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70+ great articles and tip on how to save money on groceries, restaurants, and other food-related topics.  Shopping tips, bulk buying, coupon ideas, low-cost recipes, holiday cooking and more.  

Power Budgeting - Use this Essential Business Principle to Save More Money in Less Time

cutting costsGet more from your money saving efforts!

Sometimes, a nifty rule-of-thumb rule can be a handy reminder to do things that are either difficult to imagine or hard to remember. Ideas like the Pareto Principle are one of those that can help break through the background noise and help you focus on saving money where it can have the greatest impact.Read the rest...

Cheap and Healthy Finally Go Together

chickpeas for valentines5 Chickpea Recipes to Save Money

Healthy food isn't always the most economical. These days many of us are on a budget, so we tell ourselves we can't afford to eat a diet that's good for us on a regular basis. The humble chickpea offers one solution to the dilemma of finding cheap but healthy food. And, if you look carefully, you’ll see the convenient little shape of a heart in each one. Seems like whipping up a chickpea salad is a great thing to do for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day.Read the rest...

Rice and Beans: A Great Cheap Meal if You Do It Right

Cheap and easy meal ideas using rice and beans.

Prices across the board seem to be rising rapidly. It seems everything just keeps getting more expensive these days. It's a struggle, especially keeping up with the cost of necessities. One of the biggest things that may be cutting into your monthly finances is the cost of groceries. We all have to eat, and most of us like to eat well, with a little variety. Fortunately, you can shop frugally and to really stretch your dollar, while eating tasty and healthy foods.Read the rest...

Possibly the Cheapest Food on the Planet

ramen recipesRamen Recipes for Tight Budgets

There comes a time in nearly everyone's life when they may find themselves living on a tight budget. It's these financial lean times that often spark the most creativity in the kitchen. Just because your money's tight doesn't mean your meals have to be bland and boring. Even inexpensive ingredients can be used in fun and exciting ways to create dishes with pizzazz. In fact, one of the cheapest foods out there can be used as a base for creating fantastic, out-of-this-world fare. Yes, that food is Ramen. Here's a look at some new ways to prepare the cheapest noodles around that just may spark some ideas for creating fabulous Ramen recipes of your own. Read the rest...

Saving Money on Food — From Where You'd Least Expect It

cheap mealsA surprising resource emerges with free meal planning software and advice for saving money on food.

Who knew that you could find advice about saving money on food from the US Government? As it turns out, the USDA offers more than just nutritional advice and help for farmers. It now helps families plan meals, eat healthier and save money while they're at it.Read the rest...

Is the Convenience of Grocery Delivery Too Expensive? Maybe Not!

So, when I first moved to my new rental home, I had a lot going on. Unpacking, settling the kids into their new digs and generally getting used to the place. As a way to save time, I did my grocery shopping at Peapod, Stop N Shop’s grocery delivery service. Once I tried it, I began to wonder if removing the impulse-shopping temptation by ordering through this service might actually be saving me money. So, I tried it out for a few more weeks, and then shopped four weeks at the most affordable grocer in my area, Market Basket. Which is better – removing temptation or seeking out discount prices? The results of my little experiment really surprised me. Read the rest...

Waste Not, Want Not: Fresh Pumpkin Recipes

fresh pumpkin recipesDon’t let those pumpkins go to waste. Use these fresh pumpkin recipes instead.

A big part of frugal living is thinking before you throw anything away. With Halloween just over it seemed smart to come up with some recipes to use those carved pumpkins instead of letting them rot. Here are my favorite frugal pumpkin recipes and a few tips on other ways to use pumpkin in cooking.Read the rest...

Frugal Experiment #1: Ghetto Juice

food processor juicingExtra Tips And Advice I Learned When Juicing For Myself.

Hopefully, you had a chance to read the “The Ghetto Guide to Juicing: Save Money on Healthy Juices.” Admittedly, I offered some sound advice in that article, based on my research into the topic of finding affordable ways to stay healthy, one of which is juicing. But this afternoon’s experiment of putting that advice into practice yielded some surprising results, which I’d like to share with you now.Read the rest...

7 Ways to Drastically Cut Your Wine Budget without Giving It Up!

affordable wineLove wine but hate the cost? 7 Ways to have your wine and afford it too!

When it comes to wine, expensive does not always mean better. In fact, many fabulous wines cost less than $15. Open your mind, improve your wine drinking experience and save a few dollars by using these 7 money saving tips (including some affordable wine recommendations).Read the rest...

The Ghetto Guide to Juicing: Save Money on Healthy Juices

Get super healthy juices, waste nothing and save!

We all know that it is important to eat fruit and vegetables every day. Yet for many of us it is a real chore to find yummy ways to include them in our diet. Fruits and vegetables provide essential nutrients for our bodies. That’s why many dietitians and nutritionists support juicing as a way of getting the required servings of fruit and vegetables in our diets. With a little planning, you can create a wonderful range of juicing sensations without blowing the budget. Here are some fabulous tips to get you started:Read the rest...