California on a Budget: Grocery Shopping

fresh and easy

If you live or travel within California, or plan to in the near future, it would be in your best interests to discover all the wonderful ways you can make ends meet in the Golden State. Whether you find entertainment out of doors or master the ways of the mouse without a million dollars, there […]

Grocery Geek Presents: How to Shop with a New Baby

You may be a fierce coupon queen who knows the grocery store like the back of her hand. Checkers may quake in their boots when they see you walk through the doors with your handy, dandy coupon binder in hand. You may be able to quote the sales at every grocery store in town and […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Final Week of Our CSA Trial


This week was rainy and busy, thus preventing me from eagerly setting forth on multiple grocery shopping expeditions. Eh, the sales were pretty lean anyway. And hubs was willing to shop for me. And shop, he did. My husband gets a prize for his cheerfulness in making multiple stops on the way home from work. […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Trying Out a CSA


Last week during our vacation, I got a chance to spend time with my friend Christina. She fed us a wonderful meal of grilled wild salmon, quinoa, and fresh vegetables from her local CSA. And we talked about everything under the sun: traveling, homeschool, and most importantly, food. Our talk left me with a burning […]

Grocery Geek Hits the Central Coast

Gopher Glen Apple Farm

One of my favorite places in the world is the Central Coast of California. I went to college and met FishPapa in Santa Barbara where he grew up. My sister lives just over the hill in Solvang and my father-in-law in nearby Santa Ynez. For five years we lived a little farther north from there […]

Grab Grocery University for $10

Grocery University couponing course

Remember when I told you how to get a crash course in couponing? A few months ago my friend Carrie created this amazing 139-minute audio series, which includes a 40-page supplemental PDF and a “rock-bottom target price list.” I was pleasantly surprised at the breadth of information and helpful hints she included in this program. […]

Grocery Geek Goes on Vacation

Summer Clearance

In anticipation of our upcoming Fall vacation, I’ve been working on using up what we’ve got in the fridge and freezer. Instead of groceries, I kept my eyes open for sales that might benefit us on our vacation. And did I score! CVS had their summer stuff on clearance, marked down by 75%! I was […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Gone Cherry Picking


No, I didn’t really go pick cherries this week. What I’m referring to is the practice of buying a few great sale items at multiple stores versus the traditional grocery trip of buying all you need at one store, whether or not it’s the best sale. Cherry picking allows me to stockpile on inexpensive items […]