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The 7 Best Refrigerator Snacks from Aldi — Fridge Fix-Up

You know the drill: You get home from work, head straight to the fridge, and spend several minutes staring blankly into it, wondering what you can shove into your face to hold you over until dinner is ready.

This little routine is exactly why it's important to have your fridge stocked. And if you've ever been exposed to the wonders of Aldi, you know that their snack selection is not only amazing, but their prices are also mega-cheap.

We've rounded up our favorite Aldi snacks, which you should keep in your fridge and gorge on whenever hunger strikes.


10 Easy Dinners the Kids Can Make Themselves — Recipes from The Kitchn

Add a "the kids are cooking" night to the meal plan for the week and everyone wins. Not only is it fun for your kids to get their hands dirty and cook up something for dinner, but it also gives you a break for the evening. These 10 recipes are easy and tasty crowd-pleasers, so everyone at the table will definitely approve.


Spread Some Love to Your Local Fire Station with a Thank You Box — Make More Good

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Hopefully you've never had to (and never will) use their services, but you should still consider spreading some love to your local fire department with an extra-thoughtful gift basket. After all, whether they're volunteers or paid employees, these men and women often risk their lives to save other lives in your community. That's pretty darn special and deserving of a good, home-cooked meal — at the very least.


5 Unnecessary Items I Spent $30 on When I Broke the Cardinal Rule of Grocery Shopping — The Financial Diet

Welcome to a column from The Financial Diet, one of our very favorite sites, dedicated to money and everything it touches. One of the best ways to take charge of your financial life is through food and cooking. This column from TFD founders Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage will help you be better with money, thanks to the kitchen. A version of this post originally appeared on The Financial Diet.

A recent shop at the grocery store revealed some upsetting truths about myself. First of all, I realized that I truly hate grocery shopping; it is boring and borderline stressful. Second of all, I realized that the cardinal rule of grocery shopping — don't go grocery shopping when you're hungry — certainly holds true.

It is one of the quickest and easiest money-saving tips people will give you. If you go to a grocery store prepared to spend on food, and are super hungry while doing so, you may find yourself loading your cart with a lot more unnecessary items than you would have if you had a full belly and the will to just stick to your list.


10 Festive 4th of July Decorations for $10 or Less — America’s Birthday

It's America's birthday! And if anyone deserves a party full of festive decorations, it's our country! (She has had quite a year.) Go all out this 4th of July with these patriotic decorations. They're all $10, which means you can contribute to the economy without causing a financial crisis in your home.


Get Toasted with This 4-Slice Toaster on Sale Right Now — Amazon Deal of the Day

It's easy to think that you don't need to own a toaster. It takes up precious counter space, your oven toasts bread just fine, you're trying to eat less carbs anyway — the list goes on.

But here's the thing: Your oven doesn't really toast things the same way a toaster does, and certainly not as quickly. Our point? It's time to embrace the humble toaster — we'll even go as far to call it a kitchen necessity.


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