• 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…

  • Food,  Frugality,  Holidays,  Recycling

    How to Eat Your Christmas Tree

    Okay, folks, time to recycle that tall piece of greenery you have stuck in the corner of your living room. While most of us just toss it out with the trash, did you know that you could actually eat it? I’m serious, you really can. I’ve known for a while that you can actually eat pine trees. In fact, you should…