Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Savy saving ideas, without sacrifice

Written by Blake Swanson
 Diamond Nexus Employee,  inspiration of the first "World's Best Husband" T-Shirt and rumored defeator of Chuck Norris

When it comes to saving money, there are a number of ways you can without really sacrificing a single thing.  Generic foods, turning your thermostat down a couple degrees, brewing your coffee at home instead of that expensive barista experience (is it really THAT much better?).  Even a Diamond Nexus ring with diamond simulants instead of a mined diamond (which will save you thousands!).  Who wouldn't be in favor of saving money and instead of losing something, gaining something?

We've all been to the grocery store, and we've probably all bought a ready-made rotisserie chicken.  But how many of us actually eat every piece of meat on the bird?  We end up throwing away something we paid a premium for, in an effort to save time.  One thing my family does with the remainder of the bird is make fresh chicken noodle soup. 

 It can't get much easier then adding water to a pot, tossing the carcass in, and letting it simmer for an hour or so.  Simply just strain the broth, pick out the bones and add the meat back in.  After that, I pretty much toss in whatever veggies we have in the fridge.  Carrots, celery and zucchini are our favorites.  Add a little black pepper, dry dill and salt to taste.  Depending on our mood, we'll add noodles or rice. 

 The great thing is we've used every bit of that bird, plus saved a ton of money on store-bought soup.  An added bonus, it freezes really well and you can enjoy soup for months to come!  Man made diamonds are (in my opinion) better then minded diamonds and home-made soup is better (fact!) then canned soup.  Win-win!

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