black beans, cash crone, budget, food, grocery, cheap, easy Eating Well For Less - and Other Kitchen Charms 

Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit

Mom used to make a big pot of ham and beans in the winter. Dad loved it, and so did my sister. But I just couldn’t bring myself to eat more than the obligatory spoonful that answered Mom’s “just try a little” request. Blech. But can black beans help my budget? Last year, Cash Crone had a food budget challenge – to use up, make do, and save on groceries. I budgeted for one and one half people last year, as Bill Spaid and I lived in separate households. But…

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Eating Well For Less - and Other Kitchen Charms Money Management 

Bowling for dollars: soup on the menu is right on the money

My house smells delicious! The smell of soup is in the air! I went to the farmer’s market to pick up some chicken on my “as-you-need-it” CSA with Tangletown Farm . The farm hadn’t processed any birds, so I ended up coming home with 3 pounds of chicken backs – perfect for soup! Search for Soup Stones Remember that children’s story about the man who made stone soup? Villagers added vegetables, broth and spices to his pot to make it even more delicious. You can pretend the refrigerator and pantry are your villagers…

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