A Morning Affogato

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Food shouldn’t be complicated. Or bad for you. Or expensive. I’m working to craft good cheap eats that we can both enjoy. You can read more about this site here. Check out my cookbooks if you’re needing some budget-friendly inspiration. Read about how to make healthy eating work for you here.Run out of cream? No […]

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5 Ways to Save Money on Groceries Without Stepping Foot in the Grocery Store


Yesterday I mentioned how I want to avoid wasting food this month. This guest post from Anne gives some great suggestions on how to reduce waste and save money on groceries. I love the thrill of being a “grocery geek”: filling out my price list, scanning sales ads, reading deals blogs, clipping coupons… I find […]

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Avoiding Waste (& a Meal Plan for August 5 – August 11)

Meal planning can help you avoid waste as well as eat good and cheap. Now that the freezer’s filled and the pantry’s restocked, it’s time to make a meal plan so that we eat what we have instead of grabbing something else at a store or restaurant. I’ve invested time and money into feeding my […]

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Grocery Geeked Out!

grocery geeked out

The pendulum swings the other way. After a month of staying out of the stores (or trying to, anyway), I spent all week in the stores this week. Seemingly. I was intent on filling the freezer. Hubby started a new eating regime, so I wanted to make sure that he had all the things that […]

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Build a Smoothie Station (Make-Ahead and Freeze)


Freezer cooking doesn’t always involve cooking! One of the things that I did this week was build up our smoothie station.  My eldest son really loves to make his morning smoothie. Now that he’s working out on a regular basis, he takes his nutrition pretty seriously. He beefs up his smoothies with protein powder and […]

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Freezer Meals for Work Lunches

freezer meals for work lunches chicken bacon

Pack individually-sized freezer meals for easy lunches to take to work. My husband often takes a lunch to work. And usually I pack it. But depending on how crazy my days are, I don’t always pack a great lunch. But, it’s a small thing that I can do to make his day easier and help us […]

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Overnight, Slow Cooked Chicken (Freezer Cooking)

shredded chicken

This week I’m spending a few hours every day to fill the freezer. By spreading it out over several days, I avoid overtiring. And our week is just too full to leave it all for one big cooking session.  On Sunday I pulled two whole chickens and a pork roast from the freezer to thaw […]

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Breakfast is in the Bag (Freezer-Friendly Morning Meals)

freezer cooking mixes

Make your mornings easier by prepping some easy baking mixes, instant oatmeal packets, and granola. This afternoon my two little girls and I set out to create a bunch of breakfasts for the month. As you may know, I love having a breakfast bar each morning. It’s an easy way to serve the whole crew […]

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Grilled Chicken for the Freezer

chicken for grilling and freezing

Grilling chicken for the freezer is a great way to save money and time. It also allows you the luxury of tasty grilled meats at a moment’s notice. Yesterday we unplugged the deep freeze to allow the ice crystal build-up to thaw. A few hours later when I went to wipe it down, my girls […]

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5 Days of Freezer Cooking This Week!

Fix Up Some Freezer Meals | Good Cheap Eats

Now that I have an empty and thawed freezer — and school is starting this week — I’m ready to get cooking! Literally. Every day this week I’ll be cooking a few things to add to my freezer. I’ll be sharing the updates every afternoon and then posting a big ole’ round up at Life […]

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