11 Ways to Prevent Food Waste in Your Home

*This is the 15th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* The other night I made a big pot of soup and wasted more than half of it. © Elena Milevska / Dollar Photo Club On purpose? Of course not. We had… 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 →

The Absolute BEST Way to Freeze Soup

One busy day, when I didn’t have time to make dinner, I decided to reheat some soup we had in the freezer. I had let the bag of soup thaw overnight in the fridge. When I went to dump the contents into a saucepan, a good amount of soup stayed in the bag, stuck to the… Keep reading →

How to Get 9 Meals from Two Whole Chickens

We are a chicken kind-of-family all.the.way. Maybe it’s because chicken is one of the cheapest meats, or maybe it’s because we just genuinely like it. We eat it about 60% of the time – the other 40% of the time we eat beans and eggs and small amounts of pork, beef, and fish. We eat… Keep reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →