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Save in 2019 With DealDash Financial Resolutions

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Keep an eye on your money in 2019. Use these helpful tips from DealDash to save money in the new year.

The New Year is here and it is time to gain financial control from all of the holiday spending. 2019 is the perfect time to save money, cut back on expenses, and live a more frugal lifestyle. It is good to have broad goals, but when it comes to finances you have to be specific. Here are 3 financial New Year’s resolutions, from DealDash.

Be Cautious of Where Your Money Goes

One of the biggest money problems people have is not knowing where their money goes. Money does not go on trees so it is best to figure out what you are doing with your money. Keeping track of your spending and expenses in a spreadsheet will help you save more money. Unnecessary purchases will put you in debt quickly. If you find yourself shopping a lot, try to create a budget for your extra spending. Knowing how you spend your money is the first step to financial freedom.

Save Money by Buying Essentials on DealDash

DealDash users have been very excited about the big new car and vacation auctions on DealDash. However, keep in mind that you can still get some great home essentials on DealDash. When you bid on an item for your home that you were planning on buying anyway you can sometimes win and get an amazing deal. Other times, when you don’t win, you can simply do a Buy It Now (BIN) on the item and receive all of your bids back to use again. This will save you money in the long run because you can keep recycling your bids over and over when doing a BIN.

There are two categories that you will want to check before shipping at a brick and mortar store. Explore the Home, Garden, and Tools category as well as the Kitchen and Dining category before buying full-price elsewhere.

Create an Emergency Fund

The New Year’s is the perfect time to build up an emergency fund. Try saving a percentage of your paycheck for emergencies. You should be prepared for medical emergencies, car problems and other situations that may come up. It is best to have at least 3 months of living expenses saved up for emergencies. 

Make Extra Money

Where you tight on money last year? Having a side hustle can help you bring in more money for your family. There are plenty of ways to make extra money like doing some part-time work online or offline. Other options are to sell products online or at your local flea market. There are also websites that will pay you for your opinions such as survey sites and GPT (Get Paid To) sites. A little pocket change every now and then will go a long way.

Thanks for Reading

I hope these tips will give you some ideas on financial New Year’s resolutions. It is time for a new start, and to have financial freedom. When you use these tips, you will be financially smart in 2019.

Thanks so much for reading this DealDash article on helpful financial resolutions for the new year. Don’t forget to check back often for new articles here.

Saving money is smart. Check out DealDash for kitchen and home items. DealDash has the things you need. Visit DealDash now and save. Have a great time on DealDash and happy bidding everyone! 

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This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company. Read even more on DealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Teaches Your Kids to Cook

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Little kids love “helping” in the kitchen. Older kids can learn to cook. Here are some tips to get started.

When you are thinking about the different life skills that you can teach your children, there are many benefits to helping them learn how to cook. Most children love to eat and think that it’s fun to learn how to cook. Children as young as four can pull up a stool and learn a little something about cooking from you. Read on for more information from DealDash.

Math Skills All-Around

Your children will learn math skills when they learn to cook. They will learn concepts like shapes, weights and different measurements. It can be a great learning experience for them. One of the best things about this type of learning is that kids don’t even realize it’s happening. 

Self-Confidence Comes With Skills

Self-confidence is another great benefit that can be gained from learning to cook. You will love to see the excitement that comes from your kids completing a dish that they made themselves. It will also encourage them to take on more complex recipes.

Let’s Get Creative

Creativity can be gained by your kids when they are learning to cook. They will get to try out different flavors to see what goes together and what does not. This ability for trial and error will help them develop a real sense of creativity when it comes to cooking. Also, if you’re baking there is a lot of room for getting creative when it comes to decorating cookies and cakes.

Time Management is a Great Thing to Learn

Time management is another skill that can be gained when you teach your kids how to cook. You will need to teach them how to complete the steps of a recipe so that everything is created within a certain time frame. Your kids will also learn how to use a timer while baking something while managing other cooking-related tasks.  

