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?
Fall is here, and it's time for hot cider, hearty stews and, naturally, pumpkins. They’re everywhere – piled in front of grocery stores and farmers markets, decorating the classroom and even gracing the front desk at the gym. And why not? They’re colorful, festive, have a long shelf life and…yes, … [Read more...] about How to cook with fresh pumpkin
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
Do you want to can food at home, but are put off by the cost? For around $15, you pull together most of the essential equipment by using equipment you probably already own. Below we list a detailed, but cheap canning equipment list. To obtain safe canning recipes, download the free booklet, USDA … [Read more...] about Preserve food with cheap canning equipment and free recipes
Food waste is estimated at 25% of the average American family's grocery shopping dollars — a little more than $2,000 a year. Fresh fruits and vegetables top the list, because many are wasted in the trash or compost bin. If you have a better use for $2,000 this year, please read on for simple ways to … [Read more...] about How to keep fall fruits and vegetables fresh longer
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
If your food budget is tight (and even if it isn't), finding nutritious, affordable foods is an on-going challenge. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has published a free booklet “Good Food on a Tight Budget” to help American families put healthy food on the table. You can download this free … [Read more...] about Free guide and recipes for delicious cheap, healthy meals
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
In today’s crazy-busy world, it’s more important than ever to have some stable times in your day. One of them is the family dinner. Yes, we know, Susie has karate and Joey has swim lessons. Mom and Dad both work. But there’s a solution, and it’s so easy, you’ll have no reason not to try it. I raised … [Read more...] about The secret to serving a quick, cheap family dinner every night
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?