Archive for January 2011

Gourmet Italian for $3 a Plate?

Gourmet Italian for $3 a Plate?
Yes please!!! – I’ll take 4! Okay….if you haven’t already heard about this amazing deal, read on!  Bravo Cucina Italiana is now offering “Bar Bites” for $2.95 each from 3-7 PM, Monday through Friday and 9PM to close.   Bravo is already one of my favorite places to eat, because it’s delicious and also half a block... Read more »

Are you ready for the Snowpocalypse?

Are you ready for the Snowpocalypse?
Part of being frugal, is being prepared and according to Amy Freeze on Fox Chicago and the Weather Channel we’re going to be getting 12-20 inches of snow in Chicago!   So get ready for the Blizzard of 2011!!!   Here’s what’s in my Snowpocalypse Kit….(I put it together over lunch hour today) Card Games... Read more »

Cheap Football Food for the Pro-Bowl

Hello and happy Sunday!  Even though our beloved Bears aren’t playing in the Super Bowl, we can still watch Hester & Peppers in the Pro-Bowl tonight! Our cheap eats today for the game are: Roasted Chicken Drumsticks (they were on sale for .89/pound)  Sweet Potato Skins (also .89/pound) Homemade Beer (from Jon!) We marinated the... Read more »
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Have Fun and Travel Cheaply

Have Fun and Travel Cheaply
When you’re on vacation, the last thing you want to do is stress out about spending money or overspend on a million different things!  Here’s my tips from our practice in traveling cheap!   Strong Dollars Go to a location where the dollar is strong!  (Fiji, Costa Rica, South America, Thailand) These are far away,... Read more »

Cut the cheese, save the $ (Go Bears!)

Cut the cheese, save the $ (Go Bears!)
In the spirit of Chicago Redeye’s “CUT THE CHEESE” pledge to boycott all things from north of our state line to show your love for the Bears, I thought it prudent to show you all the frugal recipes you can make this week that will also save you money by cutting the CHEESE!   Cheese... Read more »

Save Money and Pack like Rick Steves!

Save Money and Pack like Rick Steves!
Save money and pack like Rick Steves!  Rick is a great source of information for traveling!  Check out his shows on PBS and of course his travel site.  He travels light with just a backpack!  Amazing!  No extra bag fees or lost luggage for him!  Checking bags can cost $25-50 dollars!  Spend that money on... Read more »
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Freebies at the Mall!

As I have mentioned in the past, I am not big on going to the mall to buy gifts.  But I am interested in going to the mall for freebies!  Many stores are following Victoria’s Secret marketing scheme of offering a small freebie to get people into the mall…and it works!  Here are some of... Read more »