Quick Tip: Use Frozen Onions to Prevent Tears

It’s time for another quick tip!!

Does anyone else get super teary-eyed when they cut onions? I know it’s a problem for many people including me. I am basically crying after a couple minutes of cutting onions. I am always looking for a new idea to prevent the tears but very few have ever helped me.

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Some time within the last year or so I stumbled upon an idea that has been the answer for my teary-eyed problem. What is this solution? Frozen onions!!! When a recipe calls for onions, I just use frozen chopped onions! I use them in stews, soups, and stir fry. The only time this doesn’t work is in recipes when you aren’t cooking the onions (like salads).

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This tip has made it so I don’t just skip the onions in recipes anymore! (It’s true; I would sometimes do that.) Thank you, frozen onions, you have been a big help!

What about you? What do you do to prevent teary-eyes when chopping onions! I would love to hear your ideas, so leave them below!

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Until next time,
Charissa

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Quick Tip: Keep A Running List of Clothing Items You Need

I’m back with another quick tip!

Last week I took 15 minutes (and then another 15 minutes) to organize my bedroom closet. I took some time to remove a few unwanted items, so I want to be careful when considering the items I choose to add to my wardrobe. That leads me to today’s tip.

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Today’s quick tip: Keep a running list of clothing items you need.

Sometimes we enter a store and end up doing a lot of mindless browsing and shopping. Yes, I know that can be fun! If you’re trying to streamline your wardrobe, though, and if you’re looking to save money and simplify things, keeping a list and referring to it is a simple solution!

Keep a list for you and one for your children. Update the list as you notice items that are needed. Grab that list and refer to it the next time you shop!

What about you? How do you keeping your shopping focused and budget-friendly? I would love to hear from you, so please drop me a comment below!

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Until next time,

Charissa

 

Quick Tip: Grocery Shop Once a Week to Save Time & Money

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Looking to save time & money?

Then I have a quick tip for you: grocery shop once a week!

A typical scene at the grocery store when I am checking out goes a little something like this: I pull up to the check out line with a cart full of groceries, a man with 3 items in his hands steps behind me, takes a glance at my cart with wide eyes and quickly dashes to the nearest available line.

I often feel like I’m the only one in the store with more than a dozen items in my cart. Everyone around me has just a few items in their basket. This leads me to believe that many people are shopping more than once a week. (Or maybe they are simply living off bread, ice cream and orange juice.)

Shopping once a week takes planning and (obviously) takes time, but it also saves money and time.

One weekly trip to and from the store for a 45 minute to 1 hour shopping trip is a better use of your time than multiple trips to the store for 10 to 15 minutes.

One weekly trip to the store keeps you focused and prevents impulse buys and extra unnecessary spending.

Grocery shop once a week, save time and money and make your life just a little less busy.

Extra tips

If you want to shop just once a week there are 2 things you will need to help you accomplish this goal.

  • You will need a meal plan. Read about 5 reasons to meal plan here.
  • You will need a grocery list. Learn how to organize your grocery list by categories here.

Need some simple meal ideas? Check out this post.

What about you? How many times do you grocery shop each week?

Until next time,

Charissa

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Quick Tip: Use a Mesh Garment Bag for “Wash by Hand” items

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I am always looking for ways to make my life a little easier. When you make things a little easier you become just a little less busy.

Today I am sharing a quick laundry tip! Do you have any “wash by hand” items in your closet? I try to avoid purchasing these types of items, but I do have 1 or 2 that fall into that category. To avoid actually having to hand wash any clothing, I use a mesh garment bag. Just today I put my new thredUP purchase, a “wash by hand” shirt, into my mesh garment bag. It came out of the wash without any damage. I use this trick all the time because when I can I am going to choose the easy button!

What about you? Do you have any quick laundry tips?

You can read my other quick tips here.

Until next time,

Charissa

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Quick tip: Use Audio Books to End Car Squabbles

It’s time for another quick tip! This is one I have been implementing with success for the last few months. The tip?! Use audio books to end car squabbles.

We have often listened to audio books on long car trips, but I recently decided to use them on short drives around town. My children were squabbling a lot, and I wanted to figure out a way to lessen this (often) daily occurrence. Audio books came to mind, and I decided to see if listening to them as we ran errands, drove to church, or headed to our friend’s house would make a difference. Thankfully, it did make a very positive difference. The children are doing a lot less squabbling, and we are all enjoying some great books!

Here are two audio books we have recently listened to and have thoroughly enjoyed:

Henry Huggins

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

What about you? Do you like to listen to audio books in the car?

Until next time,

Charissa

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Quick tip: Hang your sunglasses

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Over the years I have scratched many of my sunglasses and broken a few.  I have also wasted too much time searching for them while trying to get out the door on time. I don’t buy expensive sunglasses, but I do like to keep the ones I have purchased for as long as possible. I wanted to find a place for my sunglasses that solved some of my problems. A few years ago my husband and I came up with a simple solution: hang your sunglasses to keep them safe and easily accessible. We put hooks underneath a kitchen cabinet that is right by the door we use most frequently. This handy station for sunglasses has continued to be a problem solver for our family.

What about you? Where do you store your sunglasses?

Until next time,

Charissa