Super Turkey Day Ways To Save!

 

 

Whose ready for some turkey-lurkey on Thanksgiving day?  I know I am, and it’s time to share on different ways that I like to save.      

 

There are some super suggestions out there, and I really love the money saving ideas ideas that I have pinned on my Thanksgiving Trends board on Pinterest, and if you want to follow each other let me know.   

 

Below are some savings suggestions on how my family and I save a little moolah for the Thanksgiving festivities, from canning, dehydrating, clipping coupons, and using money saving apps.  All of this allows us to gobble up some fabulous food and not our budget.  🙂  Check it out below:  

 

 

Canning

 

I grow & can my own green beans, sweet potatoes,  green peppers, hot peppers, tomatoes, and herbs every year!    

 

Canned Green Beans

 

 

Which means I will save on the traditional Thanksgiving day dishes such as:

Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole, and sweet corn.  (For some reason my family loves corn) 🙂  

And…for one of my appetizers the salsa that I made with the hot & green peppers and tomatoes goes perfectly with some chips.  Yummy!  

Dehydrate

 

I grow my own herbs & made my own seasoning blends by using this dehydrator.  

Herbs

 

From rosemary, parsley, basil, to sage for the stuffing, it’s so easy to grow your own herbs, dehydrate them, and blend them into a seasoning blend.  Dried, fresh, herbs taste so much better, and with the high cost of seasonings rising, it’s just silly to not give this a try.  I have herbs growing on my kitchen window sill all year-long, and when I need some chives, I just clip, wash, and chop them into my dish.  Super easy!  🙂

 

My family brings a dish to pass.

My mom makes the best green bean & sweet potato casserole there ever was!  I just hand over the canned goodies that I have, and she just does her magic.  My sister is the master of mashed potatoes & sweets.  So, it just makes savings cents for different family members to bring a dish to pass, especially if you have a large crowd to feed.  

 

DIY homemade dishes & turkey savings 

I am in charge of cooking the turkey & making the stuffing.  I have spent many years learning how to perfect my Grams’s homemade “cornbread stuffing”, and I am so grateful that she taught me how to make pies, specialty cookies, and her beloved “perogies”  

 

For me, I save quite a bit of money by making my own homemade dishes, especially when I am cooking for a crowd.  Also, when I shop at places like Kroger,  I purchase their store brand turkey, and save.  The price is not only right, but the quality is fantastic.  So, when the turkey lurkeys go on sale, I stock up, freeze them, and use for future use.   Cha-ching!  

 

 

By they way….if you don’t have someone to teach you how to make & bake a perfect pie, I encourage you to take a look at this new class being offered by Craftsy.com

 

 

 

Perfecting The Pie Crust

 

 

 

The Art of the Pie Crust – Evan Kleiman

 

 

What You Get:

  • 7 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class materials, including 5 recipes
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers from Evan in our virtual classroom

 

 

CLIP those Thanksgiving Day food coupons!

Right now, the grocery stores are running sales on Thanksgiving Day food essentials!  From gravy, cake mixes, rolls, and pies! There are also Turkey Day Coupons that you can print off online and match with those weekly sales or get then in your Sunday paper.   So, get organized, calculate how much you will need, and don’t wait until the last-minute!   

Print Free Coupons

 

 

And finally!  Download some money saving apps!

 

 

If your not using these money saving apps, then now is the perfect time to give them a try, and save on holiday food, cleaning supplies, or beer, wine & spirits!  

All you have to do, is select the item you would like to buy, scan the product that you bought with your phone, and get the cash amount back in your account, that you can either buy gift cards or cash in when you have saved enough.  It’s up to you!  I figure that if I’m going to buy these items anyways, why not take advantage of the savings.   

 

Ibotta

 

 

Ibotta

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These are just a few ways that I will save on my Thanksgiving Day dinner this year, and I hope that some of you will be inspired to plan ahead for next year and grow your own garden this spring.  Trust me, you will be surprised how many veggies, herbs, and beautiful flowers can come out of a little, tiny, space, and it’s so worth it.  

More than anything, I want to wish everyone a wonderful day of eating, drinking, and spending quality time with your family & friends, and I can’t resist saying it……  Gobble!  Gobble!

Just to let you know that some of the links above are my referral links, and if you decide to purchase anything I may get a small commission.  Thank you for your continued support.

Top 3 Things To Do With Your Garden Veggie Overload!

