MENU

Toolin’ Up Tuesday: Quicken

A good tool is a beautiful thing. And let me tell you, we know about tools around here. The garage is full of them. But, a tool is only as good as the extent to which it helps you do your job well. One “job” that I have is to keep track of how we […]

Frugal Tip: Have a BackUp Meal Plan

Normally, I plan out my menus for the week. This helps in a number of ways, particularly in budgeting. If I’m building from what’s in the cupboard and adding just a few ingredients, I can make do with less. Usually, this entails cooking from scratch which has proved to be the most frugal way to […]

Frugal Tip: It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask

Due to his profession as a contractor, FishPapa spends more time in Lowe’s and Home Depot than the average man. The plus side of this is that it isn’t a place that I have to worry about us getting “lost” in. We go in, we go out. It’s part of the job, rather than a […]

Frugal Tip: Don’t Cook It If They Hate It

Remember a few weeks ago when I was cooking like a fiend? Well, I successfully stocked my freezer with about 5-6 weeks’ worth of meals. Everything from meatballs to lasagna, pasta sauce and black bean pie, chicken enchilada casserole and chicken packets. Unfortunately, not all of these meals have been smashing hits at the FishTable. […]

Frugal Tip: Don’t Be So Loyal

I grew up with a father who was a marketer’s dream. He was/is the King of Brand Loyalty. Only Heinz ketchup. Only Roman Meal bread. Only Scott toilet paper. The list goes on. And I must confess I jumped on that band wagon. For years I felt compelled to reach for the Heinz, under pain […]

Enjoying Fast Food Without Spending a Fortune

The FishFam loves to eat out! My 6 year old recently commented that he liked to eat out ’cause he didn’t have to clear and wipe the table. Yes, I hear you, my boy. But, eating out, whether it’s for convenience or for the pure enjoyment of the food, can be very expensive, especially when […]

A Means to An End

You’ve heard me wax eloquent about coupons and Dave Ramsey and all my great grocery bargains. I am not a frugal expert, though I’ve been trying for a long time. It’s taken awhile to establish frugal habits and not feel “deprived. We like nice things: Vacations in France. Good, no, great coffee. Sundried tomatoes and […]

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, […]