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Groceries – Where to Shop?

By Melissa Tosetti I won’t drive cross-town to save $.10 on a can of corn, but I do find it worth my time to shop at two separate stores each week for my groceries and household supplies. I start by going to Safeway to take advantage of their great sales.  I then alternate going to Costco and Trader Joe’s. There …

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Mastering Cooking Through Basic Dishes

By Kevin Gibbons Some people enjoy cooking. Some people find it no more than the necessary chore to keep their family alive. I love cooking, creating and trying new recipes, trying to copy my favorite restaurant dishes, or just thinking up new twists on classic dishes. But even I sometimes don’t have the time or inclination to dive into a …

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I Saved $55.83

By Melissa Tosetti One of the strategies for Savvy Living is to time your purchases with sales cycles as well as seasonal sales. I typically save 20% – 25% on almost all of my groceries by basing my purchases on the weekly sales which are typically on a 6 week sales cycle – anything that regularly goes on sale does …

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Take The Pantry Challenge!

By Melissa Tosetti We challenge you to find out how long you can eat using only the items already in your refrigerator, freezer and pantry (outside of purchasing fresh milk, eggs and produce). Often, we get into the mode that a well-stocked pantry needs to be static. Everything in your pantry should be consumed within three months. That is money …

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The 3 Meal Plan

By Melissa Tosetti Whether you have kids or not, back to school season is the perfect catalyst to start or get back to routine. One of the most powerful time, money and sanity saving habits to put into play is Meal Planning. I’m not talking about planning out 21 meals for a week. I’d rather stick a fork in my eye than sit down and try …

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No Matter What The Groundhog Says…

By Melissa Tosetti No matter what the groundhog says on February 2nd when he peeps out of his hole amid the media frenzy, spring officially starts on March 20th at 6:29 pm EST. That means there are seven more weeks to use as an excuse to make delicious homemade soups, stews and winter type meals using your slow cooker. There’s …