Pizza Night: Entertaining on a Budget

Whether you are having people over tonight to watch “Lost” or throwing a big Friday night bash, pizza is a fabulous perennial party food. But with rising food and fuel costs, getting pizza isn’t always the deal it’s cracked up to be and don’t even get us started on those nasty frozen pizzas (that includes […]

Earth Day: The Budget Ecoist

Today is Earth Day; a day when we are all reminded that we should make our approach to life a little greener. In celebration, below is a round-up of some of our favorite tips from the Budget Ecoist on how to be green without spending too much green. The Budget Ecoist helps people save the […]

Buying in Season: Budget Grocery Tip

Buying produce in season is a great way to save money and enjoy the freshest fruits and vegetables. A recent trip to the grocery store found that the following is just coming into season: Asparagus – look for bright green stalks with closed, compact tips. Thinner stalks will be more tender than thick. Also available […]

Dip-travaganza: Entertaining on a Budget

Going out can be expensive, but having people over can be frustrating. So what are you going to do? Well, before you slap on some lipstick for another night on the town consider how much are you really spending on cab rides, gas, movie tickets, drinks, appetizers? Save yourself some money and have a fun […]

Takeout Without the Guilt: Budget Food Tip

We love the idea of healthy fast food, but the reality of it isn’t so common. Fortunately, restaurateurs are catching on and healthy choices are starting to crop up in the trendier cities. With an emphasis on healthy, natural and organic eats, a new genre of “fast food” restaurants has evolved to meet the needs […]

Pack a Picnic: Entertaining on a Budget

Picnics are a fabulous way to dine al fresco for less. As days get warmer and longer, plan an early spring picnic out at your local park to enjoy and observe nature as it thaws and starts anew. Have a nature scavenger hunt for kids and have them collect flowers, leaf buds, and spot robins. […]

Free Guide to Sushi at Home: Budget Food Tip

Long popular in California, sushi has turned into a huge trend in America. Even traditional meat-and-potatoes lovers are giving in to the delicate, salty and sometimes spicy flavors of sushi. To enjoy the treat at home, Geyser Peak Winery is offering a free 16-page booklet, “California-Style Sushi at Home.” The booklet includes recipes, step-by-step instructions, […]

Easy Baked Fish: Budget Food Tip

For a quick weeknight dinner, fish is a good and healthy choice. A 3.5 oz Tilapia fillet contains 2.4 grams of fat and 98 calories, and packs 21 grams of protein. Plus, it’s healthy, sustainable and low in mercury (see the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch site to learn more about making healthy and sustainable […]

Tea Party: Entertaining on a Budget

Light tea cakes, sweet treats, steaming tea in paper thin china cups, and of course, flowers. Lots of flowers. Tea parties celebrate all the loveliness of spring and femininity and make a fabulous theme for a wedding shower, baby shower, or birthday party. Or have one just as an excuse to wear that vintage hat […]