5 Tips For Getting Dinner on the Table Fast

Getting dinner on the table fast can be a challenge for busy families. I admit, there are days that I don’t even want to think about cooking. Why do these people want to eat so often anyway? This post may contain some affiliate links for your convenience, which means if you make a purchase after […]

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Preserving Potatoes

The thought of preserving potatoes used to scare me. I thought it would be far more complicated than it actually turned out to be. I like to buy potatoes in bulk when I find them on sale, but unless you have a root cellar, potatoes aren’t going to last much longer than 2-3 weeks without […]

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Preserving Strawberries

It’s almost that time of year in my neck of the woods – strawberry season!! We have a strawberry farm a few miles from our house and I so look forward to each season’s crop. While we can get them year round in the grocery store, there’s nothing quite as sweet as a fresh from […]

5 Reasons I Always Shop Aldi First

I pass three grocery stores and a Wal-Mart Supercenter on the 5 mile trip to shop my local Aldi. I’ve had people ask me why I wouldn’t just save myself the gas and time and shop at the nearest store. Here are my top 5 reasons.   #1 – Less Overwhelming Except for a few […]

Meal Plan 101: The Grocery List

The final step for our meal plan is making our grocery list that we’ll take to the store with us. The Grocery List I will preface this section by saying that my method is probably redundant to most people, but it absolutely works for me. I think the redundancy of it actually cements things in […]

Meal Plan 101: The Meal Planner

Making the Plan We now have our recipes and our master list. It’s time to plan our meals for the week. I generally plan one week of meals at a time usually the day before I intend to grocery shop. Planning any further out than one week usually spells disaster. All those once-a-month shopping people […]

Meal Plan 101: The Master List

The Master List Is Invaluable Our master list is the single most important piece of my meal planning arsenal. Before I started using a master list of recipes my meal planning was disorganized and rather chaotic (read: expensive and wasteful). Remember that big recipe binder we talked about yesterday? It had some amazing recipes in […]

Meal Plan 101: Recipes

Recipes Are The Heart Of Your Meal Plan Whether written or memorized, having the right recipes on hand will make or break your food budget. I learned a very valuable lesson when our income decreased by half… If we want to spend less money on food then we’re going to have to give up some […]

How A Meal Plan Saved Us Thousands

A meal plan literally saved us thousands. Yes, you read that correctly. Thousands! Nearly nine-thousand in fact! At the time, you absolutely could not have convinced me that having a meal plan would save us one dollar, much less nine-thousand. I was couponing, matching them with the sales, and stockpiling. In my mind, I was […]