Chipotle Mexican Grill is known for generous portions and affordable food. You can choose any combination of ingredients for your burrito, bowl, tacos, or salad. Your food is prepared exactly the way you want it and handed to you almost instantly. The price of each item is based on your choice of chicken, pork carnitas, barbacoa, steak, or vegetarian. Additional free toppings include rice, beans, four types of salsa, sour cream, cheese, or lettuce. Many of their regular customers and even ex-employees have posted online some favorite tips to help you get the most for your money. We’ve rounded up 12 suggestions in this blog post.
April 14th, 2014
The month of March is over and it is time for our usual monthly wrap-up when we look back at what happened during the past month, announce our contest winners, and also give you a heads up at what is coming.
Monthly Contest Results
CouponNut is the winner of this month’s contest followed by onkarkulkarni and clover in the second and third place. Congratulations guys! Here is the complete list of this month’s winners and prizes:
1. CouponNut (1028 Points): $100
2. onkarkulkarni (992 Points): $75
3. clover (959 Points): $75
4. roxytang (906 Points): $50
5. equipurple (903 Points): $50
6. bemicmom (884 Points): $50
7. supergirl (868 Points): $50
8. anand (838 Points): $50
9. laaya (827 Points): $50
10. djhciskoski (813 Points): $25
11. siggy38 (803 Points): $25
12. Supermom (762 Points): $25 — Mouse Pad
13. gadhasing (757 Points): $25
14. Version (753 Points): $25
15. gabyperu (615 Points): $25
April 7th, 2014
The deadline for filing 2013 income tax returns is only two weeks away. In previous blog posts we’ve shared free tax-filing options and ways to spend your refund. Today we’re listing 10 areas in which there are possible credits or deductions that are often overlooked. Check these out and see if you’re eligible to take advantage of any of them. Note there is a difference between tax credits (which reduce the amount of tax you pay) and tax deductions (which lower your taxable income).
The child and dependent tax credit can help ease some of the costs of daycare, babysitters, and after-school programs for children younger than 13. This applies to expenses for adopting children as well. Parents can set aside pre-tax money up to $5,000 in flexible spending accounts through their employer for childcare expenses. You’ll also need to collect the tax ID or Social Security numbers of all the care providers to claim this deduction. You may also be eligible for Earned Income Tax Credit, based on these limits. This is a refundable tax credit. If you were eligible to claim the credit in the past but are among the 25% who didn’t, you can file any time during the year to claim an EITC refund for up to three previous tax years.
March 31st, 2014
Meat prices can certainly strain anybody’s food budget, when meat is typically the most expensive item on the list. But there are lots of ways you can include great-tasting meat dishes on your menu for less money. While beef chuck roast, pork shoulder and chicken quarters are some of the cheapest cuts of meat available, they can be bland, tough and chewy unless you know the right tricks to cook and season them. With our tips, you can use inexpensive and under-appreciated cuts of meat to make tender and tasty dishes.
- Look for sales to buy meat in bulk and cut the meal-size portions yourself. Instead of buying pre-cut meat for kabobs, stew or stir-fry, save money by buying steaks or roasts and cut them into cubes or strips. Meat can be frozen for months, if properly wrapped in butcher or freezer paper. The waxy side of the paper should face the meat, with the dull side out. Wrap your cut of meat tightly in this paper, tape it shut, and wrap the whole package in an airtight layer of aluminum foil. The foil can be reused on future batches of frozen meat.
March 24th, 2014
To stretch our wardrobe budget we bargain hunters always check Buxr for coupons, shop clearance sales, and buy what we can out of season. We can save on adult clothing by buying quality classic styles and basic pieces that will last, and spend less on generic brand basics for t-shirts, tank tops, loungewear, and even workout clothes. We shop more for quantity with kids’ clothes, because those items are only going to fit for a few seasons. So it’s best to skip collections and check out clearance, making sure they have play clothes that can stand up to dirt and frequent laundering.
But you can save even more with our clothing care tips and other ways to make your garments last longer. Proper care and storage can really extend the life of your wardrobe and save you money in the long run.
Of course, different fabrics and materials need different types of care. I always read the washing and care instructions before buying clothes so I’ll know how to best clean and iron them. I usually avoid the ones that are labeled “dry clean only.” I’m careful to use scissors when removing the tags to avoid damaging the fabric.
March 17th, 2014