Tomorrow is the last day that our nanny will be working at our house full time. She watches our boys. She does our laundry. She cooks our dinner. And starting next week, we are on our own!
She’s still going to watch our 11-month-old for 10 hours a week, but it won’t be at our house anymore. Not only will we have to make dinner each night, but we’ll also have to pack lunches for our two-year-old who will start preschool next Tuesday.
Cooking at home is much cheaper than eating out!
Last week when I detailed how to get an Additional $15 Bonus From Revolution Money Exchange , Todd A. suggested “How about the alternative of preparing your own “fun” meal as opposed to buying delivery/carry out? Surely, a couple of large homemade pizzas could save about the same $15 when compared to having them delivered.”
Great idea Todd! Except that I don’t really know how to make homemade pizza, or much else for that matter. I try. But nothing ever tastes as good as when other people cook it. I do have a few dishes at Allrecipes  that I like, but if I’m going to make dinner each night, I’m going to need some help!
I’d love to hear about your favorite recipes! We like almost everything and we’re willing to try new things. It’s a personal finance and cooking challenge: teach me how to cook!
Personal Finance Highlights
My favorite article this week was reading about all the fun employee benefits at Google in Best Company To Work For: Money and Perks Like No Other .
From The Money Writers:
- Generation X and Taxes: Who Pays More, the Rich or the Poor?  at Generation X Finance
- Save Money at Restaurants  at Lazy Man and Money
- Top 10 Foodie Millionaires  at Million Dollar Journey
- How to Register For Wedding Gifts – A Guide to Maximizing Your Wedding Registry  at Money Smart Life
- American Eagle Gold Coin in Short Supply?  at The Sun’s Financial Diary
- How the bottom line is destroying companies  at Brip Blap
From The Life Skills Network:
- The X Files and Your Money: Strange Similarities?  at The Wisdom Journal
- Is It Fair For You To Be Judged By Your FICO Score?  at My Super-Charged Life
- 10 Truths About Frugal Living Revealed By 5,000 Reader Comments  at Frugal Dad
- The Simple Benefits of Pets (They Contribute to a Frugal Life)  at On Simplicity
- 70 Things To Do Before Having Children  at Marc and Angel Hack Life
- What’s More Beneficial – Single-tasking or Multi-tasking?  at Simple Mom
More Great Finance Articles:
- Why Women Need More Money Than Men — and What Can Be Done to Make It Happen  at MMND
- North Carolina adds energy tax holiday  at Don’t Mess With Taxes
- Should We Dip Into Savings to Jump Start an IRA?  at No Debt Plan
- Settlement Gives Everyone Free Copies Of Their Credit Report & Score  at My Two Dollars
- Risk-Free Banking  at Five Cent Nickel
- Gap Insurance and Upside Down Auto Loan  at Moolanomy
- Are We Getting Another Economic Stimulus Check – Roundup of Opinions  at Bible Money Matters
- 6 Money Games for Kids  at Kids and Money
In addition, Leaving the Workforce at 29: Where Do I Go From Here?  was included as an Editor’s Pick in the Carnival of Personal Finance !