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Life before Table Tucker

Before Table Tucker I was a typical time-poor working mum. Trips to the supermarket involved making rash buys from screaming supermarket shelves. They knew me by name. I thought I was happy in the comfort of grouse convenience dinners and packaged chips-and-dips. They sure looked inviting under those dazzling lights. Then, one day, as I watched the cashier’s screen counting up my stuff, I had a blinding moment of clarity. I was sick of being ‘ripped of ’ by my own lack of time and organisation.
I haven’t always been a time-poor working mum. I’ve also been the broke university student, working three jobs and living on toast for dinner. After that, I backpacked around the world living on instant noodles and beer. When I finally made it home, I was on a tight schedule. There were visa cards to pay for and pizzas to order. Cooking-for-one, or cooking at all, was not a choice I could afford or had the time to indulge in.
It wasn’t until my thirties that I learned the basics of cooking. Help arrived in the form of a friend who was leaving town. She left a box of recipe magazines on my doorstep one night on her way to the airport. There was no secret knock, just this little box of mags sitting on my porch crying out for someone to love them. I brought them in from the cold, patted the dust of them and lined them up across my kitchen bench. And so began my journey of finally learning to cook.
“Table Tucker puts control back in your hands.”
Meeting today’s challenges
What you now may hold in your hands is my answer to a few more of life’s challenges than just learning to cook. Not in my lifetime have I had the time to spend long evenings in the kitchen like my grandmother did. In this generation, with rising interest rates and high petrol prices, it is even harder.
To find the time to cook, youths, singles, students, partners, working families, pensioners and now a growing number of single parents are finding the simple act of eating well each week, while staying within budget, to be a real challenge. Then there is sanity. Those supermarket shelves are still screaming at us and it is difficult to stay focused. We now also have to meet these challenges while still being kind to the Earth.
So how are we going to manage all of this without compromising our lifestyles too much?

A total solution to the dinner dilemma

In this book I hope you will find, as I have, a total solution to the dinner dilemma.
Groceries take up a huge sum of our disposable income and world resources.
Table Tucker works behind the scenes to reduce the impact of these worries.
You will:

  • Find the extra time to enjoy the act of cooking.
  • Find the extra cash to ease your financial pressures.
  • Have the headspace for greater happiness, creativity and peace of mind.
  • Have more time to spend on the areas of your life that you love.
  • Reduce stress daily through better organisation.

And you can do it all while saving the world!
Table Tucker puts control back in your hands.

Eat your way to a better world

It is likely that you are already doing what you can toward helping the Earth, from taking eco bags to the shops to reducing your water usage. Table Tucker goes further by combining a number of simple core principles (See Core Principles p. 4) to achieve savings in time, money, sanity, petrol, waste, water and energy. All you need to do is use Table Tucker on a daily basis to eat your way to a better world! Pretty cool, eh?

Evolution and Table Tucker

I have evolved with Table Tucker as I am sure you will. I have changed from a convenience dinner mum to a more Earth-happy mum and conscious consumer. Now when I look at the goods in my basket or trolley I feel great about my impact on the Earth. I see fresh veggies in their jackets and much less packaging. Cooking is a pleasure because I feel great about my shopping, cooking, eating and cleaning-up habits. And, as you are soon to discover, the concept of only cooking three nights each week is blissful.

You can relax now

It is hard to believe that a little cookbook could bring such inner and outward calm. But let me assure you, TableTucker can.
Enjoy!

“The best stories are built on
a fearless love for change.” Penina Petersen

Table Tucker

The Smart Cookbook Changing the Way You Shop, Cook, Eat and Live

Table Tucker is a revolutionary culinary manifesto written by an Aussie mum from the country who wanted to beat spiralling grocery prices and solve the eternal dilemma of what to cook for dinner. With her book, she’s made leftovers and buying groceries in bulk (and seasonally) fashionable, easy and seriously worth it. Table Tucker is the ultimate budget cookbook where the recipes and shopping lists work together to help you arrange your cooking schedule so you only have to prepare meals three times a week and then put your feet up! Slash your grocery bills with Table Tucker’s shopping lists to reduce waste and save you serious money on your household budget.

