The Best Healthy Food on a Budget

Most of us are familiar with the Ramen every night diet. It isn’t a plan to lose weight, rather a plan to actually afford food, and it has been made famous by college students or anyone just starting out with only a limited budget. But the Ramen Noodle diet isn’t exactly a healthy one. The “meal” contains high levels of sodium and carbs and pretty much zero nutrients. Yes, it will fill you up for less, but it isn’t something you can use to feed a family and keep them all healthy. Another source of cheap food that people often … Continue reading

Saving Money on Healthy Summer Treats

Is it just me, or does the food bill seem to grow in the summer? All of that fresh air seems to be making us all hungry. Summer favorites such as fresh produce, popsicles, even burgers, seem to be going up in price. Add in a bit extra when you are trying to avoid the artificial stuff and buy organic, and the prices go up even more. You don’t want to have to choose between serving healthy food to your family and going into debt. My advice is to use all of the strategies you can to get the best … Continue reading

Navigating the Farmers’ Market on Atkins

Never before in my life have I eaten so many fresh vegetables than when I first started the Atkins diet. In order to make this fit into my budget, I knew that it would be helpful if I could find an inexpensive source for these healthy foods. The local Farmers’ Market was the perfect place for veggies. Unfortunately, it was also filled with foods that I wasn’t supposed to be eating. Why is it that fresh fruits and vegetables cost so much more than junk food does? Fresh foods expire quickly, and never, ever, come with a coupon to use … Continue reading

Save With Smart Snacking Strategies

Your family’s grocery budget seems to be getting tighter and tighter these days. The kids are growing, and so are their appetites. Food prices have been steadily creeping up for a while, too. You want to be able to feed your family plenty of good food, but you don’t want to break the bank either. If you look at grocery store receipts from past shopping trips, you may notice that snack foods make up a bigger portion of your grocery bill than you thought. The good thing about this is that you do not have to stop snacking, nor do … Continue reading

Tips For Eating Well For Less

I like to browse Oprah Winfrey’s web site for many reasons. She has such a wide variety of information on many topics, and I find that the information on the web site is meaningful as well as interesting. Today I was browsing in the “money” section of the site and came across a headline that really got my attention. The headline said “Spend Just $40 A Week On Groceries”. I had to read on, because if the information in the article is something that I can apply to my family’s grocery budget I will be ecstatic. Like Melba Newsome, the … Continue reading

Amidst High Prices There Are A Few Lows

If it seems as though your dollar is not stretching as far as it used to no matter how hard you try, you are not alone. Many of the things that we need and use on a daily basis are getting more expensive. Two of the most obvious items that have been increasing (and increasing and increasing) in price are food and gasoline. While we can do our best to shop smart for our groceries and conserve on gas by carpooling and consolidating errands, we cannot eliminate these items from our budgets like we can do with other things like … Continue reading

Ways You Should Spend Your Money

Here in the Money department, I spend a lot of time talking about budgets and being conservative. But you know what—there are times when you need to spend money, and that’s what I’m focusing on today. Shoes – okay, you can probably get away with a pair of cheap flip-flops from time to time, but you do need to buy some good quality shoes. If you stand at work or you’re a runner or you’re going grocery shopping or doing any other kind of activity that requires you to spend time on a hard concrete floor, you need the support … Continue reading

Strategies For Getting More Healthy Food For Less Money

If you have a tight grocery budget, food shopping is a challenge, to say the least. You want to feed your family the most healthful meals that you can, but it seems like the healthier a food is, the more it costs. There are a few ways that you can get fresh, healthy food for your family without breaking the bank. Try the following tips and see whether they can work for your family. If you live somewhere with room for a garden, or even a balcony with room for some potted plants, you may want to try your hand … Continue reading

How to Win the Competition for Grocery Bargains

These days, it seems as though everyone has their eyes on getting the best grocery bargains out there. Couple that with reduced inventory for many stores due to the recession. Sometime that means that there is a little healthy competition for some of the best deals. Here is how to stay ahead of the race and win the competition for your grocery bargains. Back when I first started practicing coupon and sales strategies to get a handle on our grocery bill, I really cleaned up. There was never a time that I can remember where I couldn’t stock up for … Continue reading

Frugal Month in Review: October 2008

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” – George Eliot October has come and gone, but we can still enjoy fall and the celebration of Thanksgiving and all of the great joys of the season. Take a look back at all of the ways to save money that were featured last month. October 1st Frugal Halloween Costumes It is fall and Halloween is approaching fast, are you ready? What do the kids want to be? You can make some great homemade costumes … Continue reading