Chocolate Coffee No-Bake Dessert Bars (Vegan)

If you want a quick, easy dessert that reminds you of no-bake cookies, then this updated, grown-up version is for you. This recipe goes together in less than 30 minutes. After cooling, they are easy to cut into small, bite-sized nuggets of unbelievable goodness. It was a blustery, winter, Saturday evening when I decided that … Read moreChocolate Coffee No-Bake Dessert Bars (Vegan)

A Cheap $50 Weekly Menu from the Freezer and Pantry

When seeking to lower your grocery budget, using items from your freezer can be a great way to spend less money and still eat well. My weekly shopping trip didn’t yield much in terms of finding supermarket markdowns. But, what I did find, was being sold at fantastically low prices. Five, 8-ounce packages of organic, … Read moreA Cheap $50 Weekly Menu from the Freezer and Pantry

Lemony Sugar Snap Peas Over Rice (Vegan/No Oil)

This recipe was designed by my son, Daniel and inspired by a comment left by Marybeth over at Making Cents of It All.She mentioned that she loves sugar snap peas sauteed with garlic and olive oil. That got our creative juices flowing. Daniel and I made some alterations and threw it all over brown rice, creating … Read moreLemony Sugar Snap Peas Over Rice (Vegan/No Oil)

Markdowns Make A $50 Weekly Family Menu Plan Easy

Feeding your family healthy food does not mean breaking the bank. This post is all about stretching your budget, using supermarket markdowns as the basis for your menu plan. I’ll show you how my sixteen year old son and I prepared breakfast, lunch, and dinner for our family of four for an entire week for … Read moreMarkdowns Make A $50 Weekly Family Menu Plan Easy

7 Simple Strategies for Stretching Your Budget with Supermarket Markdowns

You can save massive money on groceries by using markdown items from your local supermar as the backbone of your weekly menu. I save, literally, thousands of dollars a year by knowing when, where, and how to shop the markdown section at my local supermarket. I recently purchased everything in this photo for just $16.06 … Read more7 Simple Strategies for Stretching Your Budget with Supermarket Markdowns

Reduce Money Waste by Asking Yourself These Four Questions

I vividly remember standing in the department store, staring blankly at rows of small kitchen appliances, and wondering, “Do I really need a new coffee maker? Should I buy one now or wait until the unit I have breathes its last gulp? How much money do I have to spend?” The sheer volume of brands, … Read moreReduce Money Waste by Asking Yourself These Four Questions

How We Increased Our Home’s Energy Efficiency By 48%

Nearly two years ago, I scheduled an energy audit with my utility company, Ameren Illinois. I was actually inspired to do so because I was preparing for an interview with the Citizens Utility Board.  Since I was disseminating advice on reducing utility bills, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to schedule an energy audit of … Read moreHow We Increased Our Home’s Energy Efficiency By 48%

How to Pay Cash for Christmas This Year

Christmas – especially in 2020 – is uncertain.  Many have lost jobs or find themselves second-guessing if (or when) their state will lock down again, possibly leading to shortages at the stores and skyrocketing prices. Not to mention the fact that the sense of isolation is leaving many of us discouraged and downright depressed.  That’s … Read moreHow to Pay Cash for Christmas This Year