52 weeks of seasonal shopping lists, recipes & budget dinners

  • Save thousands on groceries every year
  • Save time, money and petrol by buying in bulk
  • Annual, seasonal and monthly pantries
  • Shopping lists for every season and week of the year!
  • Cook only three times each week and put your feet up
  • Amazing new quick-scan recipe format
  • Easy everyday recipes your mum would cook you
  • Uses seasonal veggies you can plant ahead of time
  • Earth-happy core principles
  • Flexible system that works for any situation
  • Meals account for lunches and leftovers too
  • Dinner served! 24/7 all year round
  • Instant inspiration anecdotes to ponder over
  • Easily delegate your shopping to others

JOIN THE TABLE TUCKER REVOLUTION

There are lots revolutions out there pressuring us to take action. At Table Tucker we take a different view. We understand you are busy and that life leaves little time for much else. That’s why we’ve developed a holistic approach to life’s challenges. At Table Tucker all you have to do is enjoy a delicious dinner every night of the week to get big returns in time, money, sanity and good karma! The concept is simple and working for thousands of our readers!
Table Tucker is a brand new breed of smart cookbook. Our community is changing the world one meal at a time! In one lifetime a Table Tucker reader is typically gaining 5.2 years worth of days off, saving $456,300 dollars, enjoying priceless sanity, saving 21,654,360 litres of water and much more!
Collectively? Currently we don’t have a calculator big enough to document our cause! We just keep eating our delicious dinners while we take it all in..
And there’s more! We are dedicated to unleashing precious wisdom for both young, middle aged and old! We’re into love, happiness, passion, following your dreams and going on adventures.!
If you’d like to become part of something really big join us!
Ideal for students, singles, couples, single parents, working families, pensioners…well, everyone!

NZ HERALD: THE GREAT FOODINI STORY

Wearing grungy green ugg boots she bought in New Zealand many years ago, Penina Petersen stands in the kitchen of her cosy rented house on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria’s little Mediterranean.

Cooking is furthest from her mind. Her dinners are planned out for the next year. By my estimations, tomorrow night will be ginger lime chicken and Asian veggies, Tuesday falafels, and a month on Friday she’ll be dishing up ham and mushroom penne to her husband and 4-year-old son.
Auckland-born Petersen is trying to religiously stick to the 52 weeks of menu plans and shopping lists on her culinary manifesto. She needs to know she is “on track” with her followers, that the meals she espouses are simple, colourful and delicious and, for her personal benefit, keep her saving money.
According to her calculations, if you follow her plan — cooking only three times a week and stretching out your basic grocery shop to once a month — you can save $456,300, around 21 million litres of water and earn 5.4 years of cooking days-off over a lifetime.
During the last couple of years on her Table Tucker regime, the Petersens saved enough to take their first family holiday, five days in Noosa.
Petersen’s story is not one of celebrity chef or Michelin star restaurateur offering up innovative and grandiose recipes. Gordon Ramsay would probably call her a fraud if she tried to sell herself as one. No, hers is a tale of perseverance, commonsense and self-belief; a typical mum wanting to make a difference in her family’s life and who saw a way to share it with other budget-conscious consumers.
These days who isn’t trying to save a few dollars on the supermarket shop? That’s why her publisher believes she’s onto a winner. Her originally self-published cookbook, Table Tucker, grabbed the attention of Australian homemakers last year, quickly selling out the 2500 copies she had made at her town’s local printer and sold on the internet.
When Hachette Publishing saw Petersen promoting her book on the Seven Network’s current affairs show Today Tonight last November, it scooped her up and relaunched the book, on sale in New Zealand and Australia this month under the same title.
 

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Make saving money a habit like brushing your teeth. I like to think of my finances as a ‘rinse and repeat’ process. Make the saving and then keep repeating that action.

Perfection is when there’s nothing else to take away

Some people think they’ve done enough. They think there’s nothing more they can do to save. Wrong.
 
There are endless ways to save and penny-pinching is an ongoing habit and journey. Think of saving as ‘preventative maintenance’ if you’ve reached this point.

Today I’m dishing up a few super fast tips on ways you can save money fast around the house

Cook In Bulk

Let’s talk ‘hump day’ Wednesday. We’ve made it through Monday and Tuesday cooking each night and heading off to bed at a reasonable hour. But then Wednesday hits. For some, Wednesday is that ‘into-the-week’ but ‘not-quite-the-weekend-day.’ Boredom and lethargy often sets in.

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I know. You might say to the family ‘Let’s order takeaway!’
 
This could add some excitement to the week without any of us leaving the couch – yay!!!
 
