This year is all about saving money every day while trying to increase your income potential. If you did one thing each day that could save as little as $5 over the course of a year, you could have an extra $1800 in your pocket at the end of the year. Not all of these tips may apply to you, so to keep it fair, not all of them will apply to me.

That is tonight’s dinner, beef & broccoli. I made it with broccoli that was going bad, but wasn’t bad yet. There is a huge difference between going bad, and gone bad.

This broccoli had a couple of slimy tops, but was easy to cut away. Fruits and veggies that are wilting but not done are great. Soft apples make wonderful applesauce. Brownish-black bananas are banana bread-rific. Last night the celery was wilting and certainly not going to be in a stir fry or salad. The celery soup was excellent! In fact, I’m going to leave you with the recipe.

Celery Soup
1 celery bunch, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 potato, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, sliced
2 tablespoons butter
Half & Half or Heavy Whipping Cream
Salt and Pepper
Chicken Broth

1. Melt the butter in the soup pan.
2. Sautee the celery and onion until soft.
3. Add potato, garlic, and chicken broth. The chicken broth should just cover the vegetables.
4. Put in blender until well-mixed and a pleasing consistency.
5. Add salt, pepper, and cream to taste.
6. Mix and serve.

Using vegetables that are about to go bad in soups saves me at least $20 a year.

Photo Credit: Andi Blackwell

365 Days of Saving Money: $615 Annually (Running Total)