I’ve just completed my eighth bake sale for charity. It’s an annual event that benefits a local animal shelter. This year’s sale made $500! And no matter how much money the bake sale brings in, it’s always worth it, because aside from the time spent planning and baking, very little is spent on ingredients. Many of us have cherished causes deserving of cash. If you
It’s been a long, cold winter with record snowfall, which has stretch many family finances beyond comfort. The good news is that spring means fresh cheap produce. Cooking and eating healthy cheap meals is going to get easier (at least for several months). Here are 16 easy steps to scoring cheap, fresh produce.
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
Each year I am impressed and amazed at the sheer number of birthday freebies that our longtime reader, The Unethical Man, manages to redeem. This year’s total is 43 offers amounting to $443.20 in birthday freebies! He shared this report of his freebie adventures. (Read his birthday report from 2011, 2012, and 2013.) Hi Julia, Another year and another December full of birthday freebies. This time, I
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
I looooove me a good happy hour. Eating out with friends or for a date has always been a great treat but a hard way for me to spend my cash. “What? I can make this for $2 at home!” I would think in my head. But the drop in restaurant attendance during the recession lured a number of relatively fancy-pants and pricey national establishments