Frugal Food: Make Your Own Chewy Granola Bars

My kids are crazy for those chewy granola bars. They love to take them with their school lunches or to the park when they might need a snack. They are very convenient to have. Unfortunately, the price of chewy granola bars has been rising, all while the amount you get in a package has been shrinking. Combine that cost with the unsavory ingredients in some of them (“natural” versions are even more expensive), it only makes sense to create my own homemade version. I experimented with a number of recipes but wound up settling on one that uses honey as … Continue reading

What’s in your child’s lunchbox?

The biggest influence on how our children eat is you, the parent. That influence does not end with a packed lunch. We still need to be vigilant to provide healthy options even when processed, sugary, prepackaged foods are so much easier to pack. The 100 calorie cookie packs look to be a nice idea but they are loaded with sugar. Peanut butter and jelly is always a hit but jelly is packed with high fructose sugar. What kid doesn’t love the crunch of a bag of potato chips? Yet, chips contain high amounts of fat. How about a nice turkey … Continue reading

Meals to Make When You Have No Money for Groceries

Do you need to feed your family this week but have nothing to buy groceries with? What can you do? You might be tempted to use that credit card for food, but that can put your finances in even more danger. If you just need to get through the week, try some of the following tips. You can also use these tips to save the $100-$200 you might normally spend on food and apply that money elsewhere, such as to pay down debt or put toward a needed purchase. First, take an inventory of your items. You might be surprised … Continue reading

Encouraging Your Teens to Eat Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day… so the saying goes. But try telling that to your family! My younger brother used to hit the snooze on his alarm clock until the last possible second, then throw on some close and rush off to high school without eating. There are lots of “good” reasons for skipping breakfast: I wanted to sleep in. There’s nothing good to eat. It takes too long to make something. I’m not hungry when I first wake up. I want to lose weight. But research has shown that eating breakfast can help boost concentration … Continue reading

How to Make Oat Flour

Oats are still pretty inexpensive around here, especially when you consider all of the nutritional value that they contain. Oat flour is also gluten free in and of itself. Buying oat flour at the grocery store or specialty store can be quite expensive. This is because there isn’t as much demand of oat flour, making it a specialty item. You are much better off making it yourself. While oat flour won’t behave like wheat flour, you can use it in baking when you combine it with wheat flour (white or whole wheat). If flour prices are getting a bit to … Continue reading

Make Your Own Stuff and Save

If you want a great way to save money, try making your own items instead of purchasing them. From growing your own food and making your own mixes to creating your own laundry detergent and sanitizing wipes, there are so many ways to save. Plus, it is nice knowing that you don’t have to rely on expensive commercial products if you don’t want to do so. Check out this round up of “Make Your Own” articles. Try one recipe or instructions, or try them all! Frugal Food: Make Your Own Granola Bars? Make Your Own Yogurt Make Your Own Fabric … Continue reading

Apricot-Walnut Cereal Bars

Making a concerted effort to eat a good breakfast is important. We all know it, and the experts tell us this all the time. But so often breakfast is the last thing on our minds in the morning. In fact, my husband refuses to eat breakfast unless it’s left over in someone else’s cereal bowl. He ‘claims’ he doesn’t have time. (We all know that it really is a matter of making time, but that’s beside the point.) If this at all sounds familiar, here’s a smart solution: breakfast on the go. These bars are super easy to make and … Continue reading

Make Your Own “Cool Whip”

Frozen whipped dairy or non-diary products, such as Cool-Whip frozen topping can be a convenient way to add the right flourish to a desert. You can also use the Cool Whip in recipes to make mouses, pies and more. But we never buy the stuff. Instead, we make our own, which is not only much less expensive, but it is also without all of the chemicals you will find in those traditional frozen concoctions. If you want to make your own version, here is how you can do it. You’ll need an empty waxed milk carton to store your home … Continue reading

Make Your Own Food, Even Cheese!

Sure we have all heard about growing your own food to save money. And of course, we have heard about preparing your own meals will save money. Home cooked meals save plenty (See this earlier article that tell you how to calculate that savings). But did you know that you can actually make some of the ingredients to your meals? There are other standard staples that you probably purchase, taking it for granted that they can’t be made at home. But many of them probably can. I have to confess that this post was inspired by the Food Blog, one … Continue reading

Romance Granola

This healthy, home made granola is easy to make and oh so yummy! You can use it as a morning cereal, or eat it out of hand as a snack. I’ll separate a portion of it and mix in a few chocolate chips for the kids. It is loaded with omega 3s and other good fats for proper brain development and a healthy heart. This was my very first attempt at making granola completely from scratch, and I was so pleased at the results. The recipe makes about 14 cups of granola, which was gone in my house in a … Continue reading