24/Savvy Home and Money

$1 Slow Cooker Sliders

Published in Food & Travel News
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 09:04
I don't know about you Savvy Girls, but sliders (mini-sandwiches) have been turning up on every bar menu worth it's weight in tasty bites on the east coast for the last six months or so.  I've got nothing against them except the prices, which typically ring in at about $12 for 3 sliders.  Sure they're cute and they're meant to share, but $4 for a mini-sandwich?  That's $4 per person and I guarantee you'll still be hungry for more.

The good news is, sliders are incredibly easy and inexpensive to make at home and particularly great for Wee Savvies.  Especially when you say, "we're having sliders for dinner."  They'll think "YAY, sliders, fun!," even if they don't know what you're talking about.  The ingredients in this recipe cost about $16 and they made 16 good-sized sliders (I counted by how many packages of rolls I ended up buying), and they were about twice the size as those at our local bar.

10 Fun Date Ideas Beyond Dinner & A Movie

Published in Family & Charity News
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 09:34
Whether it's your first time out together or you're looking to infuse a little spontaneity in your long term relationship, these fun and funky date ideas will ensure that you'll have a great time creating unique memories together.

  • Tie dye socks together.  This is so fun and inexpensive and although you might be too embarrassed to wear a t-shirt, socks are discreet enough to enjoy on the sly.
  • Go junking.  Either at a thrift store, antique store or straight out of the trash, find something you'd like to restore and do it together.  It could be a lamp, a picture frame, a screen, whatever you want!
  • Go to a comedy club.  It can get a little pricy, but amateur nights are often free and there's no better aphrodisiac like laughing.
  • Bake a giant batch of cookies, wrap them beautifully and give them away to neighbors.  
  • Take turns being street photographers. Buy a cheap disposable camera, give yourself a list of assignments (a couple kissing or fighting, a cop giving someone a ticket, a child crying, etc.) and troll around taking shots of interesting street scenes. Finish off the way the old pros did, drinking Manhattans at a dive bar.  
  • See a belly dancer perform. This age old ritual of wiggling, shaking and jangling is another potent aphrodisiac.   
  • Spend $8 picking an outfit for on each other at a thrift store and wear whatever you bought bowling.  Good opportunity to try out influencing your man's sense of style.
  • Indoor Camping. Make a fire and roast hotdogs, s'mores and take turns reading ghost stories
  • Visit a museum at night for a romantic stroll amongst the masterpieces and finish with a glass of wine at the museum cafe.
  • Roller skating anyone?  Particularly at rinks that have disco or 80s music, you'll have the time of your lives without risk of serious injury.

What's your favorite idea for an out-of-the-box date? Please share in the comments!

15 Savvy, Pain-Free Money Saving Tips

Published in Home & Money News
Friday, 07 January 2011 13:33


We wanted to join the party, celebrating the year's "best of" but we didn't want to exhaust ourselves screening films, skimming books and blasting tunes.  Instead, we're sticking to what we know best: saving money, savvy style.  Here are some of the best, practically pain-free tips we found last year—we saved a bundle incorporating them into our daily lives and hope you will too.

25-Cent Solution for Dry Hair

Published in Beauty & Health News
Monday, 28 January 2013 08:55
Not only is this an incredible solution for dry hair, you can file this under another 'really useful way to repurpose a plastic bag.'  As easy as it is inexpensive, this has become one of our favorite budget beauty treatments to do at least once a month or before special occasions.

25-Cent Solution for Dry Hair
•    Take about 1-2 teaspoons of good quality olive oil in the palm of your hand and smooth through your hair.  You may think you need to comb it through, but it spreads easily and covers hair quickly.  
•    Take the flat edge of the opening of a plastic bag (the non-handle part) and place it against your forehead.  Wrap it 'do-rag-like around your hair, scooping your hair into the bag and twisting it into a bun.  You can secure it with a rubber band if you like.
•    Leave on hair for an hour or up to two hours, as your schedule permits.
•    Shower and shampoo, condition and style your hair normally.  Voila! Instantly soft, smooth, shiny hair.
Pretty, well-shaped nails can make you look just so...polished.  It's fine to splurge every once in awhile on a pro mani to get the shaping down just right, but for the rest of the time, you can get the same results, right at home.

Here's our super-simple four-step process for getting the perfect polish at home:

Contrary to what our favorite crooning amphibian had to say on the subject, it IS easy being green.  We've traded out just about all of our store-bought cleaning supplies and replaced them with natural cleansers and you know what?  Savvy Central has never been cleaner, never smelled as fresh and our wallets have never been fatter.  Ok, well, they’re not that fat, but you get the idea.  Here’s a shortlist of our favorite natural cleansers and what they do.

7 Affordable All-Purpose Face Cleansers

Published in Beauty & Health News
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 09:05

Affordable Face Cleansers

When investing in a skin-care regime, you absolutely do not want to skimp on anti-aging, acne treatments or sun-damage prevention, but one area you can save on is cleansers.  The fact is, most cleansers, even drugstore brands, effectively serve their purpose: they clean your face.  And unless you have a severe skin condition, for which you likely need dermatological intervention anyway, you can sidle up to any of these effective, inexpensive drugstore cleansers and trust that they'll get the cleansing job done, just as well as their luxe counterparts.

My memory is failing me, but some famous writer used to love saying that simply walking around the block in New York City costs about $20.00.  The same is true in summer, no?  Ice cream, summer blockbusters, vacations—money just falls through our fingers like a sieve.  If you're looking to save up, not sieve out, there are many, easy ways to do it before summer ends.  In fact, we're willing to bet with our trade-off tips, you can sock away at least $100 by the end of the season.

(Photo via iheartluxe.com)

Budget Entertaining: Dining Table Upgrade

Published in Home & Money News
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 09:51

There's a little trick we do when we're inviting people over for dinner, particularly if they've already been to Savvy Central.  We do a mini-makeover to our dining room table, creating a fresh, new space for guests, giving them a little surprise and a unique dining experience.

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