Archive for the ‘General’ Category

7 Sensational Recipes to Celebrate Passover (That Won’t Cinch Your Wallet)

Like so many holiday celebrations, the Passover celebration is centered around the dining table. Stories of long ago are shared while tasting foods that symbolize the meaning of this holiday. This is a time to appreciate a delicious and creative meal together with family and friends. But a holiday feast for all does not have to be a budget stretch. Here are delicious, affordable spins on traditional recipes taken from all around the world that would make any Passover feast (or any feast at all) a memorable one.

Moroccan Charoset Truffles - Recipe for a Passover traditional food, Charoset, usually prepared with apples & walnuts, takes on a Moroccan spin with dates, raisins, and walnuts, served up as little truffles. Easy recipe from Zabar’s Chef, and author of Fistful of Lentils, Jennifer Abadi

Healthier Passover Recipes - Culinary anthropologist Tori Avey (aka: The Shiksa in the Kitchen) shares the history of  ancient food traditions and gives three recipes that are fresh and healthier and have a twist on the traditional: Cucumber Salad with Pickle & Mint, Mushroom Quinoa Risotto, Seared Salmon with Creamy Dill, and an Apple Pecan Pie.

Honey Chicken Recipe – Cookbook author and founder of  kosher.com, Jamie Geller, shares an easy, affordable Honey Chicken recipe that is perfect for holidays or an elegant dinner party.

Potato Kugel RecipeQuick & Kosher: Meals in Minutes Cookbook author Jamie Geller shows how to make Potato Kugel. A savory and budget friendly vegetarian addition to any meal, any time of day, and perfect for Passover.

Noodle Kugel - Food TV’s “Good Deal” host and cookbook author Dave Lieberman shares his grandmother’s quick, easy, and budget friendly recipe for noodle kugel, a creamy and crispy sweet baked dessert.

Passover Fruit Cobbler - Fruit cobbler recipe is a refreshing alternative to Passover’s usual desserts. This clip is part of “Sweet Dreams” show on the TV Food Network hosted by cook book author Gale Gand.

Passover Coconut Macaroons- TV Food Network’s “Barefoot Contessa” Chef Ina Garten shares her recipe for coconut macaroons, a traditional Passover sweet dessert cookie.

More budget-friendly holiday entertaining ideas:

Link to this article: http://is.gd/cizROL

 

Bookmark and Share

Party on St. Patrick’s Without Blowing Your Pot of Gold

photo: “Rainbow Over Knocknara” Ireland

You know spring is right around the corner when St. Patrick’s Day arrives. Green is springing up everywhere, and that alone is enough reason to celebrate! Here are seven videos with tips on meals, recipes, decorations, games, and crafts to bring some festive green and great luck to any St. Patrick’s Day party… with these budget-friendly ideas, you won’t need to tap into your pot of gold to enjoy a great time!

St. Patrick’s Corned Beef & Cabbage – Irish Chef Bobby Flay shows how to cook an affordable enhanced version of corned beef & cabbage, a perfect recipe for an impressive traditional St. Patrick’s Day feast.

St. Patricks Day Dinner, Under $35 - Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Chef Gerard Reidy’s classic recipes with a twist from Ireland’s Delphi Mountain Resort: mussels, a traditional lamb and vegetable stew, soda bread, and  banana bread dessert.

St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas - Leanne Mumm Pardo and Christopher Hughes, founders of One Hour Parties, share St. Patrick’s Day party ideas that are perfect quick, casual and affordable fun for any budget. Included: green beer, rainbow cupcakes, Leprechaun bottle covers, rainbow crunch mix, kids puppet activity and more.

Marble Green Fingernails for St. Patrick’s Day - When will it be a better time to wear green marble nail polish than on St. Patrick’s Day? What a budget friendly holiday idea! Here’s an easy tutorial on how to do it!  (cup is filled with filtered water).

Make a Bowler Hat from Newspaper - Crafting expert, Ginny Larson shows how to make a DIY St. Patrick’s Day bowler hat from newspaper – easy!

Kids Crafts for St. Patrick’s Day - Crafty Creations, the Abilene PublicLibrary librarian duo, Tremain Jackson and Alyssa Crow, show two DIY craft projects, a potato shamrock stamp & a tissue paper rainbow. They also suggest two children’s books relating to St. Patrick’s Day.

The History of St. Patrick’s Day - Is St. Patrick’s Day just about green, shamrocks, leprechauns, gold and beer? What is the origin of St. Patrick’s Day? And who was St. Patrick? Find the answer here & impress with your St. Patrick’s knowledge!

