Christmas stockings

Weekly Frugal Wins / (Nearly) Free Stocking Stuffers

This is a new series in the style of The Frugal Girl’s Five Frugal Things, where I’ll be posting weekly(ish) about what I’ve done lately to save money and make things stretch in order to further our financial goals, which currently include us paying off a decent hunk of debt. I encourage you to play …

row of empty grocery carts

How We’re Keeping Our Food Costs Low Despite Inflation + Rising Food Costs

Like the rest of the world, we have not been immune to rising food costs, empty grocery shelves, and inflation occurring on everything from our heating and utility bills (which were already on the high side due to our home being older) to the gas we put in our vehicles (which was already more expensive …

Zero Food Waste Challenge {Final Report}

I started this Zero Food Waste Challenge on a whim on October 14th, so about two months ago. Since then, I’ve done several weekly reports on our food waste to report what we threw away and how much that food waste cost. I’m pleased to report that for the last week and a half of …

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 …