• 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…

  • 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…

  • Food,  Frugality

    I Fixed it All By Myself!

    Yeah, I’m ranting.  Frankly I’m proud of myself! See that cutting board in the picture there?  Well I’ve had that cutting board for several years now and some time back it split right in two! For a while I just used it as two separate little cutting boards but for things like cutting meat or kneading bread I really missed…

  • Food,  Frugality

    Grocery Shopping

    I went shopping with a friend today at Sam’s Club. Just a few things—you know how it is.I wanted a beef roast that I could cut up for stir fry and whatnot and found a nice big one for $2.48/lb. Nice pretty beef eye of round that set me back $13.66 for a chunk of meat that will last me…

  • Food,  Frugality

    Salad for Dinner

    Breakfast this morning was half of the cantaloupe for the two of us, and dinner tonight was a salad.  I grilled a chicken strip, added the salad mix, some of the cheese (grated), some black olives left over from last night, tossed in some croutons and added my dressing—it was heavenly!  I am so stuffed however that is all I…

  • Food,  Frugality

    The Subway Cheat

    Yesterday ended up being an absolute dream. We did splurge on 2 ice cream cones from The Ice Cream Factory on 2nd street ($2.50 each but the portions were large and the quality was excellent). The puppies even got a good long walk while Katie got to practice her skateboarding! That was when we spied the Subway advertisement.  We love…

  • Food,  Frugality,  Minimalism

    Life Without a Refrigerator?

    I stumbled upon an article about people living without a refrigerator. This is an interesting thought, and I have wondered if personally I should exchange my fridge for a small chest freezer and a cooler. I don’t plan on making any drastic changes, but it makes sense when you freeze more than you actually chill.  Most of what is in my refrigerator…

  • Food,  Frugality

    Grocery Shopping

    I went to the Kroger today and spent $18.00.  This bought: Gallon of milk Gallon of ice cream Box of generic grape nuts Bag of almonds Cole Slaw mix 2 pot pies Stauffer’s lasagna box The ice cream was a treat since I’ve been craving it lately, and the little box of lasagna will make me 2 meals for a…

  • Food

    “Food Revolution” Makes Financial Sense

    The talk of America seems to be Jamie Oliver’s quest to make America’s schoolchildren—even America itself—eat healthier. He serves up chicken, foccacia, stir frys, and various exotic dishes that some have never heard of, and as a result meets criticism at every turn. What foods did you grow up eating? I grew up eating homemade hamburgers topped with green onions…