Balancing Inexpensive Cooking at Home and Family Time

Marilyn writes in: If I go home after work and cook dinner, I have to spend half an hour in the kitchen by myself cooking and fifteen minutes after the meal cleaning up. If I pick up food after work, I can eat immediately with my family and there’s no cleanup and then I get … Read moreBalancing Inexpensive Cooking at Home and Family Time

My Menu of “Solo” Meals

One of my core principles of personal finance is “if you’re doing something by yourself, do it as cheap as possible.” When I’m alone and not worried about anyone else’s needs or concerns, I go super cheap on almost everything. There’s no real reason to “treat” myself because I’ll probably do some form of that … Read moreMy Menu of “Solo” Meals

Walmart vs. Whole Foods: Which Is Cheaper for Organic Food?

Organic foods don’t have to be a luxury, but they aren’t always cheaper in stores that typically offer a discount. It’s been roughly four years since Walmart began pushing organic food at its U.S. stores. The discount store has attempted to lure more customers by increasing its organic offerings and taking a more upmarket approach … Read moreWalmart vs. Whole Foods: Which Is Cheaper for Organic Food?

The ‘Overstocked Default Meal’ Strategy

If you look in our pantry at any given time, one thing you’ll virtually always find are about a dozen boxes of spaghetti and about a dozen jars of pasta sauce. If we ever run “low,” meaning we get down to less than a half-dozen or so of either one, we make sure to add … Read moreThe ‘Overstocked Default Meal’ Strategy

Keeping Food Spending Low When You Live in a Food Desert

Last week, I published an article entitled How to Find – and Get the Most Value Out of – Your Local Discount Grocer that tackles head-on one of the tougher frugality challenges we all face: how does a person find the cheapest grocery store in their area and, once they do, how do they really … Read moreKeeping Food Spending Low When You Live in a Food Desert

The Ultimate Guide to Eggs: Nature’s Frugal, Flexible Protein

I am an egg superfan. They’re cheap, easy to cook, and full of protein. I used to find eggs on sale and then buy 96 at a time. I would joke with the cashiers that I was making the world’s biggest omelet, but then one day I had to stop after learning that someone once … Read moreThe Ultimate Guide to Eggs: Nature’s Frugal, Flexible Protein

Making the Super Quick and Convenient Lunch Much More Frugal

At our house, we’re pretty strict on limiting free time for our kids. They get maybe half an hour of screen time after school (after their homework is done) and, on some evenings, half an hour after supper. On weekends and during the summer, it might be a bit more than that, but if they’re … Read moreMaking the Super Quick and Convenient Lunch Much More Frugal

How to Find – and Get the Most Value Out of – Your Local Discount Grocer

One of the most powerful strategies out there for saving money on your food bill (once you’ve cracked the real secret, which is that making your own meals and eating at home is a tremendous money saver) is to do most of your grocery shopping at a discount grocer. If you shop for groceries by … Read moreHow to Find – and Get the Most Value Out of – Your Local Discount Grocer

Stop Wasting Food: Creative Ways to Use Every Last Bit You Buy

Almost 40 percent of the food supply in this country never gets eaten, due to loss and waste, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (“Loss” refers to things like mold and shrinkage due to desiccation.) More than half of that loss and waste is due to the way we use – or don’t use … Read moreStop Wasting Food: Creative Ways to Use Every Last Bit You Buy