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  • The Breakfast Rut

    Photo courtesy of Alisdair McDiarmid We are experiencing a breakfast rut. This is new territory for me. I'm quite familiar with the dinner rut. That 5:30 dread wherein you realize that if you serve spaghetti and meatballs yet again you will be facing a family mutiny. (And not the fun kind when someone...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Tue, Jun 10 2014
  • The No Sweets Challenge--Fighting a Rational Addiction

    I recently listened to the book Spousenomics (recently re-issued as It's Not You, It's the Dishes ) by Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson. This book looks at marriage through the lens of economics, in an attempt to help husbands and wives "minimize conflict and maximize happiness." Not...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Tue, May 13 2014
  • When the Dinner Plan Fails

    Image courtesy of Rexipe Rexipe On Monday, I felt remarkably well-organized, considering the fact that I had not yet gone grocery shopping for the week. I knew that I still had a bag of chicken cutlets in the freezer, as well as all the other ingredients necessary to make J and my new favorite dinner...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Wed, May 7 2014
  • Going Grocery Shopping Without a List

    "Mom, I don't think this is going to end well..." Yesterday, for the first time in years, I went grocery shopping without having made a meal plan or a list. Yikes. You see, I usually do my meal planning on Sunday and my grocery shopping on Monday. But I had Grandma Mensch (my mother), Auntie...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Thu, Apr 24 2014
  • Two Lessons on Frugality from Passover

    Photo courtesy of Claude Truong-Ngoc Today is the last day of Pesach, and J and LO and I will be celebrating the end of my favorite holiday by enjoying a pizza that is not made of matza or matza meal for dinner. Thinking about this holiday, I realized that there are actually several unexpected frugality...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Tue, Apr 22 2014
  • 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 Thu, Apr 10 2014
  • Container Tomatoes

    When my daughter lived in an apartment, she had a nice balcony where she gardened in containers. Since she loves tomatoes, of course she had to plant a couple. The biggest problem was that her balcony faced due west and here it gets blazing hot in the afternoon on a west facing balcony! Tomatoes are...
    Posted to Weblog by Pat on Fri, Mar 14 2014
  • 5 Ways to Save Money (and Your Sanity) While Grocery Shopping with a Toddler

    Photo courtesy of Onderwijsgek Now that I have two kids, time is a precious commodity that I have far too little of. For some time after BB was born, I still tried to arrange my time so that I didn't have to go grocery shopping with both kids. However, several weeks ago, I discovered that grocery...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Tue, Mar 11 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 Thu, Feb 27 2014
  • The Frugal Olympics 3rd Event: Meal Planning

    Of all the frugal Olympics events, I feel meal planning is the only one in which I could be considered a true contender for a medal. I have been doing meal planning for about five years, and I've gotten my technique down to a wonderfully imprecise art. Basically, once a week I sit down with my meal...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Mon, Feb 24 2014
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