Kitchen Tips

Get organized in the kitchen, and feed the family fast, cheap and easy with these articles and resources.Learn menu planning, tackle kitchen cleaning chores, save money at the supermarket and build an organized pantry to make kitchen chores fly!

Hit the Sack: Gear Up for School Lunches

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Will you add "pack school lunches" to your to-do list when school starts? Time to get organized!

School-day mornings veer to frazzled in a heartbeat, and never more so than when trying to pack lunches while locating laundry, overseeing homework and calling children to breakfast.

Give yourself a break, and take time now to prepare for the school lunch routine. With nine months of lunch duty ahead, planning school lunch menus will make it easy to pack the sacks each day!

Start Small: Sneak Up On Freezer Cooking

You've heard about bulk freezer cooking--an easy method of stockpiling prepared meals in the household freezer.

Commercial meal assembly franchises like Dream Dinners®, or Let’s Dish® have popularized the concept (at a cost), but smart home cooks know that feeding the freezer is an efficient way to feed the family. too.

Party Time: Four Steps To Easy Entertaining

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Shhh! Don't look now, but the holidays are right around the corner. Will you be ready to offer hospitality in your home?

Busy home managers have many reasons to dread entertaining, whether it's drop-in visitors or a large party. Entertaining can be costly, in time and in money. Our homes may not measure up to the standard touted in glossy furniture store ads. Often, we're unsure of ourselves in the role of hostess. Many of us didn't learn the knack at Mother's knee-yet we still measure ourselves against her yardstick.

Beyond the Shopping List: Core Concepts for Supermarket Savings

Looking to lower your grocery bill?

Armed with a menu plan and a shopping list, you've taken the first steps toward establishing a grocery budget and are paying less for food.

But for many of us, the process isn't a happy one.

Mornings aren't the same when a favorite coffee blend is replaced with a generic grind, while the family is getting mighty tired of downsized dinners. Sure, you're saving money--but are you getting the most food value for what you spend?

Cutting back on supermarket spending doesn't have to mean an endless diet of ramen noodles!

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