A friend of mine, newly single and the mother of three young children, spends nearly $1,000 a month on groceries and prepared food to feed her family. Part of the problem: she hates to cook, she gets home right before dinner needs to be ready, and she skips leftovers. She asked me how she could reduce her grocery bill by several hundred dollars a month.
The eight-day celebration of Passover begins on Monday, April 14. Eight days of remembering the deliverance of the Israelites from the bonds of Egyptian slavery, and the passing over of the ten plagues that afflicted Pharaoh’s subjects. Eight days of eating kosher for Passover food, avoiding products leavened with yeast. Eight days of additional Passover groceries. The items you need for the Seder might include
I had a life-changing epiphany the other day: spiral-sliced ham on the bone is the cheapest sandwich meat. And cold cuts are ludicrously expensive. Big stuff, I know. This important financial realization – which will likely save my family hundreds of dollars a year – came to me after I spent $30 plus dollars on cold cuts to impress my in-laws. Why of course we
I’ve started to save a lot of money by making coffee at home and never realized the huge range of price in homemade coffee. From $18 per pound for fair trade coffee beans from Ethiopia to $2.50 per pound for generic label coffee from the grocery store. How much you spend – or save – on coffee says a lot about you. How much do you spend
My best friend Garrett’s family owns an apple orchard and has a huge garden. Every year they give us tons of apples and vegetables that I wait for all winter long. His family has a food dehydrator that they use to make everything from deer jerky to dried apples and they’re always delicious. I love these treats and started to think that I should make
We are heading into a frenzy of cooking and baking, which I love because I have invested in high quality kitchen tools. I’ve found that it’s worthwhile to pay a few dollars more for a kitchen tool that is comfortable and easy to use and that is going to last decades. I’m done buying super cheap junk that doesn’t really work, isn’t comfortable, and quickly
OK, so I just got back from the grocery store where I saw a 12 oz. bag of panko bread crumbs for $4.29!! Seriously? Someone is going to pay that much money for something that they can make for 25 cents or less? I can understand wanting panko bread crumbs for this fabulous baked chicken fingers with panko and dijon recipe. But seriously, that is an
Ever eaten at a Vegas buffet? One reader, known as The Unethical Man, is a Vegas regular and in addition to his tricks for a cheap Vegas vacation, he ate $100 worth of buffet meals FOR FREE. Here is his story: Hi Julia, It’s been awhile since I’ve had anything significant to share with you, but I just scored an awesome deal during my latest
Hubs bugged me for more than a year before I gave in and bought him a KitchenAid for his birthday. And it turns out we are saving a lot of money on groceries because we use our KitchenAid for so many foods we would otherwise buy. A bunch of readers helped me brainstorm ideas for this post on our Facebook page. Don’t miss the conversation! Here are
I’m saving money on groceries by shrinking my grocery list. Nope, I’m not starving myself. I’m just being smarter about what I toss in my grocery cart. Instead of buying convenience items, I’m cooking, baking, and shredding things myself. You too can cut down on costs and make items healthier at home by making them yourself. These are the 25 foods you should cross off
With back-to-school season just around the corner, I’m getting ready to pack lunches on the cheap for my sister. My tips also work for those who brown bag to work. Here’s how to create cheap and tasty brown bag lunches. Plus find out the pros and cons of lunch time options to save money. Cash-strapped moms can save money on kids’ lunches with these tips.
The only thing better than a tasty, cheap meal for dinner is if someone else cooks it for you! I do most of the cooking in our house, and I’m constantly asking myself what recipe to make for dinner. My main requirements are that it is quick – preferably 15 minutes or less – and a cheap meal. Here are 7 cheap meals for dinner.