For families and those who have space in their homes to buy in large quantity, a warehouse store membership often makes sense — dollars and cents. But for many frugal people, the idea of paying to shop at a store gives them pause. How can you decide if Sam's Club is worth the membership price? To … [Read more...] about Is Sam’s Club membership worth it?
The trend for $4-a-day budget meal planning was popularized by Leanne Brown in her free online book Good and Cheap, developed primarily for those using SNAP (food stamp) benefits. When I heard about the project, I decided to try the $4-a-day food budget as a way to save money on … [Read more...] about 18 strategies for $4-a-day budget meal planning and grocery shopping
Many people seem to have a love-it-or-hate-it attitude toward warehouse stores, but I am a proud card-carrying Costco member because it does save me money. Here's how I save money at Costco and avoid the (expensive) pitfall of overspending on bulk goods. With only two in our household, we … [Read more...] about Can Costco membership save you money?
Are you looking for more time during the week? Maybe spending more time with your family is high on your to-do list or you'd like to take up a new hobby but never seem to find the time. There is a solution to your time dilemma that you may never have considered before: freezer cooking. When … [Read more...] about Freezer cooking 101: Healthy family dinners without the hassle
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?
Chocolate lovers, rejoice! Recipes for homemade hot cocoa mix and chocolate syrup are so easy and delicious, you won't believe no one told you about them before. Skip the brown squeeze bottle full of preservatives and artificial flavors; it tastes better when you make your own chocolate syrup to … [Read more...] about Make your own chocolate syrup and hot cocoa mix
Groceries for a family of four cost an average of about $1,000 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 be … [Read more...] about How to save money on food without using coupons
If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner, it’s likely that you’ll be hitting the grocery stores in the next few days. Although the cost of a Thanksgiving meal is usually a lot higher than your average family meal, that is mainly due to the quantity of food you'll be cooking (especially if you have … [Read more...] about How to save money on Thanksgiving dinner
Food prices are rising and while family gatherings may still be a little different this year, many of us hope to have them. That means we're going to be on the hunt for the cheapest turkey prices in an effort to make the annual Thanksgiving celebration as abundant (and delicious) as … [Read more...] about Where to get the lowest price on Thanksgiving turkey in 2021
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 staple ingredients as soon as Halloween passes. It's the most wonderful time of the year to stock your pantry, cupboards and even your freezer with great … [Read more...] about Best grocery items to buy (and stock up on) during the November sales
This article is part of a Don't Throw It Out! series on how to preserve fresh foods and avoid food waste. Food waste is estimated at 31% of the average American family's grocery shopping dollars — about $1,800 a year. Fresh fruits and vegetables top the list, because many are wasted in the trash … [Read more...] about How to keep fall fruits and vegetables fresh longer
The word is spreading about Ibotta, a popular app that lets you receive rebates when you shop, so we want to make sure that you have all the information you need to get started. If you have an smartphone with iOS or Android you can use Ibotta. (There's also a browser extension to use when shopping … [Read more...] about Earn cash using the Ibotta app to shop
This article is part of a Don't Throw It Out! series on how to preserve fresh foods and avoid food waste. If you are watching your grocery dollars (and who isn’t), here are our ideas for food preservation methods that don't require expensive equipment. Use any of these tips to preserve … [Read more...] about 5 cheap ways to preserve food
The Sam's Club membership deal is a real winner! Sign up now for a new Sam's Club membership and get a FREE $45 gift card at your local Sam's Club. (Hint: this is almost like getting a free Sam's Club membership!) Spend $45, get a $45 eGiftCard. Online only. Ends Jan 31, 2022 If you've been … [Read more...] about Sam’s Club membership: FREE after gift card
There's a new Groupon for Sam's Club! This deal on a Sam's Club membership is a one-year membership for $25, or you can purchase the $35 package that comes with Member's Mark extras. This deal is available until Aug. 15, 2021. Be sure to always read the redemption instructions on the Groupon … [Read more...] about Sam’s Club Groupon