If you’ve ever hosted Thanksgiving, you know how quickly the costs add up – for just a single meal! The first time I cooked Thanksgiving dinner, I splashed out on fancy ingredients and specialty cookware. I learned my lesson when I totaled my spending. Now I take a far more frugal – but still delicious! – approach. Here are my 8 best tips for hosting
Now that summer is winding down, back-to-school savings are everywhere. But when you’re making your back-to-school budget, realize that sometimes what looks like a bargain really isn’t. As you pore over store flyers and online deals, it can be overwhelming. And then, just when you think you’re done shopping, the teacher sends home a list of more supplies to buy! How to avoid back-to-school mistakes
Processed food lunches (such as Lunchables) are terrible for your kids, plus they’re so expensive! You’re always better off feeding your kids homemade lunches – they’ll get more healthful foods and you’ll save money. (If your kids really love Lunchables, here’s a way to make them yourself for about a 40% savings.) It’s easy to get in sandwich and chips rut, so we’ve got 50 healthy
It’s May, which means hot summer days are just around the corner. One sure-fire way to cool down is with a frozen treat. High-end ice creams and sorbets can be a little pricey, not to mention sugary and fattening. So we’ve put together a list of easy, affordable DIY ice cream recipes featuring healthy, low-cal ingredients like real fruit and coconut milk. Good for you
The turkey, your waistband, the mound of mashed potatoes. These are the things that should be big at Thanksgiving, not the grocery receipt. The holidays can be stressful enough, without worrying how to serve dinner on a budget. Whether you are hosting or heading to your parent’s house, here’s how to save money on Thanksgiving dinner. 1. Make your own spices: Spices can be really
If I ever had to shop at only one grocery store for the rest of my life, it would make no sense to choose Trader Joe’s. After all, it’s not one-stop shopping. You can’t get aluminum foil or diapers or corn starch there. But how on earth would I survive without some of my favorite Trader Joe’s products? A person can get by without foil, but is
Is the weekly ritual of clipping coupons from the Sunday paper becoming a thing of the past? I, for one, would not be sorry to see it go. These days all you need is a mobile device to find great deals. Here are 15 apps you’ll want to have the next time you go shopping. 1. Ibotta The original rebate app and the one I still use
You know that organic tea that’s been collecting dust at the back of your cupboard? The one or two boxes that you bought at a farmer’s market one weekend, but forgot all about? Believe it or not, tea is actually a versatile ingredient to cook with. It’s not just something you take out when friends or your mother-in-law drop by. Instead of letting that delicious
Last week, the CDC reported that rate of autism in the US has risen yet again – now 1 in every 45 children is diagnosed with autism. While some may choose to chock this up to “changes in reporting,” there is no denying that autism is everywhere. As the mother of a son with autism, I will tell you first hand that it can be
Now is the time where everywhere you go, everything seems to be pumpkin spice flavored. This year, there seem to be more items than ever: pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin butter, pumpkin ice cream… even pumpkin spice flavored pumpkin seeds. But which items are the best value – in terms of taste as well as price? We took the challenge and went shopping.
I love Amazon and continue to use it despite a recent piece in the New York Times that revealed how awful it is to work there. But the piece seeded doubts. If Amazon was so awful to some of it’s employees, was it also treating me badly? I wanted to know if Amazon was quietly raising prices on my Subscribe & Save items. If you’re new
Halloween is a time when sugary sweets are everywhere and almost unavoidable. Why not counteract all that white, bleached sugar with some healthy Halloween alternatives that are just as fun? With more and more schools encouraging healthy substitutions for parties, now’s the time to Trick your kids into some healthy Treats. Here are 8 Healthy Halloween Treats.