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Mr. Noodle's Super Cleaner

Mr. Noodle’s Super Cleaner

Trust us, of all our fantasies about what we wanted to grow up to be, a modern day Heloise was not among them. But we’re always looking for ways to save a penny here and a penny there so we can go out and splurge on the really good stuff. We were gifted this formula...
Grind It Yourself

Grind It Yourself

Grind your own meats.  It’s cheap. It’s better for you. It’s better tasting. When you buy your own cuts, you get to select the best quality pieces and have control over the freshness of the product. While we’re not big meat eaters, on occasion we make homemade meatballs, turkeyballs (that just sounds wrong, doesn’t it?),...
Black Beans: Simple, Cheap, Ridiculously Delicious

Black Beans: Simple, Cheap, Ridiculously Delicious

I’ve been on a bean binge. Last week it was white beans with olive oil and basil. This week black beans with adobe and chipotle chili. Today baby lima beans with brisket. Beans are healthy, nutritious and CHEAP. They have texture, richness and channel the flavor of the ingredients they are cooked with making them ridiculously...
Plant-Powered Eating on the Cheap

Plant-Powered Eating on the Cheap

Nothing makes me crazier than when people say, “I want to eat healthy but it’s too expensive”. So I asked my friend Sharon Palmer, author of the just released book, The Plant-Powered Diet, to write a guest post on just how budget friendly healthy eating is and to share her favorite tips to get you...
Record Your Greed

Record Your Greed

The baby registry is a onetime gift-with-baby that you should shamelessly publicize to all your friends and family. There are few opportunities in life when you get to list all the things you’d love to have and other people actually buy them for you. This is one of those moments. While each store will tempt you...
The Whole Grain Train: All Aboard

The Whole Grain Train: All Aboard

If you’re not already on whole grain train, it’s time for every smart mom to step aboard. Why? Whole grains are good for your family and good for your budget. Studies show they play a role in reducing all kinds of evil disease (heart, cancer, diabetes, to name a few), improve bowel performance (like you...
Holiday Gifts on a Budget: Support Local Artists

Holiday Gifts on a Budget: Support Local Artists

  It’s that time of year when everyone is rushing around in a gift buying frenzy.  So many presents to give: family, friends, teachers, service providers…so little time…so little inspiration. It’s exhausting and expensive. Our solution? Buying local arts and crafts. Each holiday season at a college near us faculty and students hold a ceramics sale....
Tomatoes-on-a-Budget

Tomatoes-on-a-Budget

  In our book, Bitches on a Budget, we write: Look  for pick-your-own opportunities. Autumn apple-picking should be an annual family event. Come home red-cheeked and make pies, applesauce, or just bite into fresh crispy apples. Whether it’s strawberry or pole beans, farmers often open their fields and the pricing is amazing when you supply...

Really Last Minute Budget Friendly Simple Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and we’re back with five of our favorite budget ideas she’s sure to love. 1. Herbs Whether the mom you’re recognizing for all she does lives in an apartment or on in the country, nothing spices up a meal more than fresh herbs. Arrive with shovel in hand...

Blissful Budgeting: The Power of 50/30/20

Welcome to our newest blog: Smart Mama, Smart Money. Join our growing Facebook community and help us write our latest book just for Mamas on a Budget. From time to time we invite guests to write for us. We’re honored to have Manisha Thakor, Founder of the Women’s Financial Literacy Initiative, share her thoughts on...

Green-Frugal-Free*-Mama

Recycling stations, in these times, should be a frugal-green mama’s destination for fabulous finds. That’s right, the dump. Just like you should head over to your nearest Walmart or Target in the priciest zip nearby (for the best assortments), if you can enter without a sticker, check out the priciest garbage facility that has a...

Black Friday Isn’t Just for Friday Anymore…

Black Friday, the day that retailers traditionally offer ridiculously low prices and open their stores at ridiculously early times while attracting ridiculously crazed customers isn’t just for the day after Thanksgiving anymore. Frighteningly, it’s starting this Halloween weekend.  The lure of all these goodies is going to go on for a long, long time this Christmas...