A price book is simple, powerful cheapskate tool. You start taking notes of what particular items cost at different stores you shop. It does not have to be fancy; start by tracking items you usually buy, like this: PASTA Store brand: $0.89 (must buy 10 offer) Brand X: $1.25 Brand Y: … [Read more...] about Grocery savings: Price book smacks down warehouse stores
Summer time means more time with the kids and more time to teach them something while having fun. Many of us still have a few weeks with the kids at home. How about when it’s cooking outside to do some cooking inside? Every kid should learn how to make the basics. Who wants a 19-year-old calling … [Read more...] about 4 websites to help teach your kids to cook
Every Friday, the Kroger family of grocery stores (including Kroger, Baker's, City Market, Dillons, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Gerbes, Jay C, King Soopers, Owen's, Pay Less, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's) each offer a FREE product coupon, which you download directly to your respective shopper loyalty card. The … [Read more...] about Kroger stores offer free product coupon every Friday
Many people are making the switch to a gluten-free diet due to food allergies, sensitivities, or dietary preferences. Luckily, shopping for gluten-free food has become easier and is less expensive than it was five years ago. But, it can still add up. Here are some tips on how to keep your food … [Read more...] about How to eat gluten-free on the cheap
Shakespeare was ahead of his time. He asked if a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. And guess what? Call it what you will, a rose is a rose is…. You get the idea. Maybe the same goes for name brands of products versus generic brands. Are they equal in quality? Well, the answer to that … [Read more...] about Are name brands really better than generics?
I’m a bargain-minded person, but my defenses are severely weakened whenever I enter one of those gourmet, high-end grocery stores. The rows of expensive cheeses, freshly made desserts, imported beer – these stores are indeed a food-lover’s heaven, but they can also be hell for someone on a budget. … [Read more...] about Secrets to saving at high-end food stores
Backyard chicken keeping is sweeping the nation, but is it really cheaper to keep your own chickens for eggs? Unfortunately, there’s no hard-boiled answer. Consider a few facts from an experienced keeper to help you decide. First, do you care what sort of eggs you eat? If you always buy the … [Read more...] about Does keeping chickens save money on eggs?
The goal of the government during the Great Depression was to have “a chicken in every pot.” Well, there’s a good reason they picked chicken. Even though the prices on poultry have gone up, along with everything else, it’s still a bargain. When my kids were growing up, a Sunday’s roast chicken was … [Read more...] about Cheap! cheap! cheap! 1 chicken yields 4 meals
Packing lunch boxes with healthy snacks can be a challenge. But tempting as it may be to just toss in a store-bought dessert, a bag of supermarket chips or a commercially-made fruit and nut bar, there are healthy alternatives that can be made at home. Here are few recipes for delicious healthy … [Read more...] about Spa recipes for healthy lunch box snacks
It was a tradition. Once every summer, my mother made “Grandma Ida’s Chocolate Snowballs.” I learned later that this frozen treat is as frugal and easy to make as it is delicious. I also learned the origin of this family recipe. When I pressed my mother about it, she admitted that her mother had … [Read more...] about Beat the heat with frugal Chocolate Snowballs
Sometimes you find bargains in unexpected places. Or unexpected items at bargain stores. I have long shopped at Marshall’s, Ross, T.J. Maxx and Big Lots for clothing, linens and other household items. But those stores can also be good places to find fine foods at bargain prices. The selection … [Read more...] about Gourmet food at bargain prices