Saving Money on Food in Southern California

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Six kids? Southern California cost of living? And a tight economy? They sound like incompatible circumstances, don’t they? Yet, we’re doing okay. According to my records, our family spent $7700 on groceries last year, an average of $641 a month.That number includes diapers, paper goods, and toiletries. We do have a separate “dining out” budget. Last […]

Meal Planning: 5 Meals to Help You Eat Well, Spend Less


Do you find yourself spinning your wheels as meal time approaches? Do you call hubby to stop at the store again on his way home, for something you forgot to pick up? Do you spend a little too much money on fast food purchases? Effective meal planning can do wonders for your time, your budget, […]

You Don’t Need Extreme Couponing to Save Money on Food Costs

If you haven’t seen the show, you’ve heard about it. Extreme couponing = People dumpster diving for coupons so that they can go clear the grocery shelves and get loads of free stuff that they hoard in their closets, basements, and garages. Certainly there are critics as well as proponents of such practices. And, yes, […]

Avoid Expensive Ingredients to Eat Well & Spend Less


When I first became a stay-at-home mom, I read the wonderful beginner budget book, Miserly Moms. In fact, I read it cover to cover every year for quite a while in order to keep myself sharp when it came to household spending. Author Jonni McCoy points out that one of the most flexible line items […]

Eat Well, Spend Less

A few weeks ago we had a fabulous discussion about rising grocery prices and what we, as moms and home managers, can do about it. I dunno ’bout you, but I am not going to go quietly into this good night. There’s a battle to be fought. The economy may be in a slump, but […]