Monthly Archives: February 2016

365 Ways You Can Save Money – Day 21

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There are definitely many pros and cons to having an Amazon Prime account. When we had 6 months free, I was definitely super happy about the free shipping option on any item I wanted and quick 2 day shipping, if needed. However, in our family, we have learned that the cost of the annual subscription does not justify the cost… Read more »

365 Ways You Can Save Money- Day 20

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We all know how dangerous the credit card shopping is, but have you considered what you are spending on debit? Did you know that you think more deeply about purchases when you have to hand cash over? Maybe it’s just me. I am more likely to make impulse buys when I use my debit card rather than when I only… Read more »

365 Ways You Can Save Money- Day 19

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We wash and reuse our Ziplock bags. There are plenty of times that we use Ziplocks for things like snacks, organizing, sandwiches, dry good, etc. Often you can just wash and reuse those Ziplocks and not have to purchase a box so often. It takes a few minutes to wash and dry your bags and I would even say let… Read more »

365 Ways You Can Save Money- Day 18

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You don’t have to be the next TLC’s Extreme Couponer in order to save your family money. I have rarely met a family that was ONLY store brand. As frugal as I am, there are certain things I do not compromise on such as Starbucks ground coffee beans and CoffeeMate creamer. I do save us a whole grocery trip of… Read more »

365 Ways You Can Save Money- Day 17

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I won’t say I have never bought juice– I know I have, but I don’t remember the last time I bought juice, or chocolate milk, or lemonade, or… the list could go on. My children drink water. Lots of free, good for you, hydrating water. We do Almond Milk for occasional cups but its mostly for recipes and whatnot; the… Read more »

365 Ways You Can Save Money- Day 14

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I thought this was fitting to follow my previous post. Finding a food co-op in your area can help save you quite a bit of money, especially if you want to buy some of the more specialty flours for gluten-free baking. Azure Standard is the one we locally use. Generally you can put the word out among your local ears… Read more »

365 Ways You Can Save Money- Day 13

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One of the common statements I get about being gluten-free is how expensive it is. If you are trying to replace everything you have been eating in the past with the gluten-free option, I quite agree with you! Gluten-free chicken nuggets are expensive; boxed cookie mixes are very expensive. However, if you rethink the way you are eating and making… Read more »

365 Ways You Can Save Money- Day 12

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Making a budget is not a once and you are done kind of thing. Often times it needs to be re-accessed every 3-6 months. Things can change quickly and amounts need to be re-adjusted, family habits change, and so on. You can actually waste money by not keeping an updated budget. It is very important that you know where your… Read more »

365 Ways You Can Save Money- Day 9

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We have all heard the saying, “When you leave the room, turn off the lights”; according to one source, “if you look at it one way, you could have an hourly wage of $35.88 by taking a couple minutes to ensure the lights are off” (paraphrased). That being said, lets look at it from a different angle. What if you… Read more »

365 Ways You Can Save Money- Day 7 & 8

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Both of these kind of work together so I’m combining into one post. Day 7- Skip buying Miracle Grow and make your own. Composting is so easy. I have a small container on my kitchen counter that we empty almost nightly, onto a bigger pile outside in a designated area. Composting is so easy. We add our kitchen scraps (mainly… Read more »

Parenting from the Shopping Cart

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(My favorite “parenting” book) Grocery shopping with little’s are the pits. They are hungry, they have to stay by the cart, they are trapped by all the colorful items that they can’t touch and play with. But sometimes you don’t have a choice but to take them. Parenting is so much fun to watch and judge when you are grocery… Read more »