It’s that time of year when your garden veggies are about to burst, and they are begging for you to take them out of the dirt.  The problem is, that the veggies & fruit can become garden overload, and then certain people start to secretly put their tomatoes, zucchini, and squash in grocery bags and drop them off on their family and friends doorsteps.  (This just happened to me the other day).  🙂  

 

Now…..I know it’s because they don’t quite know what do to with all the extras, and they definitely don’t want to feel guilty for throwing it out, because that’s  just not right.  So, to take advantage of your garden overload, I am sharing the top 3 things that you can do save some money, and enjoy all your hard work.    

 

Learn How to Can For Goodness Sakes

 

 

 

 

I have several raised garden beds, which has allowed me to enjoy spring, summer, and fall produce, and I like to extend my saving for the entire year by canning.  I keep it simple, I grow tomatoes, green beans, peppers, a little squash & zucchini, and grapes.  Which means I get to get creative and make my own salsa, marinara sauce, relishes, green beans, jellies, and preserves.  I can usually get through and entire year without buying these items, and they simply taste fresh and fabulous!  

New to canning?  The best place to start is here:  FreshPreserving.com

What equipment do I use?  Click here:  Canning Essentials

 

 

Freeze Them Baby!

 

 

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Instead of paying for frozen veggies & fruits, you can save a whole lot of moolah by freezing them yourself.  I have an extra stand up deep freezer, just to keep this, and any other seasonal sales that I might find at the store safe.   Here’s some tips on How To Freeze Fruits And Vegetables from AllRecipes.com.

 

Compost It

Yimby Tumbler Composter

 

 

Don’t throw those veggies out!  Put them in a compost bin, watch the fertilizer magic happen, and put it in your garden.  Plus, this is something that you can do year round with all your food scraps, and I’ve seen some pretty creative DIY composting bins such as this one by Practically Functional below:

 

 

How To Build A DIY Compost Bin  

 

 

I know that growing a garden is hard work, but I can’t express enough the savings that you will reap, as well as accomplishment you will feel the first time you make that can of salsa with ingredients you grew yourself.  I thank you for stopping by, and just so you know that some of the links above are my affiliate links, and I may get a small commission fee if you decide to buy.  I appreciate all of your support, and here’s to Happy Gardening Season.   

Home Canning Super Savings!

Home Canning Super Savings!

Home Canning

 

 

This article posted first on: 07/12/2012

 

I am now in my third year of canning and I thought that I would share my first canning post.  Seriously….look at my first batch of pickles below, and my picture-taking skills.  WOW!  LOL  If your interested in learning how to can a super place to start is on the Ball Fresh Preserving site.

I have come a long way since then, and I am getting ready to tackle some strawberries, blueberries, and cherries.  If any of you have any canning recipes you would like to share, please do.  Family recipes are the absolute best.  Happy canning y’all!  🙂

 

Home canning has become a passion for me!  Not only for the savings,  but I just love that you can preserve the wonderful taste of summer and fall produce, and enjoy it all year-long.  I must say up front, that I am canning newbie, and I have so much to learn.  In fact, it wasn’t until last summer when some close friends of mine started to learn how to can for themselves, that the thought of canning even came to my mind.  At first, I thought that my friends were crazy, because it seemed to me like an awful lot of hard work.  But once they began to show me all of the health and savings benefits,  I started to give canning a second thought.   So, earlier this summer I traveled to my friend’s home and watched how they canned some fresh green beans from their garden.   I sure hope that they love green beans, because I am  pretty sure that in the end, they must have canned at least 100 or more quart jars of green beans.

 

 

My Very First Canned Pickles!

 

 

 

By the way, I have learned not to assume that everyone out there even knows what canning is, especially the younger generation,  so I have provided you with the official definition:

 

Canning is: the act, process, or business of preserving cooked food by sealing in cans or jars.

 

The above definition of canning is very informative, but for me as well as many others, the concept of canning our own food means much more.  For the past 12 years I have been fighting food allergies, and my worst offender seems to be the chemicals and preservatives that are added to our foods.  I figured out very quickly that if I learned to can my own veggies, meats, and fruits, that I would be preserving them with all natural ingredients like: fruit pectin, lemon juice, and salt.  Also, I can reduce the sugar content by using a substitute,  such as Agave syrup, without losing the sweet taste.
Canning is also a great way to save money on seasonal foods that go on sale, and your savings will increase even more if you grow your own produce.   (I will blog about my gardening experience this past summer at another time) ! LOL

 

My goal with this blog post is to share in another DIY way to save some money, as well as keeping the ancient art of canning alive!   I welcome you to visit my canning supplies suggestions! (affiliate store)  I have chosen products that were highly recommended to me, and that I have purchased for myself.  There is even a beginners canning kit for those of you who want to start out small.  Come on….if this city girl can do it, so can you.  Trust me.  🙂