Category: Eating

Gourmet Recipes At Low Prices

There’s no place like home and that is especially true for great meals at the best prices. The Frugal Diva loves the whole process of making dinner. First lovingly finding the nicest potatoes, the freshest chicken, and the juiciest peaches. Secondly integrating them into the refrigerator and pantry. Thirdly cooking them with the Frugal Dude for a great meal. The cooking part used to involve cookbooks however now the internet has a plethora of sites that offer recipes.  Recipes need to meet several criteria – low on the fat, easy to find inexpensive ingredients, and be delicious. Working…

Celebrate Frozen Food Month

While The Frugal Diva loves fresh food sometimes having a backup plan means saving money.  I always have frozen turkey meatballs for a quick pasta dinner, frozen wholegrain waffles for a quick breakfast, and frozen fruit to add to smoothies or a healthy dessert. March is National Frozen Food Month and even if you’re not an extreme couponer, you can still strategize your grocery shopping to save money. Time is another important thing to save. Coupon site BeFrugal.com founder Jon Lal offers this advice: 1. Make a list. This basic strategy saves a ton of time and money…

Deals and Coupons At Sprouts

If a health food store and big box store had a child it would be called Sprouts.  This is a full service market that combines a fabulous produce department (about 40% of the store) with a natural food store’s selection of everything else at great prices.  What does that mean to the average shopper?  If your shopping list includes fresh produce,  organic cereal, whole wheat baguettes, eco friendly cleaning products, grass fed beef, and a teaspoon of rosemary this is the place for you.  With their low shelving, you can find everything you need quickly plus there are…

To Market We Go

When it comes to food, join the club. You may not have gotten into the sorority you wanted, the country club you desired, or that hip night spot. However we can all join Costco, Ralphs, and Vons. Pay attention to the specials and coupons making them work for you. You don’t make blueberry muffins in the dead of winter when they are $7.00 for a teeny carton, you make them in the summer when there is a bumper crop. Two large cartons for $4.00, means muffins for everyone. Freeze the leftovers and dole them out when…

Lindsay Olives Season of Hope

This is an easy way to donate to a good cause during the holidays. Lindsay Olives is helping to raise cancer awareness by launching the “Season of Hope” campaign, which will donate up to $10,000 to City of Hope, a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. The online campaign, which begins today, allows fans to share a holiday greeting with friends and family. For each message received, Lindsay will donate $1 to City of Hope. The campaign will run throughout the month of December. “The Lindsay Olives family gets excited every…

Deals On Meals

Eating at restaurants is inherently expensive however there are ways to whittle down the costs.  Restaurants.com is a big help in this area. They offer discounts in the form of prepurchased gift certificates. Now the most important part is to make sure this includes restaurants that you frequent or would like to try.  Read the restrictions which sometimes include minimum purchase prices and other fine print. One of the best ways to use this site is for special occasions. You know you are going out for a birthday, anniversary, or to impress your new in-laws. Purchase a $50…

Eating Organic Foods on the Cheap

Picture a shopping cart piled high with organic foods. Does the wholesome goodness of fresh, chemical-free fare come to mind? Or do you wince, envisioning a pile of unpaid bills stacked beside a bowl of farm-fresh fruit? Sadly, the high price tags on clean, unprocessed foods are preventing even the most health-minded, eco-conscious Americans from buying them. A 2011 Thomson Reuters-NPR health poll found that while 58 percent of U.S. adults preferred organic food, 54 percent said it was too expensive to buy. But banning pesticides from your plate doesn’t have to break…