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
Fog is in the air… and gourds are in the field! But during Halloween season, what else can you do with them? Back in college, we actually stuck the other end of our cable cord into one and improved our TV reception for a while (until it finally rotted, around the next June). While I may not recommend using it to get extra channels, there
Apple Cider Vinegar is a staple for any frugal family. Why? Because it has soooo many uses, yet it is cheap, about a dollar per 16 ounces. I advise that you get good quality apple cider vinegar that is organic and has “mother” in the bottle. “Mother” is a cobweb-like mass that floats inside the bottle near the bottom. It’s actually full of stuff that
This recipe for homemade dog food is from my Mom, who started making it for her dog Yoshi because she was having a lot of itchy skin issues that didn’t respond to medicine. It is wheat free. The recipe takes about 1-1.5 hours to make and makes 14 cups. How long it will last depends on how many cups of dog food your pooch eats
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.
One of my main financial policies is: “Make sure it is worth the money.” I don’t care if we are talking about a one dollar ice cream cone or a half-a-million dollar house. The question is: “Is it worth it?” My first subject is my Blendtec blender. This little piece of kitchen equipment set me back around $450 (tax included) AND I bought it new
Easy weeknight meals that don’t require a lot of time near the stove during the summer heat are my favorites. Salads in particular are refreshing and quick to make when you’re short on time. Making salads is also a super cheap option if you use seasonal veggies! I share 10 healthy salad recipes you can toss together in no time.
Cooking meals at home can be easy, fast and delicious. I’ve been focusing on the cost of my meals as part of a challenge to eat on $1.50 per day. There’s no need to eat off the dollar menu to save money on food. Check out Julia’s 17 easy 15-minute dinners if you don’t have lots of time to cook. I’m sharing 10 tasty meals
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
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
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