Frugal Food: Taco Soup

Jenn@FrugalUpstate is continuing her Frugal Food series. This week’s feature is ground beef. The following is a FishBoy favorite. They absolutely love it! And even though it’s summer time and hot and humid and buggy and sticky, I keep getting requests for this meal. Go figure. I’ve tweaked this from the original to suit my […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Just a Tad Over Budget

Bright and early Wednesday morning (when the sale ads came out) I checked my grocery total for the month. At my last report, it was $348.72. Oh woe is me! Only $51 to get me through next week. Hmmm…. what’s a girl to do? For those just tuning in, I am on an ambitious mission […]

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 […]