Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My 1000th Post Giveaway

1000 Posts

Wow! This is my 1000th post on Savvy Savings Tucson. I hope this blog has been helpful to those trying to save money. I started this blog when friends kept asking me to share all the deals that I was finding. A good deal always needs to be shared!

In celebration of my 1000th post, I will be giving away a signed copy of my New York Times Best Selling cookbook, 101 Things To Do With A Cake Mix.

Here are the rules:

1. You must leave your name and email in the comment field of this post.

2. You must leave a money saving tip. I'll share the best ones on a future post.

Entries can be made until 6/23 at 6 p.m. Tucson time. We will randomly draw the winner and will contact the winner via email (reason I want you to leave your email). I'll mail the book to the address of your choice. If you already have the cake mix book, you can choose one from any of the other 12 cookbooks that I have written!


114 comments:

Alli said...

Set up Google Reader and add deal saving blogs. Everytime a new deal is posted on one of the blogs, it alerts you in Google Reader. I feel like I never miss a deal now!

Jen said...

Jen
jenandkiley@hotmail.com

Money saving tip...When you go out to eat, don't order soda or juice. Drink water. It is better for you (and your kids) and it's free.

Diane said...

Diane ~ ddhamill@yahoo.com

It is fun, easy, and saves on money and time to do a dinner swap with a neighbor or friend. Just like the Holiday Cookie swaps where everyone brings 4 dozen of their favorite cookies, then everyone shares, and you take home 4 different dozen. With a dinner swap you double the main course- or triple depending on how many homes participate - while your neighbor doubles the salad, veggies, dessert, etc. It takes a little planning in advance with the cooks involved but this can be such a great motivator for families to try new recipies, get dinner made on time, efficiently, using the market sales. And another plus, our family never missed dinner on those swap nights. It was always so much fun to see what was for dinner that night and we ended up having the best family dinner conversations. Our kids would even do extra chores in order to get ready for swap nights. Fun times!

Anne said...

(1)Make a meal plan and (2)try to incorporate more meatless meals. Bonus...not only does it save me money in the grocery store, my family is eating just a little healthier!

Stephanie said...

Remember to leave your name and email. I already have Anne's email and name, so she's okay with her entry. Alli, if you check back just leave a comment with your email.

Macey Kay said...

Sign up for baby websites to get coupons for diapers and formula, it's the best kind of mail! maceycoupon (at) yahoo

Ed and Bel said...

I work and one of the best things that has saved us money and is great for going green is to car pool. It saves on gas and on the repairs for you car.

belrom3@yahoo.com

Belinda

Mel said...

We try not to eat out very often, but when we're on the go all day...sometimes it inevitible. Go for the kids meal! It's cheaper, and even though you think you can down a BigMac and large fry...you will find that a kid's meal is plenty of food to fill you up and keep you going. Fewer calories to feel guilty about too!

melpj01@gmail.com

Joseph and Tiffany said...

Tiffany-
joseph.and.tiffany@gmail.com

One of the best money saving tips I was ever given was by a personal finance teacher I had in college. He suggested that you write down specific financial goals (like paying of your car or house by a certain date or saving for a dream vacation) and write a specific plan of how you will meet that goal. Then he suggested to post your written goal somewhere where you can see it. I've found when I do this it is much easier to forgo spending my money on things I don't need as we work toward the bigger goal.

kc said...

Money Saving tip: Use cash only, take out your budgeted amount and when its gone, you are done spending. I know it is real easy for me to just keep swiping me credit or debit cards.
:)

kc

Lynette said...

lmichels@gmail.com

My main savings comes from couponing and meal planning. But now that it's summer it's really easy to save a little by just turning the a/c up a couple of degrees and using ceiling fans. I'm also learning some new recipes to use on my grill so I don't have to heat up the oven.

Erin said...

easkar(at)gmail(dot)com

The greatest money saver that we have done this year is going from two cars to one with my husband riding the train to work! Since that is unrealistic for some families, an easier suggestion is to share a meal at a restaurant. Not only are you saving money, you're also saving calories!

Emily said...

Wow, I just got some great free advice! This is great, Steph!

My money saving tip was already mentioned, but I have started doing the David Ramsey method and "Envelope system." It REALLY has helped our bank account. I have an envelope for each category like groceries, eating out, entertainment, clothing etc... I know exactly how much I have for each category and when it's gone for that 2 weeks it's gone.
Emily
egmatson@gmail.com

ingodslove said...

do your research- I have saved much time and money by asking friends what diapers, appliances, cell phones, etc worked great for them. I try to return the favor if I find something awesome I talk about it:)
thanks!
amy

Jamie said...

