My New Hobby: Watching Depression Era Cooking with Clara Cannucciari

Do you have fond memories of listening to your grandma telling stories of her childhood? I do.  My grandma was born in 1913 and lived through the Great Depression.  That experience changed her, and even into her 80s she was washing aluminum foil to reuse as well as plastic baggies.  She passed away 9 years […]

Feed a Family of 4 for $4 – Garlicky Spaghetti with Beans and Greens – Dairy Free

I found this recipe while looking for a recipe that used arugula and tomatoes, but it would be equally good with spinach.  Next time I will make it with spinach to lower the cost. Garlicky Spaghetti with Beans and Greens 12 oz. spaghetti – $1.00 1.5 tsp. sea salt – $0.05 6 tbsp. extra virgin […]

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup – Feed a Family of 4 for $4

When I was little and got sick, my mom sometimes fed me canned chicken noodle soup.  I was never a big fan of that; those little flakes of chicken in the salty broth were never very appetizing.  However,  recently my husband has been making homemade chicken noodle soup that my kids love.  I enjoy it, […]

Feed a Family of 4 for $4 – Chili De Three Amigos

I was looking for a new chili recipe that was less heavy on the tomato base, and I found a great one that has added its way into our regular cooking schedule.  I found the original recipe on, and I have modified it just slightly.  I think the secret to this one is the […]

Feed a Family of Four for $4: Easy To Get Your 5 A Day Chili

One of the requests I received from a few readers when I conducted my annual survey is that they would like to see more Feed a Family of 4 for $4 recipes.  I found this recipe last week, and it is a winner.  Not only is it frugal, but it is tasty, nutritious and economical.  […]

Buy Jimmy John’s Bread for .50 Cents

Last fall, my family was eating out too frequently.  We are trying to curb that expense, and one way we do that is by buying Jimmy John’s sub bread for .50 cents a loaf.  One day we were ordering subs, and I saw an old fashioned looking sign that said, “Day Old Bread, .50”.  I […]

Feed a Family of 4 for $4–Bean Soup with Chicken and Veggies

Last year my husband bought me The Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes.  I haven’t used the cookbook too much, but I am rediscovering it during the pantry challenge.  We made this recipe last week, and it was yummy (and frugal because most of the items are basic and come from the pantry). Bean Soup […]

Feed a Family of 4 for $4–Tuna Noodle Casserole

I grew up eating traditional Tuna Noodle Casserole with potato chips crushed on top. My husband never ate Tuna Noodle Casserole until after we were married, and he didn’t care for it much, so I think he was thankful I only made it once or twice a year. I did make it last week following […]

Feed A Family of 4 For $4–Cheesy Chicken Biscuit Bake

Two weeks ago I featured the Pioneer Woman’s macaroni and cheese. This week, I was craving my take on chicken pot pie, but I decided to use the Pioneer Woman’s cheese sauce. Yum, yum, yum. 4 tablespoons butter (.25 cents)1/4 cup all-purpose flour (.10 cents)2 1/2 cups whole milk (.50 cents)2 heaping teaspoons mustard (more […]

Freezer Burritos (Frugal Recipe Makeover)

We love Freezer Burritos. I make up a batch of these and we eat some for dinner and freeze the rest. During the week I eat one for a quick lunch with a salad on the side. When I return to work, I plan to take these as my lunch a couple of times a […]