Simple Homemade Flour Tortillas

A truly versatile food, homemade flour tortillas offer endless options to make a meal out of any ingredients you have on hand.We lived in Mexico for a couple years when I was a child. One memory I have is of watching women in the village make towering stacks of soft flour tortillas every morning. The tortillas were wrapped in soft cloths to be used at meals throughout the day.

Homemade flour tortillas are one of the most versatile foods to make and eat. You don’t need special ingredients or cooking gadgets to make them. They can be kept on the counter, wrapped for the afternoon, stored in the refrigerator or even frozen without changing their taste. [Read more...]

Regifting: Frugal or Cheap?

Is it ok to regift am item you don't want or need, or is that just being cheap? Readers weigh in on the 'Rules of Regifting.'

Dear Sunnybrook,

A Coworker gave me a beautiful serving dish last year when I got married. While I appreciate her thoughtfulness, the pattern just doesn’t suit me and I don’t have a lot of room for extra dishes.

I hate to just get rid of it, and am wondering if it is ok to give it away as a gift to someone else. Is that considered being cheap?


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Homemade Hamburger Helper

Same easy cheesy meal as the boxed version, but oh so much better for you! Use ground venison, turkey or beef to make this Homemade Hamburger Helper that your family will ask for again and again.Cheese. Noodles. Meat.


What’s not to love?

I somehow missed the traditional boxed Hamburger Helper that many grew up on. That’s probably a good thing since it is a mess of artificial ingredients and high sodium. In fact, Betty Crocker’s Hamburger Helper has 44 ingredients (before you even add the ground beef), and each serving contains 190% of the daily allowance for sodium.

This Homemade Hamburger Helper offers a much healthier alternative that is still easy to make and delicious!
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Have Fun Eating at Home

Can't go out to eat tonight? Eating at home doesn't have to be boring. Here are 5 ways to bring the restaurant experience home.Are you are choosing to stop going out to eat because you are on a tight budget and trying to save money? Or maybe you are restricted by diet or health issues?

We are bombarded daily by advertisements for restaurants and fast food. Sometimes it can feel like everyone else is out enjoying a fun, decadent meal while we are stuck at home heating up last night’s leftover spaghetti. We visualize what the ads show: a couple on a date or a family out to eat, smiling as the cheerful server brings them heaping plates of delicious food, amazing desserts, and then clears everything away and they don’t have to lift a finger. [Read more...]

10 Bad Habits that Waste Money

Do you wonder why you can never seem to get ahead? It could be that your little bad habits are sabotaging your budget. Don't waste money on them.Ready for a little tough love?

Here is a rundown of the bad habits that may be sabotaging your budget. If you are guilty of any, but don’t think it is a big deal, do the math. Try writing down exactly what you spend on it over the course of a month. The amount may surprise you.

Adopting a more frugal lifestyle often means making changes in the way we think, plan, and go about our daily lives. Bad habits can be hard to break, but if you really want to change your financial future for the better, you may need to do a little reprogramming.
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Friends Don’t Let Friends …

Oven Baked Zucchini ChipsThis is my 100th blog post.

I’ve been coming up with great ideas and tips to share that I thought would make a great post today.

However, instead I have spent half the day trying to make oven baked zucchini chips. I am fed up with them, and would advise anyone even considering making them to use a dehydrator.

And a mandolin. [Read more...]