Which is cheaper: In the kitchen

Here at GRS, we've briefly covered different daily tasks that are cheaper to do yourself, but sometimes the frugal-minded want some dollars and cents to tie to these decisions.

Today, I'm going to take a look inside the heart of the frugal home, the kitchen, and at a few delicious staples for the average foodie. I'm going to compare prices for making food yourself versus buying it in the store. Unless otherwise noted, these average prices were retrieved from the website of Vons, a West-Coast grocery chain, so prices may vary in your part of the world!

Which is Cheaper: Homemade or Store Bought Bread?

For those of us raised on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made of thin, white, butter bread, discovering the world of thick, crusty baguettes and pungent ryes might have been something of a life-changing experience.

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More about...Frugality, Food

Surviving Student Loans

The student loan juggernaut, before it became a national scandal, was a way of life for many middle-class high school students like myself. Better known as a "necessary evil," than a reason to be embarrassed or worried.

But you can't change the past, so here is advice for students past and present — whether you're about to make the leap and want a glimpse of your future or you are still recovering from the fall.

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Student loans do not equal a free education, even if it seems like it at the time you sign on the dotted line. Put the math in terms you can accept: According to its 2012-2013 rates, one year at Princeton is like buying 109 iPads and paying for them for the next 30 years. Four years at Penn State is the same as buying a 1,867-year subscription to Forbes magazine. Talk about a legacy. Continue reading...

More about...Debt