sweet potato chowder and homemade bread

Zero Food Waste Challenge {6}

I wasn’t surprised that this week was one of the biggest food waste offenders since the first week I recorded because we’re now at the point after my big monthly shop that the quickly perishable produce has all had sufficient time to spoil. However, we wasted quite a bit less than we have in the …

korean bbq beef rice bowl

Zero Food Waste Challenge {5}

Another week into the challenge, and I’m feeling good about our progress! I’m far from perfect and far from where I’d like to be, but all in all, I’ve seen an enormous difference from simply paying attention. While some food waste is seemingly inevitable, I’ve seen for myself that the vast majority of it can …

full produce basket

Zero Food Waste Challenge {4}

The last three days of the month got a little interesting as far as meals went, just because we were out of most of the “fresh” stuff and living much more off the shelf-stable pantry items. We were able to successfully conserve the milk to last through the month though (which helped significantly), although we …

open fridge

Zero Food Waste Challenge {1}

Several years ago, when we were on a very tight budget, I started looking into all the different ways I could possibly think of to get our grocery bill down as low as I possibly could. I clipped coupons, only shopped the sales, made basically 99% of our meals, and cooked and baked as much …

fresh produce from Misfits Market

Food Storage 101: How Do I Afford It? {+ Why Should I Care?}

For many years now, Matt and I have had a decent food storage cushion—at almost any given time in our marriage, we’ve had around a 1-2 month supply of pantry staples and shelf-stable food on hand, for whatever unplanned event might come up, whether that was a smaller-than-expected paycheck or getting sick and being unable …

How We Started a Complete Homeschool Kit for Just $160

How We’re Starting Our Homeschool For Under $160

In case you missed it, we recently made the decision to homeschool our oldest, who is entering kindergarten this year. Homeschooling our children was never in our plans, so this has been eye-opening and a bit overwhelming, to be honest. But, after a few weeks spent looking into various homeschool options and philosophies and curriculums …