Cutting Food Costs

1. Meals should be planned on a weekly basis. Although not exactly course to course, variety is they key to a balanced diet.

2. Never with an empty stomach. You’ll tend to be more impulsive in buying unnecessary stuff. Don’t rush. Take your time in shopping.

3. Have a grocery list handy in the kitchen, and jot down any item as soon as you run low. This will save a lot of trips to the grocery due to forgotten items.

4. It’s handy to bring along a calculator to compare the bargain between two similarly priced items in proportion with their contents.

5. When trying out a new product, always buy the small package. This will cost more, but just in case you don’t like it, you lose less.

6. Cheaper cuts of meat doesn’t mean inferior quality. One just has to pay more attention in cooking it. Less tender cuts are good for stews and dishes requiring long cooking time. Buy meat and other frozen products at the end of shopping; that way they won’t thaw and promote bacteria growth.

7. Consider using livers and kidneys in the menu. They are rich in iron and less in fat.

8. To get better-tasting meat, cut up all the meat together and let them sit in a communal marinade. So even when frying there will be better-tasting meat. And don’t throw away the bones, they make for good tasting stock or broth.

9. When meat is a little scarce, try adding beans. Small amounts will hardly be noticeable in most dishes.

10. Aside from common fish people buy, there are a lot of other varieties that taste as good but cost a lot less.

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Green Vegetables Fight Blindness

People who regularly eat leafy green vegetables greatly reduce their risk of developing a form of blindness that affects millions of  elderly citizens.

Johanna Seddon, author of the study and professor of ophthalmology at the Harvard Medical School, said eating a half-cut of spinach once a week is enough to provide protection against age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a form of blindness.

The macula, found in the center of the retina, enables people to see fine detail. when the macula is damaged, a person can be severely disabled, unable to read, write and drive a car.

At present, there is no known way to prevent AMD, and relatively few can be helped with laser treatments. Seddon who compared the diets of 356 people with advanced AMD with the diets of 520 without the disease, found out that spinach, collard greens, kale, mustard greens, parsely, dill and broccoli provide protection against AMD.

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Repairing Window Screens

It seems the minor repairs around the house are never quite completed. Just when you think everything is just how it should be, you notice a loose piece of molding or a scratch on the cabinets. Small upkeep issues might be nuisance, but tending to them is what keeps your house looking so good. If you can fix a problem yourself and save money, even better. Some small home repairs are very simple for homeowners to accomplish themselves. Like finding a hole in the window screen. Why buy a new screen if you can fix the other one? A small hole can be sewn back together by using a needle and thread or twine. Try to find a twine that will match as closely to the screen as possible, like silver or gray. The very best thing to use is a needle with a large hole and some very thin wire, but thread or wine will work.

Tie a knot in the twine and go through the first hole of the screen that’s still intact beside the tear. Catch the knot of the twine with the needle and pull the needle through the knot, securing the twine to the first hole. Take the thread across the tear, to the next intact hole on the opposite side of the tear. Go back and forth over the tear, following the pattern of the normal screen grid. Go across the tear to the adjacent hole, down one hole, then across to the adjacent hole. Continue this pattern until the hole is covered vertically.

Now do the same thing horizontally. Go from the bottom, over the vertical thread, then under the next vertical thread, over the next, and so on. This will put the woven pattern back into the tear.

To get the torn pattern exactly right, it is sometimes easiest to start in the middle of the tear or hole, then work outwards towards the end. go back to the middle and do the same thing to the other end. For a very jagged tear, cut a square out around the tear, then cut a new piece of screen for that area. With a perfect square, it’s much easier to make the repair. Attach the four corners first, then whip stitch the new screen piece to the old one. Trim if necessary.

A more unique way to repair a screen is to glue small trinkets to the screen – one on the inside, one on the outside. This works for small holes and tears. Just glue one jewel or butterfly or whatever you’ll be using to decorate your screen on the outside of the hole, then press another trinket on the inside of the hole. Put a few more of these around on the screen and your screen is decorated beautifully and no one can tell there ever was a hole.

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