5 Reasons You Hate Meal Planning (with solutions)

When you want to save some money on groceries, meal planning is the place to start. Not everyone, though, enjoys this household task. Why? Because they have certain preconceived thoughts telling them that it would be a waste to even try. Are you one of these people? Do you have several reasons why you hate… Keep reading →

Ensalada Rusa – A South American Potato Salad

Ensalada Rusa (Russian Salad) is a delicious potato salad that many South American people eat. Wait, what? If it’s called Russian Salad, then what does that have to do with South America? Well, the salad actually hails from Russia, but the ingredients have evolved and changed so that they are no longer the same salads,… Keep reading →

Tastes Just Like Ice Cream Smoothie

Have you heard of Ice Cream in a Bag? I had heard of it before, but I had never tried making it until just last week. I thought it would be a great activity to do with my girls (ages 3 and 18 months), but it didn’t really grab their attention. We I shook the bag… Keep reading →

Learn to Cook for Less than $200 (or Free!)

A few years ago, I had this burning desire to attend culinary school. I wanted to learn how to cook, but I didn’t necessarily want to become a chef or work in a restaurant kitchen. When I found out that attending culinary school can cost $35,000 (more or less depending on the program) each year,… Keep reading →

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

When you go grocery shopping, before you grab that can of beans off the shelf, consider this: you can make dried beans in the slow cooker, get much more flavor out of them, and do it all for just about 50 cents per 15 oz. (the same size as a can of beans). There are… 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 →

A Plan to Make Healthy Cold Lunches for the Hubby

My husband is on-the-go most of the day, so he needs cold lunches that can be eaten without microwaving. I’ve been terrible at getting lunches ready for him lately so I wanted to put together a long list of lunches as reference. When he doesn’t have a lunch, he does one of the following: a) doesn’t eat… 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 →

Better Than Rotisserie Roast Chicken

Have you ever attempted to make a whole chicken in your oven? Were you disappointed that it was dry or tasteless even though you added plenty of salt, vegetables in the cavity, herbs, and aromatics? I bet you said, “Forget this! I’m going to buy a rotisserie chicken from the store!” I hear you. I really do…. Keep reading →

Basic Dried Fruit

Fruit is the perfect snack food for children because it has numerous benefits that they can’t get from eating anything else. I’m sure if you thought through the fruits you gave your child most recently you’d say they were either fresh, canned, or frozen, right? Dehydrated fruits are another great option, but the variety at… Keep reading →

The Most Perfect Tomato Onion Salad

My husband’s Argentinian traditions run deep. Growing up, he had an asado (equivalent to a steak and chicken BBQ complete with all the animal’s innards) with his family every Saturday. Every.Saturday. That’s like a ton of meat. Over the years, we’ve had our fair share of asados as a family and with friends, but nowhere… Keep reading →

Save Money with Fridge and Freezer Inventory Sheets

I despise wasting food. Sure, I’ve done it a million and one times, but every time I have to do it I cringe. I think, How come we couldn’t have eaten this or used this before it went moldy/rancid/curdled? I know I’m not alone. Most American families throw away as much as 25% of the… 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 →

One Ingredient Dulce de Leche

Although my husband was born and raised in Argentina he rarely ate anything with the popular caramel sauce, Dulce de Leche. His family lunches ended with a small amount of fruit (only on occasion), and that was dessert. How can you live in a country that offers such a beautiful sauce and never indulge? It’s… Keep reading →

Cost Comparison: Baby Food

One of the most exciting steps you will take as your baby grows is introducing solids to him. It’s kind of fun to see the expression on baby’s face and to find out what he will do with a spoon. But the options for giving baby solids is somewhat overwhelming. You have to decide what… Keep reading →