Frugal Living & Thrifty Ideas

Mindfulness, Spirituality, and FUN?

I’m not sure why, but whenever I read words like “mindfulness” or “spirituality”- I always picture some serene yet serious ascetic sitting in a silent monochromatic room with, like, a single cup of tea- just staring off into the distance. I certainly don’t fit this mold, and for a long time it made me feel… Continue reading Mindfulness, Spirituality, and FUN?

Entrees

Garlic Spelt Gnudi – $9.73 recipe/$1.62 serving

Gnudi are great, they’re a type of gnocchi that uses ricotta cheese instead of potatoes (making them much quicker to make). You can actually use any flour of your choice in this recipe- I recommend just adding it bit by bit and observing the dough as it forms, you’ll know when enough has been added.… Continue reading Garlic Spelt Gnudi – $9.73 recipe/$1.62 serving

Happiness

Complaining, The Ego, and Personal Responsibility

I’ve wanted to write a post about complaining for a while now- but this week the timing seems perfect. Between people at work complaining about the weekend being “too short”, to the the hundreds of tweets asking President Obama to forgive student loans, to the constant stream of articles in mass media lamenting the income… Continue reading Complaining, The Ego, and Personal Responsibility

Soups

New England Clam Chowder- $12.50 recipe/$1.56 serving

I’m pretty proud of this recipe. It was snowing all day yesterday so I decided to try and make one of my favorite soups. My fella is from New England, and we met when we were both living in Boston- so naturally we’re both pretty big fans of clam chowder. I looked through dozens of… Continue reading New England Clam Chowder- $12.50 recipe/$1.56 serving

Appetizers & Party Food

Creamy Jalapeño Potato Skins- $2.75 recipe/ $0.17 per potato skin

These are great for frugal entertaining at home. They’re the perfect finger food- savory, creamy, and portable- plus they only cost $0.17 each. Ingredients- ($2.75 recipe/$0.17 per potato skin) 8 small Idaho potatoes ($1.11) 2 jalapeños ($0.36) 1 tbsp. butter ($0.15) 1/2 tsp. onion powder ($0.03) 1 tsp. chili powder ($0.05) 1 tbsp. fresh chopped cilantro… Continue reading Creamy Jalapeño Potato Skins- $2.75 recipe/ $0.17 per potato skin

Appetizers & Party Food

Sweet Potato Cakes – $3.50 recipe/ $0.51 per cake

These are quick, cheap, easy, and seriously delicious. The recipe can easily be doubled (or tripled), and they work well as leftovers reheated too! I love sweet potatoes because they are nutritionally efficient and versatile. They’re nutrient dense with large daily percentages of Vitamins A, C, B1, B2,B3, and B6. They’re also a great source… Continue reading Sweet Potato Cakes – $3.50 recipe/ $0.51 per cake

Home & DIY

DIY- Skincare and How to Enjoy Frugal Luxury

Americans spend billions of dollars a year on beauty products- BILLIONS. We spend more on beauty products than we do on healthcare, which is a little insane if you ask me. Most beauty products are overpriced, filled with harsh chemicals, and don’t really work. After all, if they worked, you wouldn’t have to keep buying… Continue reading DIY- Skincare and How to Enjoy Frugal Luxury