The biggest eating day of the year has come to a close. You're left with a full belly and a kitchen full of food. Of course, you could simply recreate your turkey day plate for countless more meals. Or, you could try something different and create meals your family won't even recognize as … [Read more...] about 23 delicious uses for Thanksgiving leftovers
Halloween is one of those times of year in which we can all revert to being kids. We dress up and enjoy a little extra candy and parties. Planning a Halloween party can be so much fun. However, it's also easy to get carried away and find yourself spending a small fortune. Save the scares for the … [Read more...] about Throw a haunting Halloween bash on a budget
There seems to be this prevailing idea that pick-your-own fruit and vegetable farms are far less expensive than the grocery store. After all, you're doing all the work, cutting out the middle man, it should be less, right? But, is it really? Before you start thinking I'm going to pooh-pooh U-Pick … [Read more...] about Pick your own produce: Deal or no deal?
Even though the weather might feel more like summer in lots of areas, once we pass Labor Day and the kids are in school, many of us transition from burger and ice cream mode to pumpkin and apple mode. If you're always on the look for something beyond the basic pumpkin or apple pie, you've come to … [Read more...] about Fall apple and pumpkin recipes + DIY pumpkin puree
The bargainista part of me just loves all those end-of-season sales. I get bargain-priced holiday wrap, Halloween decorations and more. Summer's end brings similar deals — you know what I mean if you've ever walked through the pool/outdoor area of any Target, Walmart, Christmas Tree Shop, etc. … [Read more...] about 16 post-summer uses for pool noodles and other summer clearance items
As a registered dietitian, I believe a 100- to 200-calorie snack between meals is great way to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. Clearly, others agree as grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores sell countless numbers of 100-calorie packs of crackers, cookies, candy and … [Read more...] about Make your own 100-calorie snack packs to save cash — and your diet
No one can argue that convenience foods are a huge time-saver. When you’re in a rush to get dinner on the table, it’s tough to beat a pouch of flavored rice that cooks in 90 seconds to pair with some chicken nuggets or hamburger patties. A packet of flavored oatmeal makes a fast breakfast on a … [Read more...] about Make your own quick and easy convenience foods
What if I said you could save more than $500 a year by buying more fresh fruits and veggies? As a registered dietitian, I've heard all kinds of excuses for not eating healthy, the most common being it's too expensive. But a recent report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest shows how … [Read more...] about Fruit is cheaper than Twinkies
If your child regularly brings his or her lunch to school, you've faced the "what to pack" dilemma. You want to pack something nutritious, but you also need to be sure your kids will eat it. A thrown-out lunch does nothing for your child's health or your wallet; it's basically cash in the … [Read more...] about Healthy school lunches kids won’t toss in the trash
Most parents do not relish back-to-school clothes shopping. The crowds and the cost create a less-than-enjoyable experience. I can’t fix the crowds but I can help with the cost. Last year, I outfitted my two kids for the school year for less than $100 each. Considering many items easily sell for … [Read more...] about 6 ways to save on kids’ back-to-school clothes
I hate wasting food, almost as much as I love saving money. So anything that can help me save money AND food is a good idea in my book. Since those are the key benefits to vacuum sealers, you know I'm going to find the most cost-effective ways to use them. A vacuum food sealer is basically a small … [Read more...] about Vacuum sealers: Are they worth the price?
It may be August, but for many, the hottest days of summer are just beginning. You want the kids to get outdoors and be active, but running around can build up a thirst. Ice pops are a great way to cool off and keep hydrated. Still, with some brands costing nearly $5 for a box of six, store-bought … [Read more...] about Keep the kids cool with DIY ice pops