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On a Meal Planning Mission

Monday is the start of the All You Grocery Challenge. I’m playing, are you? One of the keys to staying under the budget for this game ($25/person/week) is to have a meal plan and stick to it. In fact, I think I need a meal plan and then some. Just in case Plan A backfires […]

Making the Most of In Season Produce

Cut grocery costs by making the most of in-season produce. Here are some tips to get the best prices and enjoy the fruit of the season.

Asian Chicken Noodle Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Chicken)

I remember when I was growing up we ate a lot of chicken. Often it was simply baked chicken with crisp, salty, peppery skin. Yum! Other times Mom mixed it into casseroles, like in my favorite, Curried Chicken Divan. We didn’t know any better and we just called it “Chicken Curry.” Regardless of what you […]

Rice and Beans, Beans and Rice

Getting tired of the same old bargain beans and rice? Dude it up a little. Suggestions are over at Good (& Cheap) Eats.

Ultimate Recipe Swap: Feeding a Crowd

Summertime seems to be the season of get-togethers. Family reunions, birthday parties, softball team barbecues, graduation parties, and 4th of July get-togethers all congregate during the summer months. My inner Martha loves this. There’s nothing more exhilarating to me to have a crowd come feed at my house. Good thing I was born into a […]

Meal Plan O’ the Week

I need to emphasize the word plan here. Plan doesn’t always signify that it happens. I had a meal plan last week. But, mealtimes didn’t happen exactly as I had planned. We ate omelets instead of take-out on Monday, this fantastic shrimp and pasta instead of Spaghetti and sausages on Thursday; Friday night’s Chinese Food […]

Ultimate Recipe Swap: Summer Desserts (Recipe: Grilled Lemon Poundcake)

Summertime lends itself to easy cooking that doesn’t make you sweat. And while wintertime dessert plates might feature warm and spicy dishes like pumpkin pie or apple streudel, summer dictates something light, fresh, and cool. Last night we made something new! Using a Sara Lee frozen pound cake, fresh berries and whipped cream, FishPapa and […]

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 […]