• Friday Round Up

    Friday Round Up-An Easy Way to Save Money on Groceries

    Happy Friday to you all… Yesterday I had every good intention of posting an article about easy ways to spring clean but then I had a setback. I needed to do some grocery shopping and thought maybe I’d walk to the store and get some exercise but then it looked like rain so I opted to drive. Seems my destiny was to walk because I discovered my car battery was dead which leads me into some advice about saving money at the store. I thought about getting my bike down from the rack in the garage but the now non-working car was in the way which meant I’d have to…

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    Meal Planning for the Budget Minded

    Next week is the first pick up for the CSA box. This year the farm supplying the organic goodies is offering us shareholders an added bonus, membership to a menu planning service. We log on and can get a preview of what produce we’ll find that week, recipe ideas, and a printable shopping list of things we need to buy at the store. One of the nice features is you can pick and choose from various options including vegetarian which I’ve picked. Looks like the first week’s batch will feature asparagus and rhubarb and I’ve already printed out my list. The whole thing got me thinking about meal planning, and…

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    Save Some Money on Memorial Day

    Memorial Day is just around the corner and I think of it as not only a day to fire up the grill to launch barbecue season but a time to save some money too. Sales Are Everywhere Just like Thanksgiving and Christmas, supermarkets want you to spend money in their stores which means price cuts on certain foods like ground beef, ribs, pork chops, chicken breasts, corn on the cob, hot dogs and hamburger buns. All items that can be stored in the freezer for future use. Don’t Forget the Pantry Items Too This is the time of the year when I stock up on pantry essentials like ketchup, barbecue…

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    The Blog-Cooking for the Month

    One thing being busy teaches you is to be prepared. Last week I was really grateful that I’d planned ahead about what to make for dinner.  Some items I’ve been relying on when time’s been short are frozen vegetables and yes, I hate to admit this but one night I wanted to make mashed potatoes and couldn’t muster up the energy to peel them, wait for them to cook and then mash them. My answer, instant mashed pototoes. I always keep a few packets of the Idahoan brand in the pantry and have to say with some milk, pepper and butter or low fat spread added, they taste close to the real…

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    The Blog-Grocery Challenge

    Each time I get asked what are my favorite money saving tips, one thing that always makes it to the list is a subscription to All You magazine. The June issue arrived in my mailbox last week with more great coupons and tips. I was going to put this in the newsletter but thought I’d tell you about it here The Second Annual All You Grocery Challenge Contest. You signup at www.allyou.com/grocerychallenge. The contest runs from June 20-July 17th. The goal is to spend $25 or less per family member per week on groceries during this four week period. Winner gets $1,000. They’ll also have a blog with money saving…

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    Meal Planning…saving time and money

    I’ve been attempting to put together a list of meals for two weeks at a time and well, let’s just say I keep getting sidetracked. So yesterday I spent an hour online to seek help. I found lots of sites that require you to buy a subscription or sign up for an account, but I knew there had to be some free sites out there too. Here’s what I found- Meals for a Year What a coincidence, while I was searching the Web I stumbled across a story from Good Morning America about a mom in Texas who’s planned out a year’s worth of meals. Wow, I thought and I…

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    The Blog-Are Prices Going Up?

    Have you noticed food prices have crept up since the holidays? I was just checking out the local supermarket flyer and noticed what used to be buy 2 for $4 is 2 now $5 or 6. Glad I stocked up during the holidays. One of things on my to do list this year is to check out Aldi supermarkets. I know I’ve been saying this for over a year, but one of these days I’m really going to shop there. If you’re wondering how the Aerogarden is going… a few days ago I noticed the first shoots starting to appear. The basil seems to be growing the fastest. I’m already…

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    Meal Planning for the Holidays and Beyond

    There’s no better time to get into the habit of planning meals than during the holidays. If holiday shopping has you running short on time, or you’re planning the holiday meal, put some of the following suggestions into action. See what works for you, and what doesn’t, and hopefully by the New Year you’ll be on your way to saving time and money. Master Grocery List I’ve been revamping my master grocery list. I spend a couple of minutes here and there thinking about the food I buy on regular basis and add it to the list. I also think about the layout of my local supermarket. First of all,…