The Family Bonds Over the Oven

Cooking develops family connections. You can have your kids learn to prepare meals that you enjoyed as a kid. You can even have them prepare old family recipes. Cooking is an excellent way to bond with your kids and should be something to enjoy and not feel as it is simply a task that needs to be completed.

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This is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits that your child can gain through learning to cook. It is a really simple task to teach them, and cooking can be very enjoyable to do with your kids. Be sure to have patience with your kids so that everyone can enjoy their time in the kitchen.

Thanks for reading the blog, and do come back every day for new articles on this blog as well as on our sister blog, DealDash Tips. If you have any requests for specific articles, please write a comment down below.

Need any kitchen supplies? If you are shopping for cooking items check DealDash first. DealDash has baking and cooking supplies for you. Visit DealDash now. Have a great time on DealDash everyone, and happy bidding!

DealDash  This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Roasts Pumpkin Seeds

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Since you are probably carving your pumpkins around this time, I figured it was time for a roasted pumpkin seed recipe.

Roasted pumpkin seeds are absolutely delicious, a healthy snack, and fun to make. What’s not to love? You can roast your pumpkin seeds with a basic recipe like the one below, or you can always get creative and add ingredients such as cinnamon and sugar, cayenne pepper, oil and vinegar, cocoa…The varieties are  practically endless! Basically, any kind of seasoning that you might add to chips would taste great on roasted pumpkin seeds. Now on to the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups raw pumpkin seeds, cleaned and dried
  • 2 Tbs melted butter
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F
  2. Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and salt.
  3. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown; stir occasionally.

See, isn’t that simple?? These seeds make such a great base to add extra seasonings and flavors. You can also do a lot with these seeds after they have been roasted, such as:

  • Add the seeds as a topping for a salad instead of croutons
  • Add the seeds in a home-made trail mix with granola and dried fruit
  • Put them in tiny bags for your kid’s snack at school
  • Bring them with you when you’re out to avoid buying costly and fattening snacks
  • Bake them into cookies or brownies

I am in love with these roasted pumpkin seeds, and I look forward to carving the pumpkins with the kids every year so I can make these yummy roasted pumpkin seeds.

If you enjoyed making these roasted pumpkin seeds, you should check out the other recipes here on DealDashReviewed.com – And as always, if you are in need of anything for your kitchen, from knives to pots and pans, be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has everything you need for the kitchen and more. Just click this link here and it will take you to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Recipes: Baked Potato Chips

Who doesn’t love potato chips? Salty, crispy, potato-y goodness abounds! Unfortunately, traditional potato chips are full of fat, oils, and calories. Here’s a recipe for baked potato chips that is much lighter than the original.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Russet potatoes
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven – 400 degrees is just right
  • Scrub the potatoes completely, rinse, and pat dry. Using an extremely sharp knife, Slice the potatoes very thin (about 1/8″ or thinner.)
  • Place potato slices in a large bowl and toss well until coated with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Arrange the seasoned potato slices in a single layer on a cooling rack placed on top of a baking sheet to allow even cooking on both sides of the potato slices. If you don’t have a cooling rack, then line your baking pan with parchment paper, and flip them after 10 minutes. Bake for 18 to 25 minutes until the potato slices are browned and crisp. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. They are best served soon after.
  • You may season them again with salt and pepper while they are cooling.

If you would like to try different flavors, here are a few ideas:

Salt and Vinegar – After thinly slicing the potatoes, place them in a large bowl filled with vinegar, and set aside for a least 2 hours. Please note, the longer they soak, the more vinegary the flavor. Drain potato slices and toss with oil and salt.

BBQ – BBQ chips are easy! Just substitute 2 Tbs of BBQ seasoning in place of the pepper when you are seasoning the chips.

These chips are delicious to eat, and fun to make! If you were feeling very industrious, it would be easy to double, triple, or even quadruple the recipe to make a large amount of chips for a party.

This recipe calls for a very sharp knife. If your knives are less than sharp lately, why not get a new knife on DealDash? DealDash has all of the latest knives and cooking accessories. Just check out the Kitchen and Dining category at this link right here and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding!

