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27 September, 2014

Scoop > cup

Scoop > cup
Posted in : Food Finance, Lunch on a Plate, On the Run on by : Lauri

Athens, your way The nationwide obsession with “Greek” yogurt seems to be continuing, full steam ahead.  Of course, as many critics have pointed out, there’s nothing truly Greek about it:  this thicker style of yogurt has simply been strained to remove some of the extra liquid, making it creamy, denser than what we’ve been used
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17 June, 2012

Being present

Being present
Posted in : Fixins, Food Finance on by : Lauri

The ongoing obsession with dieting, in the US and beyond, annoys me.  There are various reasons for my annoyance, but let’s focus on just one of them for today:  growing a stronger awareness of how we prepare our food, throughout our lives, makes much more sense.  The key here is that we should be preparing
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3 February, 2012

Think outside the jar

Think outside the jar
Posted in : Food Finance, Staples on by : Lauri

One of the best (and easiest) ways to save money on groceries is by getting out of the habit of stocking your pantry and fridge with dozens of condiments. For some, the Heinz picnic pack at Costco (mustard, ketchup, relish) is enough to get you through most meals.  For others, a customized mix of favorites
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3 August, 2011

Commandment twofer

Commandment twofer
Comments : 3 Posted in : Fixins, Food Finance on by : Lauri
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Thou shalt not let food go bad. Thou shalt not fear new recipes. OK, the first one’s fairly obvious if you’re trying to watch your food budget.  Here’s the secret:  If you don’t overbuy and cook at home daily, you’re far more likely to catch items before they turn down the path to Ickville.  Over
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25 June, 2011

Shopping beyond the norm

Shopping beyond the norm
Posted in : Fixins, Food Finance, Simple Splurges, Yay, Deals! on by : Lauri
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Growing up, I was often reminded that it’s unseemly to brag.  However, no one ever fully explained the advantages of being “seemly”.  So here goes. Today’s shopping trip is a multi-faceted exercise in 1) straying from the beaten path, 2) frugal entertaining, and 3) thinking on your feet.  With an annual potluck at hand and
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13 June, 2011

Food budget on ice

Food budget on ice
Comments : 2 Posted in : Fixins, Food Finance, Recipes, Staples on by : Lauri
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In my travels through discount stores and grocery superstores, mom-and-pops and big box extravaganzas, one thing is clear:  soda is considered a daily staple by many, many Americans.  Even those with more health-minded leanings are likely to drink a hefty amount of diet sodas, fruit juice, energy drinks or exercise-themed beverages, and all of this
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27 May, 2011

Clippy, clippy!

Comments : 1 Posted in : Food Finance, Tools & Resources on by : Lauri
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I watched my first episodes on TLC’s Extreme Couponing last night.  (I love On Demand!)  These women (all the stars are female, so far) are amazing:  we saw grocery bills of $1200 go down to almost nothing, stockpiles of food that take over the house, and mountains of newspaper inserts become organized stacks of ‘money’
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