensive but it's worth it to me.

cristina said...

I also preserve my fresh herbs by cleaning them, adding Kosher salt and keeping them in the fridge. They last FOREVER. :)

Candice said...

Oooh. I like the herb idea.

Candice said...

Liz: I know we always have to weigh what's more valuable in each situation, time or money?