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Frugal Roast Turkey Dinner

By November 6, 2016 Frugal saving Money Tips, quick frugal tips for food
SUMMARY:  Shopping tips for an easy, healthy Turkey recipe that won’t break the bank account and doesn’t skimp on taste. Use your services in exchange for gifts or use your talents as gifts. Included is a easy, healthy recipe to roast your turkey for full flavor juicy breast meat.
Roast Turkey
Awesome 12 pound Turkey with dressing for $13,00. What an easy, healthy Christmas dinner recipe.
Awesome 12 pound Turkey with dressing for $13,00. What an easy, healthy Christmas dinner recipe.

Source: Photo By Suzzycue
Reduced Priced Vegetable with Black Spots or Bruises are a Blessing in Disguise
Fruits and vegetables with black spots or bruises are perfect for cooking or stuffing your turkey.
Fruits and vegetables with black spots or bruises are perfect for cooking or stuffing your turkey.

Source: photos by Suzzycue
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13 Pound Turkey Including Dressing

It cost $13.95 for this 13 pound turkey including dressing. Suzzycue roasted this last week from frozen.
It cost $13.95 for this 13 pound turkey including dressing. Suzzycue roasted this last week from frozen.

Source: Photo By Suzzycue 🙂
Always roast your vegetables beside your turkey to save on energy. These are roasted beets and roasted garlic cloves.
Always roast your vegetables beside your turkey to save on energy. These are roasted beets and roasted garlic cloves.

Source: Photo by Suzzycue
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Steps to A healthy,Frugal Roast Turkey Dinner

It has been my experience that shopping on a Tuesdays or Wednesdays saves hundreds of shopping dollars in a year. The major grocery chains usually run specials Saturdays and Sundays to draw you to their store and rid you of your Fridays pay check.
These specials do consists of many products through out the whole store. It is the meat and vegetables left behind after these sales are over that we want to purchase. These leftover piles are in corners of meat counters or stashed in the far corners of the raw vegetable sections of the store.

There is nothing wrong with these meat products except the due date is on the day you are in the store… which means you take it home and cook it that day or freeze it immediately.
The meat will have lovely little 2-3$ off stickers on them to make a faster sale to prevent throwing it out. The vegetables will be bagged up in bunches usually around a dollar a bag because there maybe a black spot on it so it is not perfect and they can’t sell it for full price.
Another great way to save is to use coupons that save you 40cents, 50cent or even a $1.00 dollar off.

You can clip these from your grocery store flyer’s, find them pinned to the shelves with the products you wish to buy or the best way is to download them off the Internet. You can save huge doing this as there are coupons for almost every thing and some products are even free samples coupons to give them a try.
The only product that doesn’t have coupons is fresh vegetables and fresh fruit but like I said look for the bags of slightly damages fruit and vegetables cut the bad spot off and use or freeze the rest.

At Christmas time of the year you can usually purchase a turkey for 99 cents a pound. A turkey for twelve dollars ( 99 cents a pound making it a twelve pound turkey), stuffed with fruit or dressing will feed a family of six people easily. For this price it would be a shame not to have a Christmas dinner.

Suzzycue roasted this turkey from frozen and in five hours had a meal of roasted turkey, dressing, roasted butternut squash,roasted beets with garlic and a drizzle of olive oil ,salt/pepper.

Cost per Plate for Thanksgiving or a Christmas Roast Turkey Feast?

You could say less than $3.00. WOW!

Frozen Butterball turkey with dressing -$13.95 divided by six equals $2.35

Butternut squash- $1.00

5 pounds of beets -$1.00

garlic was a gift from my Boss.
I love to take an onion and stick cloves into it with a few apples cut into quarters and stuff into the cavity of my turkey for a different delicious flavor that doesn’t dry the meat out at all. Also it helps to cook the turkey upside down in the roasting pan with the turkey breast on the bottom, this keeps the white meat juicy.
GIFTS: Money is tight for me this year more than last year so with gifts, I had to get a little creative, since I don’t knit. So, I shoveled my neighbors driveway. You can dog or cat sit for someone heading south for a vacation. Offer to do odd jobs of gardening in the spring, and walk your brother’s dog. I also paint houses inside and out and someone always needs some of that done. So don’t spend your hard earned cash on presents, keep that for paying your bills and use your talents for presents to enjoy an old fashioned Christmas.

Have a Good one!!!

