All posts by Kimberly McCaffery

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Jen’s Candy Jar

Join us in congratulating Jen Laskey on the publication of, Jen’s Candy Jar, a unique collection of recipes that celebrates the comeback of the artisanal candy-making tradition and embraces its author’s distinctive taste in sweets. This richly-photographed eBook provides easy-to-follow …

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Homemade Applesauce

There is no better comfort food on a crisp fall day then homemade applesauce. Add a dollop of ice cream to make a delicious healthy

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How to Buy a Used Car

I have tried to buy new cars, but the price tag is so staggering, the investment so depreciating, and the impact on the environment so great, that I've

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Pizza with Fresh Oregano and Basil

As a parent I'm always looking for meals that are kid-friendly, delicious, healthy, quick, easy, and frugal. This summer I'm also looking for meals that allow me

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A New Kind of Student Loan

It’s an all-too-familiar scenario: the underemployed college graduate, drowning in student loan debt with no recourse but default, garnishment, and a black mark on his credit that

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The Frugal Consumer

"We are seeing, what I call, the redefinition of the American Dream. People report having fallen out of love with the rat race. They are passionate about redefining

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Fight for Mothers on Memorial Day

It's appropriate that Memorial Day comes only a few weeks after Mother's Day because war veterans and mothers have a lot in

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How (and Why) to Compost

This weekend I got in touch with my inner eco-nerd by purchasing a tumbling compost bin, installing it in the side yard, and feeding it kitchen scraps

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Lessons Learned During a Brief Obsession with Monopoly

My efforts to wean my family off the earn-and-spend treadmill hit an ideological snag a few weeks ago when my seven-year-old son became obsessed with Monopoly. We

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Reinventing Valentine’s Day

I've been looking for a Valentine's Day alternative for years and am totally on board with Sasha Dichter’s idea to reboot Valentine’s Day as Generosity Day.

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