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DealDash Saves on Entertainment

If you’re like a lot of families you are probably spending too much money on entertainment. Let DealDash help reduce your expenses.

One of the biggest expenses that can go under the “entertainment” category is going out to restaurants for dinner. Most items that you get from a restaurant you can easily make at home for significantly less money, you can make them healthier, and cooking with your family can be considered a form of entertainment as well. If you need some new kitchen items be sure to check out DealDash’s Kitchen and Dining category.

Another big entertainment expense for families is video games. New video games can cost upwards of $40, $50, or even $60. Add the big price tag to the fact that once you have beaten said game you will probably never play it again, it’s a big expense. You can cut the costs of video games for your family in a few different ways. You can only buy used or older games, you can use one of the game rental services, or of course you can bid on video games on DealDash! Just check out this link right here to be taken to the video games on DealDash.

If you have kids, especially school-aged kids, you’re probably going to hear a chorus of “I’m borredddd, I’m borreeddd, why are things different???!” The thing that you’re going to have to do to counteract that is to pack their schedules full of activities. These activities don’t have to be expensive, or cost any money at all. You can consider doing some good for your community while entertaining your kids by volunteering. As someone who used to volunteer at an animal shelter, I can attest to the fact that people can (and do) bring their school-aged kids in to volunteer. There are plenty of things that older kids can do to volunteer at an animal shelter such as brushing dogs, feeding and watering the animals, and taking the dogs for walks.

Another fun thing to do with the kids that my family loves to do is going to pick fresh fruit at the local orchards and farms. While it does cost money it’s money that you would be spending at the supermarket anyway, and you get the added benefit of entertaining your family.

In case you didn’t know, DealDash is commonly referred to as “Entertainment Shopping,” meaning that you are buying things online but you are getting the benefit of having fun while you are shopping. DealDash can be called entertainment shopping because even if you don’t win the auction you can always BIN (Buy It Now) the item for retail value and get all of your bids back as well as free shipping. Go entertain yourself now on DealDash and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Cooks: Slow BBQ Chicken

Originally hailing from the South, I love BBQ! If it’s too hot in your kitchen this summer to cook, just use the slow cooker.

When you say Southern BBQ most people automatically think about pork. However, chicken can also make an awesomely delicious BBQ sandwich. The slow cooker is perfect for cooking BBQ, as the key cooking phrase of anyone versed in BBQ is “Low and Slow”, which is exactly what the slow cooker does.

Here is the recipe for cooking delicious slow cooker BBQ chicken, and also some dessert ideas.

Ingredients

  • 4 Boneless/skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 (18 Ounce) bottle of BBQ sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray’s or Stubbs, personally)
  • 1/4 Cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon red pepper flakes (if desired)

Directions

  • Whisk BBQ sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl until the sugar dissolves
  • Put chicken breast halves in a slow cooker.
  • Pour sauce mixture over the chicken.
  • Cook on Low for approximately 6 hours.
  • Shred the chicken breasts with 2 forks
  • Serve on buns

As for dessert my family always liked to pair an ambrosia with BBQ. Here is a quick and easy Pink Ambrosia recipe:

Ingredients

Directions

  • Mix sweetened condensed milk, whipped topping, and vanilla extract together in a bowl
  • Fold cherry pie filling, pineapple, fruit cocktail, coconut, walnuts, and mini-marshmallows into the condensed milk mixture
  • Cover bowl and refrigerate overnight
  • Mix very well before serving

If you are in need of a new slow cooker to make BBQ chicken (or anything else, for that matter!) then head on over to DealDash. DealDash has a large selection of slow cookers at this link right here. DealDash also has just about anything else that you might need to make your recipes a success. Head on over to DealDash and check out the Kitchen and Dining category, which you can find right here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Picks the Right Knives

Sometimes it’s difficult to know exactly which knife that you should use for the job. Here is a handy guide to help sort things out.

