01.08.17
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Why Meal Delivery Services Are a Waste of Money

Imagine having every imaginable ingredient for a delectable dinner delivered directly to your doorstep, perfectly pre-portioned. Once your box arrives in the mail, every component of

12.22.16
cooking on stove top homemade bone broth recipe

Homemade Broth: A Healthy and Frugal Winter Treat for Body and Soul

Winter’s here, and if you’re anything like me, cold weather brings with it a strong desire to eat warm, hearty soups. And what is at

12.05.16
spaghetti

The Food Freeze: How We Avoided the Grocery Store for More Than Two Weeks

A few months ago, I peeked in our pantry and freezer to take stock of what we had before hitting the store. What I found

11.16.16
thanksgiving turkey

12 Tactics for an Inexpensive Thanksgiving Meal

During Thanksgiving week, both my wife’s extended family and my extended family host a Thanksgiving dinner with untold numbers of side dishes, leaving everyone feeling

10.19.16
grocery store shopping cart - save money at the grocery store

High Protein, Low Budget

Daniel writes in with one of those reader mailbag questions that had an answer that kept growing and growing and growing until it became clear

09.30.16
grocery store shopping cart - save money at the grocery store

Eight Discount Grocery Strategies That Will Keep Your Food and Household Prices Low

This week, we’ve taken a serious look at making your food cheap. We’ve looked at using a $1-per-meal strategy and then some ideas for implementing

09.28.16
peanut butter on toast

15 Super-Cheap and Super-Simple Snacks, Sides, and Meals to Fill Your Belly

Two years ago, I wrote an incredibly popular article entitled 26 Favorite Cheap and Easy Meals. The post consisted of a big pile of my

09.27.16
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Using the ‘$1 Per Meal’ Strategy to Save Big Time on Food Costs

A few months ago, I answered a reader mailbag question from Randu about what constitutes a reasonable food budget for a family of four. Here’s

09.16.16
cooking leftovers in skillet

Eight Strategies We Use for Making Leftovers Great (and Saving Lots of Money in the Process)

Leftovers. You make a meal, your family eats it, and some of it is left behind. Quite often, it’s not nearly as good the second

09.11.16
gluten free muffin recipe perfectly peach muffins

Two Tips for Dealing with Food Allergies on a Budget

By Katy DeDeyne When you’re trying to make better financial decisions, one of the first areas to look at trimming back is food. From cutting down

pasta in a jar

The Emergency Food Fund: Why Every Family Should Keep Three Cheap Meals On Hand

If you’re like most people, finding an excuse to skip making dinner is a piece of cake. Perhaps you’re running late from work, or your

08.20.16
potatoes

20 Strategies for Radically Cutting Your Food Expenses

The average American family spends $151 a week on food, according to this Gallup poll. That’s actually quite a lot of money when you consider

06.24.16
potatoes

Can Eating More Potatoes Help You Save Money and Lose Weight?

I’m always on the lookout for a good hack. Whether it’s trying butter in my coffee in the morning for sustained energy (didn’t work), writing

06.13.16
brew great tasting coffee cheap

Six Steps to Brew Great-Tasting Coffee on the Cheap

We Americans love our coffee. About two-thirds of adults in the U.S. drink coffee every day, according to a recent Gallup poll, with the average coffee

05.19.16
banana bread

18 Ways to Use ‘Old’ Food

Just yesterday, I posted a discussion about some of the challenges of old foods. I mostly lamented how, when you find foods that are too

05.05.16
red bell peppers in a grocery store

25 Flexible, Healthy Foods I Buy Constantly (Especially On Sale)

As I’ve described many times, our family’s normal meal-planning routine starts with the grocery store flyer. Each week, either Sarah or I will sit down

05.05.16
strawberries at a farmers market

Eight Ways to Make the Most of a Farmers Market

My passion for farmers markets is part of my identity. I mean that literally: I used to fill out online dating profiles that asked me

04.30.16
cooking vegetarian meals

12 Cheap Plant-Based Meals That Our Family Enjoys All the Time

Like every other American family with three children in the home, our family is busy. It seems like there’s something going on practically every night,

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