Here we go again! Yes, that’s right. Valentine’s Day is here again and it is time to show off our plumage to keep the fire burning with our partner. But what is the best way to do that without breaking the bank? That is a very good question!
We all want to start the New Year out right and change some things that aren’t working for us. For a lot of us, that means changing the way we eat and spend our money. So what if we tackle both of those topics in one fail swoop? Let’s dive into how to save money and eat right in the New Year to create some balance.
Every year, around Thanksgiving, people can be seen running around like chickens with their heads cut off, completely frazzled. Now, I realize there are a few different components at work here, but money is usually the root cause of this behavior. Where to find the money to pay for all of that food is really the kicker. But, this is something that we can resolve by creating a change with how and what we spend our money on.
When it comes to household expenses, food almost tops the list. This is true of most American households, which makes it one of the best places to start cutting back to save money. But how is it possible to do that with the ever creeping price of food? Oh, it can be done! Sometimes, we just have to be a bit creative, but cutting the food budget is definitely something that can happen.
One of the ways we’re able to feed our family of six on roughly $400-$450 a month is by “double-dipping” on our meals. The concept of double-dipping where meals are concerned is basically that you re-use what you’ve got left to make another meal. Read more
We love celebrating Valentine’s Day. Any chance to show affection (we’re huggers 🙂 ) and eat great food and we’re in! These cheap Valentine’s Day meals will help you celebrate this holiday without breaking the budget. Read more
Gardening is not just a fun hobby – it can be a powerful, money-saving, life-saving skill. Back in the pioneer days, if you wanted to eat, you grew a garden. There weren’t mega stores in every town, filled with lush,
3-week-old fresh greens to fill your tummy. No, if you wanted food, you had to grow it yourself or work for someone who did. The thing about gardening though, is that learning to do it well doesn’t happen overnight. The blessed skill of gardening, once a must-have skill for every person, is now mostly a lost art. Most people don’t know how to garden – or to preserve the food that grows in the garden. Never fear, though, because today we’re going to share with you how you can get the most out of your garden, even if you’re a beginner gardener. Read more
I had a more serious prepping post for today, but since it’s the Christmas season I’ll save that for later and focus on happier stuff. 🙂 I haven’t done a food post in awhile, so I thought I’d share some of our very favorite appetizers and desserts, many of which we’ll be serving during the upcoming week and a half. Just click on the links at the top of the pics to get the recipes. Enjoy! Read more
So, it’s no secret here at The Frugal Farmer household that we love our desserts. Being that we have three plush apple trees in our yard (I highly recommend planting apple and other fruit trees: it’s a great way to help improve self-sufficiency, and apples are SO yummy!) we work to make good use of the fall apple bounty. Yesterday I made two apple pies. Today I made a pan of warm, delicious apple crisp. I’m telling you, there’s nothing like apple crisp to warm the tummy and the heart on a cold fall winter day. Read more
Today’s post is a guest post from fellow blogger Ann, who owns the Sumo Gardener blog. Enjoy!
How to Improve Garden Cultivation
We always want to maximize the crops we harvest after a season of hard work. Our goal as gardeners is to produce sustainable food for our own consumption while maximizing our use of land and minimizing waste and losses. However, gardening should not only be focused on taking care of the crops that we will harvest at the end of the planting season.
One of the most important steps in determining your planting season’s success is usually the first step that you have to do: land cultivation. Today we’ll talk about five different ways that you can improve land cultivation in your garden, no matter how big or small it is. Read more