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By Melissa Tosetti

I don't know about you, but I have a dozen hard-boiled Easter eggs in my refrigerator waiting to be reincarnated into egg salad sandwiches - one of my family's favorite meals. 
 
However, if you're looking for ideas beyond deviled eggs or egg salad sandwiches, check this out: Recipes for Leftover Hard Boiled Eggs
 
If you're more worried about what to do with that leftover ham, try a few of these ideas: Ham Leftovers
 
As for those Passover leftovers, check out: Passover Leftovers Recipes.
 
By implementing your holiday leftovers into this week's meals, you can greatly reduce your grocery bill and focus that savings on something much more fun than groceries. 

Photo from Delish.com

 

 
Groceries To Buy This Week PDF Print E-mail
By Melissa Tosetti
 
With Passover beginning this week and Easter on Sunday, grocery stores are offering fantastic sales for those celebratory meals. Items to keep an eye out for include:
  • Ham – Pick up an extra one and throw it in your freezer. Defrost it in July for ham sandwiches, Denver omelets and more.
  • Baking Items – You likely won’t find better prices on baking items until Thanksgiving so stock up! 
  • Butter - Butter freezes well so don't worry about it spoiling.
  • Canned Vegetables - Just remember to only buy what you'll use.
  • Soda - Because soda companies will take advantage of any opportunity to promote their products.
  • Wine - It's possible your favorite bottles will be on sale.  It's worth taking a look.
By the way, if you're dyeing Easter eggs this weekend, you may want to pick up your egg dye sooner rather than later.  I tried to pick up a box on Sunday but our Safeway was already sold out.  Tried our Target on Monday and they were sold out too.  Paul was finally able to get a box at CVS today. 

 

 
Grocery Delivery - Worth It? PDF Print E-mail
By Melissa Tosetti
 
One of the key habits of Savvy Living is getting to the grocery store on a weekly basis. 
 
But what if you're schedule is so irregular that it's impossible to put on your calendar, or you absolutely hate going to the grocery store?  If either scenario applies to you, it may be worth  having your groceries delivered. 
 
Two years ago I worked with a wonderful family who was spending $1,500 a month on food, between groceries and dining out.  As a whole, the family was incredibly busy and more often than not, they found themselves getting take out and not really enjoying those meals.  On top of their schedule, the issue with the grocery store was that the mom absolutely hated going. She had no strategy while she was there and would get overwhelmed by the process.
 
In their case, it was well worth the $17 fee to have their groceries delivered. 
 
But, before they just started buying a bunch of groceries online, it was crucial to give them a strategy.  That strategy started with the mom taking her laptop into the kitchen every Thursday night.  Her three children would then help her inventory their grocery staples.  She made a list of everything that needed to be replenished.  The family then decided what 3 - 4 dinners (planning for leftovers) they would like to have the following week.  She included the ingredients she would need for those meals on her list.  She would then place her order that night and on Saturday morning, the groceries would be delivered. 
 
This simple habit, that took 10 - 15 minutes on a Thursday night, ended up saving them $700 a month!  In their case, the delivery fee more than paid for itself.  It not only saved them money, but it saved them hours in their week of multiple trips to the grocery store for forgotten items as well as standing in line for take out.
 
This morning I ran across an article on the Advantages of Online Grocery Shopping.  Written by Lisa Aberle, it's an interesting perspective as she lives 28 miles from the nearest grocery store and doesn't have the advantage of online grocery shopping from a local store.  She experimented with Amazon Prime and came to her own conclusions about the resource.  The article is worth reading as are the 39+ comments left by her readers. 
 
 
 
It's Time For A Pantry Challenge PDF Print E-mail

Traditionally, the Super Bowl is the last of the big winter parties.  That makes today the perfect day to start a Pantry Challenge.  

By taking on the Pantry Challenge, you see how long you can eat using only the food you already have in your kitchen - with the exception of purchasing fresh products like milk, eggs and produce. 
 
The Pantry Challenge, which we do quarterly, was started as a way to encourage you to rotate through everything in your pantry and freezer within a three month period. The food in your kitchen should be consumed. Often, we get into the mode that a well-stocked pantry needs to be static. If you see an item sitting there for three months, either eat it or donate it to a shelter and don’t buy it again.

In addition to saving money, an added benefit of the pantry challenge is that it forces you to get creative. You’ll look at canned soup and dried pasta a little differently as you figure out how to make a meal from what you have on hand. Over the years I’ve received feedback from readers who have come up with new family favorites based on the need to get imaginative during the Challenge.

The longest any Savvy Life reader has gone without having to buy groceries (outside of milk, eggs and fresh produce) was three months!
 
Let me know how your Pantry Challenge goes. Drop me an email at 
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Note: The Challenge does not include the food in your emergency kit. You should always have enough non-perishable food and water set aside to sustain you for 3 – 7 days. Keep your emergency food and water supply in a waterproof bin along with your other emergency items.

 
Save Money, Time & Calories PDF Print E-mail

Slow cookers were made for cold, busy December days. Endless to-do lists and crazy holiday traffic turn the idea of making dinner when you get home into a Herculean effort!  No wonder we tend to go out to eat more the last month of the year.  But going out to eat takes time and effort as well.  It also takes money that you'd probably rather spend on something more important than grabbing lunch or dinner on the go.

If you don't already have one, pick up a slow cooker the next time you're at Macy's or Target - or order one online.  This 6 quart slow cooker by Crock-Pot is programmable.  Place your ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning before work and set the timer.  Walk in the door after work and be greeted by the smell of dinner which is ready to go. 

As for recipes, our go-to website for slow cooker meal ideas is A Year of Slow Cooking

Save time, money and calories this December by getting that slow cooker to work for you. Every kitchen should have one! 

$48.33

 

 
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