Frugal Cooking: Bread Busts The Budget

If you haven’t noticed, bread is expensive. Especially if you want to feed your family whole grains. This past winter I fell into the habit of buying really yummy, gourmet breads at Costco. Everything from bagels, baguettes, English muffins, delicious San Francisco style sourdough (just like back home) and regular whole grain sandwich bread. Well, […]

A Bean Quartet

Pinto Beans

Jenn@frugalupstate is hosting a frugal foods series. Each week she hosts a carnival of recipes featuring a frugal ingredient. So far, she’s covered eggs and tuna. This week features beans. Beans are a great source of protein and fiber. They are also a great bargain, so far. (Who knows what the commodities market will do […]

Mom Deals for the Week at CVS

I don’t know about you. But, we go through a lot of toilet paper at our house. So, I am very pleased to see another paper products deal at CVS this week. I stock up whether we “need” it or not. Because, believe me, we will need it. Buy $20 of Charmin or Bounty, get […]

Grocery Geek Presents: The Fifty Cents or Free Rule

It used to be that breakfast cereal was a rare commodity at the FishFam Table. Except for a brief obsession with organic cereal (which was not wise for my budget at the time), I limited it to a couple boxes of generic chex or cheerios, at about $1.50 – $2 a box. However, since I […]

Meal Planning: On My Way to Once a Month Cooking

Full freezer

Years ago I made “once a month cooking” a regular practice. Every 4-6 weeks, I would spend 2-3 days shopping, planning, and cooking so that I could save hours of time, volumes of stress, and a few pennies by making many meals at one time. Every year I’ve done this about once or twice in […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Shopping the Sales

This may be old news for some: Shopping from the sales can be a great way to save money. However, those grocery stores are pretty savvy. They want to get us in the door for their “loss leaders” and hope we’ll pick up everything else that we need (at a higher price) while we’re in […]

Book It! The Total Money Makeover

About a year ago my husband and I got a major wake-up call. We’d been living a pretty easy lifestyle, not too extravagant, but not overly frugal. We paid all our bills on time and kept track of what we spent. We lived month-to-month like most people and thought that debt was a “tool” that […]

Summertime on a Dime

summer enrichment

The weather’s heating up; school’s out; the season just invites you to be out having fun in the sun. As appealing as amusement parks, resort vacations, and dinner out every night may sound, it just doesn’t fit the average household’s budget. How can you make summer memories without breaking the bank? Here are just some […]