Jamie
gijenius@yahoo.com

My money saving tip is to try Polywogs on Grant or the swap meet for certain larger toy or furniture needs. I've gotten some amazing deals that way, and the stuff was in great condition.

Emily said...

Don't be afraid to use coupons. In fact, always search for them before shopping and search for online codes if you're buying online. And always bring your own thermos of coffee/tea to work. Saves a ton of money.

e.estt[at]yahoo[dot]com

Steph said...

Steph
ms0812@zoominternet.net

If you know of high-value coupons out there for items you buy often, use a website like The Coupon Clippers to purchase extra copies for a minimal fee.

Liz said...

I make a 14 day menu according to what is in my house (& what 5 picky kids will eat) Then I scan all adds for those items, rearranging menus for what is on sale. I also watch for second hand stores and their sales to get clothes for my kids. I also swap kids' clothes with friends whose kids are smaller/larger than mine.

Stacy said...

Stacy Albright meowcat30@yahoo.com

Money Saving Tip!
We got rid of satelite and cable costs by going with the internet. Most of the shows are on internet sites like Hulu.com or fancast.com. With this we also are able to watch them at our own time. Plus they have old shows on all for free. With a hdtv receiver on our tv for the local channels. We ended up saving at least $50 a month.

Heather said...

Heather at happyfam {at} gmail {dot} com.

Money saving tip... this is kindof obvious but ... I try not to go to a million stores. If you don't go to the store, you won't spend money there. :) I made it an entire month without going to Target or Walmart and we saved a ton of moolah on all those tiny things that add up that I didn't buy.

p.s. it seems like I heard you are married to a fellow from sugar city. if so, tell ivan hello from heather price.

Teryn said...

Teryn- Sunkistmk@gmail.com

The one thing that has really helped me pinch pennies is simple- make a shopping list and stick to it. Whether garage sale-ing or grocery shopping it really keeps you on track.

Kristy said...

kristy_walker(at)hotmail.com

My money saving tip is to use Craigslist! You can find gently used items for much less than you'd pay for them in the store.

Sarah said...

I buy the majority of my little boys cloths from second hand consignment stores. These clothes are gently used and much less then buying them brand new. I especially love the Once Upon a Child store that is near my house.

Jared, Christine, & Lucas said...

I have taken up the addiction of grocerysmarts.com. Learning the right way to shop sales and use coupons has led to many free groceries and I LOVE it!

Christine
christinedeniece@yahoo.com
(ps your 101 things to do with a slow cooker has changed my life! It was the best wedding present we got.)

Sundance Kid said...

Christina
bohemianruminations@gmail.com

Thank you for the opportunity!

Money Saving Tip: Read labels. Seriously. A recent example of saving loads of money for our family was when allergy season hit. Three out of the four of us get really bad allergies and have to take anti-histamines regularly so as to be able to survive the day. We went to the pharmacy to buy some Claritin and found that it was $30 for 20 tablets! So we took a step to the right in the isle and found the generic. $10 for 40 tablets - EXACT same ingredients and dosages. So, we do a lot of label reading 'round here!

Marne said...

Here is a great piece of advice I follow: Just because it's a good deal doesn't mean you need to buy it!

Marne
wantitall4free@live.com

Oh, and I am from Sugar City as well. I knew your BIL Aaron. :)

Robin said...

My daughter is coming up with great new recipes for dessert when we have family dinners and they always come from your cookbook! Tip: Plan to make use of your leftovers so they don't sit in the refrigerator and spoil. Have a leftover night for dinner to clean the fridge and call it a smorgasbord!

Lauralynn and Aaron said...

What has saved my family a lot of money is making sure to take a lunch to work everyday.

lauralynnhake@sbcglobal.net

Nicolette said...

Nicolette ~ nicolettelawrence@gmail.com

For saving money I have been using some of the tips on this site:
http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/announcing-the-save-1000-in-30-days-challenge/
There are some great things in there I've never thought of. I like tip #7 where you set aside one day a week to spend nothing. It's hard to do, but after the day is done it's a nice feeling of accomplishment.

Thanks for this giveaway, it sounds fun!!

Morgan said...

