Entertaining on a Budget: St. Patty’s Mocktails

Last week we featured our favorite beverages for boozing it up on St. Patty’s day. But this week, we thought, what about those who don’t chooze to booze? The answer: soda and mocktails! First up, consider stocking your shelves with festively colored Jones Soda and Izze. Get the Green Apple Jones Soda and the Sparkling […]

Make Brown Sugar: Budget Grocery Tip

Brown sugar is a staple in many baking recipes, but did you know you can make it yourself at home? It’s quick, easy and more natural to make your own brown sugar, using ingredients most likely already in your pantry. You’ll need: 1 cup white sugar 1-2 Tbsp. molasses (1 Tbsp. for light brown sugar […]

Five Uses for Potatoes: Budget Food Tip

The humble spud. A steakhouse staple and frequent side dish at holiday dinners, the baking potato has more uses than you might think. Here are five not-so-common ways to use this common ingredient. Pick up glass. The next time you need to pick up shattered or broken glass, try slicing a potato in half, then […]

Homemade Pancake Mix: Budget Grocery Tip

There’s no need to buy that boxed, premixed pancake/biscuit mix when you can make it yourself – plus it’s cheaper and fresher, too. In a Mason jar or a container with a tight-fitting lid, combine: 6 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 3 tsp baking powder 1 T salt 2 T sugar Shake […]

Flavored Coffee: Budget Food Tip

We like our flavored coffee as much as the next person, but those designer drinks get expensive after a while. Here’s an easy way to make your own flavored coffee. Use pure flavor extracts to add flavor to your next cup of Joe. McCormick makes a great variety of extracts, including almond, amaretto, raspberry and […]

Cutting Costs on Groceries: Web Round-Up

The Budget Casa brings you links from around the web on what’s hot for your home: ~ Faced with ever increasing grocery prices, feeding your family on a budget is getting tougher and tougher. With this in mind, Lifewise Food and Drink has put together the best tips for cutting the cost of your grocery […]

The Look for Less: Green Spring Cleaning

Its about that time to plan your spring cleaning, but this year, do it green. A lot of your favorite cleaning brands offer earth-friendly alternatives to harsher chemicals, which makes it better for you and the earth. Also, read our posts on how to make your own earth-friendly oven cleaner, window cleaner, and toilet cleaner. […]

Italian Night Dinner Party: Entertaining on a Budget

Going out with friends every weekend is expensive. But having your friends over for dinner can often seem overwhelming, and all those fancy recipes you feel obliged to make to impress your friends can make cooking at home even more expensive. But don’t let dinner parties overwhelm you or hurt your wallet. Follow our simple […]