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 […]

Salade Nicoise

Jenn@FrugalUpstate is hosting a frugal foods series. This week features canned tuna. Yeah, that doesn’t sound too exciting on the face of it. At least not for me, since my kids refused tuna casserole last year. It was the first time in recent memory where I think we had an absolute revolt on our hands. […]

MOM Deals This Week

For those of you blessed with a CVS, this post is for you. If you’re far from one, take heart. The word on the street — straight from the guy who cleans our local stores whom my hubby met on one of his jobsites — is that CVS will be opening 3000 more stores before […]

Grocery Geek Reports: 4 Cent Yogurt and More….

Oh happy day! I had such fun doing next week’s grocery shopping. I found some great deals that were “unadvertised” – always so fun when coupled with coupons. Here’s the low-down for my many purchases this week. Hen House and Hy-Vee: This is not an exhaustive list of what I bought, just the highlights.Chex Mix […]