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Making a Plan, Following a Plan

Making a Plan, Following a Plan

| March 16, 2009 | 5 Comments

Before I headed off to the grocery store on Saturday, I did something I don’t normally do … I planned out our dinners for the week and made a list of whatever we were out of for those meals. Did you catch that? Yep, I meal-planned for the week. I’ve toyed with meal planning in […]

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The $7 Dinner Challenge, Version 2.0

The $7 Dinner Challenge, Version 2.0

| November 11, 2008 | 10 Comments

The $7 Dinner Challenge is now the $10 Dinner Challenge! After reviewing the results of the recent survey we did on the $7 Dinner Challenge (thanks for joining in!), Cate and I decided to make a few modifications to the rules … to make it a little more user-friendly and hopefully encourage more participation.  Although […]

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The $7 Dinner Challenge: Survey Edition

The $7 Dinner Challenge: Survey Edition

| November 4, 2008 | 1 Comment

It was about a month ago that Cate and I launched The $7 Dinner Challenge. Over the past few weeks, we certainly have learned a lot about planning meals on a tiny budget. But most of all, we’ve learned that it can be done if you try. We’ve decided to take a week off of […]

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The $7 Dinner Challenge: Week 3

The $7 Dinner Challenge: Week 3

| October 28, 2008 | 6 Comments

Shawn just caught on that every Monday we’ve been eating dinner for just $7. And he was kind of dreading tonight’s meal as a result. I certainly don’t blame him. It is breathtaking to think about putting a full meal on the table for four people for just $7. Your mind jumps eight steps down […]

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The $7 Dinner Challenge: Week 2

The $7 Dinner Challenge: Week 2

| October 21, 2008 | 3 Comments

Last week, I planned and primped and prepared for The $7 Dinner Challenge. Blood, sweat and tears went into that menu. Okay, maybe not blood, but you get the idea. This week? Everything pretty much fell into my lap. Seriously. And I didn’t even think about how inexpensive a meal this was until Cate mentioned […]

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The $7 Dinner Challenge: Week 1

The $7 Dinner Challenge: Week 1

| October 14, 2008 | 9 Comments

What can you make for a dinner for four people, including a vegetable and dessert for under $7? That’s what Cate and I wanted to find out when we challenged each other to The $7 Dinner Challenge. Good thing we didn’t push to go any lower, because $7 is very challenging. The first thing that […]

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Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli Ragu

Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli Ragu

| October 14, 2008 | 1 Comment

This photo doesn’t do the dish justice. I love mixing a tomato sauce with broccoli. And when it’s lightly roasted broccoli like you find in this recipe, it’s all the better. Roasting broccoli brings out a great, lightly sweet flavor in it. Will and Paige gobbled this up. (This is part of The $7 Dinner […]

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Are You Up for The $7 Dinner Challenge?

Are You Up for The $7 Dinner Challenge?

| October 9, 2008 | 13 Comments

With the economy in question, it’s no surprise that families everywhere are looking for ways to save on everything from electricity to food. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a great meal on a budget. That’s what The $7 Dinner Challenge is all about. The $7 Dinner Challenge, besides […]

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Basic Beef for Bolognese, Calzones, Shepherd’s Pie and More

Basic Beef for Bolognese, Calzones, Shepherd’s Pie and More

| September 9, 2008 | 2 Comments

I love – LOVE – the ease of food that can do double duty. For instance, a roasted chicken like the one mentioned on the Everyday Food blog today can be Sunday dinner, Monday chicken tacos, Tuesday chicken and rice and Wednesday chicken salad. Talk about a blessing for a busy, harried mom — or […]

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Will Raising Prices Impact Your Brand-Loyalty?

Will Raising Prices Impact Your Brand-Loyalty?

| August 28, 2008 | 1 Comment

I’ve been a devoted Method laundry detergent user for more than three years. Prior to that, I used All Free and Clear for years because it was free of fragrances and dyes that make me itch and give me hives. I changed detergents because Method was more natural and more environmentally friendly. The variety I […]

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