Stretch Grocery $$$

Keep Produce Happy

Nonna Joann • August 6th, 2009 • Stretch Grocery $$$

Especially in these uncertain economic times, you’ll ultimately save your grocery dollars when you eat all your produce. Spoiled produce is money down the drain.
Keep Produce Fresher, Longer
1. You may think your kids fight a lot, but fruit and veggies don’t like each other at all! They’re constantly fighting in your refrigerator! The solution is to separate them. [...]

Affordable Healthy Baby Food

Nonna Joann • April 14th, 2009 • Stretch Grocery $$$

It’s never too early to begin a baby’s journey to healthy eating. By introducing and then continually offering your baby whole foods, you’ll steer clear of many of the common pitfalls often made by parents. In addition, when the Baby Bite steps with multi-sensory learning are incorporated from the beginning of your baby’s eating experience, picky eating will never become a problem.
It all [...]

Save Grocery Dollars

Nonna Joann • April 9th, 2009 • Stretch Grocery $$$

…Buy Whole Foods
Stretching your food budget is BIG news today. I’ve been a guest on several TV and radio programs as of late: offering tips on how to save at the grocery store. There’s a heightened interest with concerns about the economy. So much so, it’s common for regular TV news features to focus on [...]

Don’t Be Mother Hubbard

Nonna Joann • February 12th, 2009 • Stretch Grocery $$$

Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard,
To give her poor dog a bone:
When she came there,
The cupboard was bare,
And so her poor dog had none.
My little dogs, Phoebe and Mille, never have to worry about getting a dog bone. Although ol’ Mother Hubbard’s dog wasn’t as fortunate. In my last blog,
“Food Storage: A Crisis Savings Account”, I offered [...]

Food Storage: A Crisis Savings Account

Nonna Joann • February 10th, 2009 • Stretch Grocery $$$

Unless your cupboard is bare, you have food storage.

Most families in America can eat from the food stored in their pantries and freezers for three days to a week (depending on when the last trip to the store was made), some even more. Because food is readily available, most of us don’t think about food storage…ever.
We’re [...]

My Unofficial Costco Organic Foods List

Nonna Joann • December 11th, 2008 • Stretch Grocery $$$

“Costco Organic Foods” is a list I put together for my son-in-law, David. He has a Costco membership, but lives a distance from a store. Because, he will be the one driving to the store and shopping, he wanted to know what organic food products I found at Costco (Sam’s has similar products) and purchase [...]

Whole Foods with Food Stamps

Nonna Joann • October 21st, 2008 • Stretch Grocery $$$

The Sunday Denver Post ran the article “Healthy Lessons,” about the cost of school lunches. Most of the article discusses the school lunch program. Some schools are now including salad bars, fresh fruit, and other healthy food options. A Big Nonna Hug to them! Regrettably, the article also reinforced the notion that preparing healthy foods [...]

Go Organic Without Breaking the Bank

Nonna Joann • June 26th, 2008 • Stretch Grocery $$$

What does organic mean? To earn the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s organic certification, the land must be free from prohibited substances such as synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and other toxins for at least three years.
For most, organic means less processed or unprocessed foods. The top reasons for organic usage are the absence of pesticides and growth [...]

Be Squeaky Clean and Green

Nonna Joann • June 10th, 2008 • Stretch Grocery $$$

Household Cleaners are Expensive
I have a lovely silver tea set that was a gift from my daughter Jenny. Even though my silver tea set is beautiful, cleaning it is a hassle. In my house, sliver usually gets cleaned twice a year: once before Thanksgiving and again in the spring. I cleaned it yesterday. I don’t like [...]