Plus. We won’t have to cook and leave the house – especially if we order delivery.
 
Bad move.
 
You’ll likely spend three times what a trip to the kitchen or freezer might cost. If you do this often, you’ll find this habit soon burns a hole in your pocket. For the average family this amounts to up to $40 per week.
 
Here are some solutions:
  • Make up a big soup on a Sunday night using leftover veggies from the week
  • Freeze the soup and keep it for Wednesday when that takeaway craving hits
  • Think ahead: Buy frozen chips, fish and pizza and keep in the freezer

Learn DIY tricks

When you own your own home, things go wrong. The bathroom tap might come off its spring or a fence paling might come loose. Your first instinct might be to hire a tradie to get issues fixed. But this can get expensive, when you can find a DIY fix instead.

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Avoid Calling Out The Handyman

When you own your own home, things can and will go wrong. Our first instinct is often to hire somebody and get them to sort out the problem. But that can often end up being very expensive and unnecessary.
Suppose, for instance, you’ve got a blocked drain. Instead of calling out contractors, look for things you can try to unblock a drain first that are much less expensive. The same applies for if you’ve got a problem with your guttering or if the caulking in your shower is peeling away from the wall. Home remedies often work just fine in these circumstances, without having to pay out money for time and labor.

Lose Bad Habits

Your home environment can be your worst enemy if you are trying to quit smoking or drinking. There’s nothing worse than knowing you’ve got boxes of ciggies in the cupboards. Or you’re tempted by cheesecakes and chocolate in the fridge. These temptations test willpower and are usually hard for good-meaning people to resist.

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The solution is to remove all temptation from your house. Don’t buy these items when you go shopping. You’ll save money in the short-term, while you pay out less in the long term on health costs.

Avoid The Clothes Dryer

Air drying your clothes is a great way to save money. Dryers are money-sucking monsters.
 
Here are the benefits:
 
2. Clothes will last longer and you’ll avoid shrinkage

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Got outdoor space?

Rig up a retractable clothesline. These only cost a few dollars and fold away when not in use.
 
This way you can enjoy the space in your garden when you’re not doing laundry!
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Save money at home and you will certainly make life easy. You can do this from the couch, your oven, through the walls, while switching on lights and many other ways. You won’t have to do any heavy lifting. Read on to discover some quick tips for saving money at home that make life easy.

Insulate your home

Bad insulation is by far one of the biggest energy and money suckers. Do a complete home inventory of all the cracks and spaces that you can better insulate. Remove gaps under doors, put tint on windows and invest in energy efficient systems. Definitely put insulation in the roof and walls if you can afford it.

Bake bread

There are hundreds of types and styles of bread these days. We are spoilt for choice. But take a closer look and you’ll find many additives you wish you didn’t have to decipher. Consider baking your own wholesome bread. You’ll know exactly what’s in your bread and you’ll save money too. You may even become an expert and start a bread baking blog. Now there’s a thought! You will not only save money at home, you might make money from home too! I love a win-win.

save money at home

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Borrow from the library or invest in an Apple TV

Rather than pay for expensive TV subscriptions consider borrowing entertainment from your local library. Depending on your library, you’ll get a couple of weeks to watch them before you have to take them back. Do this for a few months and you may never want to pay for expensive subscriptions again. If you want a solid money-saving investment consider an Apple TV or ChromeCast box. You’ll be able to watch internet TV and YouTube vids on your telly. You’ll save money at home instantly.

Change Lightbulbs

There are plenty of government incentives out there you can take advantage of. Change out those old lightbulbs into more energy efficient ones using a government contractor. You’ll save stacks on energy and your own energy installing them. Enjoy the savings on your next electricity bill.

Buy a house you can afford

Don’t get sucked into the mortgage trap. When purchasing a house, go for one you can afford in an area that won’t break the bank. Prepare to spend time on renovations or living in a less than perfect house. You can do nothing while you wait for your home to gain equity without even lifting a finger. Buy an older house in the right area and you’ll reap the rewards.

Cut down on electricity

Make sure you switch appliances off at the wall between uses. You’ll make big savings over time. This is also a good general fire prevention measure.

save money at home

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Barter with people

Get good at bartering to save money at home. Trade a web design skill with a tradesperson and get some renovation jobs for free. Offer a friend babysitting in return for some home-cooked meals. There are plenty of ways you can barter without exchanging money.

