home cooking

8 Easy Ways to Slash Your Food Bills by $2,000 or More

Odds are you overpay for food much more often than you realize, and that can add up to thousands of dollars of wasted money over the course of a year. Check out these overpriced edibles, and how you could save a bundle on them.

After Grocery Prices Surge, Is Home Cooking Still a Bargain?

Everybody knows the basic rules for saving money on food. Don't eat out. Ditch the steaks in favor of ground beef. Stick to the staples, like milk and potatoes. But a recent USDA report shows that, in 2011, some traditional money saving guidelines proved useless as food prices went through the roof.

Frugal Americans to Take a DIY Approach in 2012

Americans plan to apply a new DIY-attitude across the board this year -- to their vacations, staying in shape and even beauty maintenance. It's all part of the trend of trying to scale back and save more money.

In Tough Times, Americans Are Really Hitting the Sauce

Since the economy went bland, Americans have been trying to spice things up at home, and they're pouring on a lot of sauce to do it. Sales of cooking sauces have risen 20% between 2005 and 2010, according to a new report from market research firm Mintel.

Eat Better for Less by Rediscovering Peasant Food

Americans are still pinching pennies, and some of that budget cutting is happening in our kitchens. But spending less on food doesn't have to mean sacrificing quality or taste. Centuries of effort in cultures around the world has gone into creating delicious, inexpensive and surprisingly healthy peasant cuisines.

Specialty Foods Are Becoming a Regular Staple Again

Americans are once again indulging in specialty foods the way they did before the recession, and they'll likely make big purchases of these affordable luxuries during the holidays. A recent survey showed 63% of American consumers purchased specialty food this year, up from 46% in 2009.