Tips for Packing Affordable School Lunches (Eat Well, Spend Less)


The blogosphere has practically exploded with cute and utterly adorable lunch ideas. Who knew that sandwiches could be cut into so many interesting and fascinating shapes? Cute as these lunches may be, they aren’t the best thing since sliced bread if your kid won’t eat them — or worse, they break the bank. I’m all […]

Super Duper Weekend Reading

See that boy? He has been a bookworm from day one. He practically taught himself to read. At 9 he can whip through multiple chapter books in a day. The problem? We run out of good reading. He checked out a dozen books from the library on Monday and told me on Thursday that he had […]

Budget-Friendly Potluck Meals (Eat Well, Spend Less)

Most of us enjoy getting together with family and friends to share a meal and some good times. My mom excelled at this when I was a kid. It seems we often had a houseful of people for the holidays, and she always served up a sumptuous feast. It wasn’t until I was married and […]

Eat Well & Spend Less in Summer


Grocery prices, they are a-rising. And if you’re not careful, the flood could overwhelm you. I remember four years ago when things started hiking up. We were deep in debt, and yet, somehow, we got out. But, I am determined not to get sucked under again. Particularly where food costs are concerned. Oh, no, I […]

Taking Freezer Meals on The Road (Eat Well, Spend Less)

The activity, hot weather, and entertainment factor of summertime can wreak havoc on one’s grocery budget. How can summer fun affect your food costs? In summertime we venture out and about more often; we have more random schedules than the rest of the year; we tend to avoid hot kitchens and want someone else to […]

Food Storage & Saving Money on Groceries (Frugal Friday)

condiments shelf

Years ago I had shopped and shopped, scrimped and saved to fill my freezer with all kinds of great deals. Imagine my horror when I found out that we’d had an electric failure and everything in the freezer was ruined! I sobbed. While I didn’t lose that much actual money, I had probably only spent […]

Keep a Tidy Pantry to Save Money (Eat Well, Spend Less)

canned goods pantry

I don’t love my pantry. It’s a awkwardly-built closet, curved around the staircase. The shelves are odd shaped and deep, so deep that things get lost back there. It’s often a jumbling mess. At the same time, I recognize what a blessing it is to have abundant storage. Having a place to store a small […]

Eat Well & Spend Less in the US & Canada (& a Giveaway)

North America

This month I’ve been collaborating with a great group of bloggers to bring to you a series on how to reduce your grocery costs while continuing to eat well. Ours is a vast and varied group: we live in different parts of the country, we have different sized families, we cook and eat differently. But […]