15 Butternut Squash Recipes

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This is the time of year to find great deals on butternut squash. It can be used as part of your main dish, as a soup or side dish, or in breakfast and dessert recipes. We've rounded up some delicious butternut squash recipes for you to try if you're out of ideas.

And remember to use  your Favado app to find the best deals on all your ingredients!

15 Butternut Squash Recipes

How to Save Money at the Grocery Store

One of the biggest, and most regular costs that many of us have is the weekly trip to the grocery store. The cost of food always seems to be rising, and it's not something that you can just cut from your budget.

The good news, though, is that while you can't eliminate your grocery bill, you can significantly reduce it. As long as you have a little time and are willing to do a little planning, you can save money at the grocery store every time you go.

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Know When to Shop

One of the best things you can do for your grocery budget is to know when to shop. Don't shop when you are hungry. You are more likely to buy more than you need and to make impulse buys that aren't on your list. Do your shopping after you've eaten, when you feel relatively good and have better judgment.

It can also help to choose to shop during times of the day when you know there will be fewer people at the store. When you feel pressured, rushed, and stressed, you are far more likely to make poor decisions and grab items you don't need (and may not even want), and that increases your grocery bill.

Plan With an Annotated List

Create an annotated shopping list. Your shopping list should revolve around your meal plan. One of the best things you can do is create a meal plan based on what's on sale. Look at flyers in your newspaper and consider coupons. See what you can get a discount on, and then plan your meals around ingredients that will be on sale or that you can use coupons for.

You can make the process even easier when you use a coupon app. An app like Favado can help you identify and organize coupons and money-saving promotions in a way that makes it easy to get good deals when you go shopping.

Your annotated shopping list doesn't need to be fancy, but it can help to make a few notes. Then, when you go shopping, be sure to stick with your list. Don't get extra items, and be careful to avoid "bargains" on items that you aren't planning to buy anyway. Just because it's on sale doesn't mean that you should buy it. Keep that in mind and stick to your list, and you'll be able to keep your grocery budget under control.

Don't Buy at the Grocery Store

It's also possible to save money at the grocery store by getting your food elsewhere. Look online to purchase non-perishable staples. You might be able to get a discount on them, and they are delivered right to your door.

Another possibility is to do your shopping at farmers markets or to join a local produce co-op. In many cases, it's possible to get locally-sourced, seasonal items for less than going to the store. Sign up for these items and then only buy what you can't get through these alternatives at the store.

Finally, you can save by growing your own food. Grow some of the produce that you use most, and you can save because you won't have to go to the grocery store. If you have extra, you can bottle or freeze it for use during winter months. Growing your own food can help you supplement your diet and reduce the amount that you need to buy at the grocery store.

With a little thought, planning, and effort, it should be possible for you to save money at the grocery store, and still enjoy good, healthy food.

Tom Drake is a financial analyst for a major grocery store chain in Canada as well as the writer behind Canadian Finance Blog. For more tips to cut your expenses and reduce your bills, join his free newsletter.

20 Delicious Pumpkin Recipes

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Pumpkin is a favorite fall squash, but it's not limited to using only in pie. Here are 20 delicious pumpkin recipes that cover breakfast, snack time, and a variety of desserts.

Remember to use your Favado app to find the best deals on all your ingredients!

Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes

Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Recipes

20 Apple Dessert Recipes

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Fall is officially here and we've rounded up 20 delicious apple dessert recipes for you. If you're never sure which apples are best for eating, baking, salads, etc., be sure to check out Apples and Their Uses.

If you're looking for basic snack ideas that use apples, try Homemade Applesauce or Homemade Apple Chips.

And be sure to use your Favado app to find the best deals on all your ingredients!

Apple Dessert Recipes

  1. Caramel Apple Tarts
  2. Caramel Apple Dip
  3. Easy Apple Pie
  4. Baked Cinnamon Apples
  5. Crock Pot Apple Crisp
  6. Caramel Apple Crisp
  7. Gluten-Free Apple Crisp
  8. Crock Pot Apple Dump Cake
  9. Grandma's Apple Strudel
  10. Apple Dumplings
  11. Sun Drop Apple Dumplings
  12. Apple Streusel Cake
  13. Fast & Easy Baked Apple
  14. Apple Turnovers
  15. Baked Caramel Apple Donuts
  16. Peanut Butter Apple Dip
  17. Apple Cake
  18. Apple Pie Filling for the Freezer
  19. Apple Wraps
  20. Apple Whip Dessert

5 Tips to Save on Grocery and Food Purchases

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Dave Daniels writes about smart shopping and tips for frugal living especially when it comes to costs in the kitchen.

