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4 New Ways to Add Beans To Your Meal Plan

August 22, 2014
Beans don't have to be boring. Here are 4 new ways to add beans to your meal plan without having your family revolt.

Beans, beans…the magical fruit… Yes, I’m a 12 year old boy. I just can’t help but hear that song when I think about beans. I mean, they are such a money saver, yes, but the jokes that comes from them. My mind swims in them! But, in all seriousness, beans are a staple when it […]

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Celebrate Summer with Grilled Pesto Chicken

August 19, 2014
Delicious grilled pesto chicken sandwich paired with pea pesto soup and a glass of iced tea. Perfect for summer and fall meal plans!

In our home, we refuse to let summer go. We’re still grilling, still taking trips to the beach, hanging at the pool and enjoying the warm weather on our patio. Summer just can’t leave us yet! One way we love to celebrate summer is to eat some of our favorite warm weather meals and pair […]

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Easy Chicken Recipes for Back-to-School

August 17, 2014
Check out these 10 easy chicken recipes that would be great additions to your back-to-school meal planning.

The beginning of a new school year means the start of meal planning by dedicated moms and dads. We look for the easiest meals we can make; dinners that won’t interfere with soccer practice and entrees that we can prep the night, or week, before school. Chicken is such an easy protein to cook, and […]

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10 Frugal Make-Ahead Breakfasts

August 16, 2014
10 Frugal Make-ahead Breakfasts

Back-to-school time always creates excitement and a bit of anxiety through many households. Kids are eager to get back to school to see friends, meet new teachers and learn new subjects. Parents, on the other hand, are stressing over new school wardrobes, school supplies, lunches and even breakfasts. Here is a simple list of 10 […]

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Banana Peanut Butter Krispies

August 12, 2014
A great recipe for banana peanut butter krispies using a surprise ingredient.

I have a family that loves bananas. I’ve encountered quite a few folks that really do not, but we’ll eat up all the bananas that they don’t want. It’s fine with us. Since there is such a big love of this fabulous fruit in our home, I’m constantly thinking up new ways to ingest it. […]

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Best Hot Dog Creations for National Hot Dog Day

July 23, 2014
This is great twist on the usual hot dogs that we grill every summer. A blend of caprese salad and grilled hot dogs.

Before we get into this list, I just want to rectify that these are MY favorite hot dog creations, and yes, some of them are creations that have been featured on this here website. I use the words “best hot dog creations” loosely since I’m biased, but there are some great ones here! In honor […]

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How to Cook On Hot Summer Days

July 22, 2014
Here are some great tips on how to cook on hot summer days, without having to depend on your grill.

I actually posted these tips exactly 4 years ago this month, and they still hold true for our frugal family. People are always asking how to cook on hot summer days, without spending an absorbent amount of money on take-out. With the weather in the 90s here in NJ, and my pregnant belly making me […]

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How to Drink More Water (when you really don’t want to)

July 16, 2014
Want to learn how to drink more water, when you really don

I have to admit something: I hate drinking water. I really, really do. I’ve been like this since I was a kid. For some reason, I just never liked drinking water, and would make all kinds of stipulations around me consuming it. It needed to be bottled water only. It couldn’t be from the tap. […]

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Back-To-School Grocery Challenge – Win $250! #GroceryChallenge

July 15, 2014
Would you like to win $250 for your back-to-school shopping? Of course you would! Check out this grocery challenge and win.

So, I’ve been keeping a secret. Well, technically I haven’t been keeping it from those of you that are subscribed to the 4 Hats and Frugal newsletter. You nosy folks new about this a few weeks ago. Here’s the scoop: I am now a business owner! I’ve finally started my new venture, Grocery Budget Tutor. […]

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Greek Salad Hot Dogs

July 3, 2014
If you are a fan of Greek salad, you have to try these Greek Salad hot dogs! Easy recipe and bold flavors.

This glorious creation was inspired by my friend Jacqui, who saw my Caprese Hot Dogs and commented that a place near her makes a hot dog with a greek salad topping. I will now vow my undying love for Jacqui. Forever and ever. This was a surprisingly great combination of flavors. The simple dressing of […]

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