• Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Cooking Stock

    Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. I’m going to take some of the scenarios described by the readers there and try to break down the numbers …

  • Extra Costs of Moving: Financial, Cultural, and Spiritual Restrictions

    Abbie writes in: My family is considering a move to a smaller town for professional purposes. The only problem with this move is that we’re Orthodox and thus we follow the dietary laws. This means that the food our family eats must be kosher. Where we live now, we have great access to kosher foods …

  • Saving Pennies or Dollars? Grinding Your Own Flour

    Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. I’m going to take some of the scenarios described by the readers there and try to break down the numbers …

  • Dinner With My Family #33: Vegetarian Gumbo

    Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. At this point in late September, we’re starting to reach that …

  • Spreading Out Your Grocery Shopping

    Dinner with My Family is on a one week hiatus (which is party explained below). It will return next week. Over the last month, Sarah and I have been experimenting with a longer period between grocery store trips. Prior to this month, we had almost always done a weekly grocery store visit, usually on Saturday …

  • Saving Pennies or Dollars? Canning Fruits and Vegetables

    Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. I’m going to take some of the scenarios described by the readers there and try to break down the numbers …

  • Saving Pennies or Dollars? Juicing and Blending

    Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. I’m going to take some of the scenarios described by the readers there and try to break down the numbers …

  • The Meal Library

    Sarah and I love to experiment when it comes to food. We’re constantly trying new things in the kitchen using new and different ingredients. However, the reality of our lives dictates that we often don’t have time to look for ideas and experiment creatively with food. Take our current Tuesday evenings. Our daughter has a …

  • Dinner With My Family #32: Butternut Squash Casserole

    Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. Right now, our garden is providing us with a small mountain …

  • Dinner With My Family #31: Mixed Garden Stir Fry with Rice Noodles

    Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. Right now, we have an abundance of vegetables coming from our …

  • Dinner With My Family #30: Stuffed Bell Peppers

    Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. Bell peppers are appearing by the dozen in neighborhood gardens, which …

  • Dinner With My Family #29: Grilled Fish Fillets with Tomato and Corn Relish

    Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. By fish fillets, of course, I’m speaking of whatever type of …

  • Saving Pennies or Dollars? Brown-Bagging Lunch

    Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. I’m going to take some of the scenarios described by the readers there and try to break down the numbers …

  • Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Tomato Sauce

    Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. I’m going to take some of the scenarios described by the readers there and try to break down the numbers …

  • Dinner With My Family #28: Personal Pita Pizzas

    Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. Pita bread has such a wide variety of uses that we …

  • False Labeling (for Frugality’s Sake)

    Madeleine writes in with an interesting thought: When I was younger, my mother used to buy generic versions of things and put the contents into name brand packages. She would refill a ketchup bottle with generic ketchup so that guests would see the name-brand label. I understand why she did this. Many items are very …

  • Dinner With My Family #27: Crock Pot Couscous

    Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. One challenge my wife and I take on (and something that …

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Slow Cooker Use

    A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. By email, Kevin asked “Could you post an …

  • Dinner With My Family #26: Feta and Chickpea Pita Sandwiches

    Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. I love pita bread. Pita bread makes it easily possible to …