Create your own wall prints

Don’t go buying expensive art when you can print your own. Buy stock photos online. Find an online digital printing company who can deliver the print to you. There are many print-and-deliver services who will get your beautiful artwork up for less.

Reuse empty boxes

Don’t throw out cereal or shoe boxes. Repurpose them and use them for storage to save money at home. Store kids socks, jewellery and ties in drawers. You’ll also save a stack of space in your recycle bin while you organise your house.
Got some great ways to save money at home? Leave them in comments below.

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Save money at home and you will certainly make life easy. You can do this from the couch, your oven, through the walls, while switching on lights and many other ways. You won’t have to do any heavy lifting. Read on to discover some quick tips for saving money at home that make life easy.

Insulate your home

Bad insulation is by far one of the biggest energy and money suckers. Do a complete home inventory of all the cracks and spaces that you can better insulate. Remove gaps under doors, put tint on windows and invest in energy efficient systems. Definitely put insulation in the roof and walls if you can afford it.

Bake bread

There are hundreds of types and styles of bread these days. We are spoilt for choice. But take a closer look and you’ll find many additives you wish you didn’t have to decipher. Consider baking your own wholesome bread. You’ll know exactly what’s in your bread and you’ll save money too. You may even become an expert and start a bread baking blog. Now there’s a thought! You will not only save money at home, you might make money from home too! I love a win-win.

save money at home

Couleur / Pixabay

Borrow from the library or invest in an Apple TV

Rather than pay for expensive TV subscriptions consider borrowing entertainment from your local library. Depending on your library, you’ll get a couple of weeks to watch them before you have to take them back. Do this for a few months and you may never want to pay for expensive subscriptions again. If you want a solid money-saving investment consider an Apple TV or ChromeCast box. You’ll be able to watch internet TV and YouTube vids on your telly. You’ll save money at home instantly.

Change Lightbulbs

There are plenty of government incentives out there you can take advantage of. Change out those old lightbulbs into more energy efficient ones using a government contractor. You’ll save stacks on energy and your own energy installing them. Enjoy the savings on your next electricity bill.

Buy a house you can afford

Don’t get sucked into the mortgage trap. When purchasing a house, go for one you can afford in an area that won’t break the bank. Prepare to spend time on renovations or living in a less than perfect house. You can do nothing while you wait for your home to gain equity without even lifting a finger. Buy an older house in the right area and you’ll reap the rewards.

Cut down on electricity

Make sure you switch appliances off at the wall between uses. You’ll make big savings over time. This is also a good general fire prevention measure.

save money at home

kloxklox_com / Pixabay

Barter with people

Get good at bartering to save money at home. Trade a web design skill with a tradesperson and get some renovation jobs for free. Offer a friend babysitting in return for some home-cooked meals. There are plenty of ways you can barter without exchanging money.

Create your own wall prints

Don’t go buying expensive art when you can print your own. Buy stock photos online. Find an online digital printing company who can deliver the print to you. There are many print-and-deliver services who will get your beautiful artwork up for less.

Reuse empty boxes

Don’t throw out cereal or shoe boxes. Repurpose them and use them for storage to save money at home. Store kids socks, jewellery and ties in drawers. You’ll also save a stack of space in your recycle bin while you organise your house.
Got some great ways to save money at home? Leave them in comments below.

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Eating healthy is a task for many people. There are few questions capable of yielding a resounding “yes!” on a near-universal basis, but try asking any group of people either of the following queries and see whether anyone actually offers a negative response: “Would you like to eat healthier?” and, “Would you like to cut down on expenses?” Even the healthiest and richest among us are incredibly unlikely to say they wouldn’t like to improve their health and also have more money at their disposal, and there is one simple strategy capable of achieving both of these highly desirable outcomes that far too many people tend to overlook. Read on to discover some valuable tips for eating healthy in the coming seasons.

Prepare well to eat healthy

According to John Pryor, strength has many definitions. Those definitions certainly include the ability to take a patient, long-term view of improving overall health and fitness. In the experience of John Pryor, rugby players and other elite competitive athletes go to great lengths to improve their fitness, and there is one method that athletes commonly use that can be adopted by anyone whose goal is to save money while enhancing overall health and wellness. This strategy is nothing more than taking the time to prepare and maintain a raised garden bed or a small plot of land dedicated to growing produce.