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 […]

Grocery Geek Presents: What Coupons Have Done for Me Lately

I’ve told you before what a glutton, I mean, foodie, I am. I live to eat! Always have. Always will. I thank God for all the great foods He invented. Wow! (Some I could do without, like the cow brains I choked down in France. It was all I could do not to throw up […]

A CVS Primer for July

I never set foot in CVS prior to February of this year. But after seeing bloggers post pictures of their purchases (insert raised eyebrow) and reading all that Money Saving Mom had to say on the topic, I decided to give it a go. And I made plenty of mistakes. But, all in all, I […]

Frugal Food: Taco Soup

Jenn@FrugalUpstate is continuing her Frugal Food series. This week’s feature is ground beef. The following is a FishBoy favorite. They absolutely love it! And even though it’s summer time and hot and humid and buggy and sticky, I keep getting requests for this meal. Go figure. I’ve tweaked this from the original to suit my […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Just a Tad Over Budget

Bright and early Wednesday morning (when the sale ads came out) I checked my grocery total for the month. At my last report, it was $348.72. Oh woe is me! Only $51 to get me through next week. Hmmm…. what’s a girl to do? For those just tuning in, I am on an ambitious mission […]

Frugal Cooking: Bread Busts The Budget

If you haven’t noticed, bread is expensive. Especially if you want to feed your family whole grains. This past winter I fell into the habit of buying really yummy, gourmet breads at Costco. Everything from bagels, baguettes, English muffins, delicious San Francisco style sourdough (just like back home) and regular whole grain sandwich bread. Well, […]

A Bean Quartet

Pinto Beans

Jenn@frugalupstate is hosting a frugal foods series. Each week she hosts a carnival of recipes featuring a frugal ingredient. So far, she’s covered eggs and tuna. This week features beans. Beans are a great source of protein and fiber. They are also a great bargain, so far. (Who knows what the commodities market will do […]