Two Frugal Gals Top 10

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It’s always fun to look back to see which recipes and Money Saving post on Two Frugal Gals were most popular in terms of traffic in 2013.  Here is this year’s top 10 most read posts in 2013.  If you haven’t read them, be sure to check them out.  And while you are at it, feel free to save them to Pinterest!

Dessert in Crockpot
Copycat Chick-Fil-A Cookies
Home Made Body Wash
Easy, Cheesy Spaghetti Casserole
Copycat Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound Cake
Chicken and Noodles over Mashed Potatoes
Homemade Pasta Sauce
Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
Grocery Price List
How to Save Money

Kroger Mega Event

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If you have a Kroger in your area, this week is a great time to stock up on  a few staples!  Check out our Kroger Mega Event tips!  page and get your savings on!  I saved 55% on this shopping trip! We  would love to hear about your savings too!

27 Ways To Make Your Groceries Last As Long As Possible

I love cooking but I tend to get very frustrated when I try to cook and my fresh foods turn bad quicker than I can use them.  I found these great tips that will hopefully make life more frugal.  Thanks BuzzFeed Food for this great info!

1. Onions stored in pantyhose will last as long as 8 months.  Put onions in pantyhose, and tie knots between onion. Source: seriouseats.com

2. Freeze green onions in a plastic bottle. Make sure the green onions are completely dry before storing or they’ll get freezer burn.  Source: unchinabox.net

3. Get ethleneethlylene gas absorbers for the fridge.  A set of 3 costs $16. These little pods absorb the ethylene emitted by fruits and vegetables to keep them fresh up to 3x longer. Here’s a handy list of ethylene-producing and ethylene-sensitive foods. Source: savvysugar.com

4. Store delicate herbs like flowers, then cover with plastic, secure with a rubberband, and refrigerate. This is the best way to keep delicate herbs like parsley, basil, cilantro, and chives fresh the longest.

5. Treat oily herbs differently.  Oily herbs like thyme can be tied loosely together with string and hung in the open air.

6. If you use a lot of fresh herbs…Invest in an Herb Savor. Supposedly, it’ll make your herbs last up to three weeks.  Source: amazon.com

7. Use a vinegar solution to make your berries last longer.  Prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider) and ten parts water. Swirl the berries around in the mixture, drain, rinse, and put them in the fridge. The solution is diluted enough that you won’t taste the vinegar. Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft.  Source: passionforsavings.com

8. Spray leftover guacamole with cooking spray before putting it back in the fridge.  There are a number of ways to keep avocado green, and oil is one of them. You should also keep the pit in the guacamole.  Source: onegoodthingbyjillee.com

9. Don’t store onions with potatoes.  They’ll spoil faster. In a cool dry place with good air circulation, onions will last 2-3 months. Source: thevspotblog.com

10. Store potatoes with apples to keep them from sprouting.  Source: homesteadsurvival.blogspot.com

11. One rotten apple can spoil the bunch.  It’s not just an old wives’ tale. Source: thedailymeal.com

12. Add a dab of butter to the cut side of cheese to keep it from drying out.  Source: thedailymeal.com

13. More cheese rules: Wrap in cheese paper or wax paper (NOT plastic wrap) and then place in a plastic baggie. Keep in the warmest part of the fridge (vegetable or cheese drawer).  Source: thekitchn.com

14. Freeze and preserve fresh herbs in olive oil.

The herbs will infuse the oil while freezing, and the ice cubes are very handy for cooking: just pop one out and use as the base of a dish. Works best with rosemary, sage, thyme, and oregano. Dill, basil, and mint should always be used fresh.  Source: thekitchn.com

15. Follow these rules on where to place items within your fridge:  Source: squawkfox.com

Follow these rules on where to place items within your fridge:

16. Store asparagus like cut flowers.

Sort of. Cut the stems, place in water, throw a plastic bag over ‘em and refrigerate. They’ll stay crisp for a week or longer, and you can use this trick on cilantro and parsley as well. See here for more details.  Source: alwaysorderdessert.com

17. Wrap the crown of a bunch of bananas with plastic wrap.

They’ll keep for 3-5 days longer than usual, which is especially helpful if you eat organic bananas. Bananas also produce more ethelyne gas than any other fruit, so keep them isolated on the counter.  Source: snapguide.com

18. This trick using a paper towel will keep your salad lettuce fresh all week long.  The paper towel will absorb the moisture. Get more info here.

