13 Tricks I Use To Stick With My Grocery Budget

Sticking to a grocery budget can be hard work sometimes, but I find it very rewarding. I love being creative in the kitchen and seeing how far I can make our money stretch while still feeding my family healthy and nutritious meals. Here are 13 things I do to help stay on track. Skip convenience … Read more

Helping Your Family Embrace A Frugal Kitchen


Frugality often necessitates changes in the kitchen. For most people, living a frugal life doesn’t include many packaged, pre-made meals or take-out. Even though the family may in complete agreement about living frugally, that doesn’t mean their stomachs are 100% on-board just yet. But there are certain things you can do to make the transition … Read more

Flexible Menu Planning


Some days I think my life would not function without menu planning. I plan monthly and weekly. I use a master menu plan where I keep all of our families regularly-rotated meals listed. I grocery shop based on my monthly menu plan. But all that being said, I am not a big fan of stick … Read more

Prepping Potato Dishes During Stolen Moments


I used to question if I could make potato side dishes work with my kitchen method. Obviously, mashed potatoes weren’t a problem. I would just make those in the morning and reheat in the oven or microwave. But what about other dishes? So I started experimenting with things and seeing what would work when made … Read more

Sticking With Store Brands


One of the easiest ways I am able to stretch our grocery budget and stick to our $350/month limit is to buy store brands. The quality of store brand products has increased so much over the years that my family doesn’t even notice a difference. In fact, there have been times when I’ve purchased major … Read more

The Madness…And The Method #1

Cooking healthfully and from scratch can fill up as many hours in a day as you choose to let it, and so it is important to not let it rule your family. What is the point of providing your family what is best for their bodies if every other area of their lives suffer as … Read more

The Madness…and the Method #2

The cooking method I’ve developed for our home has streamlined my entire day, reduced stress in all of us, and allowed us to continue eating frugal, well-planned, healthy, and from-scratch meals with seemingly very little effort. The goal of my plan is to take advantage of the little free snatches of time that pop up … Read more