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
Have you ever broken down and paid three dollars for a cookie because it was soooo tempting? Of course, being a bargainista, this is not something I do often. But the other day, my daughter just HAD to have a chewy chocolate chip cookie. What’s a bargain mom to do? Figure out how to do it yourself! I searched and found out there are five
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
I have perfected the art of the 15-minute dinner, something I never thought possible in my pre-baby days. Long ago, when a friend mentioned her mother cooked, served, and cleaned up dinner all in one hour or less, I was flabbergasted. Before Lucy was born, getting dinner on the table in 45 felt rushed. Now I’ve beat her mom’s timing in the kitchen several times
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:
My mother made milk once a week when I was growing up. That’s right, I said she made milk. From powder. Almost three decades later, as I buy TWO GALLONS of milk a week to feed Lucy (okay, Hubs does the grocery shopping 95% of the time, but you know what I mean), I realize how much money my Mom must have saved feeding us powdered
Do you toss out broccoli stalks, onion skins, and potato peels? You’re wasting money! A new book says we throw away $25 of every $100 we spend on groceries. Ouch! Now you can turn your trash into edible treasure with “From Garbage to Gourmet,” by blogger Carrie Issac (who you may remember makes the awesome Grocery University). Today and tomorrow only, “From Garbage to