10.10.17
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Surviving and Thriving on an Extremely Small Food Budget

When I first started writing for Google-X, the then-governor of Oregon, Ted Kulongoski, made a big splash by choosing to eat for a

10.02.17
pantry full of canned food

The Unfair Stigma of Canned and Frozen Foods

My aversion to canned food started early. Those aluminum cylinders just never seemed appealing, sitting there in the dark corners of our cabinet, far away

09.20.17
cooking in the kitchen

The Soup Stockpile: An Easy Route to Having Tons of Convenient Freezer Soups

The past few weeks have been incredibly busy for our family. Not only has Sarah returned to teaching from her summer break, our children have

08.30.17
tacos sign

Eight Cheap and Tasty Taco Recipes

No matter your ethnic background or where you live, it’s fairly safe to say that almost everyone you know likes tacos. They’re easy to make,

08.24.17
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Nine of My Favorite Recipes for Summer Garden Leftovers

Even though I’ve wanted a garden my entire adult life, I didn’t take the plunge until around five years ago. Before then, we just didn’t

08.03.17
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Costco vs. Amazon Fresh: A Real-World Grocery Shopping Showdown

Amazon made big waves in the business world with its recent purchase of Whole Foods Market. As surprising as that was, it makes sense — Amazon was

07.26.17
yuca or cassava root

Three Healthy, Cheap, and Exotic Foods to Expand Your Culinary Horizons

Most people are familiar with the common staple foods of the frugal community. Rice, beans, pasta, corn, and lentils are rightfully touted for their versatility

07.19.17
sweet corn kernels cut off the cob

10 Smart Ways to Use Leftover Sweet Corn (Smart Staple Strategies #7)

This is the final entry in a short summer series covering smart strategies for using leftover staple foods – things like rice, beans, pasta, and

07.12.17
sliced bread

10 Smart Ways to Use Leftover Bread (Smart Staple Strategies #6)

This is part of a short summer series covering smart strategies for using leftover staple foods – things like rice, beans, pasta, and so on.

07.05.17
family busy in kitchen kids

10 Smart Ways to Use Leftover Sweet Potatoes (Smart Staple Strategies #5)

This is part of a short summer series covering smart strategies for using leftover staple foods – things like rice, beans, pasta, and so on.

06.28.17
potatoes

10 Smart Ways to Use Leftover Potatoes (Smart Staple Strategies #4)

This is part of a short summer series covering smart strategies for using leftover staple foods – things like rice, beans, pasta, and so on.

06.21.17
pasta salad

10 Smart Ways to Use Leftover Pasta (Smart Staple Strategies #3)

For the next few weeks, we’re going to talk about some smart strategies for using leftover staple foods – things like rice, beans, pasta, and

06.20.17
little kid grocery shopping

How to Identify (and Take Advantage of) ‘Loss Leaders’ in Grocery and Department Store Flyers

Almost every department and grocery store chain in America produces a weekly flyer describing the sales of the week in the store. The stores do

06.18.17
tomatoes on a windowsill - urban gardening tips

Five Ways to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck from a Small Garden

Living in New York City, I’m often disappointed in the quality of produce offered at the supermarkets. It’s not uncommon for carrots to wilt within

06.14.17
black bean stew

10 Smart Ways to Use Leftover Beans (Smart Staple Strategies #2)

For the next few weeks, we’re going to talk about some smart strategies for using leftover staple foods – things like rice, beans, pasta, and

06.07.17
rice in a bowl

10 Smart Ways to Use Leftover Rice (Smart Staple Strategies #1)

For the next few weeks, we’re going to talk about some smart strategies for using leftover staple foods – things like rice, beans, pasta, and

06.05.17
Woman cooking

The Simple Guide to Healthy Living on a Budget (2017)

Afraid a healthier lifestyle won’t fit in your budget? Good news: there are many strategies for making nutrition and fitness more affordable. Many of these

tomatoes from vegetable garden

Why I Only Grow Four Things in My Garden

While I have wanted a summer garden for what seems like forever, I never made the time to build one until we moved into our