Frugal Living & Thrifty Ideas

Four reasons why you should grocery shop seasonally

It is officially Spring! Even though it’s still freezing cold here in New York, I can see the proof of the seasonal shift in my local produce market. Living in a big city where trees are sparse, car horns are loud, and buildings eclipse the sky; it can be a great comfort to see the… Continue reading Four reasons why you should grocery shop seasonally

Entrees · Fun & Entertainment

$10 Dinner Date – Pan Seared Sea Scallops served with garlic polenta, marinated mushrooms, and spicy collard greens

$10 Dinner Date is my latest series idea- dinners for two for $10 or less! I love making special meals at home. I know that some people feel like cooking is a chore, but the more you do it the easier it is. If you keep at it long enough, you’ll find that you don’t… Continue reading $10 Dinner Date – Pan Seared Sea Scallops served with garlic polenta, marinated mushrooms, and spicy collard greens

Side Dishes

Versatile Pasta Salad- $2.47 recipe/ $0.31 serving

This is a quick, easy, delicious side dish. I don’t include the cost of dressing because there are virtually infinite possibilities. I use a simple homemade dressing of mustard, balsamic, olive oil, and a touch of brown sugar. A creamy ranch type dressing would make this perfect for cookouts or potlucks- or you could change… Continue reading Versatile Pasta Salad- $2.47 recipe/ $0.31 serving

Happiness

Introspection, Compassion, And A Philisophical Question For My Readers

A few months ago I started reading two different books, both with the same basic topic: introversion. The two books that I picked up, at the recommendation of some online friends, were Introvert Power by Dr. Laurie Helgoe and Quiet by Susan Cain. They are excellent and I highly recommend both of them. I decided… Continue reading Introspection, Compassion, And A Philisophical Question For My Readers

Side Dishes

Sweet Potato Fried Rice- $1.87 recipe/ $0.46 serving)

I love fried rice, sometimes it just hits the spot. To turn this awesome veggie side dish into an entree just top with a couple of shrimp, some sliced avocado, or curried greens. If you don’t have a wok, just saute the ingredients in the largest pan that you have. Take care to add the… Continue reading Sweet Potato Fried Rice- $1.87 recipe/ $0.46 serving)

Entrees

Coconut Seafood Curry-$6.35 recipe/$1.58 serving

I love seafood, but it can get pricey. By balancing expensive ingredients with affordable ingredients, I am still able to eat everything that I crave while feeding two adults for less than $200 a month! When I talk about my grocery costs, people often respond that they don’t want to feel deprived, or that you… Continue reading Coconut Seafood Curry-$6.35 recipe/$1.58 serving