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.
As new, first-time parents, both my husband and I were excited to make our own baby food. My gadget-loving husband had trouble patiently waiting for our daughter to start eating solids so that he could play with the Baby Bullet we received as a gift. We liked the idea of being able to control what goes into the food, as well as saving money over buying
Before I became a vegetarian – and overall healthy eater – six years ago, I thought healthy eating on a budget was impossible. To me, it meant spending the equivalent of college tuition on foods I can’t pronounce or involved wizard-like culinary skills. Could I be a vegetarian and still pay rent? Can you eat gluten-free on the cheap? Can you feed your kids nutritious
Minimize food waste and reduce your grocery bill by learning to grow a vegetable garden from scraps! It takes some time and effort, but no more than if you were planting vegetables from seeds. A fellow gardener recently showed me how to grow celery from scraps and I’ve since fallen in love with this method of growing food and have researched other veggies that can
Ever turn a chore into a chance to save money? That’s exactly what writer Nancy Munro did. Nancy is auditioning for a staff writer position on BargainBabe.com! Missed the audition announcement? Here it is. Each day this week we will publish one audition post. Did this post help you save money? While I will make the final decision on who to hire, your input is
Making homemade popsicles is one of my favorite summer activities. I love this summer treat because it keeps me cool and it’s super cheap to make! Watch the video to learn how to make strawberry-basil limeade popsicles and keep on reading to get three of my favorite popsicle recipes below. Buying popsicle molds is an option, but you don’t have to. Make your own molds
I’m taking on a challenge this week to eat on $1.50 a day. As I planned my meals, I realized my serving sizes needed to shrink to help me stay on budget. Yours may too! Live Below the Line created the $1.50 a day challenge to shed light on poverty, but it has opened my eyes to how much food I usually put on my plate.
There are 1.4 billion people living in poverty worldwide — that’s four times the population of the US, according to the Live Below the Line initiative. Live Below the Line wants to challenge “the way people in the U.S. think about poverty.” The group is doing this by asking people to cut their food budget to $1.50 a day for five days starting April 29.
If you Google “saving money on groceries” you’ll find page after page of advice about setting your budget, clipping coupons, and shopping sales. And it’s all great advice! But like the last five stubborn pounds that won’t come off when you diet, I found I was hitting a grocery-savings plateau. The trouble for me was I couldn’t pass up a good deal. Despite walking in
Several months ago, pantry moths attacked my kitchen. I spent days cleaning out every nook and cranny and had to throw out half of the items in my pantry. Ouch. What a waste of money. After that, I vowed to store my grains, seeds, and nuts in glass jars. Now I’ve got a great collection of recycled glass jars. Here are 15 ideas for up-cycling
Maintaining a gluten free diet isn’t easy or cheap. Though going gluten free is a popular trend right now, for those who suffer from Celiac disease, a gluten free diet is a must to keep symptoms at bay. Gluten free products are pricey so I’m sharing 11 tips for eating gluten free on the cheap — without giving up the flavor! Thanks to reader Bill for
My handy hubby announced the other day that it was not good to put egg shells down the garbage disposal. Since we eat a lot of eggs, I had to figure out something (other than just into the garbage can) to do with those shells. I found some great ideas and I’m sharing them with you. Here are my top 8 ideas for using eggshells: