MONEY Savings

42 Ways to Save by Cutting Out Food Waste

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Start by embracing your freezer.

In a recent episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the comedian-host addressed America’s relationship with food waste. Long story short? We waste a TON of food, and we’ve got to put an end to it.

According to the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), as much as 40 percent of the food produced in America gets trashed. As a country, Americans throw away $165 billion worth of food every year; individually, that comes out to about 20 pounds of food per person, per month. That’s about as close as we can get to throwing away money.

Not only are there huge environmental concerns about all that produce rotting in landfills, but the issue takes on a new weight when you take into account that 50 million people in the U.S. experience food insecurity.

Here’s How to Save Hundreds on Groceries

No doubt, you—our budget-savvy, smart shopping readers—are far less wasteful than most. But in light of the enormity of the problem, here’s an exhaustive refresher course in how to cut back on (and even eliminate!) household food waste:

At the store/unpacking at home
1. Be careful when buying in bulk (stick to non-perishable foods and home supplies)
2. Clean out your pantry and use the oldest items up first.
3. Organize your refrigerator the right way.
4. When unloading groceries, rearrange the fridge so the items that expire soonest are toward the front.
5. Don’t immediately trash food that’s past its sell-by date.
6. Print this helpful chart that details produce shelf life.

Take full advantage of fresh produce (and preserve it!)
7. Stay on top of the produce in your refrigerator, so nothing gets lost in the shuffle.
8. Eat fruit that’s in season.
9. Preserve the life of spring and summer berries.
10. Make your own jam (in 30 minutes or less)
11. Can summer’s fruits and vegetables at home and save money.
12. Don’t have the patience for canning? Try quickling! (My new favorite word.)
13. If greens wilt a little bit in the fridge, revive them in cold water.
14. Cook with food scraps.
15. Use leftover vegetables up in the crock pot.
16. Stuff zucchinis, peppers and more to turn veggies into a main course.
17. Spiralize vegetables for a healthy, hearty “pasta” dish.
18. Find new uses for basil this summer.
19. Then freeze fresh herbs to use all winter long.
20. Use long-in-the-tooth veggies in a super-easy stir-fry or fried rice.
21. Learn how to tell when an avocado is ripe.
22. And keep avocados from turning brown in your fridge.
23. Peel a mango without losing much of the flesh.
24. Brush up on our produce-saving kitchen hacks.
25. Learn to love ugly produce.

Don’t leave pantry staples hanging
26. Use every last bit of peanut butter in the jar (hint: our trick involves your morning oatmeal!)
27. Soften brown sugar that’s become rock hard—in seconds.
28. Revive stale bread with a little water and heat.
29. Keep an eye out for fruit powder.

Love your leftovers
30. Have a little yogurt left in the tub? Use it in a frozen treat.
31. Cook soups that freeze well.
32. Seriously, in general, embrace your freezer.
33. Learn the best ways to freeze produce, chicken, ground beef, bread and more.
34. Come winter, use frozen vegetables.
35. Bring restaurant leftovers home for a second meal or snack.
36. Pass on what you can’t use with these smart apps (check out #3).
37. Get creative with leftover ingredients.
38. Use up leftover chicken.
39. …and leftover turkey.

…and more
40. Invest in kitchen gadgets that make food prep easy.
41. Grow your own garden! And if you have a bumper crop, share it with neighbors.
42. Consider composting.

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TIME advice

7 Ideas to Maximize Your Small Garden

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Time to get creative

It’s time to make your garden dreams a reality. Ideally, we’d all have gorgeous backyards with tons of space to grow all of the flowers, vegetables, and herbs we’d like, but for most of us that’s just not the case. If you’re working with a smaller space, don’t be discouraged! You can build a beautiful garden of any size with good planning and a little bit of creativity.

Vertical Planters from Ruffles and Truffles

If you don’t have much space in your backyard, work vertically! This option is also great if you don’t like bending over your flower beds all day to weed and water, or if you’re growing veggies that you’d like to keep out of reach of hungry rabbits.

Pallet Herb Garden from Pink When

Pick herbs that don’t need much room to grow, then stack them on top of each other with a cute DIY pallet planter. This layout also makes it easy to find the herbs you want right away, so you’re not trying to push aside a giant basil plant to get to the peppermint.

