Dorm Girl Home for a Visit – Stock Up Weekend

October 13, 2008 - Written by Diana

My daughter came home for a long weekend because the school had a break.  We met her at a Dairy Queen (and of course stopped off for a delicious Pumpkin Blizzard).  Thursday I worked from home, but I told her I would take her out to lunch to a real good food restaurant.  Dorm kids can’t afford real restaurants so McDonald’s is out when you are paying.  Plus there’s the added bonus that they will actually talk with you if you can get them to sit down for a delicious meal .  These kids are so busy they won’t stop and spend much time with you unless there’s food involved. 

She played for the alumni band at the high school where my son was also playing which was cool.  She and her friends stayed for the game and then later they cooked out over a fire and had s’mores in the backyard.  We took time out for haircuts and stock up.  There were things Dorm Girl needed to replenish and things she found she wanted. 

Stock ups for DG:

Some of these things she requested, some she filched from the house, and some she found in the store.  I noticed that now she pays more attention to prices and reasonableness.  I tried to make some of it like the salsa and chips organic because I prefer it, even if it’s not in her price range.   I paid, so it was okay. 

I cooked a really satisfying Sunday breakfast with eggs over medium (dippy eggs) and sausage.  She’s tired of scrambled because it’s all the cafeteria serves.  Later we dropped her off at the school and even though we could have eaten in the cafeteria, we went out for another meal instead.  She had a doggie bag to stuff in the fridge for later or the next day if she wanted it. I think she loves us even if it’s just because we provide her with good food. 

A Cabinet Full of Jello

July 13, 2008 - Written by Deb Ng

jello.jpgI’m not one of those hoarders who buys items on sale for the sake of buying items on sale, but if I find a decent sale on items we use all the time I stock up. Today I went to the “Discontinued” section of my local supermarket where they have items at a major discount because they’ll no longer be produced. They had shelves and shelves of Jello. Some of the flavors must not be selling well. I must have bought about 20 boxes at about 30 cents each – that’s the large boxes.

My family loves Jello. It’s easy to make, tastes good and it’s not filled with fat and calories. Ok, so it might take us a little while to eat our cabinet full of Jello, but I know we’ll use it so it isn’t a waste.

What are you hoarding?

Tips for Saving on Your Grocery Bills from Mom’s Best Naturals

July 2, 2008 - Written by Deb Ng


Mom’s Best Natural Cereals provide tasty wholesome alternatives to the usual supermarket fare. When I first presented the Tasty-Os to my then five year old son I thought he’d balk, but he really enjoyed them. I enjoyed many of the cereals too.

The folks at Mom’s Best Naturals and Liz Weiss, MS. R.D. and mother of two children were kind enough to team up and pass on some tips for saving on groceries, and I have permission to share those tips with you today.

1. Check labels for the healthiest ingredients and the best price – Stay in
the fructose free zone! Look for foods that do not contain artificial
colors, flavors and high fructose corn syrup and are priced affordably for
your families budget. Mom’s Best Naturals breakfast cereals and instant
oatmeal are a great option because they are all natural and priced 20-50
percent less than other natural and organic brands.


Reuseable Grocery Bags: One More Way to Save at the Checkout

June 30, 2008 - Written by Deb Ng

shopping bag

Does your grocery store give you money back for every bag you reuse? Mine does. Whether we bring our own canvas bag or reuse the plastic ones from the supermarket, we get a nickel off our groceries for each bag. That may not sound like a lot to you, but it adds up over the course of time. I know someone who takes his nickels and puts it in a jar. He’s saving for a Wii. OK, it may take him a while, but the cashier told me today the average person saves fifty cents a week bringing back ten bags for reusing. That adds up.

Most of us like to collect our nickels and dimes from returning bottles. Why not apply the same principal to our shopping bags?


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