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Frugal Tip: Don’t Cook It If They Hate It

Remember a few weeks ago when I was cooking like a fiend? Well, I successfully stocked my freezer with about 5-6 weeks’ worth of meals. Everything from meatballs to lasagna, pasta sauce and black bean pie, chicken enchilada casserole and chicken packets. Unfortunately, not all of these meals have been smashing hits at the FishTable. […]

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 […]

Enjoying Fast Food Without Spending a Fortune

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 […]

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, […]

Book It! The Total Money Makeover

About a year ago my husband and I got a major wake-up call. We’d been living a pretty easy lifestyle, not too extravagant, but not overly frugal. We paid all our bills on time and kept track of what we spent. We lived month-to-month like most people and thought that debt was a “tool” that […]

Frugal Tip: Use the Library

One of the things that I am so thankful for is our public library. We have saved hundreds of dollars over the last few years using this fantastic system. You see, not only did my husband and I spend $250/week on food back in the days, but bookstore shopping was a regular feature of our […]

Fatherhood: A Tough Bill to Fill

Being a dad is a hard job. Yes, I know, momming is challenging, too. But, as I get older, God is giving me eyes to see my husband in light of the unique challenges he faces. It’s not all about me. Since ours is a one-income home, the responsibility of providing for our physical needs […]