Consumer Reports study: “Are you paying too much for your groceries?”

A seasonal, healthy meal plan begins with shopping right. Well, Consumer Reports May 2012 cover story has the results of a 24,000 member survey of popular supermarkets and their ratings. It’s a great read for us frugal-folk and included several great tips and some trivia. For instance, did you know shoppers spend $2 less when shopping the store clockwise vs. counter-clockwise? Check out page 21 in the magazine.

The stores rated include Trader Joes, Wegman’s, Whole Foods Market, Costco, Winco and Wal-Mart. Who came in first? Check out May’s issue at your local magazine rack to find out and make the most of your meal plan dollar.

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Arsenic in chicken?


The 5 Grossest Things You’re Eating

Bread dough which has risen and is ready to go...

Bread dough which has risen and is ready to go in the oven (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Fitbie has a great article entitled “The 5 Grossest Things You’re Eating.” Fair warning, if you’ve recently eaten any of these things you may feel sick, and if you have any in your pantry, you will make a run for the garbage.


What surprises me the most is what is acceptable. I won’t ruin the surprise for you, but here on out, I’m baking my own bread, and have some extreme hesitance about what the FDA says is acceptable in some foods.


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Homemade Whole Wheat Croutons

Certain things, there’s no reason to buy. One of the major things I can think of is croutons. Seriously, it’s REALLY toasted bread. Not exactly, but the Family CEO has a great recipe for Whole Wheat Croutons. Come check it out!


Meal Plan Questions: The “Other” Section

Question: Why do you have an “Other Items” section in your meal plans? I thought the grocery list was supposed to include everything we needed for the week.

Answer: The grocery list does cover everything you need for the week…and that’s why there is an other items section. Our meal plans include 7 dinners and 1 dessert. The “Other Items” section assumes you may want breakfast, lunch, maybe even a second dessert during the week. I also take no responsibility for checking to see if you’re out of toilet paper in the house.

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