Morgan
wugrider(at)hotmail(dot)com

I bake my own bread. Also, whenever milk is on sale, I stock up and freeze it. I can fit a month's worth of milk in my freezer for less than half of the regular price.

jenebersole said...

jenebersole@yahoo.com
As much as possible, take advantage of the free things in life. Whether its produce from your garden or some free coupon deal you got. Try the challenge of making a delicious meal totally out of free items.

Brindy said...

Sorry about previous post!

Brindy - brindy.adams@gmail.com

I have my bank automatically withdraw money to put into my kids savings accounts...only $15/month per kid. It doesn't seem like a lot, but overtime it has added up to a big chunk already!

Sagir said...

something that I do is I use bulgur wheat as my substitute meat, I use a 1/3 lb and 1/2c of my bulgur wheat(before I add the hot water so it will expand lilke the double) and that made my 1 lb of ground beef. honestly no one notice the difference. and is healthy and very cheap.
the way that I do my bulgur wheat is I cooked my wheat then I drain it very well then I put it in cookie sheet all spread out and I dry it in the oven a 300f for like 2 hrs. or you can do it in a dehydrator, then after has dry very well I put it in the blender so I can kind of cut it in small pieces and I put it in a jar and that's all try it you will see that nobody will notice. you can star using more meat if you wanted too .
good luck!!!!

Sagir said...

something that I do is I use bulgur wheat as my substitute meat, I use a 1/3 lb and 1/2c of my bulgur wheat(before I add the hot water so it will expand lilke the double) and that made my 1 lb of ground beef. honestly no one notice the difference. and is healthy and very cheap.
the way that I do my bulgur wheat is I cooked my wheat then I drain it very well then I put it in cookie sheet all spread out and I dry it in the oven a 300f for like 2 hrs. or you can do it in a dehydrator, then after has dry very well I put it in the blender so I can kind of cut it in small pieces and I put it in a jar and that's all try it you will see that nobody will notice. you can star using more meat if you wanted too .
good luck!!!!

Sagir said...

sory I forgot to leave my name and email gaby santana
and my email is gabby_hdz@hotmail.com
I use my husband account because I do not have one in gmail but my comment was about using bulgur what as a meat substitute!!!!

thanks for doing these.
the comment is under the name of sagir santana(my hubby)

Valerie said...

Valerie Barber - valeriebarber09@gmail.com

A good way that I have found to save money is the envelope system. I hate carrying around cash, BUT it helps me keep track of where my money is going and stick to my budget. When I rely on debit and credit cards, I sometimes go a little crazy! This way, I am held accountable and if I keep my receipts, I have proof of where my money is going so I can adjust the next month!

Christie said...

Great ideas - thanks.
I can a lot. My favorite thing to can is chicken. I buy it in bulk from large distributors. The last price I paid for b/s chicken breasts was $1.16 a lb. I can it in my pressure canner and it is so quick to can and also to put together a meal.
christie_pass@hotmail.com

Anne M. said...

Anne M. - annemhsingmom@gmail.com

tip - make your own! From seasoning mixes (taco, chili) to seasoned bread crumbs to laundry detergent.

Making your own laundry detergent will save you the most probably. For about $18 you could make enough powdered detergent to last for more than a year and it equals out to only about 3 cents a load! A great place to find some different recipes is - http://tipnut.com/10-homemade-laundry-soap-detergent-recipes/

Lynn said...

If you use credit cards, use them wisely, get one that gives you money back to use them, and only charge the amount you can pay in full at the end of the month.

jmccowan@bellsouth.net

debsdialogues said...

My kids call me the electricity czar because I'm constantly turning off lights, unplugging the computers, tv's, radios, etc. at night and rarely use my clothes dryer. Instead, I take advantage of the warm, Florida sun to dry my clothes for me.

I make my own pancake mixes, and use cooked, pureed beans in place of the oil in cakes and cookies. Dirt cheap, much healthier and no taste difference.

roxanne said...

Roxanne
roxannecarlile@yahoo.com

Check ebay before you buy anything! I am pregnant and have gotten amazing deals on all new baby stuff, instead of spending 4x the price at Babies R Us!

Margret said...

I have "101 Things to do with a Salad" and love it. Thanks! My tip is to be realistic about what you need. When a product comes in different sizes, often--but not always--the larger sizes are less expensive per ounce. However,if it isn't something that you need a lot of, buy the smaller size. Paying 98 cents for a small bottle that you will nearly use up is better than paying $2.50 for a large bottle when you will only use part of it.

Margret margret303(at)yahoo(dot)com

Barbara said...

