I love food.
I love a good deal.
And that’s what this blog is all about — my search for good food at reasonable prices.
Eating on the cheap hasn’t always been so important to me. In a former life, I was a journalist for the Lexington Herald-Leader with a decent salary. I was rich by no means, but I had money in the bank, which gave me the freedom to go out to eat as often as I liked.
Then my life changed. I left my reliable paycheck for a year-long assignment as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) in my hometown, Louisville, Ky. Volunteers don’t make salaries — they earn stipends that cover the cost of living. Translation: every penny that I did or didn’t spend was important.
My time as a volunteer changed the way I think about money and food. I study menus and calculate tips before I leave the house. I can rattle off a list of places where you can get a decent meal and only put down 10 bucks. And I will drive across town for grocery deals, whether it’s cherries for $1.99/pound at Kroger or 19-cent bananas at Aldi.
I started this blog as a way to help me keep writing and document the ease (or difficulty) of eating well and on a budget. Now, I want to share — share my love of Louisville and its culinary scene, share some of the tips and tricks I have learned, and share my food-centric adventures.
There is more to me than being frugal. I enjoy reading, knitting and watching Golden Girls. I spend a lot of time with my husband, Rob (aka Mr. Ashlee Eats, aka The Mister), and our dog, Roscoe. And if I’m not at my computer, I’m probably in the kitchen behind piles of cookbooks and dirty dishes.