Budget-Friendly Potluck Meals (Eat Well, Spend Less)

Most of us enjoy getting together with family and friends to share a meal and some good times. My mom excelled at this when I was a kid. It seems we often had a houseful of people for the holidays, and she always served up a sumptuous feast. It wasn’t until I was married and […]

Eat Well & Spend Less in Summer

Grocery prices, they are a-rising. And if you’re not careful, the flood could overwhelm you. I remember four years ago when things started hiking up. We were deep in debt, and yet, somehow, we got out. But, I am determined not to get sucked under again. Particularly where food costs are concerned. Oh, no, I […]

Food Storage & Saving Money on Groceries

Years ago I had shopped and shopped, scrimped and saved to fill my freezer with all kinds of great deals. Imagine my horror when I found out that we’d had an electric failure and everything in the freezer was ruined! I sobbed. While I didn’t lose that much actual money, I had probably only spent […]

Keep a Tidy Pantry to Save More Money

I don’t love my pantry. It’s a awkwardly-built closet, curved around the staircase. The shelves are odd shaped and deep, so deep that things get lost back there. It’s often a jumbling mess. At the same time, I recognize what a blessing it is to have abundant storage. Having a place to store a small […]

Eat Well & Spend Less in the US & Canada

This month I’ve been collaborating with a great group of bloggers to bring to you a series on how to reduce your grocery costs while continuing to eat well. Ours is a vast and varied group: we live in different parts of the country, we have different sized families, we cook and eat differently. But […]

Saving Money on Food in Southern California

Six kids? Southern California cost of living? And a tight economy? They sound like incompatible circumstances, don’t they? Yet, we’re doing okay. According to my records, our family spent $7700 on groceries last year, an average of $641 a month.That number includes diapers, paper goods, and toiletries. We do have a separate “dining out” budget. Last […]

Meal Planning: 5 Meals to Help You Eat Well, Spend Less

Do you find yourself spinning your wheels as meal time approaches? Do you call hubby to stop at the store again on his way home, for something you forgot to pick up? Do you spend a little too much money on fast food purchases? Effective meal planning can do wonders for your time, your budget, […]

Avoid Expensive Ingredients to Eat Well & Spend Less

When I first became a stay-at-home mom, I read the wonderful beginner budget book, Miserly Moms. In fact, I read it cover to cover every year for quite a while in order to keep myself sharp when it came to household spending. Author Jonni McCoy points out that one of the most flexible line items […]