More ideas to enjoy St. Patrick’s without breaking your budget in our previous post:

Link to this article: http://is.gd/E4akNE

Bookmark and Share

9 Lucky Links to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Style and On Budget

4 Leaf Clovers - 9 Lucky Links to Celebrate St. Patrick's in Style and On Budget

4-Leaf Clovers found in Jamie’s yard in 2002.

Looking for fun and festive to enjoy St. Patrick’s day? You’re in luck – we’ve found a pot of gold in the videos featured below; they’re full of tips to have you celebrating in style while keeping your pot of gold growing, so go ahead – go (and save) green!

St. Patrick’s Inspired Eye Makeup - Tutorial for green green green green St. Pat’s party eyes.

St. Patrick’s Day, Host a Party - Tips to make your budget bash a success from BillSavings.com

St. Patrick’s Day Last Minute Party - Marley Majcher, author and founder of ThePartyGoddess.com gives elegant and affordable tips.

How to Throw a St. Patrick’s Day Party - The title says it all!

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, 3-Course, Under $40 - Chef Dundon from Ireland’s famous Dunbrody Country House Hotel & Restaurant shows recipes! Mushroom Chowder, Sheperd’s Pie, Bailey’s Creme Brulee.

St. Patrick’s Irish Bread Recipe - Easy, easy YUM from StartCooking.com

St. Patrick’s Day Four Leaf Clover - Decorate in one minute! Easy clovers from OneMinuteCrafts.com.

St. Patrick’s Day Music: Stephane Grappelli, Frankie Gavin – Oh The Days Of The Kerry Dances - The legendary Stephane Grapelli on violin with Frankie Gavin and group in a stunning performance filmed in 2008.

John Mayer – “St. Patrick’s Day” - Nice live performance from John Mayer singing his piece titled, “St. Patrick’s Day,” filmed in 2006

And… we turn now to: St. Patrick’s Day — Trivia:

  • St. Patrick is supposed to have removed what from Ireland?
  • Why does a leprechaun wear green?
  • What is a leprechaun’s profession?
  • The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the U.S. was held in which city?
  • Click here for St. Patrick’s Day trivia answers.

More St. Patrick’s Day budget tips in our post:

Link to this article: http://is.gd/PMsanj

Bookmark and Share

Winter Car and Driving Money Saving Tips

It’s winter, and if you haven’t done so already, it’s not too late to take the proper measures to be sure your vehicle is in good shape to get you safely where you want to go. Whether you do it yourself, or have an auto shop do it, the pointers in these videos will serve as a guide to steer clear of potential costly car maintenance and driving mistakes to keep you safer on the winter roads.

Stuck in Snow? Don’t Rock Your Car - Rocking a car stuck in snow back & forth to free it could end up costing thousands in broken engine mounts, stripped wiring, & transmission problems. The Monday Morning Mechanic, David N. Rogers, shows how to free a trapped vehicle without damaging it.

Winter Tires, Choose Right - The right winter tires can make a BIG difference when driving on the ice & snow. David Rogers, explains and gives some tips that could save you lots of money, too!

Winterize Your Car -  Several quick  & simple tips from a Metro Tech instructor, that you can do or request an auto shop to do, to get your car ready for winter. A little preventative attention could save you big.

More car and driving money saving topics in our previous posts:

Link to this article: http://is.gd/aNBobx


Bookmark and Share

Roll Out the Red Carpet, Not Your Wallet, Oscar Party Ideas

Academy Awards night is a great opportunity to enjoy some Hollywood glitz, glamor and celebrity excitement right in your own home. Whether a full fashion formal sparkling event, or just snuggling on the sofa with a ballot and a sparkling drink, Oscar night can be enjoyed without breaking the bank or straining your budget.  The videos here give tips on hosting, easy recipes, quick cocktail ideas, games, and even swag bag favor ideas, to make your red carpet party at home fabulous.

Oscar Party Worthy of Awards - Early Show contributor Katie Lee shows how to host an Oscar party with simple tips, recipes, and planning ideas perfect for any budget.

Bash on a Budget - How to set the tone and create super successful parties that won’t hurt your budget…Do what the celebrities do! Tips from ThePartyGoddess.com’s, Marley Majcher.

Party Hors d’oeuvres - These appetizers are perfect for an Oscars Party! Affordable, impressive ideas from Celebrations.com contributing expert AndreaCorreale.

Oscar Party DIY Sparkle - Everything you need to create an affordable, fun, red carpet sparkly party from lifestyle blogger Mr. Kate.

Red Carpet Fashion Look-A-Likes, Oscars ’09 – You can get the red carpet glam looks. Nextpert.com trend and style reporter, Katlean De Monchy, shows how and gives resources for the celebrity looks-for-less fashion trends.

