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Grocery Geek Presents: Shopping for Freezer Cooking and Fresh Produce

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This past week’s shopping has revolved around freezer cooking. My pantry and freezer were starting to look a little bare. So, once I made my detailed plan for once-a-month cooking, I started scanning the sales to see what changes I needed to make. Turns out I had few changes to make. The grocery stores cooperated […]

Frugal Friday: Mother’s Day Gift Guide, Part One

Mother’s Day is about two weeks away. (Husbands, wake up!)

Whether you are celebrating your own mother or another special mother in your life (wife, sister, friend, mother-in-law), it is in the best interests of your wallet — and your reputation — to plan ahead. When we plan our gift-giving in advance we are less likely to overspend or spend Sunday morning in a Hallmark store.

Mother’s Day Gift: A Tea Party

Mother's Day Tea

Looking for a fun, yet economical Mother’s Day (or Any Day) gift? This tea party basket is sure to please. And it’s so easy! Such a great do-it-yourself kind of gift. Line a box or basket with a cloth napkin and fill with a pair of matching mugs, a box of tea, and some delicious cookies, like […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Q & A

This week, the Grocery Geek, Yours Truly, is going to start fielding couponing questions. I am not a deals blogger, but couponing is a huge part of my “life as mom” as I try to put food on the table and stay in the black. I think it’s one way that we can increase our […]

Frugal Friday: Get What You Pay For

There are probably a bazillion ways that we can save money. I don’t think we’ve even begun to mine the depths of frugal ideas. But, here at Frugal Friday we’ll try…. One simple way to save money is to make sure you get what you pay for. This past week as we were leaving Costco, […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Good. Cheap. Eats

Sprouts

Since my recent reading of In Defense of Food, it’s been difficult to walk through the grocery store, filled with boxes of food products that may or may not be that good for us. I really want to feed my family more home-made meals with fewer processed foods, but man, that is tough. I love […]

Frugal Friday: Golden Rules of Frugality

OK, I wouldn’t call these rules, necessarily. They’re more like guidelines.

But, they are important guidelines, nonetheless. It helps me to remember these when I’m paying the bills and the numbers don’t go in quite the direction I wish they would. It helps me to remember them when I see some cool kitchen gadget that I don’t really need, but it would be really cool to have. It helps me to remember them when I don’t feel like we’ve saved enough money each month.

Vacation Freebies

Ever since our days of traipsing through the South of France together, FishPapa and I have loved to travel and see new places. And that hasn’t changed since having children. Our luggage has just increased.

And, I guess, truth be told, we’ve always been budget travelers. When it was time to choose a honeymoon location, airfare to France was actually less expensive than Hawaii. How convenient! We flew across the Atlantic for about $200 roundtrip for each cheap seat!