How much is your grocery bill each week? As you might has guessed, the average price for food has crept up a bit each year, with USDA-estimated costs for feeding your family at least a couple of dollars more each week than it was a couple of years ago.
The United States Department of Agriculture keeps tabs on average prices for all food categories, then figures this in, along with dietary guidance and consumption patterns, to come up with its food plans. Continue reading
Who else is using up what they have before writing the next grocery list?
How about some good, old-fashioned cooking without a recipe?
Let’s face it, the humble casserole is pretty forgiving, and the pot pie could fall into the category of casserole. Continue reading
Kids and snacks. They just go together. You know they’ll want something to eat between meals. So what do you feed them? Conventional couponing might help us snag popular snack foods with cents off. But clean couponing means getting the most value. FlourSackMama.com recently asked Dr. Alan Greene for some kids’ snack food tips. The popular pediatrician hosts a regular Twitter chat called Let’s Talk Kids’ Health! Here’s some of what he had to say:
Does your family eat popcorn for family movie night at home? Is it a snack the kids ask for often? We always try to stay stocked up on popcorn at our house.
Maybe you’ve seen the wide range of costs for popcorn these days. We decided to do some comparison shopping. Continue reading
You’ve heard the cliche about thinking outside the box. Cooking outside the box can save you money as part of your clean couponing strategy.
We went shopping to see what sort of value we’d find in a staple like rice. We located the popular brand of boxed rice product and purchased it for $2.00. This contained 6 ounces of food inside, with a small part of that being dried seasonings. Nutrition facts on the box told us it would make 3 servings. When we did the math, it came out to $5.33 per pound of food. Continue reading
Are you frugal by half?
Maybe you already use of these common sense ways of eliminating food waste and stretching your grocery resources:
*Bake a large casserole, then freeze half of it to use another time.
*Prepare stovetop items like from-scratch chili and soup, then freeze half for later.
*Bring home half of your restaurant dinner to use the next day for lunch.
*Reserve half of a baked chicken to use the next day for soup.
*Use half as much meat at a meal, replacing it with other protein sources like beans.
*Use half your typical amount of bread for a sandwich.
*Use half as much sugar as called for in sweet recipes, replacing some of it with applesauce.
*Replace as much as half the butter called for in a recipe with Greek yogurt.
*Reduce juices by half with water before drinking.
You did it! You’ve made a big impression in the Twittersphere with our first ever #CleanCouponing Twitter party in January! Thanks for joining us for a fast, fun hour of chatting about being frugal with more than money! We discussed finding coupons and discounts, being frugal and valuing quality. You mentioned the need to find special food items like gluten free for special dietary needs. You said you wanted to learn more about green cleaning alternatives, with discounts. Together, you helped us make more than a million impressions on the #CleanCouponing topic!
Thanks to sponsor Might Nest for giving away a smart, glass canister set, and thanks to sponsor Stonyfield for giving away an organic yogurt prize pack!
You said that in future Twitter parties we should discuss:
Eating healthy on a budget Shopping for organics
Coping with food allergies/sensitivities
You suggested lots of great brands that you’d like to see sponsoring future #CleanCouponing Twitter parties!
Watch here for updates on future Twitter parties, discounts, deals and strategies for stretching a dollar while also being frugal with MORE than money!
Family dinner is done, the kids are tucked into bed, you’ve finished those last few things on the to-do list. It’s 9 o’clock Eastern time, 8 Central, so it must be time for a Twitter party!
YOU are invited to our first ever Clean Couponing Twitter party tonight, co-hosted by CleanCouponing.com and FlourSackMama.com. We’ll chat about ways to be frugal with more than money.
We’re looking for deals on quality products for our home, just like you are. We’re starting fresh with ways to better organize our pantries and homes, stretching real foods into more wholesome meals, all while planning ahead to make more healthy lifestyle choices.
The Twitter party is a chance to see the secret words that unlock three extra entries to our fabulous Mighty Nest giveaway that ends at midnight.
Plus, Stonyfield Organic will be giving away a $25 yogurt gift pack to one lucky person who shows up tonight, and we may even have more giveaways!
Our Twitter party is being moderated by social media pro Organic PR.
So, be sure to follow @Organic_PR on Twitter, along with @CleanCouponing, @FlourSackMama, @Stonyfield and @MightyNest. We’ll be using hashtag #CleanCouponing, so please say hello and share your #CleanCouponing tips with us. See you there tonight!
Cooking is an essential life skill. But to someone new to the kitchen, a basic recipe can seem overwhelming. Everyone should have one meal that they can pull together without a lot of fuss, and with confidence that after all of their hard work in the kitchen, the food they put on the table will taste delicious.
A friend of mine is learning to cook. She sent me an email about her first week in the kitchen.
Day 1: Tossed out all expired food and spices… which left me with…salt.
Day 2: Spent 3 HOURS at the grocery store.
Day 3: Started getting out ingredients for tomato soup, but then realized it was 10:30PM!?!
Day 4: Cooked brown rice EXACTLY as instructed on package, but it was still WAY too mushy to eat.
Day 5: Severely BURNED oatmeal – stunk the place up for days and created a thick blackened layer on our stainless steel pot.
Day 6: Made chili. It was good, but the recipe made 10 servings! What am I supposed to do with 10 servings of chili?!
Day 7: Panda Express
Does this sound familiar to anyone? It sounds very much like my first months in the kitchen.
So here are three recipes – enough to make a complete meal – that are pretty much foolproof. And they’re not hard. I promise. I’m going to tell you how to make a whole chicken in the slow cooker, rice that’s never mushy, and steamed green beans that everyone loves (and I mean everyone, like toddlers and teenagers and people who don’t like vegetables). Plus, I’ll even throw in made-from-scratch chicken stock. Continue reading
You’re a smart clean couponing shopper, so when at the grocery store, you start in the produce section, don’t you? That’s where you’re stocking up on a rainbow of nutrient dense fresh fruits and vegetables. You don’t need a traditional clipped coupon to find a fresh deal! Why not start by checking on the produce that’s been marked down the most?
We recently found this bag of fresh looking oranges and this bag packed with nearly five pounds of bananas, marked down to just 99 cents each!
The oranges are an easy go-to snack for the kids or an addition to a breakfast plate or dinner salad.
To be sure we didn’t waste any of the overripe bananas, we started by peeling one bunch and placing chunky banana pieces into zipped bags. Then we stored them in compartments of a no-longer-used breastmilk storage container before placing them in the freezer.
Some of the remaining bananas can be used in banana bread (that could in turn be frozen for later) or pudding, while most will be raw snack food.
Have you ever asked the produce manager for a discount on fruits or vegetables that look like they should be in the markdown bin? Why not? Happy Clean Couponing!