I am a big fan of Almost Frugal and I think in many ways the author has very similar goals to me over here at Thrift Kitchen. The biggest difference being she’s been writing her blog much longer and in a more dedicated fashion than I have been. And that’s okay. I know that these things take time to fall into a rhythm and I’ll just keep at it until it does.

Anyway, enough said about that. Almost Frugal just posted a great article on buying bulk and how it saves money. And she looks at all the aspects of it, not instructing you just to go get everything super sized, but to find the best buy for your money as well as finding space and time to handle those large sizes. Pin pointing what you use a lot of on a regular basis is key.

Jason and I have found that buying chicken (which we can freeze) and paper towels (which we can store away) are great ideas. Buying hummus though – not so much. I just couldn’t eat enough of it before it went bad. Some things you just might not know one way or the other and so you can always test it and if it spoils (or is hidden away for months) then take it off your bulk buying list.

Anyway, enough of that. Go read the article. It’s really helpful if you are thinking about (or already do) buying in bulk.

See you soon!

ps – see what happens, I’m all “I’ll post tomorow” and I don’t for a week, but then I’m like “I’ll post in a few days” and then I post the next. So it goes. Where is that ellusive rhythm anyway?


Hello Iowa!

I’m back home and am finally getting settled in. Monday I am back on schedule and that will be really nice for me. Going from one time zone to the next always throws me. I’ve been having such a hard time going to bed/getting up at a regular time.

I have a new recipe to post on Tuesday, so I’ll see you all then!

Happy cooking!

Just about anywhere you go, there 4 great ingredients are on hand and really affordable:
spaghetti sauce in a jar
cheese of some sort


And with those 4 things you can make a delicious snack, dinner, lunch, treat in about 10 minutes. And if you have a little ham or veggies or whatever you find around it makes it all the better.

::Traveler’s Pizza::
Cut the baguette into a 6 inch piece and slice down the middle so you have two flat pieces (the top and the bottom).

Put 1 Tablespoon on each side, then chop up the garlic and any other toppings, toss on a little cheese and bake.

You can bake it in the oven at 375 for 10 minutes or in the toaster oven on medium toast – you just want to melt the cheese.


The really great thing is that anything that looks good to you while you are wandering around – eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, onions, odd things you don’t know what they are, can be used to really dress up and fill out this little mini pizza. And from one baguette you can usually get about four 6″ sections – so at least 2 days of meals. You can change up the sauce too and use pesto or hummus or mustard, add some greens and you have a tasty sandwich to take out with you. Bagels can also be used instead of a baguette.


I’m going to make more tonight, and I’ll have my camera then so I’ll post a picture later after dinner.

My plan is to find some tasty clam chowder for lunch – they serve it in a sourdough bowl around the bay – i’ve seen it from 7.75 to as low as 5.25, so I’m hoping to get it for 4.75 today if I can find a shop that’s not a touristy area (aka not pier 39!).

See you all later!

So I was planning on posting this BEFORE I left to the Maker’s Faire in San Metao, but was so overwhelmed with trying to get out the door that it’s now actually AFTER the Maker’s Faire, haha.

First thing: I’m leaving the San Francisco for 2 weeks and will be putting the 600 for 6 month experiment on hold.
Second thing: I’m actually already in San Francisco and Jason and I decided to restart the project on July 1st.

Redos are part of the game right? Well, once we got started three big things happened. One we realized “wow, this is freaking hard” and two “Kristin is going out of town to the good food capital of the freaking US and will be eating out more than normal” and three “did you save that receipt? no? I thought you did”. Woops.

Mainly though we decided that we would stay on track and keep learning new things about how to be thrifty and keep track of it all, but we would officially start tracking on July 1st.

We really need to figure out a way to keep track of receipts and expenses, for things like when we go to the farmer’s market. A central collection location in case we can’t enter them in right away.

So that’s the plan for that.

So what’s the plan for while I’m here in SF? Well first off there are so many thrifty foods to find so I’m going to start documenting where I’m eating and posting about that. and secondly, since I’m staying at a hostel and have access to a kitchen, I’m going to start taking pictures of and posting recipes of what I’m eating.

I don’t have my camera tonight (forgot it at a friend’s) but I’m actually going to go downstairs and make some chow in a half hour. So I’ll post about that in the morning before I head out for another adventure. I’m going to try to score some cheap clam chowder for lunch.

See you all soon and sorry about the unplanned lack of posting that happened there. You can see all about the maker’s Faire on Craft Leftovers!

Have a great night!


Just a few of my favorite things went into these cookies. I just dug around in the freezer and cupboards and whipped these up last Thursday night. They started out as cookies, but I really feel like they came out more like scones – delicious either way. I have to admit I’ve been eating them for an afternoon snack, breakfast, and dessert. What a useful treat to have around the house, right? Haha.

Wonder Blend Scookies

1 banana
1 stick softened butter (8 T)
2 t vanilla extract

1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. baking powder
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cup white all purpose flour
1 cup chopped walnut
1 cup dark chocolate chips


Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mash up bananas and blend with softened butter – add sugar and mix together.

Add remaining ingredients except for walnuts and chocolate chips. Once thoroughly mixed, stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.

Place drops of batter onto cookie sheets – about 1 1/2 – 2 T per drop.

Bake at 375 for 12 – 15 minutes.

Makes: 18 – 24


And then there was one. I actually had to make sure we didn’t eat the last one so I could take a picture of it. I chomped through this last one while I was finishing up this post 🙂 Delicious!

See you soon!

After the great success of the Laundry Detergent – clothes are clean and smell nice – I’ve been thinking that I should check out how to make my own dishwasher detergent. It’s not that it’s insanely expensive, but it still does add an extra $6 or so to the monthly budget. If I can make my own for .65 cents for 100 plus loads as Frugally Green author claims I am all about it. I had most everything I needed hanging out under the sink – the kool-aid was in the cupboard.


Dirty Dish Detergent

I wanted to start out with a small batch just to see how it worked – I think a good idea for anyone who hasn’t made their own before.
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I’ve been working very consistently for the last 2 weeks now and fairly consistently for the last month or so. And it’s been great. I really enjoy it and Jason and I have been supporting each other in our efforts: asking about routines, exercises, if we moved up weight, talking about supplements and protein. Basically just keeping the dialogue open about it so we feel like jerks if one of us doesn’t work out unless it’s for a really good reason. Until yesterday Jason went to the Iowa State Gym to workout and I worked out at home. He’s lifting well over 250lb for deadlifts and such so really needs to.

His membership is up next week and so yesterday we seriously talked about going to a different gym – he gets a free membership to the Ames Racquet and Fitness Center and we could apply what he was paying toward the iowa state gym to my membership. After chatting about it – and we had before it was more like “let’s make a decision about this” kind of talk – we decided to go for it!
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