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Frugal recipe: Baked beans

On Sunday night, we had grilled hot dogs for dinner. We did this mainly because my in-laws sent us home with tofu dogs for me and all-beef hot dogs for my husband and daughter. Normally, I don’t buy hot dogs but since they were free, I sure wasn’t going to turn them down (especially with the SNAP Challenge going on). We had rolls at home as well as some carrots so we were looking […] Continue Reading…

Money Tune Tuesday: If I Had $1,000,000

Last week, Sandy at Yes, I Am Cheap posed the question “What would you do if you received $1,000,000?” I gave my answer and so did lots of other great bloggers including the Single Saver, Bucksome Boomer, No Debt MBA, and Baking the Budget. But what would the Barenaked Ladies do? Here’s their musically inspired answer (though this is totally not how I’d spend my money. To each his own):

A despicable act

I give money to charity. I don’t mind doing it, I like doing it and I’ll keep doing it. While I don’t give gigantic amounts, I give what I can. I don’t expect anything in return for giving money to charity (except maybe a little good karma every now and again). In fact, this concept is a basic tenet of Judaism. It’s called tzedakah and it is one of the 613 mitzvahs. I try […] Continue Reading…

Not so great expectations

Back when I was in grad school, I had a gross salary of $11,000 for the entire school year. I made a little more during the summer months but not much more. It didn’t matter, though, because I never felt like I was missing anything. I had enough money to cover all of my needs and most of my wants (credit cards helped out with the rest but we won’t go there). I even had […] Continue Reading…

Frugal recipes: lentils and zucchini

I am a huge advocate for sharing recipes. We all need to eat, right? Since most of us have a budget and can’t afford enormous grocery bills, sharing frugal recipes is even better! When I come across such a recipe, I feel the need to share.I mentioned earlier this month that my family is participating in a food stamp challenge (update coming on Friday). To keep with our budget, I’ve been using the $5 […] Continue Reading…