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Kitchen Tools That Save Time and Money

It is a well-known fact among family and friends that I have a slight addiction to kitchen gadgets.  I love the idea of making some of the more unsavory cooking tasks more convenient, and I feel like a total boss when I’m surrounded by whirring, blinking gizmos as I hard-boil an egg or something.

Thankfully, I’ve mostly gotten over this particular addiction.  It didn’t take long to realize that many of the “time-saving” kitchen tools and appliances are typically more cumbersome than helpful.  And don’t believe any infomercial that uses the words “so easy to clean.”  It’s a lie.  It’s always a lie!

I’ve managed to trim down my counter clutter quite a bit, and now I only have a handful of specialty items that I keep in my kitchen.  Most of them get to keep their rockstar status because they make it much easier to make basic staple foods that I would otherwise have to buy or spend hours doing it entirely by hand.  If you feel overwhelmed by the prospect of scratch cooking, consider investing in some of the following gadgets and tools to save yourself some time (and money.)

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Weekly Meal Planner Printable

Meal planning is necessary if you want to maximize your grocery savings.  Successful meal planning uses many of the same ingredients in dishes throughout the week so that any perishables don’t go to waste.  You’re also less likely to pick up the phone for take-out if you already have an idea of what to make for dinner.  Having a template makes the process much easier, so I made this cute printable meal planner.  This is what I use every week for my family and it definitely helps!

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5 Free Things to Do with Your Kids

Whether you have found yourself temporarily tight on money until payday, are living from paycheck to paycheck in general, or have decided to embrace the frugal life, entertaining your kids when have no money to spare can be challenging and disheartening.  Being a parent isn’t all about glam family vacations or paid fun all day every day, of course, but when your gas tank is almost on E and you’ve the last of your couch change for a gallon of milk, you may feel like your only option is to hide away in your house rationing pennies until your next paycheck hits your bank account.  Luckily, there are lots of things for you (and your family) to do for free!

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How to Get a Free Year of Hulu

Hulu is awesome.  We don’t have cable or satellite, so Hulu is how we watch TV without actually having tv.  It’s great!  Unfortunately, it’s also one of the first things to go when we have to start cutting back on our budget.  Even though it’s a reasonable price ($7.99 a month plus taxes for the regular subscription,) it isn’t a necessity.  So imagine my excitement when I realized I could get a year of Hulu for free!  Even better, it’s super easy to do!

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