How to Maximize Freezer Space


A reader asks how she can maximize freezer space in her apartment, to save money on food. My top 6 tips and advice from other readers.Dear Sunnybrook,

I would like to try some of your frugal living suggestions, like freezing leftovers and produce, but I have a problem. My freezer is just TOO SMALL!

I live in an apartment and only have a limited amount of space. Should I just give up trying to cram more food into the freezer or is there some magical solution to making it work? [Read more...]

Baked Lasagna with Homemade Sauce

Homemade Lasagna is a Labor of Love, but so worth it! This recipe, featuring a zesty sauce, makes enough for a gathering or to freeze extra meals.Oh Homemade Lasagna, how I love thee!

So much so that I even shelled out money for an actual Lasagna Pan deep enough to hold all the layers of deliciousness.

Previously, I was using my 9X12 baking pan, but could only fit about half the layers and had to stick other baking sheets below it to catch the inevitable overflow. Since I have been making homemade lasagna more often, now that we have lots of fresh garden tomatoes for sauce, I felt it deserved an appropriately sized pan.

My word, it make the entire process – from arranging the layers to cleanup – so much easier! As my husband says, you have to have the right tool for the job. [Read more...]

When Back to School is No Fun

For some kids, back to school is not a time of excitement, new classes and old friends. Here are ways I am helping my autistic son cope with the transition.If one more person asks my son if he is excited about going back to school, I think he is going to lose it.

For him, there is little to look forward to, and a lot of Summer fun to give up. When I asked him a couple weeks ago to go through the papers in his binder from last year, he dumped the entire thing into the trashcan. (Recently, I found I had still saved every paper and essay and drawing from grade school through college.)

It was hard for me to get his attitude at first. [Read more...]

Hard Drive Failure: Lessons Learned

After a recent hard drive failure, I decided to make some changes to the way I use technology. Here are tips to help others manage digital information.I really wish I wasn’t one of the people who ‘have to learn the hard way,’ but I am. Very much so.

One morning recently my computer started making a weird clicking sound, and then was entirely dead within minutes. It was a very good computer, and had no issues before that, so I was stunned to experience complete hard drive failure. I was also very unprepared for that to happen.

I have an external hard drive, and had even backed it up a month or two before, but it was a half-hearted attempt at really saving important information. [Read more...]

10 Good Habits that Save Money

Do you have these good habits that help save money every day? See where you can make little changes in your life to save money and realize long-term gains.You probably guessed this one was coming, after the post on “10 Bad Habits that Waste Money.”

We can develop good habits that over time make a substantial difference in our lives, including improvement in health, productivity, and energy. Focusing on the following positive habits can also translate into ways to save money, providing real financial gain over time:
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Banana Zucchini Muffins

If zucchinis and bananas fell in love, these sweet little muffins would be their offspring. Enjoy these moist, naturally sweet and healthy Banana Zucchini Muffins any time!If zucchinis and bananas fell in love, these sweet little muffins would be their offspring.

Enjoy these moist, naturally sweet and healthy muffins any time!

The oil typically used for muffins has been replaced with applesauce, and the egg with ground flaxseed, to boost the health benefits and lower fat content. I substitute other ingredients for eggs and baking powder due to food allergies, but have noted where you can choose to use them instead.
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