These tips are great, thank you. Here's mine - know your prices, sometimes Walmart is 30% less than my regular grocery store and sometimes, they're 30% more. Also, always have your coupons with you. I can't tell you how many times I saw something on sale and also had a coupon for it. However, it did me no good sitting at home! LOL!

Barbara louandbarb@snet.net

Carole said...

Money saving tip- don't buy paper towels, use cloth napkins, and brown paper bags to drain foods on.

Rejoicing in the Lord said...

I try to shop without my children, so I'm not tempted to buy them the dozens of treats they beg for!
kscimeca@earthlink.net

Southern Utah girl said...

Money saving tip: Eat at your In laws house every other Sunday :))
Get together often with family and everyone brings 1 affordable side dish made from food storage.

Debbie
dlkoehler@hotmail.com

Mom said...

I love all the ideas so far! For me, I only go grocery shopping every two weeks except for produce. This has helped me plan better and then I'm able to use leftovers or things I already have on hand. I also shop the second hand stores for my jeans. I also try to incorporate all my driving in one trip.
Marci
mfolkersen@msn.com

Clint and Rachael said...

Rachael
clintandrachael@gmail.com

Money saving tip: I save money by only going to the grocery store once a week. I check the sale ads, make my list, and do a one-stop shop at wal-mart (gotta love price matching!):)

Ann said...

a_c_richardson@yahoo.com

My money saving tip is to check to see if you need the supplemental insurance offered by car rental companies. Most major credit cards come with a rental car loss and damage insurance plan. If you have an accident while driving a rental, your auto insurance policy will likely pay most of the damage, but your credit card company provides secondary coverage. It covers whatever your primary auto insurance doesn't, paying whatever is left and going toward your deductible. For more info, check with your provider or go to:
http://www.creditcards.com

Marissa said...

marissa (dot) pugmire (at) gmail (dot) com

Tip: I make up a big batch of breakfasts, lunches, and snacks and keep them in my freezer for cheap, quick meals when I'm in a rush - things like waffles, pancakes, mini spinach pizza pockets, and chopped vegetables - all ready for some quick prep. Keeping them in the freezer allows me to buy them in bulk and only clean/chop/cook once a month.

earleen said...

my tip is to wrap a piece of clear packing tape around new crayons so they don't break as easily.
earleen1@yahoo.com

Stacy said...

Stacy Johnson - callmestacy@yahoo.com

Tip: Coupon! I work with a company that teaches people how to get coupons, organize them and match them up to their local sales. I usually save between 40% and 60% on every grocery trip! I will never shop for things at full price again!

Cory said...

Cory
cory.avon@live.com

Always have some backup meals in the freezer. That way when you are running late coming home you don't have to stop and buy dinner for everyone, you can just pull out a pre-made dinner.

Southern Belle said...

joyousconcepts@gmail.com

My tip is to use cash for EVERYTHING!! Even gas. I tend to use a lot less because I watch as it disappears.

Shaylyn said...

I agree in using cash for all purchases. It is a lot harder to overspend when you only have a limited ammount of money in your wallet. Thanks for the great giveaway and blog, Shaylyn

shaylyn@frontiernet.net

Marinik said...

Money saving tip: hang fry your clothes and make your own croƻtons.

Masha - mashaellsworth@gmail.com

frugalisfab said...

I think the thing that helps me the most is being satisfied and grateful for what I already have. Of course I love clipping coupons too!

frugalisfab (at) gmail (dot) com

Laura said...

Laura
lmsfisher@juno.com

My money saving tip: I am completely on the OAMC bandwagon--I grocery shop once a month (which saves on money and time and gas). We have also instituted "food storage" night where twice a week we eat from our "emergency" food storage--the wheat, rice, pasta, powdered milk type. It's a great way to not only save money but also gets your family used to the "emergency" foods so they don't feel cheated if an emergency actually arises.

Carrie said...

Carrie
FFCarrie at hotmail dot com

My tip... Pay your tithing!!! :)

Kristy said...

Kristy
jkbkjrhodes@msn.com

My tip for everyone is to make sure you search for a coupon code whenever you purchase something online. I have saved so much money just by using a coupon code! In fact I got powdered eggs for $13.16 a few weeks ago just by using a coupon code! Yay!

Kristina and Robert said...

Kristina
smooch_ums@hotmail.com

Money saving tip...Combined manufacturer coupons with store coupons for a greater savings.

Rose Q said...

Take the special no drip pour spout out of your detergent bottle after you can no longer pour any of the detergent out. You have at LEAST one more load of detergent in there.

spam_me_silly@comcast.net

suwheat! said...

