Tag Archives: frugal

soaked oatmeal

Soaked Oatmeal – Fastest Breakfast Ever {Recipe}

My hard-working husband has to get up most mornings at 2 am to get ready to punch into work at 4 am for a ten-hour workday, and if he is lucky, it will only be five days instead of six.  This makes breakfast very important for him.  It will fuel him through the morning until his 11:30 lunchtime.  Since I cannot get up with him at that ungodly hour, I make sure to have soaked oatmeal as ready as possible for him when he gets up.  It takes only 5 minutes in the morning before he can eat. Continue reading

Red bunny

Red Bunny – an old family recipe

Today I want to share a family recipe that I grew up on.  It is called Red Bunny, and I suspect that it is derived from Welsh Rarebit.  I don’t know the actual origins of this dish, but I do know that no one outside my family seems to have ever heard of it.  It is a good quick meal when you are just throwing something together, if not particularly balanced.  It is no worse than mac and cheese, though.  And this has vegetables.  Sort of. Continue reading

Homemade Laundry Soap

I usually try to post deep and meaningful things on Sundays, but I need to come clean here (see what I did there?).  Being deep and meaningful takes work.  So today I am posting a recipe instead.  A recipe for laundry soap.  I have been making my own laundry soap for nearly ten years now.  It saves money, saves time, and saves the Earth. Continue reading

Flexible Chili

Flexible Chili – You can’t cook it wrong {Recipe}

I know, I know.  Do we really need another chili recipe?  Yes!  This is so delicious!  Also, I promised earlier to post this recipe.  I know it is summer, and chili is a winter food, but I thought I was short on grocery money this week and had to do some pantry meals, and chili is one of the best pantry meals.  All of the ingredients can be stored in the pantry if you skip the ground beef (which I often do, much to L’s disappointment), making this a perfect zombie apocalypse recipe. Continue reading

Chicken Cabbage Soup {Recipe}

I’m going to try this recipe feature again.  Hopefully it works right this time and only publishes once.  I was asked to post a budget-stretching recipe today, so I decided to share my Chicken Cabbage Soup, which is based on Anytime Soup found in The Schwarzbein Principle.  If I’m really honest, it is just a variant based on what I had and felt like putting in it. Continue reading

My favorite resources

My favorite resources to transform your life

One of the great things about the internet is the vast array of resources that are now available to us.  Today I want to share some of my favorites with you.  They range in topic and format, but they have all been life-changing for me. Continue reading

Too many raspberries cordial

Recipe: Too Many Raspberries Cordial

As I mentioned on Thankful Thursday a couple of weeks ago, I found myself with more berries than I know what to do with.  I have a lovely cookbook called The Country Kitchen Cookbook that I picked up at my church‘s book sale a few years ago.  It has a recipe for raspberry cordial.  I have made it for a couple of years now.  My first batch came out fantastic.  It was still quite good a full year later.  The batch I made the second year did not work so well.   Continue reading

Food stamp budget in action

Food stamp budget in action – July 2016

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that we receive food stamps to supplement our income.  You also probably know that I have particular standards for what food we eat.  There are many examples on the internet about food stamp budget challenges to help people understand what it is like to live on such a budget.  Since this is something I have done every month for nearly 13 years, I thought I would share what a month of food looks like in my house.  According to food stamps we should be able to feed our family on $218.20/week, or $872.80 for four weeks.  Why am I counting four weeks instead of a full month?   Continue reading

where to spend food stamps

Where to spend your food stamps

Previously, we walked through the factors that determine how much food stamp assistance you receive.  We talked about different types of income, and about deductions, and how much you are expected to contribute to your own grocery budget.  We also previously talked about what kinds of food you can get with your benefits, and how to really make them work hard for you.  So now that you have food stamps, let’s take a look at where you can spend them.

Where not to spend food stamps

As their name implies, food stamps are used to buy food.  That is the simplest way to look at it.  However, not all Continue reading

What can you buy with food stamps

What can you buy with food stamps?

Food stamps are for food, right?  Well, yes, but there are exceptions.  It is generally well known that food stamps are used to buy groceries, but not all food is equally eligible.  There are certain places where you can use them, and places where you cannot, which we will cover in our next post.  Here we will go over some of the things you may never have thought of when planning your grocery budget.


The most efficient way to use your food stamps, if you have the time to invest in it, is to use them to purchase Continue reading