Another Way to Cut the Cheese

1. Cut a 24 ounce chunk of cheddar into four sections. Divide one section into 1 ounce sticks.

2. Shred each of the remaining sections in a food processor.

3. You end up with 3 – 6 ounce packages of shredded cheese and 6 – 1 ounce sticks. I cut once stick into chunks and put it on my salad. I paid 6.25 for the chunk of cheese. It would cost me $12.00 if I bought the cheese already shredded and a package of crumbles.

The first way I posted to cut cheese was…

“Cheese:

  1. Cut it yourself. My husband likes a slice of cheese on his sandwich at lunch. I am a salad girl and I like chunks of cheese or cheese crumbles on my salad. We prefer real cheese over cheese food. We no longer purchase packages of sliced, individually wrapped cheese. We now buy a pound of cheese. I cut the end off to make the chunk the size of a piece of bread. David slices it up for his sandwiches. I cut the end piece into cubes and  have enough for five or six cubes of cheese on my salad all week-long. Another trick is to slice the end and use two narrow pieces of cheese per sandwich. It goes a lot further.”

https://frugalfish.org/2010/09/09/saving-money-on-dairy-products/ 

One Skillet Supper

I just put a whole chicken in the oven, slathered in butter, sprinkled with Tarragon, salt and pepper, stuck on the center of a Bundt pan, on top of a cookie sheet. I like simple meals without a lot of fancy, expensive ingredients. During spring, we ache to be outside and the last thing we want to do is slave over a hot stove!

Here is another easy, meal with a only a few ingredients.

One Skillet Supper

1 lb. hamburger

6 potatoes

6 carrots

Minced onion

Salt and Pepper

In an electric skillet, layer the hamburger. Sprinkle with onion and salt and pepper.

 

 

 

Add a layer of potatoes.

 

 

 

Add a layer of carrots.

 

 

 

 

Cook on 350 for an hour. Do not remove lid or turn food over.

 

 

 

I serve it with ketchup. It is an easy meal that cooks while you play!

Frugal Decorating

I love decorating my home for holidays…not just Christmas, but Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, 4th of July, Halloween and Thanksgiving!

I put little touches all around the house. A week before the holiday, I start thinking about the decorations for the next one.

I received my April Family Circle Magazine and they featured dyed eggs. I would love to dye lots of eggs and make monogrammed eggs for place cards or even an egg garland like I saw in the magazine.

I don’t want to buy, and hard-boil, dozens of eggs; so I am doing a Frugalfish alternative…I am blowing the eggs out of the shells as I use them for cooking.

It takes a little time, and effort, but if I only do a couple as I use the eggs it is manageable. By the time I am ready to dye eggs, I will have plenty on hand.

I won’t have to worry about real eggs being left out…or accidentally being packed up with the plastic eggs…don’t ask me how I know.

St. Patrick’s Day Shelf!

Best Way Assigning Values to Items Donated to Good Will

I’m supposed to be working on my taxes…but I thought I would pause and share my discovery. Being “Frugalfish” meant for the last couple decades I have itemized deductions. Yesterday I finished recording and documenting the items I donated to “Good Will” in 2011.

There were three different options for us:

1)      Price by size of the box.

2)      Use a valuations sheet.

3)      Use itsdeductibleonline.intuit.com.

In order to document my donations, I took pictures of them, had an itemized list, (noting new items) and the receipt from Good Will.

Mr. Frugalfish and I went over the receipts and determined the size of the boxes. Using option #1, we could deduct $750.00.

He went through the itemized list, using the valuation sheet, and found the deduction to be $792.00. He noted most items as new or having a high value. I do not count them as a high value unless the tags are still on them.

I used itsdeductibleonline.intuit.com to come up with valuations. I listed 99% of the items at medium value. For the items not listed there, I went to Ebay.com and looked up the amount they were selling for. I printed off the Ebay pages as documentation should I ever be audited. Since I tend to go low on my values, I don’t worry about an audit. My total was $963.92!

The best part is…

itsdeductibleonline.intuit.com is FREE!!!

This year I am going to look up the valuations as I donate them. I know I will be getting the largest, most accurate deduction, and will not be overwhelmed come tax time next year!

Gift for Wife? Do Something on the List

It’s Christmas Eve and men are notorious for waiting until the last minute to get a gift. But what if you don’t even have an idea of what to get her?

Every wife has a “honey do” list. They are things that she wants her husband to do when he has some time. Some things stay on the list for years!

If you still have not found the perfect gift, then take the time to do one of the things on her list. Don’t make a coupon saying you will do it. Just do it!

A gift of time is more precious than a gift of money.