Do you know how much you spend on food each month? If not, break out your latest credit card statement and check your purchase categories. You might be surprised.

Whether it's $300 or $1,000, food expenses are going to take a big chunk out of your budget. While you can't do much about rising prices (they're predicted to increase by as much as 3.5%, according to the Department of Agriculture) there are several moves you can make to cut your food costs. Here are five of them.

1. Use Coupons

It's the oldest trick in the book, but it still works. Even if you don't read the Sunday paper, pick up a copy or two and start clipping. Then, put your smartphone to work. There are tons of grocery saving apps at your disposal—Favado is one of the best. Get deals and discounts from over 65,000 stores nationwide and customize your user experience to receive alerts when your preferred foods go on sale.

2. Buy Produce at a Farmers Market

For your fruit and vegetable purchases, check out a local farmers market. You're likely to find a wider variety of produce, usually at prices around 20% lower than your traditional grocer, and they should be fresher and of higher quality. Even if you have to drive a few extra miles to find one, if your family eats a lot of fruits and veggies, the potential savings can make the trip well worth your while.

3. Reduce Restaurant Trips

We love to eat at restaurants, and there's no reason we shouldn't. Instead of cutting them entirely out of your entertainment budget, start by staying home one extra night per month.

To calm any family uproar, make it a fun cook-in evening. Buy all the ingredients for a lasagna, then divide the family up into specific responsibilities: One person cooks the pasta sheets, someone cuts the veggies or browns the beef, and the kids put it all together (obviously, the most fun part of the experience). Believe me, it makes for better bonding than sitting down at a restaurant booth.

4. Brown Bag It to Work

Let's say you spend $5 per day eating out on your lunch break. Over the course of a year, that adds up to $1,250. Instead, pack up last night's leftovers in some Tupperware or throw some sandwiches and healthy snacks together. This can also have a positive effect on your gas costs and reduce wear and tear on your automobile.

5. Create a Grocery Shopping List

When you head to the grocery store, don't forget your list. Take five minutes to run through the fridge and pantry and take note of what you do and don't need, and stick to it once you get to the store. Don't go down aisles that don't contain items on your list, and once you hit the checkout line, put an imaginary cover over your cart. Those candies, magazines, and other items are only there to bait you into spending more.

Let's say you eliminate one trip to your favorite restaurant each month, saving yourself $100, and you pare your grocery purchases back by the same amount using the above tips. Instead of letting that $200 monthly surplus sit in your checking account, develop a plan to direct it to wherever it can best benefit your finances.

You could knock down your credit card balances, beef up your emergency fund, or even get caught up on your retirement investments. Saving money on food and grocery purchases is great, but truly taking advantage of those savings is the ultimate goal.

What other ways can you think of to save on grocery and food purchases?

Favado Back to School Twitter Party August 19th

Favado Back to School Twitter Party August 19th at 9 pm EST

Some have started back to school already, and others will start in the next couple of weeks! Whether you've already found your groove for getting back into a routine or you're holding on to the last days of summer, you'll want to come and chat with us on Twitter about all things back to school....deals on supplies, surviving the morning routine, weeknight dinner hacks, and more!

Twitter Party Details

Date: August 19, 2014

Time: 9:00 pm EST

Hashtag: #FavadoBTS

Hosts: @savings, @favadoapp, @amissiontosave, @moolasavingmom, @iamthatlady, @markandlaureng, and @myeverydaysavvy

Prizes: 3 $100 grocery store gift cards

RSVP

Back to School Mornings Twitter Party

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Join us next Monday for a Back to School Twitter Party where we will focus on mornings--the craziest time of the day!

Twitter Party Details

Date: August 11, 2014

Time: 9 pm EST

Hashtag: #BTSMornings

Hosts: @favadoapp, @lunchbox_love, @hurstbeans,
@santacruzjuice, @iamthatlady, @maritramos, @iheartthemart,
@moolasavingmom

Prizes: There will be three giveaways: One gift basket with $100 grocery store gift card, coupon organizer, handmade clay pot, designed especially for cooking Hurst beans, and half year sets of Lunchbox Love notes! Also two additional $100 grocery store gift cards.

RSVP

RSVP to be eligible to win prizes.

Get Printable Coupons from Favado App

We recently showed you how to find back to school deals in the Favado app on Android devices and iOS devices. We also shared with you printable coupons for back to school products. But did you know that you can use Favado app to email printable coupons to yourself?

When you follow the instructions to view the back to school deals in the app, you will see a graphic that says, "Print Coupons."

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Well, you can't print from your phone, but clicking that button opens up your email so that you can email the printable coupons to yourself.

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