Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Good habits...

 Cutting costs in my personal life has become somewhat of a challenging mind game. Jenny and I are empty-nesters, but with our economic downturn, saving money at every corner is essential. I no longer fill a shopping cart on a whim. I've found the least expensive grocery store, scan all the flyers and make several stops to get the best deals and discounts. We always cooked for the week when the kids were little but now, as just a couple, we let a great many of our careful family habits fall by the wayside. There's an organic frozen pizza that is a favorite of ours that is literally $3 dollars less at another store -- it allows us two pieces each with a salad for around $6 dollars total.  It is not only tasty and filling but the price is right. My new normal is a reborn sense of thrifty. Our treat is ice cream out (it's my wife's absolutel favorite fix) and happiness always ensues from these trips. I am happy when she is happy, and I am well-suited to a baby or kid-sized cone. Have we found the best deal on ice cream? Haha, indeed we have - in a more than sixty mile radius!

What's in my fridge?

Feta cheese and kalamata olives that I add to tomatoes from my parents' garden to make an instant tasty salad.

Two dozen eggs (because I forgot that I already had a dozen). I will make a frittata and chia-quinoa chocolate chip cookies.

Beef macaroni soup which I made from beef that was left over from a shoot for a food client (waste not want not)



  1. I want to downsize too, even though my two of my kids are still little...I don't know if it's the times we live in, but a big house and all that stuff just doesn't seem worth it, making stuff from scratch does save a ton of moola too. Hang in there!

  2. We are about to be empty nesters as our youngest will be leaving for college after graduating this next summer. We have tried to get rid of things but it's slow going and not much help from hubby who is the big spender in our family. I do pretty good at the grocery store, mostly because I really dislike going there and just want to get out fast, which is why I always make a list.

  3. Matthew...Everything happens for a reason...although I am sure you and Jennifer do not want to hear or read this right now...but just as you were a way shower in unique design...somehow I know you and Jennifer will lead all of us to something new and wonderful that we all want and need.

    xxxxxVictoria Silva

  4. This bump in the road is preparing you for something bigger and better, as well as showing you what you truly love and need in your day to day life. We're all keeping you and Jenny in our thoughts and prayers.


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