Grab and Go Meals

Mexican Rice Pasta Salad

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.Having a repertoire of “grab and go meals” is a great way to save money and eat well on busy days. When I lived in France, […]

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Meal Planning: March 11 – 17

Burrito Pizza

Following a formula for meal planning can help you simplify your meal times as well as your grocery shopping. burrito pizza These days our nights are filled with hockey. Two of our boys are playing which means two days for games and 1-2 other days for practices. Thankfully, the rink is not far from home. […]

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Grocery Geek: Big Eaters Abound!


I feel like I’ve been extravagant in our grocery spending lately. But, really, I haven’t been. My family is just eating a ton. I guess this is what it is to feed a small army of eight? In case you didn’t know, the good cheap eaters at our house are 2 adults, 14, 11, 9, […]

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Have Breakfast for Supper (Recipe: Stuffed Breakfast Potato)

big breakfast

Have breakfast for supper! It’s a great way to save money and easily go meatless. Unbelievably, one of the most popular dinnertime meals at my house is breakfast. I know. It’s a morning meal, but for some reason this meal makes everyone break out in a dance when I serve it for supper. And when […]

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Make Lemon Cubes

glass of water sideview

Preserve lemon slices in ice for a deliciously cool addition to water. It’s a commonly known fact that drinking water instead of other beverages is less expensive and healthier than many other options. Water is essential to life. And too few of us are as hydrated as we could be. One thing to make water […]

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Delicious Ways to Go Meatless

Cheese Enchiladas

Meatless meals have a lot going for them. They can be often be healthier, more environmentally friendly, and often less expensive than their beefier counterparts.  Last week I suggested that going meatless was a great way to save money. While it may take a little getting used to, there are a number of delicious options […]

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Monthly Meal Planning for March

soda bread cheese

Planning menus for a month at a time is simpler than you think. And it helps you make the most of what you already have as well as anticipate good deals that might hit the grocery store shelves. One of folks’ biggest objections to monthly meal planning is “How do you know what will be […]

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How to Reduce Grocery Spending (Reader Q&A)

groceries van

Looking for basic tips to reduce your grocery spending? We’ve got answers in today’s reader Q&A. I am actually out of town today hanging out with one of my favorite grocery geeks. I’m not reporting on my recent purchases today. I’ll do some big catch up next week, but for now, I’ll say that last […]

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Tasty No Bake Desserts

Chocolate Fondue

We tend to associate dessert time with oven time. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Desserts can be tasty and delicious — no baking required. Raspberry Cream Cups with Pretzels Recently, the Best Landlords in the World replaced our oven and microwave. In the weeks leading up to the switch, our oven was […]

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Chick Food for Bachelor’s Day (Recipe: Tortellini Pasta Salad)

Cheese & Fruit Plate

Leap Day, also known as Bachelor’s Day, was traditionally an occasion for turning the tables. Women were free to propose to men. As such, I propose a day of “chick food” and this Tortellini Pasta Salad. Believe it or not, Leap Day, February 29th has also been known as Bachelor’s Day. Somewhere along the line, […]

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