How to Get Free Groceries

This week, I spent just $22.14 on groceries for my family of five, plus two cats. Want to know how? In this short video, I’m going to show you 4 simple lessons that will help you get some groceries almost free, some completely free, and some that the stores will even pay you to buy. […]

5 Money Saving Menu Strategies

Feeding a growing family of five on a military budget is often VERY challenging. It never fails that every time Congress sees fit to give us a pay raise my children grow a little more and quickly eat up that raise, literally! With appetites that seem to grow faster than my food budget, I’ve had […]

Trial Size = FREE

One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned since I started couponing like a woman possessed is: READ THE FINE PRINT! I don’t mean all the blah blah blah that’s so microscopic that you can’t see it anyway. I mean the size restriction.  Most coupons specify something like “good on 1 box 14 oz. or […]

Easy Peasy Herb Garden

My uncanny ability to kill even the toughest plant is notorious!  We’re talking the stuff of legends here… I once traumatized my son when he was six because I killed his beloved plant.  I bought this fern for the living room, full well knowing I would forget to water it and in three weeks it […]

Dried Beans vs. Canned

Beans are a great way to stretch a buck! Not only that, but they’re high in fiber and loaded with antioxidants. It’s much cheaper to buy beans dry and in bulk than it is to purchase them in a can. It takes 5 cans to equal 1 – 1 pound bag. The can is incredibly […]

A Little Help for the Organizationally Challenged

A few weeks ago, I had to write a speech for one of my classes answering the age old party question, “If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?” When I asked my family, it was unanimous. Anal. Not kind.  Or thoughtful.  Or beautiful.  No…I got anal.  Nice! I was reflecting […]

Strawberry Season in Central Florida

When I was a little girl and I went to the store with my mom, if they had strawberries it was because they were in season.  Now we can buy them year round, shipped straight to our local grocer from all over the world. This creates several problems.  While the USDA “inspects” all produce coming […]

I Spent Just $37 on Groceries this Week!

When I started Culinary School this fall, I knew that I’d need to make a few changes to my spending habits (which stink quite frankly). I made menus, and I made a grocery list, but when I got to the store, I added whatever I thought looked yummy to the cart, and always ended up […]

Target Lovers Rejoice!!

I have discovered yet another reason to LOVE Target! In case there weren’t enough already… Starbucks. Enough said. Just kidding! Did you know that Target.com has printable coupons that you can use in the store? And if that isn’t good enough (and with 30 pages of coupons that’s pretty good all by itself), they will […]