Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Waste Not, Want Not!

I love making recipes that call for fresh herbs, don't you? In the cooler by the vegetables, you can buy mint, basil and other delightful herbs. Unfortunately, I had a very big problem. I would buy the herbs, paying about $2.99 for each container. When I went to the refrigerator to get them, they were almost always bad. I hate wasting money, so I decided I would have to use dried herbs.

I went to the store one day, and started shopping. There, on the end of some of the vegetable shelves, I found the answer to my dilemma! Live plants! The best part-I can still use fresh herbs without waste!!!!

Although I live in a very small space-hey, it helps me live daily on less-but I found a special place for three plants. I now grow my own mint, basil and cilantro. When I am making something wonderful, like Bibambap, I head to the window and pick off all the mint and basil I want. What wonderful flavor the herbs add to the dish!  Each plant cost me $3.99 and I use it over and over again. Talk about saving money, increasing flavor and having greenery in the house-it is a three-in-one deal!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Saving Money on Flights

When I drive to work, I like to listen to the radio. One program I like is Kim Kamando because she offers a lot of great advice that I use to save money. As I was planning a trip to celebrate my birthday, my ears perked up when I heard her talking about saving money on flights. I memorized what she said, and now I am writing it down so you can know it, too!

First, she shared her favorite website for saving money on flights:

Then, she made these suggestions:

A) Take a mid-week flight. Wednesday is a low-fly day so tickets are cheaper.

B)  Be willing to fly early in the morning, before the night owls get ready to go. The red-eye flight will save you money.

C)  Book your flights 53-54 days in advance. That takes some long-range planning, but it can be done.

Some advice she did not give, but that I used on my flight:

1)  Pack everything into your carry-on and avoid having to pay for baggage if your airline charges for checked luggage. The great perk about this is, if the flight is very full, they will offer to check your bag for free and you don't have to worry about it.

2)  Take a smaller purse. Put the purse inside of a larger bag for your personal item.

3)  Bring your own food and drink the free drinks they offer.