Grocery Geek: Old Lady in the Grocery Store

walmart sprouts oct 20

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.So, the weeks just keep […]

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Forget Canned Soup. Freeze Your Own.

Soup for the Freezer 4

Forget the can. Make your own soup and freeze it. It tastes better and it’s healthier for you, too. Soup is good food. It’s been years since I bought canned soup on a regular basis. My family doesn’t even like it anymore. Homemade soup is so much better tasting and better for you. Why buy […]

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Freezer Bags & How to Seal Them

squash in the freezer

I use freezer bags to pack many of my meals and meal components for freezing. Last year, I bought a ton of them on Christmas clearance and paid a couple pennies a bag. I wash and reuse the ones that I’ve used for baked goods. If raw meat or messy sauces have been in them, […]

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Get a Freezer Alarm

freezer alarm

A freezer alarm can alert you when the things get too hot in the freezer. Once upon a time, our freezer was connected to a GFI outlet. And the breaker popped. And we didn’t know it. Three days later when I went to get something from the freezer, I found a big soggy mess. I […]

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Win a Gift Card from Subway

tuscan chicken melt

Enter to win a $25 gift card from Subway. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: cindyjensen@,  gde@ Subway is one of my best friends. You see, I love to let someone else do the cooking. But, when we started counting calories a few months ago, many of my options were wiped right off […]

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Chill Foods Completely Before Freezing

full refrigerator

For best texture and reduced freezer burn, chill foods completely before freezing. This is what my refrigerator looks like on a busy freezer cooking day. When I tackle a large freezer cooking session, I find refrigerator storage to be a challenge. I need to use the fridge to store all the groceries I’ve bought, thaw those […]

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Simplest Apple Sorbet

Easy Apple Sorbet

Freezing smooth, homemade applesauce in an ice cream maker creates the simplest apple sorbet. Years ago, hubby and I visited a restaurant in Paris that we remember to this day. We were dating at the time and had done the Let’s Go France – budget thing for six weeks. On this last night before he […]

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Burritos for Bulk Cooking

Burritos are one of our favorite items to have for snacks, lunches, and dinners. They are also great for freezing. Here’s a video that I made two years ago explaining how I fold the burritos so that they stay a nice neat package. Don’t laugh — it’s an old vlog. I typically make 3-4 dozen […]

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Cook Dried Beans and Freeze Them for Later

Seasoned Pinto Beans

It’s no secret that we pay for convenience when we buy processed foods. A great example is canned chili and beans. If you’re on a budget when it comes to food costs, every little bit helps to reduce your spending. Cooking your own beans is a great way to shave a few bucks off the […]

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Meal Planning 101: Make a Two-Week Rotation

Make a two week meal plan and rotate it to make meal planning easier. One of the things that I’m learning about myself and cooking is that there are several factors that keep my interest in the cooking and meal planning that comes with every day life. Those would include: My children actually eating what […]

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