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Preparing a Thanksgiving Feast on a budget.
With the price of food continually increasing here are 5 easy ways to save money on Thanksgiving dinner. Plus, don’t forget to check out the details about the Ultimate Thanksgiving Twitter Party coming up on August 25th. Huge giveaways! [Read more...]
Saving Money Tips
My family spends so much money eating out; we’ve got to start eating at home. I work full time; do you have any suggestions to make this transition easier?
I totally understand! Several years ago, we ate out almost every meal. After my family was faced with a job loss and multiple mortgages from spec homes not selling we had to make the same transition. Otherwise, all the money I was saving on groceries would have been worthless.
I found that taking a couple of steps to prepare ahead of time, mealtime was much less daunting. By cooking and freezing ground beef/turkey or chicken ahead of time you’ll cut down meal preparation time significantly. I call it the The Ten Minute Trick – grab a zip-lock bag of precooked ground beef/turkey or chicken out of the freezer, pop it in the microwave for a minute to thaw then add to your favorite recipe. [Read more...]
Here are 5 great tips to help you load the lunchbox and save money at the same time.
1. Buy Ahead
When you are shopping, keep an eye out for items your kids LOVE to go on sale. Maybe its Teddy Grahams or Goldfish or fruit snacks or even raisins. Most foods follow a 10-12 week sale cycle. The goal is to purchase items at their lowest cost, paired with a coupon. Then, buy enough to last you until the next sale comes around (about 10 – 12 weeks worth). Not only will you will save on the items your kids love, you’ll stay stocked up on lunchbox items. [Read more...]
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Besides a grocery store sale cycle, are there times of the year when certain items are on sale?
Absolutely! Grocery stores are smart. They know that there are certain times of the year when shoppers are keying in on specific goods and they want to grab as much of your business as they possibly can. So why not offer a great price on something they already know you’ll be looking for? When you think about it, it’s a fantastic idea. Cookout supplies around the 4th of July, baking staples during the holidays and even candy on Halloween.
It’s all about anticipation. In this case, the anticipation of shopping habits. The store knows from experience, and shopping trends, when different items will peak throughout the year. By matching their best prices to times of peak demand they stand a better chance of bringing shoppers through the door and earning their business.
This is a cycle you can work to your advantage! By staying on top of what items tend to go on sale during certain times of the year, you can stock up and save your family impressive amounts of money. Right now try focusing on those key items you’ll soon be tossing into lunchboxes day after day. Things like pudding cups, fruit snacks and Lunchables can be expensive, so buy when the time is right and have them ready and waiting when you need them most. Also, keep track as to which of these items can be frozen. Things like lunchmeat freeze great, making it easy to take advantage of a good sale when you find one.
Another thing to keep track of is produce. Fruits and vegetables are at their peak at different times of the year. If you can buy when the market is flooded, and then either can or freeze your produce, you have the chance to save money while still offering healthy options for your family.
Right now August is upon us and that can only mean one thing…..back to school! With that in mind let’s take a look at a few items that always tend to be on sale this time of year.
Sales to Watch for During Back to School:
- Pencils, Crayons, Markers, Scissors, Rulers, Folders, Glue, Paper, Notebooks & Other School Supplies
Breakfast Items/School Lunches
- Pudding Cups, Lunch Meat, Lunchables, Bread, Cold Cereal, Waffles, Juice Boxes
- Clorox, Purell
- Insect Repellant, Sunscreen, Charcoal, Pool Toys, Outdoor Furniture, Pools, Picnic Supplies
- Veggies: Avocado, Green Beans, Beans, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Onion, Bell Pepper, Summer Squash, Tomatillo, Tomatoes, Peaches, Gravenstein Apples, Berries, Figs, Grapes, Melons, Peaches, Bartlett Pears, Plums, & Raspberries
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I’ve heard people talk about different types of sales. What does that mean?
Before I started couponing I would walk into the store with a list full of items to throw in my cart. I would aimlessly meander the aisles, scan over the items I needed and pick things that were on the low to moderate end of the price scale. If I happened to stumble across a sale during my weekly trek I viewed it as a bonus and moved on. At that point I thought that a sale was a sale. You know, a one size fits all kind of thing. [Read more...]
How can I save on back to school items?
Pencils, paper, glue sticks, crayons, back packs, new clothes, and school uniforms team up to make back to school shopping the second largest shopping season of the year, second only to the holidays. The list never seems to end. It starts with the “needs”, move to the “must haves”, and ends on all the shiny new”wants” your child begs for in every store.
Yeah…even though I homeschool my kids, I’m not ready for it either! But the truth is, the first day of school will be here before we know it. Take a peek at these back to school savings tips. [Read more...]
Reader Question: Vacations have gotten so expensive. Do you have any simple money savings tips how to save money on vacation?
Absolutely! I understand how expensive a vacation can be. At the same time, vacations are meant to be fun and an escape from our normal routine. With that in mind, I’ve included simple money saving tips below that can help you save a significant amount of money without sacrificing family fun! [Read more...]