When you get a cost of living raise, don't factor that in as "new" money to spend; instead, add it to savings/investment monies. It is amazing how much we have been able to save since we started doing that 22 years ago! Each year our savings investment goes UP -- even in this economy.

Posted by Susan Wheatley (susan_wheatley@comcast.net)

Brent and Amy said...

My great money saving tip is every week when I go shopping I check the store ads. I write down the awesome deals and then I match sales to coupons that I have. Now instead of running from store to store I just go to walmart and price match the sales. That way I get the very best deal and I save time, money, and gas by going to only one store.

The Boehme Family said...

Erin
erinboehme@gmail.com

I use dry eggs and that saves a LOT of money and trips to the store. I can store thousands of eggs in a small space in my freezer!

Also, I have an excel document where I have all of the things I owe on (house, student loans, car, etc.) and I have them prioritized by which one to pay off first. Within those categories, I have it broken down in to principle and interest by month and totals for the year at the bottom. When you see for yourself how much money you're throwing away in interest, it makes you more motivated to get your bills paid off! Besides that, it keeps my balances all up to date and I get to watch the total keep going down!

Finally, I like to make a game in the grocery store and see just how many of the items on my shopping list I can find in a clearance bin. There are days the checker is impressed with how many of my items have clearance stickers. But remember, don't buy it only because it's on clearance and looks like a deal you can't pass up! Spending is NOT saving!

The Boehme Family said...

Just a comment on the envelope budget method: A friend of mine had her grocery envelope with $400 stolen out of her purse - in our teeny tiny town in Alaska! I still use my credit card, but I have a great excel budget worksheet I created. It takes more time and effort, but I won't ever get my cash stolen!

Anne said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Anne said...

Whoops! Forgot to post my name and such:
Anne
anne.vanhoose@gmail.com

Use local free ads. In Salt Lake there is ksl.com where you can get so many things from individuals for so much cheaper than new. Our table, chairs, couches, high chair, bike, basketball hoop, nightstand, etc... were are purchased for way less than if we had bought new.

Steve, Meghan & Elena said...

My tip, which I'm sure has been used, is to use coupons mixed with sale items. I've started doing it over the past few months and have saved a ton of money all while adding to my food storage. It's great! I rarely pay full price for anything and shop the sales for clothes as well. Sometimes you can buy new clothes cheaper than at the thrift stores if you are patient.
meghantill@Hotmail.com

Betty and Maverick said...

Betty
bookresearch@gmail.com

Make your own pizza. Make several and freeze them. Making your own is cheaper than delivery or take-out. Freezing them is healthier than store bought frozen. We love pizza and hubby thinks I make the best over any delivery or frozen!

Gayle said...

Gayle:
socrnuts@cox.net
My Money saving tip is making my own bread machine mixes. I put the ingredients in a zip lock bag and make up enough for the week. When I need a loaf of bread, all I need to do is add the water and yeast and set the machine. This saves time as well as the money I would use to buy the box mixes.

Nike said...

Nike
nike.peterson@gmail.com

Dilute juice drinks by half or two thirds. My kids still love it, it's healthier and we go through much less. I even make the juice popcicles from the diluted veriety as well. Still yummy, cheap and better for you.

Tasha said...

When I see chicken on sale I buy a ton. Then I go home and package some up fir meals and the rest I boil, shred and freeze. That way when I need a quick meal I can just pull out exactly what I need and it cuts thawing time down to nothing. Not to mention that its already cooked so cooking time is cut in half too!
nmeakin84@gmail.com

pjzjr said...

Money saving tip ... Make a meal plan, and try to stick to it! If you eat out a lot, include days for eating out in the menu plan, and you can reduce those over time to save more money. Incorporate meatless meals and other frugal meals throughout the month, and then next month, keep what you liked and take out what you didn't like.

Jen
jayzee2000 AT gmail DOT com

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Mandi
mrscresswell@hotmail.com

My Money-Saving Tip:
For Canadian's sometimes it's hard to get really great deals and coupons. Stores here don't double or triple coupons and we are often disclouded from great promotions that are in America (though often we have the same products). So! I used a great website called smartcanucks.com. I check it daily for coupon codes, deals and freebies for Canadians.

sphinx63 said...