How to Tie a Bow Tie - Craig Stokes, host of Style Minute, shows you how to tie a bow tie. We reviewed several instructional videos on this topic, and Craig’s is without a doubt the best!

Want to enjoy the Academy Awards but you don’t have a TV? Not a problem, catch our previous post:

More budget-smart party ideas:

Related SLTV Videos:

Link to this article: http://is.gd/SQogqD

 

Bookmark and Share

And the Oscar Goes To…

And the Oscar goes to…

As we were searching through the SpendLessTV.com collection of videos, we were surprised at how many clips we’re hosting that are associated with Academy Award nominees and winners… plus, given SpendLessTV.com is a site devoted to money-saving…  you may notice another theme running throughout this collection… we know you’ll enjoy these:

The 1936 film, Pennies From Heaven received an Academy Award nomination for Best Music, Original Song, for both the music and lyrics respectively. Here is Bing Crosby in a scene from the film, singing the nominated song.

The movie, Three Coins in a Fountain won three Academy Awards in 1955, one of which was Best Music, Original Song. Here is a clip from that 1955 Academy Awards television show, where Bob Hope introduces Jerry Lewis, who then introduces Dean Martin who sings the titled song.

The Beatles received an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song Score for the 1971 movie, Let It Be. Here’s a video from way back: The Beatles “performing” their version of  “Money,” 1963.

The Best Actor in a Leading Role, Joel Grey, and Best Actress in a Leading Role, Liza Minnelli, perform “Money,” the musical scene from the movie Cabaret, which was nominated in 10 categories and received a total of 8 Academy Awards in 1973.

Donna Summer, won the 1979 Academy Award for Best Original Song “Last Dance,” which she performed in the movie, Thank God It’s Friday. Here is her appearence  on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, performing  “She Works Hard For The Money.”

John Cleese was nominated for an Oscar in 1989 for Best Writing, Original Screenplay for the film A Fish Called Wanda. (look closely, he’s there – really!) Here he is with Money Python in 1972, with “The Money Song.”

Bruce Springsteen won an Oscar in 1994 for Best Original Song for “Streets of Philadelphia,” which is the title song for the movie. In this video from a 2012 concert Bruce and the E Street Band performs “Easy Money.”

Cuba Gooding Jr. received the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the 1997 film, Jerry McGuire. Here he is in the movie’s unforgettable famous scene: Show Me The Money!

Robin Williams was awarded the 1997 Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in the movie, Good Will Hunting.  In this clip he’s doing a joke about Canadian Money (don’t blink, you’ll miss it).

Phil Collins won his Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song “You’ll Be In My Heart” for Disney’s Tarzan in 1999. Here he is in a live performance with Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton in Money For Nothin (I Want My MTV).

Ellen Degeneres hasn’t won an Oscar, but she did win an Emmy for hosting the 2007 79th Annual Academy Awards. When she hosted in 2014 she surprised a pizza delivery man when she brought him onto the stage to hand out pizza to the audience. Here she shares the balance of the tip with him on The Ellen Show.

Steve Martin hasn’t won an Academy Award, but he did receive three Emmy nominations for hosting the 82nd 2010 Annual Academy Awards. Here he is in this Saturday Night Live classic piece: Don’t Buy Stuff You Can’t Afford.

For more party ideas, check out our previous post:

Link to this article: http://is.gd/Jl2WkI

 

Bookmark and Share

Awesome Super Bowl Party (on a Budget) Tips

Super Bowl… it’s all about the game… er… party… er… food… er… budget...

Whatever the Super Bowl is for you, you won’t want to miss catching these videos with recipes and entertaining tips that score well for your wallet’s team while you serve your guests a winning time.

Football Fiesta – Andrea Correale, founder of Elegant Affairs catering gives affordable football-themed  ideas for food, buffet settings & party favors.

10 Super Bowl Party Savings Tips – Josh Elledge, SavingsAngel founder’s tips to save on a range of Super Bowl Party expenses like babysitting, party supplies, decorations, food & more.

Super Bowl Buffalo Chicken Wings & Vegan Snacks –  Traditional Wings, Asian Peanut Sauce & 2 vegan dishes, all for under $15 from the Working Class Foodies.

Super Bowl, Serve 8 Under $35 - Tim Love, Owner of The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in Forth Worth, Texas shares recipes for a Super Bowl menu on a budget: 3-course meal to serve 8 people for less than $35.