Balcony Gardens from AnnaMKB at Hubpages

This blogger has a very extensive how-to for creating balcony gardens. One of the best tips? Put your plants in separate boxes to keep the ones that have a tendency to spread from taking over your whole space.

Hanging Gutter Garden from Apartment Therapy

Plants with shallow roots can be planted in hanging gutter gardens. You can even attach the gutters to a fence or the side of your home to save even more space.

Shoe Organizer Herb Garden from Curbly

If you want to grow herbs in the summer, but don’t have much space, use a hanging shoe organizer. The large number of pockets lets you have a variety of plants, but you can hose it off and store it in the colder months to free up space.

Cinder Block Planter from Traditionally Modern Designs

If you want to plant a garden in a space with a lot of concrete, embrace your materials. Cinder blocks are resilient enough to stand up year after year and will give your space a unique look. You can also decorate them however you want to liven up the space.

Windowsill Garden from Shelterness

If you have no outdoor space at all, hang individually potted plants from a rod in your kitchen (or any sunny room in your home). Spray paint the hooks, rod, and pots the same color to bring all of the elements together.

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MONEY Shopping

Don’t Pay the Pink Tax! 6 Men’s Products Women Should Buy Instead

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Products targeted at women tend to cost more than similar ones for men.

If you’re not already frustrated about the “pink tax,” you’re about to be: As the New York Times recently revealed, women pay a premium every time they shop—often without realizing it. From personal care to clothes to dry cleaning services, products targeted at women tend to cost more than similar ones for men, even when the items in question are made from identical materials.

In a viral YouTube video, Mic’s Liz Plank estimates that this gendered pricing costs the average woman a whopping $100,000 in her lifetime (um, yikes). Willing to forego pink packaging and floral fragrances? Start purchasing these six items from the men’s aisle now to save big:

1. Razors. Multiple ALL YOU editors swear by this one. Instead of buying a Schick women’s “Hydro” razor for $12.79, buy the same Schick product targeted at men for $11.99. Or better yet, start subscribing to Dollar Shave Club: the most basic subscription will give you five blades a month for just $.60 each.

2. Deodorant. Degree Women’s Ultra Clear Antiperspirant and Deodorant costs $5.35 ($2.06 per oz.) on soap.com, while Degree Men’s Invisible Solid Antiperspirant and Deodorant costs $4.85 ($1.80 per oz.) on the same site. The same applies for clinical strength products: Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant and Deodorant costs $4.73 an oz., whereas Gillette’s clinical strength deodorant costs $4.58 an oz. (Both Secret and Gillette are owned by the same parent company, P&G, and contain nearly identical active ingredients.)

3. White denim. As our brilliant style director Carole recently pointed out, if you’re looking for a pair of straight leg white jeans, you can save big by shopping in the men’s department. Carole recommends this pair of Levi’s 501 Fit Jeans ($47)—a steal compared to similar styles for women at LOFT ($59), Gap ($70) and J.Crew ($135).

4. Shaving cream. Just as with razors, you should stock up on cans of shaving cream from the men’s aisle: Gillette shaving cream targeted at men with dry skin costs $.49 an oz., compared to a similar Gillette product for women for $.51 an oz.

5. T-shirts. Box-cut tees are on trend right now (thanks, normcore!) but instead of shelling out extra for a women’s “boyfriend” style, head to the men’s department for inexpensive tees in solid colors like black, white and grey. I like the basic pocket tees from Old Navy’s men’s department, which cost just $12.94 compared to $16.94 for similar women’s styles. (If it’s slightly too baggy, throw it in the dryer the first time you wash it.)

6. Face cleansers. Skincare lines targeted at men are often cheaper than their same-brand counterparts for women. Neutrogena Invigorating Face Wash for men costs $1.06 an oz., compared to a similar Neutrogena Invigorating product for women that costs $1.66 an oz.

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13 Lemonade and Iced Tea Recipes for Summer

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Cool off

There’s nothing like enjoying a cold glass of iced tea or lemonade on a warm afternoon. When it comes to cold drinks, homemade is almost always better, and it’s so easy to make your own iced tea and lemonade that there’s no point in buying it at the store! Don’t believe us? Prepare to have your mind blown by these delicious lemonade and iced tea recipes.

