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Here are 20 cooking ideas that will help you save time and money! You’ll find easy tips for organizing your kitchen better, using leftovers and more.

Here are 20 cooking ideas that will help you save time and money! You'll find easy tips for organizing your kitchen better, using leftovers and more.

20 Cooking Ideas To Save Time And Money!

  • Put flour in an old spice bottle to use when flouring cake pans.
  • Unsure what a Dutch oven is? It’s just a 6-8 quart saucepan or large pot.
  • Use a sharpie to mark the TOPS of your spice bottles so you can see at a glance which spice it is. 
  • If you frequently bake, buy a pretty set of measuring spoons and hang them on the wall. Then you don’t have to dig around to find them all the time. 
  • Use a small basket to store bottles of  extracts and food colorings. Then you can just bring the entire basket down off the shelf without fumbling over a bunch of small bottles
  • Keep salt all over your kitchen. My kitchen is very tiny but I have salt on the table, salt in my baking cabinet, salt on the stove AND salt in with my spices. Then I’m not walking back and forth each time I need to salt something. 
  • Having leftovers again? Serve them by candlelight with tablecloths or place mats. A tablecloth and candles make even plain meals look special.
  • This is an unexpected canape and a handy little finger food. Take your favorite cream cheese dip and roll about 1 teaspoon full into a ball. Press it between two walnut halves. Lay on a platter to serve.


  • Save dry cereal odds and ends to add to your Chex mix when you make it.
  • Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting it in the fridge. It will keep much longer.
  • When you have one hot dog, hamburger, sausage patty, or slice of ham left over, throw it in a container in the freezer. Use these leftovers to make a meat lovers pizza or to add a little more zip to a regular frozen pizza.
  • Don’t forget to add a few of your favorite spices to a frozen pizza or add extra cheese and toppings.

Mix and match any of these:

  • Bread and honey butter. This is an old fashioned easy stand by. Place some soft, fresh bread on a plate and honey butter in a bowl for something that is good and couldn’t be easier. (Make honey butter by mixing a little bit of honey into regular butter.)
  • Sliced fruit of any kind. Cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberries, kiwi and others work well.
  • Sliced veggies of any kind. Try tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots or celery.
  • Sandwiches of every kind. You aren’t committing a sin by serving your family easy sandwiches on a hot summer day. Combine them with fresh fruits or veggies and you’ve got a meal.


  • Salads – Jello, fruit, veggie, pasta or potato salads make great summer fare.
  • Desserts – Ice cream, ice cream and more ice cream. Make it into floats, banana splits, brownie sundaes or regular sundaes, milk shakes, ice cream pie or ice cream sandwiches.
  • If you have leftover brownies or cake, add a few pieces to the bottom of a dish and then top with pudding and whipped cream.
  • Keep a bag or container in your freezer to store that 1 or 2 pieces of coffee cake, donuts or other baked goods that are sometimes left over (which doesn’t happen often in my house ;-). Then when you get enough for your favorite bread pudding recipe (hopefully one that is in Dining on a Dime ;-), use them instead of bread.