How to Roast Your Turkey

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Frugal Trip Tip

By August 24, 2016 Frugal saving Money Tips

Try taking a Day Trip In your own Hometown 🙂

 

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Photos by Suzzycue

The photo above is the Pontoon Boat that you can take a River Tour on from the Boat House in Stratford Ontario. They also feature paddle boats, canoes and kayak boats you can rent. If it is too hot to paddle a boat… sit on the covered patio and enjoy an soft ice-cream cone for a buck. It doesn’t get better or cheaper than that. Watching a beautiful Avon river view full of swans and ducks situated on the edge of the Queens Parklands of Stratford.

If you then feel energetic there is a three mile walking hike on paths around Lake Victoria ( or Avon River) that I have enjoyed walking. It is a peaceful nature walk that includes river views, swans, ducks and hundred year old willow trees. I love seeing the old knotted trees. Sometimes there is a popcorn wagon down on the river that still pops popcorn in a kettle . The taste is awesome especially with butter YUM 🙂

Stratford is centred around a hundred year old City hall and quaint Victorian buildings of the Uptown Square. There you will find shops of all kinds and world tastes from a variety of Restaurants. 🙂

So if you are thinking you cannot afford a relaxing vacation this year, You might want to take a look around your Hometown and see what is really out there.  I bet you will have a wonderful time for very little money.

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Did you know Justin Bieber was born in Stratford Ontario Canada which just happens to be my Hometown? Here is a map of what Justin thinks is fun in stratford. 

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Frugal Dinners for the Holidays

By August 5, 2016 Frugal saving Money Tips

Photo by Suzzycue-

My Friend Marylou loved to decorate for every season and every Holiday of the year 🙂  Mums were her favorite flowers for the fall and, are, an inexpensive way to bring color into your Thanksgiving celebrations.

Happy Thanksgiving Canada 🙂 Thanksgiving is a celebration of the abundance of the Harvest. Even though there are tough times in Canada’s economy… I would like everyone of us to celebrate with a good Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family this year 🙂

You can have a good Thanksgiving dinner for under twenty dollars. Shopping in the Fall of the year is fun. There are bags of carrots,potatoes, and beets for $2.00 a bag, The utility turkeys are on for .98 cents a pound. (utility turkeys do have some parts missing. There could be a missing wing or leg but flip a coin to see who wins the remaining leg and make fun from it). I personally have cooked many of these turkeys and they taste as good as a butterball any day of the week.

One trick I use when roasting turkeys is to smother olive oil all over the top to get that roasted brown crispy skin. The rule is: ten pounds( a ten dollar turkey) will roast beautifully at 350 degree oven for 2 1/2 hours then shut the oven off and let it sit in the oven for the last 30 minutes. I always put all my veggies in the roasting pan at the same time as the turkey and roast them altogether.

Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Dinner with family and friends. Appreciate all your blessings that you received this year. Thanks for reading and I would love to read your comments or your tips on making your Thanksgiving dinner great. Bye for now 🙂

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Now Accepting Guest Bloggers

By July 26, 2016 Frugal saving Money Tips

 

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Photo by Suzzycue

I am a new blogger who is interested in writing a guest post on similar Frugal Blogs. If you Blog about frugal lifestyles , let me know.
I can send you a couple of blog post ideas and you can choose which one you’d like to publish on your blog. Perhaps you would also be interested in being featured as a guest-blogger on my own blog?

You can have a look at my blog here:http://suzzycuesfrugaltipsc.ipage.com/

Have a look and see if it’s something you would be interested in 🙂 You can contact me at Suzzycue21@aol.com  Have a nice day!

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Susan Britton

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Frugal Grocery Shopping Tip

By July 22, 2016 Frugal saving Money Tips

Photo by Suzzycue

 Why buy five peppers for five dollars when you can buy eighteen for five dollars. Fall is the perfect time of year to stock up on fresh produce then cut them up and freeze them. In the winter these peppers will be even higher than a dollar a piece.
 Since, I am not lucky enough to have a garden, I shop on the days that my local grocery store gets their new produce in. In my case it is Food Basics on Mondays and Thursdays.

After they stock the shelves with new produce, they take the older stuff and package it up like you see here.  Four peppers for $.99 because there’s a soft spot,or a black spot and then you get a real deal.

  You can use these peppers for roasting, stuffing, stuffing that turkey, in salads or just eat them like an apple. They are packed full of vitamin C. Stock up on your produce  in the fall, and then freeze it to have in the winter. That’s my tip for today. Bye for now 🙂

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Free Online Courses

By July 21, 2016 Frugal saving Money Tips

FREE online study for everyone!

