Saving on Groceries in a Tough Economy

Tip #1 Start a Stockpile By stockpiling sale items you’ll eventually need, you will save hundreds of dollars each month. Supermarkets have about a 12 week sale cycle. (Most things go on sale about every twelve weeks.) There are some exceptions to this rule. For example, soup is mostly on sale during the winter and condiments during the summer. But no matter what, only a few items will be featured on sale each week. So if you shop only for what you need, you’ll save on a small percentage of these items and overspend on your other needs. ...more

Monday Dose of Market: Pumpkin Pie Results and More from the Denver Indoor Farmers' Market

I didn’t do much shopping this week as we were so well fed by our Denver friends who graciously shared their holiday with us.  The real pumpkin pie got a thumbs up.  One comment was “that’s the best pumpkin pie I’ve ever had.”  Though when I made an apple pie at Thanksgiving and reminded my Dad that yes, he had had this pie before, and don’t worry he told me it was the best apple pie he’d ever had.  He asked, “was it really that good, or was I just saying that?” ...more

Checkout Line Battle

This is not meant to discourage any couponers out there. I have had my fair share of pleasant cashiers. Many cashiers ask me where I got my coupons or how I made a certain transaction work. However, you definitely need to be prepared for battle when you are using more coupons than you have items in your cart.As I stood in line at the checkout today, I saw the distrust in the clerk's eyes. I knew it was coming....more

Thriftmas dinner

Here is a top tip if you don't want to spend too much on food over Christmas: don't go to the supermarket, go to the market. So far, so obvious, no? But here is the genius bit: do it on Christmas Eve, just before the stallholders are about to go home. Actually, this top tip comes from my mum, who is an inveterate bargain-hunter. It is what we did today and just look at the veritable cornucopia we returned with:...more

Vegetable Dessert: Real Pumpkin Pie

First things first.  Do not try and make a pumpkin pie with a Halloween pumpkin.  Halloween pumpkins are bred specifically for carving – thick skin, hollow inside.  Taste and consistency were not factors in the development of these varieties.  Since it’s December, there’s probably little chance you would try this….but I thought  I’d warn you just in case....more

Monday Dose of Market: Finally, I am a Farmer!

Lots of things made me smile at the Denver Indoor Farmers Market this weekend.  First were the tomatoes.  I’ve said goodbye to tomatoes several times over the last few weeks, thinking I’d seen my last fresh local tomato until next summer.  I never considered frozen tomatoes.  Berry Patch Farms picks ‘em when their the ripest and pops ‘em in the freezer. Brilliant. ...more

Tender Tales of Cannellini Beans

Words you don’t want to hear from your taster after working eleven hours on a meal: “That’s going to be awesome.  Tomorrow.”  The meal was Cannellini beans with tomatoes, garlic, and sage.  The taster was my husband. ...more

microwave tangerine marmalade

nina corbett www.putsup.comDecember 15, 2009...more

Monday Dose of Market: Denver Indoor Farmers Market

We found an urban oasis in an industrial warehouse in Denver this past weekend.  Greeted by pre-fabricated city backyard-ready chicken coops, I knew I was in the right place.  Denver Urban Homesteading is a new venture designed to promote alternatives to industrial food production and delivery through education and a year-round market for local food growers and producers....more

Pumpkin Spice Latte & Frugalista Chic

Ahh... the holidays are upon us... Images of sugar plums dancing in our heads while dreaming if Santa Claus will be providing us with treats (or a big fat lump of coal) under our Christmas trees. Who am I kidding?! That is what I want.. those images on the books I read to my son at bedtime. ...more

I love the holiday drinks. I splurge on Starbucks too. That is actually one of my favorite ...more