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Healthy eating on a budget

by Karen on May 17, 2010

This is a guest post by Jennifer, who blogs about frugal and simple living at her blogs Getting Ahead and Our Suburban Homestead. When Karen asked for guest posts to run while she was in Europe, I knew I had to help. I love her blog and find that we have many similar frugal thoughts. […]

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If you’re trying to lose weight and cut expenses, it’s no secret that the first place to look is your shopping cart. The idea that healthy eating is expensive is a myth. In fact, those pricey convenience foods driving up your grocery costs are probably sabotaging your diet, too. Next time you’re at the grocery […]

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Menu plan: 12/5 – 12/11

by Karen on December 7, 2009

It’s finally getting chilly here in the mornings and evenings, which means we’re starting to work more comfort foods into our menus. Call me crazy, but I absolutely love when the weather turns colder. There’s nothing cozier than bundling up in the evening. We paid full price for organic chicken for the first time this […]

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Ever since Tony and I vowed to stick with organic meat, we’ve had to be creative to keep expensive organics from driving up our grocery costs. Not only did we swear off cheap chicken, we recently nixed ground beef from our diets thanks to this terrifying New York Times story about flaws in the inspection […]

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Menu Plan: 11/28 – 12/4

by Karen on November 30, 2009

After a weekend filled with not enough family and way too much food, the last thing I wanted to do was menu plan and grocery shop today. But our house full of guests this weekend seriously depleted our pantry reserves, so we had no choice. Luckily, we have enough food leftover to get us through […]

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Menu Plan: 11/14-11/20

by Karen on November 16, 2009

This is our last menu plan before the week of Thanksgiving. We’ll be entertaining Tony’s family next week for the holiday, so our goal for this week was to keep our menu simple and cheap. I’ve been under the weather and busy for the past two weeks, so my housekeeping has been lacking. I need […]

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Menu Plan: 11/7-11/13

by Karen on November 9, 2009

Would you believe I’m still recovering from this awful virus? Yeah. I am not a happy camper. I’ve been sick for over a week. Ugh. But I’m getting better every day. I’m back at work and feeling mostly okay. I’m just still coughing, and I still feel like I need a little extra sleep. :( […]

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Menu Plan: 10/10 – 10/16

by Karen on October 12, 2009

We’re finally getting the hang of our modified meat shopping plan. Our total for the week was $62, and we even stocked up on three pounds of organic chicken on special. The only meat we’re eating this week is a pound of organic ground chicken and half a pound of roast beef deli meat. For […]

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Oh, organic food. Why are you so expensive?

by Karen on October 7, 2009

Weekend before last, Tony and I saw the documentary “Food Inc.” for free on his campus. It was an incredibly well produced, enjoyable film, even for people who aren’t into documentaries. But it scared the crap out of us. I won’t go into gory details here. I do recommend watching it, but if you’re squeamish […]

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