Also, you might want to invest in a salad spinner. It’ll get rid of moisture, which is the culprit of wilting leaves.  Source: img.gawkerassets.com

19. Wrap celery, broccoli, and lettuce in tin foil before storing in the fridge.  It’ll stay crisp for 4 weeks or more.  Source: reparetodaywardnewsletter.blogspot.com

20. Mason jars are your friend.

They provide a healthier and longer-lasting alternative to plastic tupperware, which deteriorates and stains easily. Produce will keep a few days longer if stored in a jar.  Source: easyst2.blogspot.com

21. Clean your fridge.  Once something goes bad in your fridge or cupboards, it leaves behind a nice gang of mold ready to eat up your new food. Disinfect the fridge — it’ll make everything last a little longer.  Source: google.com

22. How to store tomatoes: Don’t store tomatoes in plastic bags! The trapped ethylene will make them ripen faster.  Unripe tomatoes should be kept stem side down, in a paper bag or single layer in a cardboard box in a cool area until they turn red in color. To ripen faster, store with fruit. The gases emitted will help ripen the tomatoes.  Perfectly ripe tomatoes should be kept at room temperature, on the counter away from sunlight, in a single layer, not touching one another, stem side up.  Overly ripe tomatoes should be put in the fridge, but let them come to room temperature before eating them.  via Yumsugar.

23. Reuse plastic bottles to close up your plastic bags.  Make sure your produce is absolutely dry before putting the cap on.  Source: media-cache-ec4.pinterest.com

24. Keep ginger in the freezer. It grates much more easily, and the peel grates up so fine that you don’t actually need to peel it. Plus it lasts way longer.  Source: lowcarbdiets.about.com

25. Roast nuts as soon as you get home from the store, then store them in the freezer.

Nuts that are roasted have more flavor, keep longer, and can always be used in recipes that call for nuts, roasted or otherwise. Spread them in a single layer on a sheet pan, bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant.  Source: 2.bp.blogspot.com

26. Keep mushrooms in a paper bag, not a plastic bag. A plastic bag will trap moisture and cause them to mildew. Put them in a paper bag in the fridge or in a cool, dry place.  Source: 123rf.com

27. Follow this handy guide on what to store on the counter, and what to put away in the fridge:

Follow this handy guide on what to store on the counter, and what to put away in the fridge:

KROGER MEGA EVENT TIPS

If you have a Kroger store in your area, you are in LUCK!  While they no longer double any coupons, they do have mega events periodically where you can save BIG!  A mega event is a time when they give you $5 off your bill for every 10 participating items that you buy.  These items are marked in the store with tags.

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For all you game players out there, this is the time to STOCK UP!!!

Here are some tips for saving some serious cash during these sales:

1.  Make sure to purchase the exact number of items.  You get $5 off for every 10 items.  If you buy 14, you won’t get the discount on the last four items.  I normally put all my participating items in one section of my cart and then place them together on the belt when I check out to make sure!

2.  STOCK UP!  This is the time to buy lots of the items that you will use!  If it can be frozen or will stay fresh, buy extra to get you through until the next mega event.

3.  Don’t buy it if you won’t use it! (Unless you want to donate it!)  It may be a great deal, but it is a waste of money if you will not use it.

4.  Keep an eye out for items that are cheap and don’t need a coupon for maximum savings.  These are great fillers when you are an item or two short of an even 10.

Keep in mind, that every time they do this they are different.  There are some items that seem to show up often, and others only every now and then.  Here are some examples of a few of the items that I will be stocking up on this week to give you an idea of how you can save BIG!

photo(17)I have a $2/1 coupon for this detergent making it only $0.75

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Hefty bags coupons $1.50/2 makes each box only $0.25

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Goldfish, these are a favorite around my house and $0.79 is a fantastic price.  I will be STOCKING UP!!!

photo(25)Barbecue sauce….my kids will eat many things as long as they have it!  You can’t go wrong with $0.50.  This is also a great filler if you have 8 items and need a couple to get you to the magic 10.

photo(26)I have a coupon for $0.55/2 making these $1.22.  That makes for some FRUGALICIOUS sandwiches!

ENJOY!!

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