Almost every woman dreams of her ideal kitchen. Then again, the recession has forced many a woman to rethink her dreams. Good news! Your dream can now become a reality. Here’s a plan that will transform any kitchen from depressing to dazzling in ten days or less- without breaking the bank.
- For the cabinets, you can’t be any more economical than by painting or staining them. If your cabinets are gone, head to the lumberyard for replacement doors. Custom cabinets are totally unnecessary.
- If you thought granite was way out of your league, think granite tiles since they cost half the amount of the solid slabs. You don’t even have to get rid of the existing countertop since any professional tiler can apply the tiles right over it. If the granite tiles are still out of budget, opt for ceramic tiles that resemble stone. Use the same tiles for the backsplash and counter to create a neat look.
- As for appliances, you don’t have to buy new ones. Refrigerators can be sprayed and you can buy a new panel for the dishwasher. All appliances should have the same finish or color- either white, stainless steel or black. In the event that you have no choice but to buy new appliances, purchase them all from the same place and have them installed on the same day.
- The key to flooring is to find something that can be placed over your existing floor. It will save lots of time and money. Cheap flooring can last just as long as the expensive flooring.
- The sinks and faucets do not have to be replaced if they’re working just fine. However, if they are not, buy them off-the-rack in a discount lumber store.
For those of you just starting up, it seems simple. Find the piece that meets your specifications, pay for it, and you’re done. Easy enough, huh? Not so fast. Many people have invested tens of thousands of dollars in equipment and installation, only to find out that it doesn’t pass inspection. We put together a list of all you need to know BEFORE you purchase your equipment. If you follow our instructions below, you shouldn’t have a problem passing inspection.
- Before purchasing anything, speak to the local fire department and health inspector. They will be able to tell you all you need to know about restrictions in your kitchen. They may even be able to give you a list of specs that you can compare with before purchasing.
- Stay away from used equipment. You never know who used it before and what happened with it when they did. The extra money you pay for a new item is worth the peace of mind and will avoid potential problems.
- In order to pass inspection, every piece of equipment you purchase for a commercial kitchen needs to have an NSF sticker. This is a small blue sticker that is found on every piece of equipment. Make sure it’s authentic and not a duplicate before purchasing. Without an NSF sticker, you won’t pass inspection and may be fined.
- If you are purchasing from a dealer that is not well known, be sure to check very carefully. The few dollars you save by going to a smaller company may cost you big bucks later on.
- Before purchasing equipment have your electrician and plumber come down to let you know what the kitchen can accommodate. You don’t want to purchase equipment and then have to redo the whole structure of the kitchen.
2 slices of pizza + a can of coke =approximately -$4.00 + 400 calories! $4.00 x 7 days/week = $28.00/week. 400 calories x 7 days/wk = 2,800 extra calories/wk. For the average man, 2 slices doesn’t do the trick, so we are talking about the minimum here. That being said, pizza still ranks as one of America’s most favorite food. No one is asking you to cut it out of your diet, but in these trying times, why not save on some money and calories? This pizza recipe is sure to be a real hit. Let’s keep the whole wheat ingredient a secret. Unless you spill the beans, they’ll never know.
1 packet active dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2 ½ cups warm water- 110°F
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
½ cup whole wheat flour
5 ½ cups unbleached flour
Thinking about a get-away? Well, February through May and September through November are the ‘off-season’ months. So now would be the best time to plan a vacation. Airfares are lower, hotels are cheaper, car rental rates are down and entrance fees into attractions are less. What can be better than coming home from a vacation with some money still left in the bank without having to compromise on the vacation?
First things first, vacation is a necessity, not a luxury like most people believe. Now that we got that cleared, here are some ideas that can help lower the cost of the vacation without compromising the experience.
- Budgeting throughout the year and setting aside some money each month will end up being a big help financially. Eliminate unnecessary spending such as going out to eat frequently, compare prices when grocery shopping, buy only the necessities and take advantage of the sales.
- Not waiting for the last minute to plan a vacation is a brilliant idea since the closer you wait to book and plan, the higher the rates will be. You want to plan everything from A-Z prior to the vacation, such as the car rental, hotel, attractions, food etc. enough in advance. Do your research. It will save you lots of money and time.
For me, “SHOPPING” is probably my biggest pet peeve. I’d rather sit at home and stare at the walls or out the window than go shopping. In no way do I look forward to a shopping trip as an enjoyable outing on a day off. I always come home with a big head-ache, starving and dead tired. I absolutely hate it! ( My husband loves me for that.) However, there are times when you have no choice but to face the music. Like when the children have outgrown their clothing or when an appliance decides to kick the bucket on me or when a household product goes dry. And now, with the holidays approaching… shopping stares you straight in the face.
With the economy down in the dumps and the sky-rocketing prices, it has become pathetically expensive to shop. Therefore, here are some courses of action you can take to make shopping a somewhat more enjoyable experience.
Barter, haggle, negotiate, bargain… I too would love to just get over with it, but close your eyes for a moment and imagine that sensation of coming home with a steal.
Here are some bargaining tips that just may make you rich one day:
Waste is a huge issue in the restaurant industry. In fact, waste is a major contributing factor in the financial demise of any food establishment. By not controlling how much food is used, it’s nearly impossible to determine a true daily budget. Few restaurants order just the right amount of food for daily operations.