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Posted on: February 17, 2010

Who doesn’t like to eat out? Either we don’t have time to cook or we just need a break from cooking.

Americans spend more than $555 billion dollars a year on food away from home.

Here are some tips on saving money when eating out.

  1. Cut back just a little. Make going out to eat a treat. After all you deserve a treat after saving all that money on cooking at home.
  2. Share an entrée. With portion sizes having increased considerably over the last decade, the amount of food set in front of us is way more that a portion size should be. We wanted our money’s worth and we got it and now it’s too much on our plate. That’s ok though because you can take advantage of this super sized portions by sharing an entree! There’s plenty for two, maybe even three! And think of the calories your saving!
  3. Drink water. It’s free! Those sodas are not only bad for you, a calorie counter but expensive! If you don’t like the taste of water much, ask for a lemon or lime to add to your water. It’s very refreshing.
  4. Use coupons. Every little bit helps.
  5. Kids eat free. Many resturaunts offer ‘Kids eat free’ days. Check with your local resturaunt and find out which days.
  6. Eat during off peak hours. For example eat at lunch time instead of the evening meal. The lunch menu is a lot cheaper than the dinner menu. And you’ll be able to burn off any extra calories through out the rest of your day.
  7. Skip desert. If you must have a sweet after your meal, wait till you get home and keep some ice cream or some sweet handy.  Happy Dinning:)
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Purchase a cut up fryer or do it yourself and save $

Italian bread crumbs

butter

3 eggs scrampled

Simply dredge your washed and dried chicken first in the egg mixture and then into the bread crumbs, coat well.

Place in a 9″ x 13″ pan. Place thin slices of butter all over the top of the chicken pieces. Bake at 375 for 45-min. uncovered.

This is one of my families favorites. I usually serve mashed potatoes with it but if  your in a hurry just add some steamed veggies.

What a lovely gift this makes! And easy peezy to do too!

Buy yourself one or two artificial bunches of flower….roses, daisies, whatever you fancy. Remove the buds from half of the bunch. Hot glue a cotton ball around the end of the stem.

You’ll need to purchase baby items for each flower removed. The examples above include: 1 onesie, 1 bib, 2 pairs of socks and 2 hats.

Simply roll up the baby items and they will look like rose buds.

Slip the baby items over the cotton.

Now wrap your flowers however you like. I used tissue paper.

Add a bow and YOUR DONE! Easy, lovely and will be the prized gift of the shower! Have fun.

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