Frugal Friday

Making homemade popcorn is easy to do and far cheaper than throwing a processed bag of popcorn into the microwave. Most importantly, making your own popcorn allows you to control how much butter salt you put on top and in my opinion it tastes much better than the store boughten.

As a Christmas, white elephant gift, I was the lucky winner of not only a spaghetti squash but also popcorn kernel stalks from my uncles garden. I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious the popcorn was compared to the bags and what a cheap snack this is. CLICK HERE for other money saving tips with a link to the most effective way of tracking your finances.

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Instructions

  1. Pour the oil into the pan, making sure the entire bottom is evenly coated. 
  2. Heat the pan over medium heat. 
  3. Add the  popcorn to the pot and immediately cover the pan
  4. Slide the pan over the heat back and forth to keep the popcorn kernels from burning. Do not remove the lid of the pan while the popcorn is popping. Continue to slide the pan during cooking
  5. Listen to the amount of popping. When the popping slows to about two seconds between pops, remove the pan from the heat
  6. Pour the popped corn immediately into the large popcorn bowl. Season with real melted butter and salt to taste, or any other toppings. 

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Mint.com

I am a big fan of mint.com and the mint app for your iphone. It automatically categorizes your transactions, lets you see trends in your spending habits, and makes it easy to budget your money! If you have no idea how much you are spending each month on eating out, groceries, etc it makes it hard to manage your money.  

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When you first log into Mint you’ll have to start by adding in all of your accounts. I was skeptical at first about giving all of my banking information. All you need to do is click on your financial institution from their list. After you click on your bank, log in like you would on your bank’s website.

After I added all of my bank accounts I categorized the uncategorized transactions. This is an important step so that you can have a more accurate view of what you are spending your money on each month. After doing this I went to the budget section. The budget sliders allow you to check and see how much money you have left to spend in each category. After everything is set up properly you’ll know exactly where you stand financially. Needless to say, Mint is one of my must have apps.