Have You Started Your Adventure in Couponing?


Couponing is not for everyone. It is one of those things where you need to measure the return on your investment. Is the money you save worth the time you invest? If your family makes a large income that more than covers your monthly necessities, then maybe your time is better spent in other ways. […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Loving Freezer Meals

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Since I did so much shopping and cooking at the beginning of the month, I’ve got a free pass from shopping this month. Well, almost. I still have made trips out for great deals and for produce and milk. But, it’s so nice not to feel like I have to go anywhere. This past week […]

Frugal Friday: Making My Own Instant Oatmeal

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Last week I mentioned how I love breakfast in a box. It makes our mornings go so much more smoothly when I serve food that is easy to prepare, easy to clean-up. The kids can actually do it all themselves! Cold cereal and instant oatmeal are the favorites. But, recently they went through one box […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Making the Deal Work When You Least Expect It To

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Since the freezer is stuffed to the gills, the rest of the month’s grocery shopping will involve dairy, produce, and stockpile items. There’s really not a lot that we “need.” It’s a good place to be. FishPapa made a run for fresh fruits and veggies this week. A 5# box of Cuties was on sale […]

Southern California Chick-Fil-A: Come Back for Free

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If you live in Southern California, make a plan to eat at Chick-Fil-A on Fridays in March and save your receipt! Bring that receipt back anytime during the month of March and you can get the same order for FREE! It’s like getting your food for 1/2 price each time. I recommend the Chicken Strips […]

Frugal Friday: Bake It Yourself

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It used to be that I spent up to $600 a month to feed just my husband and me. Yeah, I’m embarrassed to say so, but ’tis true. I suppose I could justify the expense that we were a “double-income, no kids” household and that food was one of our hobbies. But, still. Knowing that […]

Finding Convenience in the Good Ol’ Cereal Box

2010 February 287

Early morning breakfasts can be a harried affair. And if one child — or three — keeps me awake during the night, the last thing I want to do is cook up a big breakfast. In fact, in my newfound resolve to make daily mealtimes a little easier, FishPapa and I have decided that boxed […]

How Can You Eat Cheaply in California?


There’s this attitude out there that one must be rich to live in California or that one certainly can’t save money and reside in the Golden State. However, being born and raised here and then having lived in the MidWest for five years, I can attest to the fact that frugality and California really are […]