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50 Ways to Never Waste Food Again - Planet Green. "Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without" is a favorite adage in both frugal and green circles, and it is something I strive to live by.

50 Ways to Never Waste Food Again - Planet Green

Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #38. Frugally Sustainable.

Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #38

Frugal Living: WHAT store bought items do you make at home & WHY? EatingWell: How To Save $250 On Groceries This Month. By Matthew Thompson, Associate Food Editor for EatingWell Magazine A few months ago, my wife and I noticed an interesting phenomenon: Our grocery bill, which used to be so consistent, had started to slowly, steadily creep up week by week.

EatingWell: How To Save $250 On Groceries This Month

At first we assumed that rising prices were to blame -- after all, the economy is in the gutter right now -- but a quick double-checking of some of our staple purchases proved this wasn’t the case. No, it turned out that our grocery costs were higher simply because we had stopped focusing on our core money-saving strategies. As any supermarket-savvy shopper will tell you, how you eat can make a huge difference in how big your bill is. Because each purchase is in itself so small -- will it really add up if I choose a $5 box of cereal rather than a $4 one -- it's easy for tiny decisions to accumulate into a substantial rise in your bill.

Now is as great a time as any to return to smart-shopping values. 1. Nancy Deville: Shopping for Real Food on a Budget. My last blog "How to Grocery Shop Like a Hunter-Gatherer," generated a lot of discussion.

Nancy Deville: Shopping for Real Food on a Budget

One complaint was that eating real food is too expensive for many Americans. I present ideals when I write about food. If only everyone could eat real, whole, living food our health care problems would decline. Unfortunately tax dollars do not go to subsidizing small farmers and ranchers, but to corporations that grow the soy, corn and wheat that go into making the factory food products that are ruining our health. 16 Ways to Eat Healthy While Keeping it Cheap. This is a guest post by Mehdi, author of StrongLifts.com.

16 Ways to Eat Healthy While Keeping it Cheap

If you enjoy this post, check out his site. Eating healthy is important. Kirsten Dirksen: WATCH: How to Have a Slow Holiday (or a Buy Nothing Christmas) My family doesn't buy Christmas gifts and I think because of that our holidays are more festive.

Kirsten Dirksen: WATCH: How to Have a Slow Holiday (or a Buy Nothing Christmas)

Instead of shopping, we sing. Instead of stressing, we play games. And we do a lot of baking and decorating. Though just because we don't buy gifts doesn't mean we don't give them. Food for a Month: Week 4. Our Food for a Month series wraps up with one last week of delicious, home-cooked meals.

Food for a Month: Week 4

(Click here for recipes for week one, week two and week three.) By now, you know the drill: Click on the first slide for your shopping list for the week, then do the prep work below, which will make the rest of your week's cooking fly by. The Menu Day 1: Sausage-Fried Quinoa Day 2: Asian-Style Soba Noodles Day 3: Italian-Influenced Mélange Day 4: Vegetable Quinoa Salad Day 5: Dinner Frittata With Escarole Snack: Tomato and White Bean Salsa The Plan: Prep the Vegetables 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil (divided) 1 teaspoons salt (divided) 1 pound eggplant, cubed 1 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed 8 ounces potatoes, scrubbed and cubed (skin on) Sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon of coarse salt onto eggplant.

Make the Quinoa Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Cook Off Sausage Heat 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Clean Escarole, Bok Choy and Basil Print out all the recipes for the week here. 10 Things to Do With 10 Bucks: $10 and Under Meals. Given our packed lives, it's no wonder we return again and again to the simple pleasures.

10 Things to Do With 10 Bucks: $10 and Under Meals

Take, for example, cooking at home. What may seem like a mundane act actually satisfies us on a lot of levels: It's healthy, fun, creative and nourishing, not to mention a money-saver. But not all from-scratch meals are cheap to cook up. That's why we've come up with ten dinners under $10 that are low on cost—and big on flavor. Personal Finance and Frugal Living Forums. 20 Frugal Tips from Someone Who Lived Through the Great Depression. During another weekend road trip to visit the family for Mother’s Day, I always make it a habit to drop in on Grandma and soak in a few hours worth of knowledge she’s accumulated over her near 75 years.

20 Frugal Tips from Someone Who Lived Through the Great Depression

Gifts were exchanged, I overindulged in home cookin’, but in the end, I sat with a piece of paper scribbling notes on what it was like for her (and other family members) to live through the Great Depression. I’m fortunate that I haven’t felt the effects of the recession, so I thought it would be interesting to get her point of view since she lived through one of the harshest periods of American history. In the end, I wasn’t exactly surprised because I’ve heard many of these frugal living rules over and over again, but it’s finally nice to get them down on paper. I hope you can learn as much from her wisdom as I have over the years. Save a dollar for every dollar you spend. Grocery Coupons - 1,300+ Grocery Coupons and Printable Grocery Coupons from ShopAtHome.com. We have what you really want...

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From grocery coupons to your everyday essentials, we help you save more on the things you use most. Browse our top grocery and online coupons below, select an aisle to narrow your search, or View All Grocery Coupons. Simply click the "View All Grocery Coupons" button to begin printing. Want to more carefully select the coupons you want? No problem! Frugal Living by Sara Noel. Frugal Living Tips To Save Money Everyday. Hillbilly Housewife. How To Make Your Own Laundry Detergent – And Save Big Money.

I’ve been experimenting with making lots of cleaning supplies at home, but this one is by far the craziest – and the most successful. Basically, I made a giant bucket of slime that works incredibly well as laundry detergent at a cost of about three cents a load. For comparison’s sake, a jumbo container of Tide at Amazon.com costs $28.99 for 96 loads, or a cost of $0.30 a load. Thus, with each load of this stuff, I’m saving more than a quarter. Even better – I got to make a giant bucket of slime in the kitchen and my wife approved of it. Step One: Put about four cups of water into a pan on your stove and turn the heat up on high until it’s almost boiling. Step Two: Put three gallons of hot water (11 liters or so) into the five gallon bucket – the easiest way is to fill up three gallon milk jugs worth of it.

And you’re done. "45 Ways to Save Money on Groceries" by Neil Shelton page one. It's hard to decide which is more infuriating, $4 gasoline or $4 milk, but whichever you personally find most appalling, one thing is for certain, someday a time will come where we look back with nostalgia for the good old days of $4 milk or gas. That is to say, we can count on prices always advancing. Even when they do retreat a bit, like gas has done recently, you know it won't be for long, as it's already starting back up.