  • Chef’s Knife – This knife is your everyday “go-to” knife. You use the Chef’s Knife for all of your basic preparation such as chopping, slicing and dicing, and mincing.
  • Utility Knife – The Utility Knife is very similar to the Chef’s Knife, but the blade is a bit slimmer. This is a very useful knife to have around for everyday jobs such as slicing the meat off of a rotisserie chicken.
  • Paring Knife – This little fella is a huge help in the kitchen with peeling off the skin of veggies, trimming, and slicing veggies up for a snack.
  • Bread Knife – I’m pretty sure you can guess what this one is for! It’s also great for slicing tomatoes without bruising them.
  • Santoku Knife – This knife is a hybrid between a Chef’s Knife and a meat cleaver. This knife is great for those difficult cuts of meat, slicing, and chopping.
  • Carving Knife – This knife’s main job is to carve large cuts of meat such as your Thanksgiving turkey or ham.
  • Steak Knife – Again, I’m pretty sure you can guess how these are used.

There are other types of knives, of course, but these are the most common ones, and the ones that you are most likely to find in a knife set. There are also usually a pair of kitchen scissors and a honing blade to sharpen your knives, as well as a butcher’s block to keep the knives in.

Farberware 20 pc Carousel Cutlery Set

If you are looking for a whole new set of knives, or maybe to just replace one of yours you should check out DealDash. DealDash has some great full sets of knives as well as some singles available for bidding. You can check out DealDash’s knives at this link right here. DealDash also has a lot of other great kitchen items in their Kitchen and Dining category, which can be found right here.

I hope that you found this article helpful in choosing which knife is right for the job! Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

 

DealDash Cooks: With Kids

When looking for recipes you probably don’t take into account how easy they would be for kids to make. However, kids love to cook. Here are a couple easy recipes to start.

My two older kids are 4 and 8, and they both love to help in the kitchen. I think that making Christmas cookies was one of the highlights of their Christmas season. Sometimes cooking with kids can be a lot more work than cooking by yourself, but when you have some extra time why not let the little ones have some fun?

Peanut Noodles with Chicken – This is an Asian-inspired recipe that reminds me of a simple version of Vietnamese Fresh Summer Rolls, but without the wrapper. I can attest that kids love the combination of peanut butter, noodles, and chicken! If your kids are too little to be able to use the vegetable peeler by themselves put them to work shredding the chicken with a fork.

Ingredients:

  • 18-ounce package thin rice noodles or sticks
  • 2 to 2 1/2-pound rotisserie chicken
  • carrot
  • seedless (English) cucumber
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

Directions:

  • Place the noodles in a large bowl and cover with hot tap water. Let soak until soft, 25 to 30 minutes. Drain with a colander or large strainer.
  • While the noodles are soaking, shred the chicken meat, discarding the skin and bones.
  • Use a vegetable peeler to make long strips of carrot and cucumber.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, and 6 tablespoons water until smooth. If you are having trouble with the consistency of the peanut butter you can put it in the microwave for about 20 seconds to get it a little softer.
  • Divide the noodles, chicken, carrot, and cucumber among 4 bowls. Drizzle with the dressing.

Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Sour Cream – I am personally not a fan of broccoli, but every kid (and most adults) that I know love it. In this recipe, my kid’s favorite part is poking the potatoes with the fork. Just make sure that they are extra careful not to poke themselves!

Ingredients:

  • medium russet potatoes
  • 16-ounce package frozen broccoli
  • tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • Kosher salt and black pepper

Directions:

  • Prick the potatoes several times with a fork. Microwave on high until tender and a fork easily slides into the center, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl and cover with a piece of aluminum foil to keep them warm.
  • In a medium microwave-proof bowl, combine the broccoli, butter, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, stir once, then microwave until hot, 3 to 4 minutes more.
  • Split the potatoes (be careful of the steam). Top with the broccoli mixture and sour cream and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon pepper.

I hope this article has inspired you to do a little cooking with your kids or grandkids. If you need any items for around the kitchen be sure to check out DealDash’s Kitchen and Dining section located right here. DealDash has many wonderful useful and decorative items available for bid 24/7. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!