Hosting a Party? Play it Safe with Liability Insurance -  Experts say it’s important for party hosts to carry liability insurance for your parties, not only to cover a potential accident or an incident due to intoxication – but also for things like food poisoning, even if the event is catered you may be held responsible.

More ideas from our friends:

  • Super Bowl party ideas, recipes, drinks and games… Celebrations.com
  • Super Bowl Menu: how to keep it frugal… BargainBabe.com
  • More Recipes including Beer Cocktails… DiningInTheRound.com

Link to this article: http://is.gd/fSmaBn


Bookmark and Share

8 Holiday Party Ideas, Easy on Your Budget

Entertaining on a budget isn’t always easy, and the holiday season puts even more added demands and challenges on your  budget. This is, after all, a time to bring in some brightness and share some fun with friends and family.  Is it really possible to enjoy hosting a holiday party without breaking the bank or over-stretching your wallet? Absolutely! We’ve posted several entries on holiday entertaining on a budget before, and this year is no exception. Here are 8 videos loaded with pointers to host a party on a budget, from decorations to serving food, to dealing with holiday hosting stress, all to make it easier for for you and yours to enjoy a little more holiday happiness!

Retro Tinsel DIY Tree, Under $30 - You could make your own retro inspired Tinsel Tree for under $30. Decorate for a party, and use year after year. Here are how-to directions plus some other great tree alternative ideas from Threadbanger.com.

Saving Cash on Holiday Parties - Deal pro and consultant at savings.com and creator of LivingWellSpendingLess.com, Ruth Soukup, gives tips on how to have a great time hosting a budget-friendly holiday party.

Holiday Appetizers Budget Friendly - Three delicious, fast and affordable holiday appetizers, complete with wine pairing suggestions from Chef Hosea Rosenberg to make your party gourmet and your guests feeling great.

Simple Savings for Holiday Meals - WalletPop.com editor Andrea Chalupa gives simple tips to save money when planning holiday meals. Tip #1: Start now! P.S. re: the tip on refreshing up rolls, we suggest the paper towel should be damp.

Entertaining on a Budget - Planning ahead, grocery shopping tips, decor ideas, and how to deal if you really can’t afford to host this year.. pointers to enjoy the holidays on a budget from the Shopping Queen, Fatima Mehdikarimi.

How to Throw a Care Package Party –  Throw a holiday party that gives back this season by hosting a care package party. Here, Celebrations.com expert Mark Addison shows you how to create a festive, beautiful and charitable fete.

Cool Ideas for Hot Holiday Entertaining - Everything you need to create a smashing holiday event with tips from greeting guests, to table settings, to decorations, to party favors from designer Robert Verdi.

Budget Savvy Entertaining - Make these holidays stress free, budget-friendly and enjoy entertaining with these creative ideas from event planner Sebastien Centner.

Link to this article: http://is.gd/Gww9rW

Bookmark and Share

Thanksgiving, Thankfully Budget Friendly

10 Festive ideas to celebrate Thanksgiving with great food, a beautiful table, warm home decor touches, and all within budget.

Enjoy the video clips, and enjoy your holiday!

Holiday Dinner – feed 30 People for under $60 –  Seems unbelievable, but Coupon Mom shows how easily it CAN be done!

Southern Style Thanksgiving Budget Feast -  ”Simple Fresh Southern” cookbook authors, The Lee Brothers, Matt and Ted Lee, show recipes for a three-course Thanksgiving dinner to feed 8 for under $70.

Little Pumpkin Pies – Author of the 99-Cent Only Store Cookbook, Christiane Jory gives simple seasonal recipe for instant delicious on a dime.

No-Bake Double-Layer Pumpkin Pie – a Kraft Foods amazingly quick and easy recipe for a pie that doesn’t require any baking.

Easy Fall Table Centerpieces –  Professional floral designer, Amy Child Marella, gives easy fall table decor ideas you can do in minutes.

Etched Pumpkins, Easy & Beautiful! - interior designer and crafter Evette Rios shows amazingly beautiful and easy way to use pumpkins for affordable seasonal holiday decor flare in decorating your home.

Fall Table Decorations From Your Grocery - Designer, Jennifer Adams, and lifestyle TV reporter, Brooke Carlson show budget-friendly ideas to decorate your fall holiday table with items from the grocery store.