1. Cherry Pineapple Lemonade from The Kitchen McCabe

2. Orange Vanilla Ice Tea from Living Chic on the Cheap

3. Sweet Pink Lemonade from All You

4. Dominican Style Ginger Ice Tea from Foolproof Living

5. Ginger Lemonade from All You

6. Spiced Iced Tea from All You

7. Watermelon Basil Lime Iced Tea from The Candid Appetite

8. Strawberry Lemonade Iced Tea Recipe from Make and Takes

9. Sweet Tea Lemonade from All You

10. Perfect Sweet Tea Recipe from No. 2 Pencil

11. Rosemary Lemonade from Making Lemonade

12. Mint Iced Tea from All You

13. Blueberry Lemonade from Damn Delicious

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10 DIY GIft Ideas for Father’s Day

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Suited for makers of young and old

Show Dad that you inherited his amazing creativity and ingenuity by giving him a gift you made yourself. We rounded up a variety of ideas to ignite your imagination. You’ll find projects suited for makers of every age, from pre-school through adult. Now grab your glue gun and get busy!

  1. His game is sure to improve with these decorated golf balls. (h/t Laughing Kids Learn)
  2. Remind him how much you care with homemade shaving cream. (h/t Handimania)
  3. This doodle mug is a fun idea for youngsters. (h/t Coconut Robot)
  4. Spell it out for him with this Scrabble-letter photo frame.
  5. These photo bookmarks couldn’t be cuter. (h/t Nearly Crafty)
  6. Another good one for the younger set, with a little help from Mom. (h/t Crafty Monkey)
  7. Let him know he rocks! (h/t Easy Preschool Craft)
  8. Make him a special food treat, and pack it in a mason jar. (h/t Live Laugh Rowe)
  9. Turn a photo into a Shrinky Dink tie clasp! (h/t Oh Happy Day)
  10. Keep him organized with this simple-yet-sophisticated bungee organizer. (h/t Brit + Co)

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12 Simply Sweet Easter Desserts

From cake to cupcakes to cookies, you can find all of them here

  • Bird’s Nest Cake

    Make Easter extra sweet and brighten your holiday table with a whimsical dessert that is sure to please!

    See recipe: Bird’s Nest Cake

  • Lemon Ginger Pound Cake

    Cost per serving: $0.71

    This cake is equally as delicious even when made a day early—simply wrap at room temperature and glaze the cake on the day you plan to serve it.

    See recipe: Lemon Ginger Pound Cake

  • Bunny Cars

    Go green! The grass surrounding the Bunny Cars is sweetened coconut mixed with green food coloring. Add more green to go darker, or a bit of yellow for a different shade.

    See recipe: Bunny Cars

  • Pecan Shortbread Easter Cookies

    Cost per serving: 19¢

    Make your cookies look extra special with royal icing. Start with royal icing mix ($6 for 14 oz.; wilton.com) and add water as the package label directs, then dye with food coloring and pipe or spoon onto cookies. Let stand overnight so the icing can harden.

    See recipe: Pecan Shortbread Easter Cookies

  • Lemon Curd–Filled Meringue Eggs

    Cost per serving: $1.12

    If you’re tight on time, use store-bought lemon curd in place of homemade. Or, fill each meringue center with lemon sorbet.

    See recipe: Lemon Curd–Filled Meringue Eggs

  • Carrot Cupcakes

    Cost per serving: 48¢

    We know the Easter bunny loves carrots, and with these cupcakes so will your family.

    See recipe: Carrot Cupcakes

  • Lemon-Strawberry Trifle

    Cost per serving: $1.70

    Loved ones will happily dig right into this decadent Lemon-StrawberryTrifle. If you enjoy making lemon curd, feel free to swap 1 1/3 cups of yours for the jarred curd.

    See recipe: Lemon-Strawberry Trifle

  • Lemon Roulade

    Cost per serving: $1.79

    Slice strawberries or other seasonal fruit onto the dish to add color and flavor.

