With four kids, saving money is a big deal for me. Our biggest expense that I can save on right now is groceries! My kids eat a lot and as they get older the bill gets higher. I have found ways to economize without sacrificing the quality of the food we buy. Now I'm not a coupon clipper but I appreciate walking out of the grocery store knowing I just saved up to 30% off of my bill because I took the time to find some discounts. Here's how I do it:
• Sign up for your store's grocery card as well as email list! While I know some people don't like being on yet another mailing list, the savings do add up. My local store emails coupons that I can only get through them via email. Also, when you visit the coupon sites I will list below, as well as your grocery store's site, you may find that you can load coupons right onto your card which means no printing or worrying about forgetting them in your car!
• Pay attention to the coupons that are printed at the register. When you get your receipt, most stores now hand you a coupon that also printed out. I have scored several $15 off of my grocery bill coupons to use at my next visit.
• Scoop up extras when they are on sale! I buy frozen fruit for smoothies and the price can fluctuate a lot. When I see a bag of frozen, organic berries fall under $2, I buy a bunch of them. I also do the same with produce. A lot of things can be frozen if you aren't going to use it all right away. Buy those strawberries when they are on sale and freeze them!
• Buy in season produce. People sometimes forget this when they plan meals and are looking through their cookbook figuring out what to make. In season will be cheaper!
• Frequent your local farmer's markets. You will have a much better variety of in season produce than what's at most grocery stores. Not only will you get a sense for which produce is local and is in season, the farmers are willing to tell you how it's is grown. And bring the kids! You all may end up trying something new. (Have you ever tried kohlrabi?!? Yum!!)
• Use printable coupon sites. This is much easier than taking out scissors and clipping them out of those inserts in your Sunday paper. While it may take a bit of effort to run through the huge list of coupons available, they do have some you will be glad you found. Here are my favorite sites for those:
Coupon Mom - This site has a ton of information and can be overwhelming! Just focus on what you are looking for and go back when you have some free time and pick through it. If you really enjoy her site and want to delve deeper, Stephanie Nelson put all of her advice into a very affordable, $6.00 book you can pick up called The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half: The Strategic Shopping Method Proven to Slash Food and Drugstore Costs
Coupon Divas - Similar to Coupon Mom
Mambo Sprouts - Want organic coupons? Here's the place to find them without having to pick through a bunch of ones you would never use!
Common Kindness - Again, another not so overwhelming site that also has a feel good factor beyond your savings. You get to pick a local charity that they give a percentage back to with every coupon you use. I have found that they carry some coupons that I haven't seen on any of the other sites.
• Use group buy discount sites! I have scored two vouchers recently for grocery stores this way. One was for Whole Foods and one was for a local natural food store. Both got me half off of a certain value. One was a pay $20 and get a voucher for $40 to spend there. Here are a couple of those sites:
Both sites also have apps that you can download to your mobile device. This is handy if you forgot to print your voucher or decided to make a last minute stop and wanted to see if there were any discounts available.
If you enjoyed this blog, I have some other great sites to help you save on online shopping, eating out, travel and even family entertainment. I know back to school shopping is coming up fast for some of you and Christmas is really not that far off. If you start bargain hunting now, it can really pay off! Make sure you sign up for the RSS feed or email so you don't miss that one! And feel free to add any of your favorite sites in the comments below!
I have been doing some pretty sweet restructuring of my priorities over the past seven months or so. All of it has been rooted in some much needed inner work. I realized that it was so ingrained in me to take responsibility for myself that it was keeping me from also taking care of myself as well. I was also in this really foolish habit of taking responsibility for other people's feelings so much more than I should have; to the point of accepting other people's blame for their issues. It is true that you really do show people how to treat you. I thought that understanding that their problems had nothing to do with me and having compassion for them meant that I was being a good friend. I was so wrong. Let me explain...
I can't stress enough how much I have learned about people every time we have moved to a different state or town. While I have felt like I have started over each time we have moved, the reality is that I truly didn't. I accepted whoever came into my life and that wasn't always a healthy thing for me. My biggest priority switch has been to look really closely at what compromises I have been making when it comes to letting too many people in my life that lack integrity. I realized that just ONE of those in my life is too many!! When that value is really important to you, it's disrespectful to yourself to ignore it. I decided that those people had to go. While I appreciated their inner goodness, their potential for being really super wonderful people and had some fun experiences with them, I saw that they were living outright lies that weren't ok with me. Not so ironically, when I tried to lovingly release these people their lack of integrity reared it's nasty head worse than I had ever seen. (I really didn't need the reminder of why I was making the right decision!!)
To be a good friend to someone else, you have to be a good friend to yourself first. For me, this means that I cannot hang with people who don't care if they lie, cheat, steal or mislead others for their own financial or emotional gain. I am well aware that there are people who are saying like attracts like. My answer to that is that I believe that there are people out there who pretend to be like you so they can use you. Those people are your biggest teachers and reflect back to you what you need to learn. To let them stay is not necessary though. Face it, release them as kindly as you can, wish them well and learn from it. The people who I have had in my life the longest are my measure of how I'm doing. All of them are consistently wonderful.
I came across this blog share today that I wanted to pass on to all of you. I agree with so many of the quotes on it and many of them have been incredibly relevant for me lately! This is from Mark and Angel Hack Life and is called "60 Quotes That Will Change The Way You Think". To continue reading, click on the link at the bottom. Enjoy!
"In your quiet moments, what do you think about? How far you’ve come, or how far you have to go? Your strengths, or your weaknesses? The best that might happen, or the worst that might come to be? In your quiet moments, pay attention to your thoughts. Because maybe, just maybe, the only thing that needs to shift in order for you to experience more happiness, more love, and more vitality, is your way of thinking.
Here are 60 thought-provoking quotes gathered from our sister site, Everyday Life Lessons, and from our blog archive that will help you adjust your way of thinking."
As a Parent Coach and Mentor, my passion lies in empowering parents to make the best decisions they can for their children and their families as a whole. As a well-trained coach, I can be your facilitator and accountability partner for long-lasting, meaningful change that has a permanent, positive impact for your family. By focusing on the values that you hold most important in your life, I can help you create and maintain the type of parenting relationship you want to have with your children, now and into their adulthood.
I am a homeschooling mom of four children in Massachusetts. I am also the author of a book called The Herbal Beverage Book, which can be found on amazon. When not coaching, writing or spending time with the family, I enjoy Hayao Miyazaki films, new and classic Dr. Who episodes, anything related to American history and a great glass of mead.
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