Shopping Sales & Looking Beyond The Coupon — The Thrifty Gourmand


Couldn’t agree more with this post.

Growing up with a mother who couponed like a fiend made me forever averse to creating a grocery list centered exclusively upon sale items. Not only is the process tedious and time-consuming, but it also forces you to buy larger quantities of food than you need. All of these extra items then must either be […]

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#groceryshopping results for the #menuplan for the weeks of 7/17/2016 and 7/24/2016


This shopping trip for the weeks including the Menu for Week Starting 7/17/2016 and  7/24/2016 really turned out great, this time we included the middle weekend for a total of 11 evening meals for 4.

This week we finish up using the last of the ham from last week. We really like ham but it is really easy to over do it. So knowing that we left plenty of trimmings on the ham bone and froze it. This week we will be using it to season some beans. That makes for a really inexpensive meal

Given that and other meals of that type we had a really successful shopping trip.  Continue reading “#groceryshopping results for the #menuplan for the weeks of 7/17/2016 and 7/24/2016”

Why my kids don’t allow couponing


People love coupons, in fact one site reports that anywhere for 81%-96% of Americans report using coupons. If that is the case we are in the minority, but why? Clipping coupons is usually the first thing that comes to mind when people think of saving on the grocery budget. Why don’t we use them more? Continue reading “Why my kids don’t allow couponing”

#groceryshopping results for the #menuplan for the weeks of 7/4/2016 and 7/11/2016


We did our shopping a little different this week. There are a couple of new ‘cost plus’ stores that have opened near by. So far we haven’t seen any ads ran for these stores so while we were out one evening we stopped by to see what they were all about. In the end those stops decided what we put on our menus for the weeks starting  Menu for Week Starting 7/4/2016 and  7/11/2016 Continue reading “#groceryshopping results for the #menuplan for the weeks of 7/4/2016 and 7/11/2016”

Grocery Shopping while #budgeting


As mentioned in several of our recent blog entries we have started altering our cooking methods to try and adjust to the inevitable rise in our electric bill as summer gets along.

Altering our cooking methods though, is only one way we try and budget for those inevitable rises the electric bill. No matter what we do inside the house the temperatures will rise outside and so will the electric bill. This is a known seasonal happening and must be properly dealt with to stay on our household budget.

With this inevitable seasonal increase how can one stay on the over all budget? Continue reading “Grocery Shopping while #budgeting”

#groceryshopping results for the #menuplan for the weeks of 6/20/2016 and 6/27/2016


Our menu plans for this two weeks includes our Theme weeks for Latin Theme Week and Asian Theme Week.

So how did we do this week at meeting our goal of staying under $200 for 2 weeks dinners, the Week Starting 6/20/2016 and the Week Starting 6/27/2016Continue reading “#groceryshopping results for the #menuplan for the weeks of 6/20/2016 and 6/27/2016”

Budget tips for grocery shopping


Have you noticed how much of your household budget goes toward groceries? Grocery shopping is a significant expense for most, but there are ways to make it more affordable.

Menu planning is integral to succeeding in managing this expense. In April we discovered just how important it really is. We didn’t have time to make our menu plan and shopping list and as a result spent almost as much on two on the fly meals as we did for the remaining planned meals.

Here are some money saving tips Continue reading “Budget tips for grocery shopping”

#groceryshopping results for the #menuplan for the weeks of 6/6/2016 and 6/13/2016


It’s been a while since we posted any results of our shopping efforts.

So how did we do this week at meeting our goal of staying under $200 for 2 weeks dinners, the Week Starting 6/6/2016 and the Week Starting 6/13/2016Continue reading “#groceryshopping results for the #menuplan for the weeks of 6/6/2016 and 6/13/2016”

Fun with Menu Planning, WHAT? – Yep


Have you ever come up empty trying to make a menu plan? Lets do it together, lets do a theme week together. I thought it would be a great way to get into the spirit of the blogging community.

Take a look at the plan here and get ready. 🙂

Do you think ‘Theme Weeks’ would be fun?


I got the idea for a ‘crowd sourced’ 🙂 theme week from a good friend of the family and read about different types of theme weeks in an excellent article, Meal Planning 101: Create a formula for the week’s meal plan, on Good Cheap Eats blog.

Being relatively new to blogging and also wanting to get into the community spirit of the blogging community, I thought it would be fun to do a couple of theme weeks toward the end of June. Continue reading “Do you think ‘Theme Weeks’ would be fun?”