up arrow Money Saving Tips for 2012, Part 1

Block of cheese
A block of cheese will yield more product for less, so grate your own.

Grate your own damn cheese
Still buying grated cheese in bags? Don’t. Those bags don’t contain that much product. Buy the block of cheese, and you’ll get more and have more of a selection of styles to choose from. Personally, I like tasty cheese like extra sharp cheddar. Try finding the extra sharp in a bag. You can, but it’s usually crowded out by the regular cheddar and something called taco mix. Whatever.

Buy good kitchen equipment
Cooking at home will save you money, and it will be measurably more fun if you have a nice set of knifes, a good quality skillet, and several sets of measuring spoons. The knives are going to cost you some money, but once you have them, you’ll wonder how you ever did without. I recommend Henckels. Solid craftsmanship. Made in Germany. Be prepared to drop $100 on that 8″ chef knife. It’s worth every penny. You can find nice measuring spoons and some nice cookware at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. Make several trips and look around. You’ll find a gem. Oh, and buy yourself a good cheese grater or zester. It will make grating your own cheese that much easier.

1268 Lititz Pike  Lancaster, PA

TJ Maxx
832 Plaza Boulevard  Lancaster, PA

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