Frugal Foodie: When Life Gives You Bananas; Make Pancakes

For every gorgeous bowl of fruit decorating your kitchen counter, its overripe cousin likely got thrown in the trash. In fact, some basic Google-fu taught me that “Every year, consumers in industrialized countries waste almost as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (222 million vs. 230 million tons).” http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/food_waste_the_facts In fact, “in the USA, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month.” Yikes! I really can’t judge. I have been just as bad a food waster as anyone. Sometimes…

No Spend November With the Grasshoppers

No Spend November sounded like an awesome idea until I realized the spending freeze would coincide with my birthday and Thanksgiving. Well poop! On the other hand, go big or go home, right? Also, the Grasshoppers are planning a winter road trip to visit family, and this month-long spending freeze will make us feel better about any money we spend during that trip. For all of my readers who are scrambling to get a foothold on the concept of No Spend November: It is a whole month where you avoid spending any of…

Grocery Savings or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Discount

Grocery shopping shouldn’t be a status symbol, but for a while there it certainly became one for me. I regularly visited a store I shall refer to as Glitzy Grocer (because I really like alliteration) where I enjoyed swanking around. I enjoyed knowing the name of the farmer who produced my Italian Olive Oil, and got a certain kick from rummaging through aisles of overpriced organic produce. I especially enjoyed bumping into friends and co-workers at the Store. Especially post-baby, it ensured that I would get out of my pajamas on a weekend, and…