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Popcorn – An Affordable Snack

Popcorn is an inexpensive and healthy snack.  Well, that is when not saturated in butter, salt, etc.  Even more when cooked fresh vs. the theater and individual packages.

Also, I recently discovered that although 90% of corn is GMO modified, popcorn is made using a different seed which is not GMO modified.  Yet, I would still recommend using organic popcorn to be sure that your supply was not sprayed with pesticides.

So, lets get started:  Simple, easy, low calorie (31 calories per 1 cup of air popped) and a great substitute for many of the higher calorie options.

Two options:  Air pop or microwave.   Both options are simple.  The air machines are self-explanatory where you fill the cup area, turn the machine on and as it pops, it fills your bowl.  Microwave is just as easy if you do not have an air popper.



Needed items:

  • popcorn
  • paper bag
  • microwave
  • serving bowl(s)




First measure 1/4 to 1/2 c of popcorn and place in paperbag

FrugalValueLifestylepopcorn2Next close bag by folding over two times and place into microwave



Set the microwave for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.  We find that 2 1/2 minutes works best.  It leaves a few kernels, but it also avoids the potential risk of burning.



As the popcorn cooks, the bag expands and depending on how many kernels you use or the size of your paperbag, it will begin to open, potentially popping out.  Don’t worry, it is fine.

Make sure you do not let it cook too long!!!  When the popping slows down, where five seconds pass without another pop, you know that your snack is ready.

NOTE:  Since every microwave has a different wattage level, you might want to start out on the lower end of 2 1/2 minutes to prevent burning.  If this timing does not cook sufficiently (or you do not mind the smell of burnt popcorn) you can try the longer popcorn time.



A 1/2 cup of popcorn is more than sufficient for both my husband and I.  Personally, I prefer to eat my popcorn plain.  My husband adds salt.  Others will add their own seasoning options from butter, olive oil, parmesan cheese, etc.



Low calorie, simple to make, and a low cost snack that can be purchased in bulk.   Even a small bag will last you longer than a pan of brownies, a batch of cookies, or other snack.

  • It costs less to purchase than most other snacks
  • Makes multiple servings from a single purchase
  • Due to its lack of sugar, prevents one from having the craving for additional servings, allowing even the dieter to enjoy it.  This allows this single purchase to last longer in your kitchen cupboard than one would have from a package of brownie mix, cookies, etc.

Keep things simple, keep things healthy, and stretch those food dollars on serving sizes you can control.


~ Enjoy ~


Laura D. Field
Reflective Tapestry of Life
Writer, Blogger, Proofreading & editing, Freelance contributor











Quality VS. Price


How do you shop?  Are you a serious bargain hunter looking for the bottom dollar item?  Do you shop quality only?  Do you comparison shop, for value and savings?   Are you drawn to a store because of dollar value or quality value?

There are various ways in which people shop, yet today I would like to focus on quality vs. price.  As previously read in my blog “A Childs Lesson:  The Value of A Dollar”, I shared a method in which I taught my daughters how to shop for quality.  At a very young age, I would allow them to make that “must have, immediate gratification, impulse purchase” in order to teach them a lesson on the value of a dollar.  How quickly we can spend without focusing on what we are really purchasing.

As teens with their first jobs, young adults, young parents, and others: when you shop you spend resources that you yourself had to work hard to earn.  But when you hand over those earnings at the cash register, are you really taking a look at the value of what you are purchasing?

Today, so many of our products are being manufactured overseas.  In some cases we are getting some quality products, yet this is not always true of every product that is out on the market.

As consumers, we work hard, play hard and can so quickly carelessly spend.  Yet, do you also work hard at making the resources you earned, go to find quality products that you will appreciate for a reasonable length of time?  Today I do not wish speak on consumable products like groceries, but rather on the purchases that can also have a physical and/or emotional impact.

I happen to be a huge advocate for researching and being sure that what one is purchasing is of a quality nature.  From sneakers and undergarments to cars and furniture, etc.  I also value in the time span in which I plan to use and maintain such items.

Be wise with what you are blessed with.  Think twice then spend your hard-earned resources on what you really need.

~ Enjoy ~


Laura D. Field
Reflective Tapestry of Life
Writer, Blogger, Proofreading & editing, Freelance contributor