Meal Planning from the Sales


Coupons? Organizational system? Shopping list of sales matched with coupons? Now it’s time to figure out how to take these deals and make them work to feed your family. See those beef tacos? Bargain meal. ‘Tis true. Remember this worksheet? I explained a few weeks ago how I go about planning my shopping trip. I […]

What’s Cooking This Week


Since we’ve been gone all weekend, it will probably take me a week to recover and catch up on my laundry and sleep. Thankfully, I bought ahead in terms of groceries. I am not desperate to do a big grocery trip. Instead, we’ll stock up on milk and produce and enjoy some simple meals this […]

Frugal Tip: How to Stretch Your Chicken Purchase


One of the easiest ways to save money is on food. There is such a range in food options as well as a range of prices for those foods. For our family, using coupons is one great way that I can save some of our hard earned money. But, I try not to stop there. […]

Ultimate Recipe Swap: Time to Picnic


Picnics are fun affairs. I love to pack up a lunch and eat outdoors, and so do my children. One of my favorites is the impromptu affair with In-N-Out Burger. But, if I have time to plan, then here’s what we might pack – my recipe for A Great Picnic: tablecloth (and tablecloth weights or […]

Oh In-N-Out Burger! How I Love Thee!


If you live somewhere other than California, Arizona, or Nevada, and have never eaten a Double-Double, I’m sorry. You’re so missing out. Get thee on a road trip and make sure you stop at In-N-Out Burger. It’s one of the fast food joints that I missed the most when we were in Kansas. And, yes, […]

Frugal Tip: Buy Spices in Bulk


I love to cook. Since I could read, cooking has been one of my favorite pasttimes and one of my preferred methods of relaxation. If you spend anytime cooking, you know that quality ingredients can be pretty expensive, even with a coupon. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about preparing gourmet food for a […]

Ultimate Recipe Swap: Grilled Foods


I just love the smell of food cooked outdoors. Last weekend we spent an afternoon at the beach, and the scent of charcoal fires mixing with the salty breeze and a hint of Bain de Soleil was fantastic. Now that’s the smell of summer! One of my favorite things to grill is veggies. If you’ve […]

Something’s Fishy About These Hot Dogs


Years ago I read about how you could cut uncooked hot dogs in certain ways to make them form different shapes once cooked. I never gave it a try until I kept coming across ocean-themed hot dog ideas in my research for Camp Wannalaffalotta. So, we tried two different “recipes” this weekend: octopus and jellyfish. […]