Save Money on Gas with Grocery Gas Reward Programs

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Save Money on Gas

{with Grocery Gas Rewards Programs}

Readers write in often asking how to save on items OTHER than toothpaste or laundry detergent.  Here’s a question we’ve gotten a lot of lately - What are some ways to save money on gas?

The staggering prices at the pump have most of us looking for new ways to save. Besides driving less (or more slowly), and subscribing to dubious strategies like “filling up the tank when it’s cool” what else is there?   You might be surprised to learn that simply picking up your weekly groceries is the newest, best way to save money on gas.  It’s all due to grocery gas reward programs like Fuelperks!

Here’s what you need to know…

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Saver Tips Tuesday | Grilled Potatoes, Emergency Preparedness Kit, Free “Good Moms” Printable

Come link up on Saver Tips Tuesday

Welcome to Saver Tips Tuesday!  Each week we’ll be talking about DIY projects, recipes, organizing tips and more!   Anything is game – whether it’s a “time saver”, a “money saver” or a tip that’s a “life saver” :)  There are so many awesome ideas out there and we want to Link and Learn from each other.

This link-up is being hosted by 3 great blogs:

Each week we’ll highlight tips from our own sites and then you can link up your own posts via the linky tool (any kind of “saver” tip). The linky will be on all 3 sites- so your post will get a ton of exposure!  We’ll also highlight the Top 3 posts from the linky during the previous week.

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This week’s Saver Tips:

Here are the Top 3 Posts from the Linky Last Week:

  1. The Perfect White Wine Sangria- Mamma Mommy Mom
  2. DIY Painted Wooden Bracelets- Giggles Galore
  3. DIY Pedestal Serving Dish- Homemaking Unplugged


Saver Tips Tuesday | Fall Veggie Garden Tips, Zucchini Muffins, PB&J Crepes

#SaverTips Tuesday Host Highlights

Welcome to Saver Tips Tuesday!  This week is a hodge podge of tips and recipes – link up any tips you’ve been excited about lately!

Each week we’ll be talking about DIY projects, recipes, organizing tips and more!   Anything is game – whether it’s a “time saver”, a “money saver” or a tip that’s a “life saver” :)  There are so many awesome ideas out there and we want to Link and Learn from each other.

This week’s Saver Tips

  • Thinking of starting a Fall garden?  It’s a great feeling to use home grown produce in your recipes!  Kasey has some great  Vegetable Garden Basics, tips all gardeners should know.
  • It’s only a couple week into school, but you’re probably already looking for new lunch ideas for the kids.  I love Lindsays Lunchbox Makeover- Peanut Butter and Jelly Crepes.  Might even have to make a few extra for myself!
  • Thanks to a huge crop of zucchini this summer, I do have breakfast covered for a few weeks.  Check out my Classic Zucchini Bread Recipe.  It works great as muffins and they freeze well too!

 

Come link up on Saver Tips Tuesday

This link-up is being hosted by 3 great blogs:

Each week we’ll highlight tips from our own sites and then you can link up your own posts via the linky tool (any kind of “saver” tip). The linky will be on all 3 sites- so your post will get a ton of exposure!  We’ll also highlight the Top 3 posts from the linky during the previous week.

Here are the Top 3 Posts from the Linky Last Week:

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  1. 250 Ways Thrifty People Save Money- Snails Pace Transformations
  2. Toilet Paper Roll Wreath - Happy Deal Happy Day
  3. Make Your Own Root Beer Syrup- Frugal Family Home

Saver Tip Tuesday | Preschool Crafts, Books and Snacks

Come link up on Saver Tips Tuesday

Welcome to Saver Tips Tuesday!  This week I thought we could tackle some tips for those cute little ones left at home when the big kids head to school :)

Check in each week to see lots of helpful tips for your everyday life. We will be talking about DIY projects, recipes, tips for organization, ways to repurpose items and more! You might see a recipe post that is a “time saver”, a budgeting post that is a “money saver” or a rainy day activity for the kiddos that is a “life saver”! There are so many awesome ideas out there and we want to Link and Learn from each other. This link-up is being hosted by 3 great blogs:

Each week we’ll highlight tips from our own sites and then you can link up your own posts via the linky tool (any kind of “saver” tip). The linky will be on all 3 sites- so your post will get a ton of exposure! Each week, we will also highlight the Top 3 posts from the linky during the previous week.

Here are this week’s host highlights:

 

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Here are the Top 3 Posts from the Linky Last Week:

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  1. 10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Workout Clothes- Snails Pace Transformations
  2. Healthy Carrot Cake Bars- Luv a Bargain
  3. Ways to Save on Heating Costs- Frugal Family Home


5 Ways to Save Money on School Lunches

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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...]

Saver Tip Tuesday | After-School Special!

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Welcome to Saver Tips Tuesday – this week’s focus is on after-school tips!

Check in each week to see lots of helpful tips for your everyday life. We will be talking about DIY projects, recipes, tips for organization, ways to repurpose items and more! You might see a recipe post that is a “time saver”, a budgeting post that is a “money saver” or a rainy day activity for the kiddos that is a “life saver”! There are so many awesome ideas out there and we want to Link and Learn from each other.

This link-up is being hosted by 3 great blogs:

Each week we’ll highlight tips from our own sites and then you can link up your own posts via the linky tool (any kind of “saver” tip). The linky will be on all 3 sites- so your post will get a ton of exposure! Each week, we will also highlight the Top 3 posts from the linky during the previous week.

Here are this week’s host highlights:

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Here are the Top 3 Posts from the Linky Last Week:

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  1. 10 Ways to UpCycle Old T Shirts- The It Mom
  2. How to Make DIY Mason Jar Cups- My Frugal Adventures
  3. Grilling on a Budget- Southern Krazed

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How to Save: Yearly Sales Cycles

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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:

School Supplies

  • 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

Disinfectant

  • Clorox, Purell

Clearance

  • Insect Repellant, Sunscreen, Charcoal, Pool Toys, Outdoor Furniture, Pools, Picnic Supplies

Seasonal Produce

  • 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

 

Couponing is a great way to save money!  Whether you save 5%, 15% or 50% you are still saving your family money.  Having a hard time getting started?  Buy my new book, “Couponing for the Rest of Us” on Amazon in paperback or Kindle.  You can even read the first chapter online FREE!