Eating in Season: Fall Edition

Ah, Fall. Crisp, cool mornings followed by warm afternoons. Leaves changing from green to red, yellow, and orange and gently falling to the ground below. And pumpkin. Lots and lots of pumpkin! Doesn’t Fall just have some of the best flavors that you look forward to eating every year come the end of summer? © mythja… Keep reading →

Eating in Season: Summer Edition

One of the best ways to give our families more variety and nutrition is by eating in season. With all the wonderful produce available in the summer, it shouldn’t be too hard, either! © Thomas Bethge – stock.adobe.com Every year I mention to my husband that I would like to go to the Farmer’s Market,… Keep reading →

Eating in Season: Spring Edition

I’ll tell you what. I have been looking forward to spring for one reason, and one reason only: all the fresh, springy produce available to eat! © zoryanchik / Dollar Photo Club It seems as though winter is left with far fewer delicious fruits and veggies than any other season, and spring is a great… Keep reading →

The 10 Pantry Staples that Keep Our Grocery Budget below $300 a month

The first few years of our marriage, I was all over the place with our meal plans. There were a few meals I would make over and over again because my husband loved them, but I loved exploring the kitchen and learning how to cook. So most nights, I was cooking something we had never had before…. Keep reading →

Premium Ingredients You Should Be Buying to Make Your Meals Taste AWESOME

When we cut back on how much we were spending on groceries, there were just some foods I was not willing to stop buying. I make pretty much every meal from scratch, and that means I need to use several different foods to add more flavor and help the dish out a bit. I am… Keep reading →

Eating in Season: Winter Edition

Now that I have two toddlers in the house, I really want to get more variety into our diets. Like most families, we have certain foods that we tend to buy over and over. That really is great for keeping the grocery bill down, but it’s not so great for little growing bodies and keeping… Keep reading →

30+ Foods to Start Making Instead of Buying

*This is the 7th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* I told you how much I used to spend on groceries on Monday. A hundred bucks a week was too much for our small family, at least when our income was slashed in… Keep reading →

Writing Out a Menu Plan Based Around Cheap Meals

*This is the 6th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* On the first day of the spending freeze challenge, I wrote out a menu plan through this coming Friday. Everything on my plan was based around food we already have as… Keep reading →

16 Quick Ways to Lower Your Grocery Budget

*This is the 5th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* Before we started our spending freeze last year, I was spending about $100 a week on groceries. Each week when I would get to the checkout and hear the cashier say how… Keep reading →

8 Reasons You Hate Grocery Shopping (with solutions)

Grocery shopping is a necessary chore for any household. Where there are people, people must be fed. Unless you have a thriving garden on your property, you most likely have to make a choice about how you get food in those people’s bellies: from restaurants and the like or from the grocery store. © Kaspars Grinvalds… Keep reading →

7 Ways to Save on Bread

Bread is a top 10 staple in this house. I didn’t grow up eating a lot of bread, but my husband ate it at nearly every meal as a child, so he still must.have.his.bread! When I make pasta and we don’t have bread in the house, my husband cannot enjoy it as much. It’s that important… Keep reading →

Don’t Stick to Your Shopping List! (If You Want to Save More Money on Groceries)

When you start grocery shopping with a list, and you stick to that list, you can save so much money. But sometimes sticking to your list will hurt your grocery budget rather than help it. You must be flexible most shopping trips or you could end up spending much, much more. For years, I would… Keep reading →

7 Valid Reasons Why I Don’t Coupon

Saving money on groceries is critical as a homemaker. It’s easy to overspend on any given shopping trip, and money saved can go towards other important things in the budget. One huge way that you can save money on groceries is by couponing. But, here’s the deal, in the 7 years I’ve been married, I… Keep reading →

Money Saving Spice Cabinet Solutions

I think I have too many spices. Is 35 too many? Ok, so maybe I actually have 41 due to duplicates. At least I’m no longer in denial. 😉 If you’re like me, and you hoard spices, this post is for you. Do you have a cupboard full of spices that you rarely touch? Do you… Keep reading →

Save Moolah on Groceries with Substitutions

Years ago, when I first started cooking, I taught myself how to cook by reading recipes and following them to the T. It’s actually a very effective way to cook if you have a great recipe. Not so much if the recipe is terrible! After much trial and error, I am now to the point… Keep reading →