10 Tips for Packing Healthy School Lunches

I have several friends who have kids going into kindergarten. Many of them have asked me for ideas about how to pack healthy lunches for their kiddos without going insane from the time and effort it takes to make lunches every school day. ...more
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Things I'm Willing to Do to Save Money

Tuesday was one of my babysitting days. My mom came over, and we were discussing my husband’s and my frugal ways. She mentioned that she didn’t think a lot of other woman would be willing to do the things I do. This really made me laugh, because I think deep down the majority of people think that my penny-pinching husband is behind most of what I do . Well, that just is not true....more
TheHomeTome I got into the green tea just because it is cheaper than a latte!  lol.  Let me know ...more

Golden Curried Red Lentil, Vegetable & Coconut Soup

   We might as well dive right into...more

September SNAP Challenge

Because I don’t have enough to do, I’ve decided to join Beth, from Budget Bytes, in the September SNAP challenge. Unlike Canada, the US has specific food assistance....more

Spice Rubbed Swai Fillets with Peach Tomatillo Relish

We were in the seafood section of our grocery store, and none of the fresh fish options looked appetizing - it was the end of the day and everything good was gone. We walked over to the frozen seafood section and saw Swai fillets for $3.99 a pound. So cheap! What is swai? We've never heard of it. After doing some quick googling and learning that it is low in mercury and tastes like catfish, we decided to try it.We ended up loving it....more

Homemade Black Beans

Most people tend to purchase canned beans out of convenience but do you realize how easy it is to make them yourself? Seriously folks, this method of purchasing canned beans needs to stop. Making your own is more flavorful, healthier and honestly too easy not to partake in--let the crock pot do all the work.This may be the shortest post of your life, all because making homemade beans are too simple, there really isn't much to say. So lets get started......more

Crispy Cheesy Potato Gems

Cheese and potatoes – they are like a perfect match made in heaven. They always go well together, regardless of what the resulting dish is: mashed potato with melted cheese toppings, hasselback potato drizzled with cheese, baked jacket potatoes with taco cheese sauce, baked fries in a blanket of cheese…...more

Sweet Corn Arepas with Tomato Corn Salsa

It's corn season! And Jersey corn is hands down the best corn. I know that for a fact because I was in Idaho this summer where we also had fresh corn, and it was nowhere near as good as Jersey corn. So there are good things about New Jersey :)I have a lot of corn at home, so I wanted to make it the centerpiece of the meal. I made fresh corn arepas and a salsa with corn and tomatoes to go with the arepas. Arepas are fried corn pancakes or corn patties that are very popular in Latin American cuisine....more

9 Easy Swaps to Help with Frugal Budgeting

[Editor's Note: This great list of suggestions spans clothes to food to utilities.]Budgeting and saving doesn't have to mean sacrificing. It might just mean making small changes or tweaks in what you've been accustomed to. Swapping should be easy and painless, it just takes creativity and preparation!...more
Great tips! I'm always looking for ways to save, I'm the sort of person who will drive to find ...more

Roasted Tomato, Black Bean and Corn Salsa: Easy to Can Recipe

I have to thank my sister-in-law, Christine, for pushing me to make this recipe up. This is her first year gardening and canning and she is falling in love with the whole thing! She's calling asking about different methods and how to do things, which I always warn her that I am still learning a lot too but she has faith in me I guess. A month ago, she told me that she was going to need my salsa recipe. I actually laughed because not only did I not have one, but I never wanted one! ...more