Q & A: The necessity of a low grocery budget

Here’s a comment from my recent post on rising grocery costs that I wanted to respond to: Do you have that low of a grocery budget because you have to or because you want to (ie: pay off your mortgage faster?) Because sometimes I think we spend so much time on keeping our budget low (because it’s good stewardship), that we forget that we need to be good stewards of our time too, and sometimes that means spending the little extra. This is especially when […]

Cost-per-serving for dinner menus

As promised, I’ve worked this week on some more breakdowns of the cost-per-serving for meals, particularly dinner dishes. If you missed last week, I broke down different breakfast dishes into the cost-per-serving, in order to compare them. This all stemmed from my original post about needing to find a way to work with a higher grocery budget (not to mention, a growing family that is increasingly eating more food). First, here is a breakdown of basic starch/carbohydrate side dishes (those with org. beside them are organic): 1. […]

Breaking down meals into price-per-serving

Tedious as it may sound, this is what I’ve been working on in my “spare” time this past week (I use that term extremely loosely). As I mentioned last week in my post about working with rising grocery costs, I thought that it would be useful to start to take some of my usual meals and break them down into individual serving costs. Last week, I broke my budget down into what I thought would be an appropriate cost per breakfast, lunch and dinner, and […]

Rising to the challenge of higher grocery costs

Am I the only one who has felt an increasing difficulty in making the grocery budget stretch to keep our family well fed? It feels that each time I visit the grocery store these days, yet another item on my list has gone up in price, and I’m struggling to find more creative ways to make my dollar work as hard for me as it used to. I’ve allowed this growing challenge to frustrate and discourage me these last couple months, as I work hard […]

Eating like a big boy

Someone asked recently where my son was at with eating and what types of foods we were feeding him at this point (just turned 10 months) and Crystal asked what works for others in feeding babies nutritiously and frugally. Here’s what our big/little guy (he’s growing up so much, but he’s still such a little peanut size-wise) is eating these days. Foods in his repertoire include: squash turnip parsnip beets green beans chicken (blended with homemade bone broth) beef (as above, with broth) carrots (he […]

Simply sprouted grains

There are so many different kinds of gadgets out there for sprouting: special sprouting jars and mesh lids and home sprouting devices… I’ve been sprouting grains and legumes for a couple of years now and I have never purchased a single piece of special equipment in order to do it successfully! Here’s how I do it: Soak grains/legumes/seeds overnight in a bowlful of water. Make sure that the water level is much higher than the grains or whatever you are sprouting. They will absorb quite […]

Millions of oranges, oranges for free

For the past two days, I’ve had a song stuck in my head… Movin’ to the country, I’m gonna eat a lot of peaches (oranges) Peaches come from a can they were put there by a man In a factory downtown If I had my little way I’d eat peaches everyday What can I say? I went to public high school in the 90’s! Our amazing tenant surprised us by walking upstairs the other day with an entire box of oranges (thanks D)! We’re not […]

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