Friday, May 10 2013 5:45 PM EDT2013-05-10 21:45:06 GMT
The battle of generic verses brand name goes on! Today, we're testing tuna to find out which can has the best value. There's a lot of competition in world of canned tuna. I found three name brands - BumbleMore >>
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Friday, May 3 2013 5:27 PM EDT2013-05-03 21:27:16 GMT
NBC12 is on your side, helping you score the best deals on groceries. Last week, it was peaches. This week - green beans. I bought six different brands of green beans. Del Monte and Green Giant are nameMore >>
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Thursday, May 2 2013 5:39 PM EDT2013-05-02 21:39:15 GMT
Summer heat could hit any day, so now's the time to figure out how you can cut costs on your power bill. Here is a list of the top five things in your house that are sucking dollars out of your wallet. 1.More >>
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Friday, April 26 2013 5:20 PM EDT2013-04-26 21:20:06 GMT
NBC12 goes the distance to find the real difference between name brand and generic products. Every time you're in the grocery store, you have to choose: buy the name brand and pay more or save with theMore >>
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Thursday, April 18 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-04-18 21:52:41 GMT
Kevin Cutlip grows anything he wants to eat. Last month he showed you how to grow a seed in dryer lint. A month later, they have sprouted. He showed us the replanted celery base: "It's actually startingMore >>
Last month NBC12's Diva of Discounts dug up how to start a cheap garden indoors. Now it's time for outdoor planting. She's back with more tricks of the trade that will hardly cost you a thing.More >>
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -
Last year's drought has produce prices on the rise, pushing more and more people to grow their own food.
NBC12's Diva of Discounts shows you where to start and how to do it as cheaply as possible.
Kevin Cutlip got his green thumb from his grandparents. He says March is a good time to start seeds indoors.
"You can save them from anything you buy at a grocery store. You core out a pepper and there it is," said Cutlip. "You could get 30 new plants off one pepper."
Dry the seeds and they'll be ready to plant. Kevin buys his starter kits at the end of the season when they're on clearance.
"Seed-to-soil contact is the key."
You can use seed starting mix, which is relatively inexpensive, but there's a cheaper alternative.
"The seeds will germinate in the dryer lint."
Young roots grow downward, looking for moisture, so Kevin waters only the bottom of the plant. Watering from the top should only be done with a spray bottle. His starter garden is in his garage, so when the plants sprout a few leaves, he waters with manure tea.
"Cut the piece of pantyhose off, stuff it full of manure, put it in the onion bag, tie a knot like a teabag, fill it with water and let it steep for four or five days."
Seeds need 6-8 hours of light. Kevin's four-foot light was only $12. Just use daylight-colored compact fluorescent bulbs in a regular lamp.
Some vegetables are regenerative. After you've cut off the portion you'll eat, re-plant the rest. You'll get another plant.
"This was an end cut of piece of celery. All I did was soak it for a couple days - when a chute came up the middle, I repotted it and now look I'm going to have another celery."
You can do this with carrots, onions, garlic, potatoes, leeks and chives.
A frost usually does not occur after mid-April in metro Richmond. If you start now, your plants will be ready to go outside by that date.