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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • The Frugal Olympics 1st Event: Creating a Grocery Price Book

    While I have established my credentials in other areas of frugal athleticism such as checkbook balancing , debt reduction , and both freestyle and synchronized penny pinching , I am still a relative newcomer to the sport of grocery price book making. (Which is not to be confused with bookmaking, which...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Wed, Feb 12 2014
  • I no longer shop at membership warehouse clubs

    When we were young, my husband and I spent time in large stores which require cards to enter. I remember Fedco, Price Club and a few others. They prepared and presented a lot of items needed by young families. These included clothing, household, stationary, furniture, and groceries come to mind. Their...
    Posted to Weblog by Lori Blatzheim on Fri, Aug 16 2013
  • Saving Money at the Grocery Store

    I was recently asked about suggestions for how to save money on groceries. As far as I can tell, there are three ways to reduce your grocery bill if you are not willing to be a couponer (which I most definitely am not): 1. Meal planning 2. Cherry picking the sales 3. Taking only cash with you to the...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Thu, Aug 8 2013
  • My Challah Food Hack

    Photo courtesy of Aviv Hod Every Friday, J and I light the shabbat candles, say our brachas over a loaf of challah bread and a glass of wine (or, as if often the case, beer for J and juice for me--and if we knew the Hebrew for "fruit of the hops" or "fruit of the tree," we might even...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Mon, Jul 22 2013
  • Apparently, You Shouldn't Buy Organic

    I LOVE it when a recognized authority backs up my secretly held convictions. Earlier this month, Jayson Lusk, who holds the illustrious title of "Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University" wrote this piece on Huffington Post...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Mon, Apr 29 2013
  • Why I Need to Read Food Labels

    Sunday evening, in the midst of making grilled mushroom tacos, we discovered that the package of tortillas which should have been half-full (meaning 4 remaining tortillas) had but a mere 2 tortillas remaining. Neither LO nor J (nor the dog) would take responsibility for the missing tortillas, although...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Tue, Apr 23 2013
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