Grocery Geek Presents: Everything’s Relative

Everything is relative when it comes to economics. For instance, when gasoline has been up to $4.16/gallon here on the Kansas side, FishPapa’s recent sighting of $3.86 in Missouri sounded cheap! (C’mon people, it was two bucks two years ago! Hello!) The grocery store sales have been so bad lately, it makes CVS’ mediocre deals […]

Frugal Tip: Christmas Stockpiling – Don’t Go Overboard

This week we’ve talked a lot about planning ahead, buying ahead, and cooking ahead for the holidays. Just giving a few thoughts to Christmas now will help us be a little more organized (and joyful?) when the season really rolls around. But, there can be too much of a good thing. One of the things […]

Grocery Geek Reporting: Slim Pickin’s

The grocery sales were abysmal this week. Good thing I have a freezer full of food! Since I made use of great sales for my OAMC bash, the pressure is off this week to be super frugal. But, that didn’t stop me. No sir. I love that adrenaline rush from nabbing a great bargain. First […]

Frugal Tip: Don’t Be So Loyal

I grew up with a father who was a marketer’s dream. He was/is the King of Brand Loyalty. Only Heinz ketchup. Only Roman Meal bread. Only Scott toilet paper. The list goes on. And I must confess I jumped on that band wagon. For years I felt compelled to reach for the Heinz, under pain […]

This Week’s MOM Deals at CVS

My CVS trips have been few and far between lately. With the dearth of July “freebie” items and the scarcity of bonus CVS coupons, the deals just haven’t been calling my name. I appreciated CVS’ sending me a $4/20 coupon on the Fourth. That was very nice. And I am happy to see that they’ve […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Some Goals

Since I’ve done my huge mess of cooking this week, my grocery shopping over the next few weeks will be limited to breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and the occasional “screaming deal” for stockpiling. I thought it might be good for me to make some goals for the rest of our meals, since now I won’t be […]

Frugal Tip: Enjoying Fast Food

The FishFam loves to eat out! My 6 year old recently commented that he liked to eat out ’cause he didn’t have to clear and wipe the table. Yes, I hear you, my boy. But, eating out, whether it’s for convenience or for the pure enjoyment of the food, can be very expensive, especially when […]

A Means to An End

You’ve heard me wax eloquent about coupons and Dave Ramsey and all my great grocery bargains. I am not a frugal expert, though I’ve been trying for a long time. It’s taken awhile to establish frugal habits and not feel “deprived. We like nice things: Vacations in France. Good, no, great coffee. Sundried tomatoes and […]