About 40 percent of all food in the U.S. does not get eaten and the average household of four spends about $120 per month on food that’s never eaten according to Dana Gunders, a scientist working with the Natural Resources Defense Council and author of the “Waste Free Kitchen Handbook.”
Gunders discovered this while doing agriculture research and included her findings in a report. According to her report, which you can read online for free, some of the main reasons for food waste are Continue reading
Here’s a great suggestion for anyone struggling to pay for child care over the summer – barter and trade. Elissha Park of “The Broke Mom’s Guide to Everything” wrote an article for Time Magazine explaining how she cut her child care expenses by 70% with a babysitting swap.
She asked her sister-in-law (a stay-at-home mom) and a good friend who was a teacher home on summer break, to watch her son for one day a week. In return, she agreed to watch their children on weekends. That way, she only needed to pay for three days of daycare for the summer.
She also planned a Continue reading
If there is sweating or water condensation inside your fridge, say on the walls of your refrigerator, check the gasket or seal around your refrigerator.
If the gasket is loose, cracked or sagging, then cold air is escaping from your fridge. leading to:
• sweating or condensation inside your fridge
• ice forming on the freezer walls
• temperatures inside refrigerator is warmer than normal.
To test the seal on your refrigerator, take Continue reading
Save more money on your back-to-school shopping during tax-free weekends and sales! Usually, these tax-free weekends charge no state sales tax on items such as clothing, computers and school supplies like notebooks and pens. Sometimes the sales are extended to other items, like appliances (dorm room microwave ovens and refrigerators, anyone?) Exclusions and other taxes might apply, so be sure to check the following URLs before you head out.
Here are some upcoming back-to-school tax-free weekends by state, earliest dates listed first.
Florida – August 7 – 16
Items Included: school supplies, clothing, supplies, computers
“No Florida sales tax or local option tax will be collected on sales of clothing, footwear, Continue reading
What uses more water: washing dishes in a dishwasher or washing dishes by hand? A high-efficiency dishwasher uses less water and can clean dishes better than you according to such experts at Consumer Reports, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and others.
Dishwashers can save more water and use hotter temperatures —140 or 145 degrees Fahrenheit — to get your dishes really clean, according to “Why you shouldn’t wash your dishes by hand,” by the Washington Post.
“Modern dishwashers also Continue reading
Maybe your oven is not heating up as quickly as it used to, or your dishwasher stopped working. How do you know when to repair or replace your appliance? Here are some factors that will help you decide.
Research your repair
Before calling the repairman, use the internet to try to figure out what could be wrong with your appliance. It might be a small fix, or even just a matter of cleaning your appliance, or a part on your appliance — something you can do yourself. Also consult your appliance’s owner’s manual for things like fault code displays and solutions to common problems. If you no longer have your owner’s manual, use your appliance’s model number to find a digital copy online.
Some repair jobs are very simple, Continue reading