Halloween Treats From The Pantry

Holidays don’t necessarily mean that you have to ignore your grocery budget.  In fact, holiday treats can often be pulled together from things that you already have on hand as long as you have a well stocked pantry and plan ahead. Candy for the trick-or-treaters still has to be budgeted, but fun food for the family is already in the bag.  Lets take a look at some of the great Halloween recipes/ideas that can be pulled together from things you may already have in your well stocked pantry.  I’ve gathered these ideas from around the web.  Click on the photos […]

Food Storage

What Should I Store?–Part 1, Determine What You Eat

The internet is full of suggestions on how to build a food storage for $5 or $10 per week as well as suggestions for what you should store.  These suggestions can be good for some, but not for everyone.  Many of these one size fits all food storage plans encourage storing wheat.  Since allergy to gluten (the protein in wheat) is on the rise, wheat might not be a good thing to build your food storage around.  If one of these blueprint plans for food storage recommended buying canned carrots or spinach, it wouldn’t work for our family.  I’m not […]

Save 10% to 40% on Groceries

Last week, I mentioned that when I watch those TV shows or news clips where people have basements full of food items and do super coupon shopping and bring home tons of food items for next to nothing, I am very impressed, but I often wonder how much of that food gets used before it spoils. Food that spoils before it is used goes into the trash. Food that goes into the trash is money wasted. This is an obvious fact, but it’s one that is often overlooked. I know a woman who routinely throws out all of her leftovers […]

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Eat What You Store

A few days ago, I was searching my pantry shelves for a can of garbanzo beans to add to a pot of  homemade vegetable soup, only to discover two things—my pantry has become very disorganized, and I didn’t have any garbanzo beans. Being a big fan of the “make do with what you have” philosophy, I grabbed a can of great northern beans only to discover that I had purchased it in 1999. Yes, I am talking about FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, 1999.  Needless to say, that can of beans went into the trash bin and not into my soup. It broke my […]

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The Night I Fed My Family Trash

In spite of the apparent reference to garbage, this post is not about eating garbage nor is it a commentary about how certain foods lack nutritional value and should be tossed in the garbage rather than eaten.  Seriously, if  you feel that a food has no nutritional value, save your money.  Don’t buy it.  This is the story of the night I fed my family trash, and I’m not talking about dumpster diving, either.  The really weird part of this story is that 5 out of 6 members of my family actually enjoyed their trash based food.  Before anyone sends […]

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“All Beginnings are Hard”

I first read the words “All beginnings are hard” on my first day of college and it has become a mantra of sort for me whenever I start something new and find myself in unfamiliar situations and faced with new challenges.  This applies to starting a new job, moving to a new town, or learning a new skill.  In the beginning, whenever I try something new, things are hard as I am pushed outside of my comfort zone and into the unknown.  Beginnings always present new challenges.  That isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  It is just something that comes with change.  […]