Find out how to save on Entertainment,Utilities & Eating Healthy??
I personally use whole food which means food that is not being processed. Things like fruits, vegetables, brown rice, whole wheat, and whole grains. So, I am not a professional cook, but I can give you some ideas what to cook.
For example, I make a baked spaghetti, which I used whole wheat pasta, and used glassed pasta sauce, also place some peppers and onions, to increase the vegetable amount, and place shredded cheese on top. You first cook the pasta, let the pasta be little firm, and mix the pasta and sauce, in a bowl, and add your choice of vegetables. Place into a casserole dish, and place 2 cups cheese on top, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. This makes an inexpensive meal, easy to cook, and I cook enough to last for a week to the next few days. I usually cook once or twice a week. This cut down on the utility cost and saves even more time and money. I also recommend shopping at a discount grocery store, like Aldi or Save-A-Lot.
I also make a brown rice dish, where I used 4 cups of brown uncooked (less if you do not have more people), cook the brown rice, use the small amount of salt. You can use either 2 can of cream celery soup or place 2 jars of salsa, once again place additional vegetables if you use the cream of celery soup, I place frozen mixed vegetables, I would use one can of black beans which is a good source of protein. Place in a bowl, and add your choice of vegetables and mix the content together. Place into a casserole dish, and place 2 cups cheese on top, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. You can place meat of choice if would like for additional flavor.
Another great idea is using unfrozen whole chicken, can be placed in a crockpot and cooked with just adding some salt and pepper, or any other spices you would enjoy. I know that chicken breast is better for you, but if money is tight, this is a great way to save cost too. If we take the health benefits compared to processed food, this is much better for your health. There is always the local library or the web for cost-effective healthy cooking ideas.
When it comes to saving on utilities, you can go from a variable rate for gas or electric power and can be converted to a fixed rate, it depends on your area, but in some cases, you can save up to 20%. www.aepretailenergy.com, www.whitefence.com, www.igsenergy.com
Now to save on cable, you have to give up your cable. And go with a hybrid system of off the air channels and internet services like Hulu Plus or Netflix. In my case, I was able to save 83.07 per month. By using the Tivo, which is a DVR and media player in one which has a service fee of $15.00 per month. Now if you do not need the DVR, you can get the Roku, or Fire-stick by Amazon which has no monthly service charge, except for the Hulu Plus and Netflix. For this system, you will need to use internet provider, the only way to save on the internet is to keep changing your carrier when a new promotional rate is being offered. Another idea is to share your wi-fi signal with some lives near you. You can agree to pay part of their bill in exchanged letting you use their service and their access code.
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