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Advantage of Planning A One – Week Meal

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Do you know that planning meals can be beneficial for you? You may think that the best thing that you did is securing your reverse mortgage but there are still a lot of things that you can do that will give you numerous advantages..

When you do meal planning, expect the following benefits:

  • You will be able to save money – You can stretch your food budget more if you would plan each meal. No need to buy ingredients that you will not need for certain dishes you are going to make.
  • You can plan to eat healthy meals – Instead of high calorie meals, you can control the ingredients you are going to use to make it more organic and of course, healthy.
  • You will feel less stressed – Thinking about the food that you are going to cook can be stressful. Reduce your stress now by planning your meals.

Can you still think of other advantages that meal planning can give? Feel free to share what you have learned too.

Go Cheap Tip: Throwing a Birthday Party at a Restaurant

You figured that it was your little one’s fascination with creepy crawlies and leaping lizards that has somehow affected his jumpy and effervescent demeanor at the birthday party you both went to just recently.  But then, after careful thought, you realized that it’s the inexplicable appeal of children’s birthday parties which has gotten your kid all bursting with uncontained excitement.  Every kid derives certain exhilaration from going to parties, and that feverish pitch hits an all-time high once you start talking to him about his very own birthday party.

In stark contrast to that enthusiasm, we parents then start stressing over the smallest details and expenses. Obviously, the biggest expense is the food, so start by searching a website like for voucher codes that can be used at restaurants in your area. In the past, I’ve found restaurant voucher codes that helped me save 50% or more on the final bill! But, the savings don’t stop there; here are some other ideas on how to save on expenses on your child’s birthday party.

Make your own party favors and decorations.  Allow that art attack to overwhelm you, and put your creativity to good use.  If your son is having a Spiderman-themed birthday party for instance, get some sturdy cardboard, paint it red and black and add the other details to make the cartoon come to life.  Fill it with candies, and you have an instant piñata.

As for the party favors, instead of buying those ready-made loot bags, you can craft your own with some fancy paper and ribbon.  To make it even more personal, you can have your son draw on it with his personal design.  You can do the same with the invites.

Limit the number of guests.  The more the merrier? Sure, but if you’re on a tight budget, that wouldn’t work.  As much as you can, invite only your closest friends and relatives.  In this case, less is more.

Bake your own cake.  Unleash the Betty Crocker in you and whip up a storm in the kitchen.  If your baking skills leave much to be desired though, you can have a friend or relative who’s better at it to just bake a birthday cake for your kid.  Tell her that that’ll serve as her gift for your kid.

With a little imagination, you’ll be able to give your kid his much-desired restaurant birthday party- without burning a hole in your wallet!

Food vouchers anyone?

If you are a food enthusiast, I bet you’ve been tempted to try out those delectable deals that many a groupon sites online are offering. Imagine eating a feast in a buffet at half the price or having your favorite pizza at a much discounted price? Who can really resist those treats, right?

Although a good number of people have actually bought these vouchers and sampled these online offers, you would also hear quite a few bad reviews about these deals from some and this might lead you to think twice before hitting that buy this button on that sumptuous baby back ribs dinner for two in one of those swanky restos in the metro.

So how do you avoid getting scam with these groupon sites again? The first fool-proof way is to read the fine print, yes, each agonizing detail just so you know what you are actually purchasing. Secondly, make an informal survey. Ask around with your friends, especially those who have tried buying from that particular site, about their experience. Do this and you’ll be feasting in those mouth-watering dishes in no time! Happy eating!