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  • How Much Do You Spend on Groceries?

    Pictured: NOT Mr. Money Mustache, despite the facial hair The other day, I was perusing Mr. Money Mustache's hilarious and subversive website , when I came across this post: Killing Your $1000 Grocery Bill . In this post, Mr. Mustache states that his family of three spends $80 per week at the grocery...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 04-10-2014
  • The Fine Line Between Frugality and Delusional Behavior

    This is my hand mixer: I have owned this bad boy for nearly 13 years, having bought it soon after I graduated from college in May 2001. It's a little difficult to see, but the beaters are actually wonky: Basically, I can only use one beater at a time because the two of them together get in each others'...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 03-17-2014
  • The Frugal Olympics Final Event: Making Your Own Convenience Food

    Here we are at the fourth and final event of the Frugal Olympics: Making Your Own Convenience Food To be honest, I should never have qualified for this event. For one thing, I cannot be trusted with convenience foods in the house to begin with. For another, I tend to be somewhat challenged when it comes...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 02-27-2014
  • Cost Breakdown of Frugal and Healthy Super Bowl Recipes: Part 3 of 3

    We've already covered how to healthify and cheapify your Super Bowl dip and dessert , so today let's focus on the main event: a big ol' pot of chili. I personally find there's nothing better than a warm and spicy bowl of chili on a cold day. And since chili that's simmered all day...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 01-31-2014
  • Cost Breakdown of Frugal and Healthy Super Bowl Recipes: Part 2 of 3

    As I promised yesterday , I'm continuing the Menschly look at healthier and inexpensive Super Bowl party foods today by offering you a healthy dessert alternative for the big game. But first, let's address the elephant in the room. Specifically and to wit: you really should not try to make dessert...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 01-30-2014
  • Cost Breakdown of Frugal and Healthy Super Bowl Recipes: Part 1 of 3

    Whether you are a passionate football fan or only watch the Super Bowl for the commercials and the potential wardrobe malfunctions, I think we can all agree that the best part of any Super Bowl gathering is the food. Unfortunately, traditional Super Bowl party food is enough to derail any New Year's...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 01-29-2014
  • 10 Foods To Have on Hand When You're Snowed In

    Photo courtesy of Denis Jacquerye 2014 started off with a bang. Well, at least it started with a polar vortex. Let that sink in for a minute. Doesn't a polar vortex sound like the kind of storm Luke Skywalker had to ride out inside of a taun-taun on the ice world of Hoth? (And was that the single...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 01-16-2014
  • Organizing My Spice Cabinet

    Or, How I Got Overwhelmed By a Huge Bunch of Trees and Wondered Why Everyone Was Blathering About Something Called a "Forest" Several years ago, LO got hold of a permanent sharpie and had a grand ol' time creating a mural on our dining room wall. Since we generally use our dining room for...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 01-14-2014
  • Cost Breakdown of My Favorite Fast Recipes

    J and I have a wonderful group of friends here in Lafayette who took turns bringing us dinner for a month after BB was born. (And as we were enjoying some of the delicious recipes provided by our friends, I remarked to J that maybe we should have a baby more often. He didn't laugh until he was sure...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 10-19-2013
  • Re: cooking for one; sometimes 2...i

    Hi Angie, I totally understand the issue with cooking for one! Great content from BB and Tracy as well. Cooking for one is a challenge because, simply, most recipes aren't written for just one person! First you have to find the recipes (and hope they don't take 1hr + to prepare), then get the...
    Posted to Forum by jeffrey.bunn on 09-30-2013
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