Watch the video and learn my produce money saving way to create a vegetable stock from pieces of vegetables that would have been thrown away.  I estimate by creating my own vegetable stock from pieces of vegetables I would have thrown out saves me $50 a year, because I no longer need to purchase vegetable stock for recipes or soups. I used to buy 2 cases of vegetable stock a year, and I no need to purchase any.

My goal is always to use what I buy to the fullest with no waste.  This is one way is one way to do that and save money on produce.

When cutting produce save the skins from carrots, onions, parsley stems, green onions, onions, and celery tops.  Store them in the freezer in a zipper top bag and keep piling them in until the bag is full.  After it’s filled up put the vegetable pieces into a pot and cover with water, add some salt, a few peppercorns, bay leaf, and 2 cloves of garlic.  Let it simmer for an hour.  Strain the vegetables out leaving you a delicious vegetable base or broth for soup or cooking!

If you want to put all this is  crock pot and leave it on low for about 6 hours is an alternate cooking method.

Vegetable Stock Recipe

1 gallon zipper bag of vegetable pieces (see list above)
2 garlic cloves
several peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1 tsp salt

Put all vegetable in a pot and cover with water.  Bring to a simmer and simmer for one hour.  Strain the vegetables out leaving your vegetable broth.


If you do not need a vegetable stock now:   freeze the whole batch in the zipper top bag and put it back in the freezer to make soup at a later date ~ OR using a muffin tin freeze 1/2 cup size and remove from tin after frozen, store in zipper top bag for individual recipe use. Pull out a frozen 1/2 cup serving as needed.

Do you have a great money saving tip? Do share.


How To Easily Organize A Stockpile

9:07 am

by Jennifer Freeman

expiration dates on cans

Organizing Your Stockpile

Everyone has their special unique ways of organizing a stockpile.   But here is something we all need to pay attention to when you are organizing your stockpile.  I am sharing this information with you again, in case you are new to stockpiling or need a reminder!

I picked up some cases of items I was running short on in my stockpile.  Kroger Chains had a case lot sale on staple items: canned beans, canned tomatoes, canned tomato sauce and so on.   When I add to my stockpile in the pantry, I do not just place the items at the back, behind my previous purchases.   Instead, I check the expiration dates.  Here’s why:   The can pictured above right is the canned tomatoes I purchased in November (3/01/14 expiration) and then on the left is the canned tomatoes I bought last week (3/01/13) and yet they expire an entire YEAR earlier! I know we assume the most recently purchased items will have an expiration date further out than the current items at home, but it is not always the case!

I created a video about how I quickly maintain my stockpile and I hope you find it useful.  And when you are organizing your stockpile double check expiration dates to help prevent any loss of item.

Do you have any quick tips on organizing your stockpile you would like to share?


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Inflation Busting Tip – Video

10:15 am

by Jennifer Freeman

Inflation Busting Tip

Prices are rising and we need infation busting tips to help stretch our budgets and get the most out of our money. In this kitchen tip video I share with you something I have done for years to stretch our meals.

Do you have any inflation busting kitchen tips?
I’d love to hear them and share with the Tip Resource audience. 
Send your tips using the contact button above.

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How to Save Money on Paper Products

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Buying napkins, paper towels and disposable items may seem convenient, but in the long run on a yearly basis you can tie up literally thousands of dollars on disposable. We use mostly cloth napkins in our house. I do have some paper napkins and paper towels but for the most part I use cloth. The last time I stocked up and bought 6 packages of paper napkins was 18 months ago and I am using my last package now.

In the morning I put out a napkin with breakfast and most days we use just one each.  I keep it nicely folded next to each persons place (unless it’s one of those extra messy kids day!)

I buy only white 100% cotton napkins using discounts at Bed Bath and Beyond.  To keep them white and clean I put them through a pre-wash hot cycle, and add a 1/2 cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle to keep them soft and cut any greasy or residue.  Do not use softener or the napkins won’t absorb liquids well.

I wait until I have a full load (we have about 60 cloth napkins) and wash them all at one time. I set the timer on my washer so it is finishing up washing when I get up in the morning, and then I pop the napkins in the dryer and fold all them in just about 10 minutes while watching the morning news! Super easy!

There you go! What do you do in your household on a monthly basis to save and live Almost Free?


How To Maintain Your Stockpile Tips & Video

6:56 am

by Jennifer Freeman

How To Maintain Your Stockpile Tips & Video


This is a perfect time of year with spring cleaning in the air and a renewed interest in getting things in order before summer vacations start.   One way to tame your stockpile is to assess your stockpile.  Any items you don’t think you will use, this is the perfect time to donate.

This should only take you an hour or so, don’t get bogged down, this is just an overview right now and the goal is to tame your stockpile.


How To Maintain Your Stockpile  – 4 tips.

1.  Take account how many items you have in each category — cleaning, laundry, personal care, canned goods etc.

  • Are you over loaded in one area?  Needing to stock another?

2.  Check expiration dates.

  • Set aside anything with short term expiration dates.  For me that would be 6 months out.

3.  Put like items together if they are out of place and lightly dust or clean the shelves and items while you are at it.

  • Some items may need to be moved around and consolidated so not as much room is taken up.

4.  Go through all the samples you have requested over the last year.

  • Pull out any samples you will not use or that you know come around often.


Any items you set aside,  that you will not use, or have an abundance of and donate.  Many food banks and pantry are struggling to provide for the needs of the community and cleaning out your stockpile of items you won’t be using could really help.


Save BIG on your groceries over the next 2 weeks using the Buy 10, Save $5 Instantly Mega Sale. The sale is from Nov 6-19 at Kroger stores: Smith’s, King Soopers, Ralph’s, Food4less, etc.

Watch this video to make sure you do not miss out on your big savings!

  1. Check the sales ad for this week.
  2. Search for all the coupons on these sales items in the Free Coupon Database.
  3. Watch the video detailing how to maximize the savings
  4. Head to the store and work your deals!
  5. While at the store, usually up front by the ad rack or at customer service, look for a small card that has listed ALL the items included in the Mega sale.  All items are not listed in the weekly ad flier.

HOT Tip:  This symbol <+ needs to show after each item you purchase!  This means it is included in the Buy 10 Save $5 instantly sales.  This will show on your receipt AND it shows on the cashier screen after the item is scanned.

At times, the <+ does NOT show yet the item is included in the sale.   Just point this out to the cashier & bring your “included items” list and they will correct this on the spot.

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