Archive for September, 2008
Whenever I buy new clothes for myself, I cut off the price tag/store tag and set it on my dresser and leave it there until I have worn the item and am sure I want to keep it. If I end up not liking the item, I know where the tag is, which makes it easier to return. (I also keep all of my receipts too, which some stores do not accept returns without a receipt.) And it beats looking through the trash for the tag.
Some shopping deals this week:
Rite-Aid at Sisterly Savings
Walgreens at Deal Seeking Mom
CVS at Coupon Cravings
Wal-Mart at The Centsible Sawyer
Giant (PA) at Moms Need to Know
8 Extreme Ways to Save Some Scratch is an article I found at MSN.com this morning. The article includes several links to other articles and blogs. I thought the No-Spend Month suggestion was interesting, but I think it would be very hard to do. Of course, saving money is not usually easy.
Nancy’s Spaghetti Sauce is a recipe that is part of my meal plan for this week. I needed 3 cups of chopped tomatoes for the recipe. Unfortunately, my two tomato plants are not doing well. Almost all of the few tomatoes it has yielded were either rotten or splitting apart. I discovered a nearby produce stand with good prices and have been buying tomatoes there, as well as other vegetables. (Recently I made canned salsa and canned tomato soup from the tomatoes purchased from this stand.)
I wanted to freeze some tomatoes to use in recipes during the winter. Last year I froze at least 3 gallon size freezer bags full of tomatoes, that came from my two tomato plants. Since my plants this year and not working out well, I decided just to buy some tomatoes to freeze.
So I picked up 1/2 bushel of tomatoes this week to use for my spaghetti sauce and to freeze. A lot of the tomatoes were bad, so I threw those into the trash. (I paid $3 for the tomatoes, and knew I could afford to throw quite a few away and still get my money’s worth.)
I measured out 3 cups of chopped tomatoes for the sauce and set them aside. Then I washed and cored 9 tomatoes and put them into a gallon size freezer bag. To make my life a little easier in the winter, I decided to chop the rest of the tomatoes and freeze then in quart size bags, so they will thaw faster.
For fun, I mixed up a batch of fresh salsa for my husband. The recipe I used was from Simply in Season – Fresh Summer Salsa, page 163. I can’t tell you if it was good or not, I do not like salsa. And I am not sure if my husband tried it yet…hopefully he will soon,
The tomatoes were not too much work, and it was definitely worth the short amount of time I spent on them. This will save me a lot of money too. I got a lot out of my $3 worth of tomatoes. The lowest price my grocery store usually sells tomatoes for is $.99/lb – so I would not get many tomatoes for $3 there.
I plan to use my frozen tomatoes for stewed tomatoes and soups. Do you ever use frozen tomatoes in recipes?
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