Category: Food

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The Frugal Snack Hack That Always Has Your Back

One thing we hold dear here at ye olde Frugalwoods HQ (aka our house) is snacking. Indeed, snacks are hallowed whether we’re hiking, biking, lounging, plotting against the consumer industrial complex, or just generally annoying Frugal Hound with our presence. The pursuit of frugal snacks has led us to quest far and wide–from the aisles of our discount grocer (shout out to Market Basket) to the hallowed halls of Costco. My interest in snacks has elevated...

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The Great Homemade Seltzer Discovery of 2015

Sometimes frugality is about giving stuff up. Other times, it’s about being clever. Mr. Frugalwoods and I are known seltzer addicts. Indeed, we can scarcely make it through a day without our bubbly water fix. And we have zero intention of ever giving it up. Pure, unadulterated seltzer (just water and gas, no sugars or flavors) is a luxury we’ve decided to incorporate into our extremely frugal lives. Would it be cheaper for us to...

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Six Things We Never Buy At The Grocery Store

While on our customary jaunt to Market Basket (hat tip to our local discount grocer) last week, it struck me that today’s grocery store is presented as a one-stop shop. There’s food sure, but also a plethora of household accoutrements: toilet paper, spatulas, slip-n-slides*, diapers, dog chow, and everything in between. *Sidenote: I wonder how Frugal Hound would do on a slip-n-slide… But per usual in the frugal weirdo’s realm, with convenience comes danger. We all know we’re going to pay...

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How We Broke Our Eating Out Habit In 9 Steps

In the past 15 months, Mr. Frugalwoods and I have eaten out exactly twice. To be precise, we’ve paid to eat out exactly twice. We’ve eaten out a handful of other times on someone else’s dime, like work, our generous parents (thanks mom and dad!), or once with a friend who kindly bought us dinner as a thank-you. But as far as expending Frugalwoods bucks on restaurant meals, we’ve clocked in at a grand total...

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Is Costco Coffee Any Good? We Bravely Discover

In our never-ending quest to frugalize our lives, Mr. Frugalwoods and I have slashed spending on groceries, insourced just about everything humanly possible, and stuck to our $0 entertainment budget, among other measures. But the one luxurious, gaping, profligate outlier has always been decent coffee beans. Nay, dare I say superb coffee beans. We’d rather drive a 19-year-old car than give up our organic, fair trade, small batch, roasted-to-perfection $10.68/pound coffee beans. Folks, we have our priorities straight. For...

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Our Frugal Grocery List Revealed

We’ve all gotta have it, we’ve all gotta buy it (except for the freegans among us), it’s a necessary part of life, yet the ways to consume it range from five star to down home. I’m speaking, of course, about every frugal weirdo’s favorite topic (second to greyhounds): food. Grocery bills and eating out can wreck a budget–or, they can be reined in and rational. I think it’s all too easy to assume that our groceries are...

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Why We Don’t Meal Plan

Today I’m participating in a grocery cost comparison study with a number of other bloggers hailing from different parts of the country, led by the fabulous Kayla of Shoeaholic No More. Our goal was to evaluate prices for the same grocery items in our respective regions. Reporting in for the Boston area, I did my price checking at a local New England chain of discount grocers, Market Basket, which is where Mr. Frugalwoods and I conduct the majority of...

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Our Epically Frugal Lunch Recipe

You’ve asked for it, we’ve promised it. We forgot about it, and then you asked for it again. I’ve actually received so many emails and comments requesting our epically thrifty recipes that I’m literally shamed into posting them. Thank you for your persistence readers, I finally got the clue! Since we never (yes, never) buy lunch out, we needed a reliable, healthy, cheap, tasty, fast solution. Rice and beans to the rescue! Our resident chef Mr. Frugalwoods...

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Are You Going To Eat That? Never Waste Food Again!

Do you waste food? Want to know how Mr. Frugalwoods and I manage not to? Head on over to Club Thrifty where I’m delighted to be writing a guest post today all about how Mr. FW and I have slashed food waste like a ninja. If a ninja was in charge of not wasting food, that would pretty much be what we do. Don’t believe me? In the past month, we’ve thrown out a few grapes. That’s it. Why...

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Travel Cheap By Eating Like a Local

Today, we’re going to delve into two of my most beloved topics: food and travel! As I’ve shared, Mr. Frugalwoods and I are afflicted with ardent wanderlust and feel extraordinarily fortunate that we’ve traveled so much. But, we never spend a fortune doing it. Just as we frugalize our meals at home (remember, breakfast is the hidden budget destroyer!), travel eats-on-the-cheap are a key element of a Frugalwoods-style journey. The Easy Way Out (aka Amsterdam Brunch, Baby!)...