Introducing Cooking at Home with Stretching a Buck + Other Ramblings

by Marcy on February 17, 2012 · 3 comments

When I started this blog over 4 years ago, I used to share personal stories. Menu plans. Money saving tips..and more. With the birth of my second child in 2010, I found myself with less time to blog and a whole lot less focus! I pared down to the basics. Coupons. Free Sample Offers. Photo Deals. Grocery Store Match Ups. Drug Store Deals. As a result, I think that most of my personality (on the blog, hopefully not in real life!) was lost.

The fact of the matter is, the frugal blog space has changed a TON since I started back in 2008. There used to be a small handful of us on the web. Now there are hundreds of places for you to get your deals – maybe more! I have slowly come to realize that the main reason why I still read the few blogs that I do is because I connect with the blog writer. The person behind the computer.

That’s why I have been brainstorming ways to inject some of my personality back into this blog. Which could end up being a good thing to some of you, and a bad thing for others. ;-) I have several things brewing right now, but the first feature I am going to introduce starting Tuesday, February 21, 2012 is a weekly feature called Cooking at Home with Stretching a Buck.

The thought behind the Cooking at Home feature is that 9 times out of 10 it is cheaper to eat at home than to eat out. And I have been struggling a whole lot with eating out in the past several months. (As in, I would do it all the time if I could!) But the truth is, I don’t have an unlimited food budget, and my guess is you don’t either. Not to mention eating out every night isn’t the healthiest thing in the world!

I am not a chef, I’m just a mom with hungry mouths to feed. My hope is to share at least one recipe with you a week that I made for my family – and my thoughts on it. Did we like it? Did we not? Was it easy to prepare, or not? What about overall cost? I plan to tweak the series as I go, so bear with me as I figure all of that out.

My goal is to not only bust out of my personal cooking rut, but to give you some new meal ideas and “cooking at home” inspiration too.

Posting my weekly menu plan every Monday is another feature I’m hoping to add back to the blog soon as well. Stay tuned as I work to make this blog more “personal” again. And if you have any tips or ideas you would like to share with me, I’m all ears!

Have a great weekend and be sure to check back on Tuesday!

P.S. I tend to be more “chatty” on the Stretching a Buck Facebook Page. Be sure to head over there and “Like” me if you haven’t already!


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1 Jill February 17, 2012 at 5:16 PM

I have enjoyed following your frugal living blog although I can totally see what you mean about losing your sense of personable writing in your blog posts. I invite you to follow me on my blog queenoftheeasymeal.blogspot.com where I share budget friendly, easy to fix, family favorite meals made from many of the deals I find from your posts. I’m a newbie blogger, but I can promise you that you’ll find easy ideas to cut down your eating out budget. Good luck with your new cooking adventures!

2 Cheryl M February 17, 2012 at 11:43 PM

I look forward to this, I love your blog! I like your match ups better than some in ohio because you include the double prices of the larger amount coupons (I’m lazy & I’m pretty sure I lost that part of my brain after my second child LOL)
I agree that the frugal living blogosphere has exploded in the last 2 yrs.
I need to get back on the couponing bandwagon but I’m hating my binder right now.
I would love to see more tips on how to organize coupons & kid friendly meals/snacks would be good too. Both my boys are in a rut & I need some new ideas

3 Amy February 19, 2012 at 8:56 AM

I’ve been reading your blog for a long time now (2008 or early 2009) when my husband first saw you on NBC4. I liked it more back then than I do now. I have two kids of my own, so I understand why you don’t have as much time for the blog as you used to. More personality peeking through the printable coupons and the store matchups sounds great to me!

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