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 […]

Attracting Birds: Budget Gardening Tip

Birds are a welcome addition to any garden. Not only do they rid gardens of harmful insects such as grubs and aphids, as well as small rodents, they also add charm. A summer evening can be made more enjoyable by taking in the sighs of birds swooping down onto feeders and landing on watering areas. […]

Baking with Costco: Budget Grocery Tip

A recent trip to Costco netted more than just a case or two of paper towels and more dog food than our 10-lb “miniature” daschund could ever eat in her lifetime. No, Costco has expanded its baking section to include a variety of higher end items at decidedly lower end prices. We scored: a 16-oz […]

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 […]

Fresh Herb and Tomato Frittata: Budget Food Tip

For a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner, try a frittata. They are simple to make and a great source of protein. This recipe calls for leeks and basil, but any variety of herbs can be used. Fresh thyme or winter savory could replace the basil, and yellow onions or even scallions could be used in […]

Meals for Four under $15: Budget Grocery Tip

We’re always looking for a way to save money on groceries and still make delicious meals. So when we found out that Whole Foods offers a booklet online, Meals for Four for under $15, we had to check it out. From ready-to-top pizza crusts and easy baking mixes to scallops in a delicious sauce, the […]