    See recipe: Lemon Roulade

  • Coconut-Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Cost per serving: 27¢

    These tiny cookies pack a lot of flavor!

    See recipe: Coconut-Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Sour Cherry Coffee Cake

    Cost per serving: 91¢

    We like the balance sour cherries give the sweet streusel that tops this coffee cake but substitute blueberries or raspberries for something different.

    See recipe: Sour Cherry Coffee Cake

  • Bunny Cookie Cupcakes

    This adorable 2-in-1 treat is as sweet as it is precious. With a little help from refrigerated sugar cookie dough, these bunny-shaped cookies dress up your favorite standard cupcake recipe.

    See Recipe: Bunny Cookie Cupcakes

    Related Links: More Easter recipes, crafts and decorating ideas.

  • Sweet Li’l Bunny Cupcakes

    The secret to decorating these festive Easter cupcakes are the colored sugar and the cute candy decorations. No decorating sugar? Tint granulated sugar with a few drops of food coloring for a similar effect.

    We found these adorable bunny royal-icing toppers among the selection of cupcake and cookie decorating supplies at coppergifts.com.

    Recipe: Sweet Lil Bunny Cupcakes

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11 Delicious Treats to Make With Cake Mix (Other Than Cake)

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From birthday cake pretzels to cake batter cinnamon rolls

We don’t mean to suggest that plain-old cake isn’t delicious (it is!). But we’ve come to realize that there might actually be better uses for that box of Funfetti mix sitting in your pantry. Here are eleven drool-worthy ideas we found on Pinterest, from low-calorie cake batter dip to the sweetest pancakes you’ll ever make. Happy baking!

  1. Cake Batter Truffles from The Novice Chef Blog
  2. Skinny Funfetti Cake Batter Dip from The Skinny Fork
  3. Birthday Cake Pretzels from The Housewife in Training Files
  4. Strawberry Cake Bars from Raining Hot Coupons
  5. Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls from Sally’s Baking Addiction
  6. Funfetti Pound Cake from The Sweet Tooth Life
  7. Skinny Cake Batter Ice Cream from Call Me PMC
  8. Birthday Cake Pancakes from Seeded at the Table
  9. Cake Mix Donuts from It’s Always Autumn
  10. Cake Batter Blondies from Sally’s Baking Addiction
  11. Funfetti Gooey Butter Cookies from Cookies and Cups

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MONEY Love and Money

How Talking about Credit Scores Can Improve Your Marriage

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Survey finds that financial responsibility is one of the most important qualities people look for in a spouse.

This article was originally published on AllYou.com and was written by Jennifer Liu.

You’ve met the parents, survived a combined family holiday, traded embarrassing childhood memories, and are ready to start a life together. But before you hop over to complete your wedding registry, you might want to check out your future life-partner’s credit score.

That’s right—according to an Experian Consumer Services survey, half of married adults say that credit scores were important to them when choosing a spouse. In fact, financial responsibility ranked number two as the most important attribute in a spouse, second only to personal compatibility. Even physical attractiveness and career ambition came after a person’s ability to balance a checkbook.

The survey also measured what kind of shared goals spouses found to be important to maintain a compatible relationship. Having similar financial goals ranked number three in the survey, even above compatibility in sex and intimacy or religion and spirituality. The full list includes:

1. Family goals
2. Life goals
3. Finances
4. Sex and intimacy
5. Career goals
6. Religion sand spirituality
7. Politics

“Survey findings show that once someone identifies a compatible partner, his or her next thought is about how that person manages personal finances, and credit plays a key role in that scenario,” says Ken Chaplin, senior vice president at Experian Consumer Services. “This holds true for both genders, and the study further shows that working toward compatible financial goals matters to the vast majority of married adults.”

For those of you who might shy away from financial talk, consider this: The survey indicates that 73% of women and 60% of men state that having a partner who openly communicates about personal finances and credit makes him/her more attractive. Talking about credit is especially important when the couple is securing a home loan, applying for interest rates and securing a loan to buy a car. Just a few of many examples proving that in relationships, marriage especially, communication is key. Don’t believe it? Couples married for more than 20 years who participated in the survey reported that credit plays an instrumental role in marriage.

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