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Photo by Suzzycue

I am taking free courses from  OPEN2STUDY. The courses I am taking are helping me with writing on the web. It is an fun ten videos to watch then answer 10 multiple questions. You must get 60 to pass the course which means you correctly answer six questions with information you learn from the videos.

You are awarded a certificate after you pass that you could use on your Linkedin Profile. I am using mine to inhance my writing resumee.

There are a lot of free courses here you might be interested in. There is everything from Entrapreurship, health and nutrition, intoducing to nursing,finacial, and lots more interesting free courses. Check it out and study for free. I did and I love it.

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Plastic on Your Windows Tip

By July 19, 2016 Frugal Life hacks, Frugal saving Money Tips

Photos by Suzzycue.

 I bet you’re not even thinking about putting plastic on your Windows this year because it’s been so warm. I put mine on after Thanksgiving every year. Have you ever noticed that you put the two-sided tape on your cement block walls,( if you happen to live in an apartment like I do) and the tape doesn’t stick because the walls are too cold. This ends up with your tape all balled up , you get all mad and you quit the job.

I have been there folks. What I do is…  I take a blow dryer and heat up the wall, where I want to put the tape, then the tape goes on really easy, because the walls are warmer. I also make sure, I tape the center post between the two panes of glass because in my case, the wind blows so hard, being I’m on the third floor, it will blow the plastic right off.

Another tip is to trim around the plastic after you have it taped on and then used two inch clear packing tape and go around again on the outside of your plastic onto your wall. This ensures that your plastic will stay on the window until you remove it in the spring. You can now use the blow dryer again to blow the wrinkles out of the plastic but I don’t do this because it makes the plastic too tight and the wind will rip it from my windows.

 I like having plastic on the Windows because it not only helps your comfort level, which is what I’m really interested in for winter, but I save $2-$300 a year on my electric heat bill.

 Hope all you low income people with electric heat applied for your hydro rebate. The time is running out. You need to do it by December 31 and then it takes 8 weeks to process. You can apply online. 

Now, if you’ve ever tried to take a photo threw a plastic window…  you’ll get a picture that looks like this. The flash from the camera just reflects off the plastic.  The trick, I learned to do, is to put your camera right on the plastic that is bulging out from the window because the extra cold air coming in and then take the picture.  You will have a clear picture , like the one below and nobody will know that you shot through plastic. Hope these tips help you to save money through this winter and thanks for reading. Have a good day 🙂

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Frugal House Cleaning Tips

By July 13, 2016 Frugal saving Money Tips

Photo by Suzzycue

Do you like this Fairy home, I found this summer at Port Burwell ,Ontario, Canada.

 If my home was as small and  lovely as this Fairy house is, in the tree, it wouldn’t take me long to clean it.  I have a two bedroom ,two bathroom Apartment facing south on the shores of Lake Victoria, in Stratford, ON. Sounds grand …doesn’t it.  The truth is, it is also very old ,built in the 1960’s. Older buildings come with drafts, a lot of dust coming from the old plaster ceilings and mold, but I love it. I do my spring cleaning in January because, in the spring when the sun is warm, I get glued to the outside balcony and nothing gets done inside.

Here is a list of frugal household tips that will make your chores easier and your Bank account fuller.

 Back in the older days of cleaning houses ,they used ashes from the cooking stove to clean everything. How they thought of cleaning dirt with dirt I will never know.  They sprinkled ashes on the floor and then scrubbed it with branches.  They used ashes on a rag as a scrubby to do the dishes.

Doing the laundry was a brilliant idea. They couldn’t wash their clothes with grey ashes, the way they were, because the white clothes would be dirtier than when they were washed.

They took ashes and put them in the bottom of a wooden bucket with a small hole in the bottom of it. Then they put weeds on top of the ashes.  They poured water on top of it all and took a rock and pushed it all down so there was a clear liquid come out of the ashes. This clear liquid was mixed with pig fat and what we know as lye soap was born. Lye is the short form for alkaline liquid that was squeezed from the ashes. In those days women worked hard as we do today. I think I will stick to using Tide 🙂

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Frugal Saving Money Tips:

By July 10, 2016 Frugal saving Money Tips

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Photo by Suzzycue

We all know I live a very Frugal Lifestyle. I am not ashamed but proud of it. How many of you cut tubes or bottles of toothpaste, hand lotion etc, in half and scrape them out before throwing them away.

I do.  You would be surprised how much of the product, you are wasting by not doing it. I have saved many dollars doing this…  little frugal trick. Give it a try and save your money 🙂

 

 

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