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Why I Only Grow Four Things in My Garden

While I have wanted a summer garden for what seems like forever, I never made the time to build one until we moved into our

04.29.17
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$1 Meal Tactics: Saving Big on Food Costs, a Buck at a Time

A little under a year ago, I wrote an article entitled Using the ‘$1 Per Meal’ Strategy to Save Big Time on Food Costs. In

04.13.17
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The Surprisingly Versatile Vegetable You May Be Ignoring (and Nine Creative Ways to Cook It)

“Eat your vegetables,” your mom told you. And she had a point. Federal researchers note that people who eat more natural foods are less likely

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Six Simple Steps for Cooking at Home If You’ve Never Really Done It Before

Several years ago, I wrote a brief article on the first steps someone should take if they’re new to cooking at home. For some reason,

04.02.17
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Five Big Mistakes Beginner Cooks Make

Americans now spend more money on bars and restaurants than they do on groceries. A major reason for the change is that we live increasingly

03.29.17
vegetables in a refrigerator

Eight Ways to Use Expiring Produce

Knocking money off your grocery bill may not be easy, but it can be done. By using coupons, planning your meals, and shopping regular sales,

03.15.17
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Here’s What Our $150-a-Week Grocery Budget and Meal Plan Looks Like in Real Life

When my husband and I got serious about our finances years ago, our food spending was out of control. We were just two people and

03.03.17
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How to Turn a Cupboard Cleaning Into a Great Meal Plan

Once every six months or so, I get really frustrated with the organization of our pantry and cupboards. Over the course of those months, Sarah

02.26.17
rotisserie chicken

13 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Rotisserie Chicken

Whether you ran out of time to make dinner, have a hankering for barbecued meat, or simply don’t want to cook, a rotisserie chicken could

02.10.17
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Meal Prep Day! Simple Rice and Beans

I often talk about how I enjoy preparing meals in advance by making a bunch of duplicate meals at once, popping them in the freezer

01.28.17
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12 Strategies for a Successful ‘Meal Prep Day’

One common strategy for saving money on food that shows up in a lot of frugality books and on many frugality websites is the idea

01.25.17
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Buying Foods Based on Cost Per Calorie

Recently, I came across this infographic that listed a bunch of different foods, separated by category (fruit; vegetables; fats, nuts, and seeds; fish, poultry, and

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
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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
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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
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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