6 Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store

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Groceries are expensive!  Really expensive!!!  So anything we can do to save money is a good thing. Besides the normal techniques of shopping sales, using coupons, buying generics – there are a few other things that can make a big difference, too. Shop alone. We all know we spend more money when we take kids or spouses. Shop with someone. I know this is in direct contradiction to what … [Read more...]

Cooking for Two – Two Separate Meals, That Is!

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  I've never been one to cook different foods for different members of my family.  Until now.  David was diagnosed with IBS this winter and he's been following a low FODMAP diet.  It's a tough diet to follow because it eliminates a LOT of foods.  So for the first time ever, I've found myself cooking one meal for him and a different meal for me. From reading your comments and talking to … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 147)

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We’re in full swing with the elimination diet for David.  We’re trying to follow the low fodmap diet as closely as possible so we can figure out which foods are a problem and which foods aren’t.  It’s VERY challenging but I’m managing to find recipes that work. Here’s what I came up with this week: Monday Roasted Sweet Potatoes Huevas Rancheros (NEW) NOTE:  David loved this but it broke the … [Read more...]

Evolution of a Grocery List

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I’m not sure about everyone else, but when it’s time to make a grocery list, I have a hard time remembering what I need.  Usually what happens is that I make a list and then get to the store and realize I forgot to put a bunch of stuff on the list or I didn’t check to see if I needed certain items.  Or I get home and realize I forgot some items I really need. To make my grocery list more … [Read more...]

What’s On Your Refrigerator?

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My refrigerator is not clutter-free and it never will be.  I try to keep the clutter to a minimum, but I can’t eliminate it because it’s a perfect place to keep track of a few things. Here’s what’s on my refrigerator: A conveniently located pencil for adding items to the grocery list. A grocery list.  This is a Franklin Covey form that I’ve been using for years.  I’ve made several … [Read more...]

No Time to Menu Plan But You Still Have to Buy Food?

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Have you ever had one of those weeks where no matter how hard you tried, you just couldn’t find the time to make a grocery list and menu but you still had to go to the grocery store?  I have those weeks occasionally.  In fact, I had one of those weeks this week.  When it happens, I go to the store anyway and do the best I can.  I have three different approaches I choose from: 1.       Partial … [Read more...]

Why My Menu Plan Doesn’t Include Breakfast & Lunch

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I’ve been making weekly menu plans for the last 29 years (I didn’t bother until we had kids and I started staying home full-time – you know, actually cooking instead of eating out all the time).  In all those years, I never planned for anything except dinner and dessert. Does that mean we didn’t eat breakfast and lunch?  Nope.  We ate them.  But instead of planning exactly what we were going to … [Read more...]