Do Free!

In the last place we lived, there was a zoo that to get in was¬†technically¬†free, but they did have places you could leave donations (the suggestion was that everybody leave $1.) Many communities – especially larger areas – have free events/activities/places. Participating in these is a great way to spend time with family/friends without spending … Continue reading

Frugal Baking: Banana Bread

In my house, we all love bananas. Although my husband is a bit more picky about WHEN the bananas are ripe enough to eat (something to do about living in Brasil for a few years made him only want to eat them at peak ripeness… but I swear it ONLY translated to bananas!) The time … Continue reading

Frugal Cooking: Black Bean Tortilla Casserole

As this week I’m getting ready for a housewarming party, I’m just linking this recipe. I love this casserole and it can be made for under $5 (especially if you use salsa made yourself, and buy the canned goods on sale – we usually get ours in a case lot sale.) It also has about … Continue reading

Frugal Cooking: “Leftover” Pizzas

The other day I had quite a few leftovers in the fridge – from salads, tacos and spaghetti with meatballs. I tend to have leftovers quite a bit, but this pile was becoming a bit unmanageable. I did not want it to go to waste (throwing away food is after all throwing away money), so … Continue reading

Hobbies: Nature

Aroboretum Spring

My husband went to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We both grew up in the west, so mountains were everywhere. Living without them was an adjustment, and I’d have to say we did not like it a lot to begin with. However, we soon discovered all the wonderful nature areas that were to … Continue reading

Frugal Buying: Meat

I have started doing my grocery shopping on Saturdays. I’ll be talking about that in a different post. A little over a week ago, I went after we put our son to bed (I usually shop before then as I don’t like late night shopping.) This turned out to be a profitable shopping trip for … Continue reading

Frugal Cooking: Celery Pesto

There are some vegetable that I don’t eat all of… for example – celery (it happens to be on my mind since I’m sharing it today). Celery has the ends which get cut off and the leaves which up until now I’ve just discarded without thinking twice about! Then I came across the idea for … Continue reading