For even more holiday on-a-budget party tips:

Link to this article: http://is.gd/IrmnTM 

Bookmark and Share

The Special Deal Days of Holiday Shopping

 

The holiday shopping season continues to start earlier in the year, and that means a growing number of “special shopping days” with more deals and discounts from retailers and online outlets. This is a greater opportunity for you to save on those items on your gift list. But with more and more sale days, it may be quite a challenge to keep your spending in check during the holiday shopping season. The keys to staying in control are:

  • plan ahead
  • know the best days to shop
  • research and price compare ahead of time
  • use coupons and promo codes
  • stick to your budget

Here are the 12 traditional big sale and discount days for holiday shopping:

November 10 - Neighborhood Toy Store Day - This day of awareness was initiated to help shoppers find the best children’s toys on the market and encourage shopping in your  local community. Check out this website with resources: Neighborhood Toy Store Day. 

The Day after Thanksgiving – Black Friday - In the United States, Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day. On this day, most major retailers open extremely early, often even on Thanksgiving night, and offer promotional sales to kick off the shopping season, similar to Boxing Day sales in many Commonwealth Nations. Sales are announced weeks ahead of time, and doorbuster deals are offered in limited quantities, which means advanced planning is essential to get the most from these bargains. More to find big savings in our post: Black Friday, Cyber Monday Money Saving Tips

The Saturday following Thanksgiving - Small Business Saturday  - Small Business Saturday reminds us to shop at locally-owned neighborhood stores. Boutique independent shops can offer some unique choices, quality goods and caring service.

The Monday following Thanksgiving - Cyber Monday - This marks the start of Cyber Week, where online shopping deals are continuous right up until the very last holiday minute, especially if you know where and how to search for bargains. By shopping online you save on gas and parking fees. Watch for sales, and use promo codes for discounts and free shipping offers. 7 Cyber Monday Shopping and Safety Tips.

End of November or in December - Chanukah – The first day of the eight-day holiday of Chanukah changes from year to year, but check your calendar and watch for new offers, specials and promo codes before that first day and and throughout the eight days of Chanukah. More tips to enjoy your holiday celebration in our post:  8 Ideas for a Happy Hanukkah Party on a Budget.

Second Monday in DecemberGreen Monday - eBay coined the term “Green Monday,” which does not refer to anything ecological, but rather, refers to the busiest online sales day of the year and the busiest shipping day in the country, with sales reported to bring in over one-billion greenbacks. More savings tips in this video:  Green Monday

Mid-December – Free Shipping Day - The U.S. and Canada’s Postal Service’s Annual Free Shipping Day,  is a one-day, online-shopping event when literally thousands of merchants offer free shipping promising delivery by Christmas Eve, and many merchants offer additional special promotions and discounts. More on participating retailers, special offers in this post on Free Shipping Day .

Third Thursday in DecemberNational Regifting Day - Regifting can be a budget-friendly option for gift-giving and is a more environmentally friendly option. Additionally, National Regifting Day conveniently coincides with the time that many businesses are hosting holiday office parties. One word of caution: be sure you don’t regift the gift back to the person who gave it to you originally. More handy tips in this video on The Art of Regifting.

Saturday before Christmas Day – Super Saturday - This is the second biggest retail shopping day of the year. The Saturday before Christmas is called “super” because it’s the last weekend chance for shoppers, which makes it super for retailers. Along with extra incentives and doorbuster deals being offered through the weekend, shoppers may also find a wide range of retail prices with tons of impulse items priced on the higher side while items that haven’t moved previously may be priced to sell. More in this video: Super Saturday Holiday Shopping

Christmas Eve Eve and Christmas Eve - Two more intense days for sales at brick-and-mortar stores. This is the final opportunity for shoppers browse for gifts in order to give them in time for Christmas Day, and it’s the last chance to move inventory before final end of year markdowns. But though you may be facing a time crunch, it’s still possible to find deals. How-to tips in this video:  Last Minute Holiday Shopping Tips.

December 26Kwanzaa – This seven-day celebration starts the day following Christmas and ends on January 1. This week is loaded with post-Christmas and end-of-year discounts being offered, but pay special attention and you may find extra coupon codes and discounts added to address this specific holiday. Ideas, crafts, recipes and gift ideas in our post: 7 Kwanzaa Celebration Ideas.

Day After Christmas and Post Christmas Deals: The day after Christmas is now considered to be a close contender with Black Friday as one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Shoppers are in stores with gift exchanges and returns, and using gift cash and gift cards while taking advantage of end of season sales for items like winter gear, clothing and coats. It’s also a good time to find rock bottom prices on holiday items you might want to stock up on for next year’s holiday season like wrapping paper, holiday cards, and decorations. Discounts are usual offered through January 1 as retailers need to move last year’s inventory to make way for new spring stock. Make the most of your post-holiday shopping with the tips in this video on How to Snag After-Holiday Deals.

 More on how to get the most for your holiday shopping dollar:

Link to this article: http://is.gd/6xSGHx


Bookmark and Share