• Finances,  Food,  Frugality,  Organization

    The Difference Between Stockpiling and Hoarding

    “I’ve got coupons for the crackers!” Katie dug through her coupon holder as we entered the cracker aisle. “How much should we get?” I checked the expiration date upon the boxes, holding one up to show my daughter. “How many boxes do you think we’ll go through by this date?” Katie frowned. “Not a lot,” she muttered. There is a…

  • Economy,  Finances,  Food,  Frugality,  Minimalism

    Supply Chain Concerns

    Okay, folks. At last count these are the situations we are dealing with in addition to the COVID-19 outbreak: Massive unemployment Strikes and walkouts Natural disasters Supply shortages Meat supply shortages On top of that, there also happens to be a Swine Flu outbreak that I’m watching that will affect our food chain as well as the fact that the…

  • Food,  Frugality,  Minimalism,  Simplicity

    Blast From the Past

    “Is it done yet?” Middle Daughter bounced in her toddler chair as she watched me sewing her latest dress. “Not yet, honey,” I repeated patiently. “It takes time to make a dress.” “Okay.” “Is it done yet NOW?” she asked a few minutes later. “If you don’t quit asking, I’m gonna quit!” I’d eventually warn her in frustration. The death…

  • Food

    Coronavirus Concerns

    The disparity between the news reports I am reading about the Coronavirus outbreak are concerning. Despite the fact that documents have been leaked from China that reveal the official numbers have been under-reported, despite the fact that these people, who have been raised in a culture of compliance are risking prison if they share reports on social media, there are…

  • Food,  Frugality

    How to Handle Leftovers

    It is important to minimize waste to not only conserve money but to reduce that amount that we spend. This becomes even more important in circumstances where we are forced to purchase items from corporations whose actions we disagree with. We may be forced to give them money but we can at least limit the amount we give them. This…

  • Food,  Health

    Are You Picky About Your Pots?

    I have owned my current set of pots and pans for longer than Katie has been alive. I am quite proud of these pots; it took quite a while to arrange for their purchase since they were far from cheap. I located them in one of those “seconds” stores that they have in malls occasionally; it is a place where…

  • Food,  Happiness,  Holidays

    The First Step to Happiness

    There is an epidemic of unhappiness in this world. We don’t want to talk about it since unhappiness is now called “depression.” Depression is a bad word because it now means that we’re crazy and we need to go talk to a psychiatrist or take some drugs. The stigma surrounding unhappiness makes it hard to discuss openly. Our current social…

  • Finances,  Food,  Investments

    Income Tax Refund Report

    I spent $296 at the grocery store the day before my birthday. The kid seemed nervous at our barren pantry so I sorted it. I’ll not have her skipping meals because she’s worried that I can’t afford it. Just because she can’t chip in towards the grocery expense right now doesn’t mean that I’ll let her starve. The food should…

  • Empty Nest,  Food,  Personal

    The Miracle of Water

    It was close to midnight. I padded into the kitchen to quench my thirst and picked up the water pitcher. I blinked at the heft. Huh? I raised it up to examine the water level. It was full. My water pitcher is never full. The only way I can ever get a drink of water out of it is to fill…

  • Finances,  Food,  Frugality

    Resisting Temptation

    It was early evening. I was on my way home from work, hungry after my shift because I’d not eaten since the day before. The aroma from a local pizza place called to me, enticing me with its flavorful aroma. My nose went on high alert. My stomach started growling. My eyes drifted to the restaurant as I began to…

  • Food

    Beans and Cornbread

    Katie and I have been rather busy as we settle into this new year. While my daughter typically picks up something to eat while she’s at work or out with friends I usually don’t have time to even think about food until I arrive home from work in the evenings. By then I’m so tired I don’t even want to…

  • Food,  Frugality

    Living Large on a Shoestring

    I might live cheap but I do live well. I like to take advantage of sales in order to enjoy life as much as possible. One of the major ways I do this is on food. I am a huge fan of quality meat. I enjoy a nice steak as much as the next person but I rarely treat myself…

  • Finances,  Food,  Frugality

    Bargain Food

    One of the ways I stretch my dollars is by taking advantage of the fact that I work in a grocery store. Every single shift I look around for good deals and take advantage when I can. For instance, when my employer issued coupons for a free 24-pack of bottled water with a purchase a while back, I bought some…

  • Finances,  Food,  Frugality

    Grocery Savings

    One of the things I have never done is factor the cost of food into my budget. Our spending varies too much based on bargains, bulk buying, and available finances for us to set aside a certain amount every month. While some months we barely buy the basics like milk, other months we come across good deals to take advantage…

  • Food,  Frugality

    Magic Bullet

    The other day my daughter saved one of those Magic Bullet mixer kits from being tossed. She brought it home and announced that we would once again be able to make smoothies. I had an even better idea. One of our favorite treats in the summer just happens to be milkshakes but due to the price we are rarely able…

  • Food,  Simplicity

    Simple Indoor Hobbies for Everyday Happiness

    Written by Zak Andrews.    Living a simpler life means you have to see the beauty in everyday things and activities. But in the midst of a hectic lifestyle, it’s sometimes hard to have spare time to sit back and relax. People are so busy with work and some even have extra jobs on the side. Others have businesses that require almost…

  • Food

    The Meditative Properties of Bread Making

    Here’s a treat from way back during my Associated Content days. Enjoy! It’s there. Waiting in the darkness. When you turn out the light it comes. Whispering, worrying, tormenting. You toss, you turn – sleep eludes as you continue to be tortured by the thoughts swirling within your mind. Oozing, shrieking, pulling at you, dragging you inexorably toward an abyss…

  • Food

    Don’t Throw Your Pickle Juice Away

    Pickle juice is one thing in this house that never gets thrown away. In fact, we occasionally run out of pickle juice before we empty the pickles from the jar (we have to eat fast then!). One of our main uses for pickle juice is to drink it as a dietary supplement. It helps with digestion and stomach upsets much…

  • Food,  Frugality

    How to Tenderize Meat Without a Gadget

    This is one of the earlier posts that has been salvaged.  It was originally posted on September 24, 2009. If you have ever dealt with a tough piece of meat, you know it can be frustrating. The temptation is high to buy that hammer especially designed to tenderize that piece. You don’t have to. In fact, you already have something…