Thanksgiving on a Budget: Celebrating and Saving

Thanksgiving on a Budget

I’ve known people, in fact, I’ve been one of them, who spent upward of $200 on one meal – Thanksgiving Dinner. Unbelievable when I think about it, really. To spend one third of our current monthly food budget on one dinner. Yikes! Usually this happens due to poor planning or too many “we gotta haves” […]

Grocery Greek Presents: Online Grocery Shopping

This has been an unusual week for me. I was sick all by myself. Unheard of in our house. Usually, I get it on the tail end of everyone else getting it. FishPapa was home three days out of five due to holidays/vacation days. And, I ordered groceries online and had them delivered. Yes, it’s […]

Frugal Friday: Budget Birthday Ideas

When FishBoy12 was just a wee tot, I went all out for his birthdays. At the time I wasn’t sure I could have more children, so why not? And even once I had three or four children, the Creative Birthday Party Queen in me just didn’t know how to give it a rest. Most sane […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Shopping for Freezer Cooking

OK, I promise this is the last time I’ll talk about freezer cooking for at least a month few weeks. I regularly report about good grocery deals, but this week I don’t have any to report because I didn’t go shopping. Since my freezer is packed with most of a month’s worth of food (except […]

Frugal Friday: Freezer Cooking on the Cheap

This week I spent a few days in the kitchen. I was on a mission to fill my freezer with homemade “convenience” items. Rather than start from scratch each night at dinnertime, I will be able to draw from a storehouse of “freezer meals.” Almost all of this month’s meals have been pre-prepped in some […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Holding Out for Pay Day

Two weeks and I haven’t done much grocery shopping at all. In fact, we ran out of milk and I didn’t get more for a couple days. We survived. But, my big stocking up and our weekend away basically used up my grocery budget. Bummer! I think there were a few “nickel and dime” stops […]

Frugal Friday: Follow Good Money Saving Blogs

FishPapa and I were always what we would call “frugal.” Even when we had debt, we didn’t go on fancy vacations or drive new cars. I did price comparison shopping and clipped coupons every once in awhile. But, we didn’t really see BIG SAVINGS until I discovered the wealth of money-saving blogs that are out […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Oh My! I Swept ‘Em!

Last weekend I was a shopping maniac. I went to Walgreens, Stater Brothers, Ralphs, Albertsons, SUPER Walmart, AND Vons. I had a blast and got a boatload of food for great prices. Disclaimers:1. It took some research to find coupons and locate the deals. Thanks go in part to my partner-in-crime coupons, SaveAtHomeMommy, and MoneySavingMom […]