As much as I love bargains and writing about them, in my other life I'm a registered dietitian and thrive on helping people understand that deprivation does not equal healthy eating. If you're striving to lose weight or just eat healthier in this new year, you need to know that eating a wide variety … [Read more...] about 10 best diet books for eating healthy while saving money
Groceries for a family of four cost an average of $727 to $1,303 a month, not including takeout and restaurant meals, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s a big chunk of change. But there are ways to spend less on food and still eat a healthy, nutritious diet. And you may … [Read more...] about How to save money on food without using coupons
I don't know what I like more about Thanksgiving, the holiday itself or all of the sales grocery stores nationwide usually have on Thanksgiving-dinner staple ingredients as soon as Halloween passes. You can find rock-bottom prices on the foods most frequently consumed on the biggest eating day of … [Read more...] about How to maximize your savings while shopping for Thanksgiving dinner
People are often left without power when a storm strikes. Here’s how to avoid spoiled food and wasted money. Plan ahead. If the weather forecast predicts serious storms, or a tornado, an excellent non-electric cooling system is dry ice, but its popularity could make it to be tough to find. A … [Read more...] about How to avoid wasting food in a power outage
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?
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
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
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?
These money-saving techniques were common for a housewife managing the household food budget in the 1950s and 1960s. There were far fewer convenience foods back then. For some items commonly used today, such as boxed croutons and canned chicken stock, you can be easily make them yourself and save … [Read more...] about Eat like Mad Men: 10 ways to save from the ’60s
The recent trend for $4 a day budget meal planning was popularized by Leanne Brown in her free online book Good and Cheap (PDF), developed primarily for those using SNAP (food stamp) benefits. Earlier this year, I decided to try the $4 a day food budget on a trial basis. Spending only $4 a day … [Read more...] about 18 strategies for $4-a-day budget meal planning and grocery shopping
This article is part of a Don't Throw It Out! series on how to preserve fresh foods and avoid food waste. Food waste by the average American family is estimated at 25 percent of your grocery shopping dollars — or a little more than $2,000 a year. Fresh vegetables top the list. If you have a … [Read more...] about How to keep summer veggies fresh to avoid food waste
Earlier this year, I decided to try the $4 a day food budget. Considering my grocery bill averaged close to $12 per day, this was a drastic reduction. Eating on $4 a day is a concept popularized by Leanne Brown in her free online book, Good and Cheap (PDF). The print version of Good and Cheap is … [Read more...] about Customizable grocery shopping list for $4-a-day food budget