Always buy meat on a good sale, and stock up with enough to last about 3 months, which is when it usually goes on sale again. Thanks!

sphinxcw at aol dot com

Becky said...

beccaoh71@gmail.com

To save money on propane heating bills last winter, we got 2 efficient electric heaters (one for the living room and one for the bedroom) and we kept the house thermostat at 68-69. The electric bill went up a bit, but all we saved in lower propane bills more than covered it.

NVGirl said...

Save money on hair cuts by going to a beauty school. Usually the instructor is right there and the students do a really good job. It is super cheap, $5 for a hair cut/style, $10 for color.

NVGirl said...

Sorry, I forgot, Emily Smith
esmith200712@yahoo.com

Linda Tilton said...

The best money-saving thing I do is have a well-stocked pantry (which I fill using the sales flyers and couponing). With a full pantry, I save making last-minute trips to the grocery store, and that ALWAYS saves me money!

Lisa said...

Lisa S - lisalousmith@live.com

I save money by using multiple sets of coupons and a website called www.grocerysmarts.com. They take all the hard work out of couponing.

Lindsay said...

A favorite money saving tip I have is to buy popcorn in bulk and pop it in a pan over the stove. It is SO easy, yummy and CHEAP! Popcorn is even considered a whole grain! You could be healthy about it, but my kids and I love melted butter and and parmesan sprinkled on top! ;) We have this fun snack about once a week.

Lindsay
Atuesdaystory@gmail.com

Andrea said...

I know it's probably a no-brainer for everyone, but set a budget! Get your husband and children involved by explaining the importance of budgeting and saving, and then everyone can help hold each other accountable. My kids no longer ask if we can go out to eat every day because they know we are trying to cut back.

Andrea
Saylorsue@aol.com

Tari McDonald said...

Tari
tari.mcdonald at gmail dot com

My tip is to cut out convenience foods from your grocery budget. Things like Hot Pockets and frozen burritos cost way more to buy pre-made in the freezer section than it is to make a large batch of home-made and store them in the freezer. They'll taste better and be better for you too!

Kathi said...

My best money saving tip is to ensure I determine if something is a "need" or a "want".
kathibrn@aol.com

mandi said...

Mandi
montgomeryq@hotmail.com

Grow your own herbs from seed. It's cheap and easy and so yummy to add fresh herbs to all your dishes!

Amy said...

a1lathrop@yahoo.com

I make my own bread once a week. This way I save money and also have healthy wheat bread to give my kids each day. I also use www.grocerysmart.com website to save money on all my groceries.

Utah Okies said...

Friends are the best way to save money...we all keep in touch through various means and when there is a deal (ex. chicken for $.99/lb - time to do some canning) We let each other know! Also about the chicken if you are a person that likes to can...can your chicken in pint size jars (so easy) and then when your recipe calls for shredded chicken use them. Cheaper than buying store bought!
Thanks,
Julie
Email: danrb75@yahoo.com

The Santini Stew said...

Megan megansantini@gmail.com

This is one of my new favorites: Buy Johnson and Johnson's No Tears baby shampoo and use it to remove your eye makeup. So much cheaper than those little ity bity bottles of eye makeup remover that makeup companies sell.

Jeanette said...

Jeanette
email4jeanette@gmail.com

I like to use the foaming soap hand pumps. But I buy the HUGE bottle or regular liquid handsoap and use it to refill the handpumps diluting it with water. (5 parts water to one part soap.) A big refill bottle of liquid hand soap lasts forever!

Michelle said...

I was referred here by everydayfoodstorage.net. I'm so glad to now know about your books and ideas!

Um, for a money saving tip.... I make our bread, hot dog buns, rolls, etc. I can freeze any extra and it is tons cheaper and much tastier than store-bought.

mnhub-junk at yahoo dot com

Heather said...

Heather - honofrychuk@hotmail.com
Money saving tip - Meat clearance is one way I save BIG on groceries. Grocery stores in our area place meat that is two to three days from their refrigerated expiry or the morning of a price change 50% off. The meat lasts months in the freezer!

Caddow Craig said...

Bethany
caddow@dc.rr.com

My tip is grow a garden

It is amazing how much produce you get and you can share it with friends and family

Vicki in UT said...

Vicki
vmfisher@yahoo.com

My tip is to take those little dibs and dabs of leftover veggies and meats and freeze them in a container. When the container is full, add some canned tomatoes and a few seasonings, and you have a pot of nearly free soup.

Also, be sure to make use of your local extension office. They are a wealth of information and recipes and solutions to problems, all either for free or for the cost of printing.

Lynn said...

Lynn Crapo
crapo@shaw.ca

Money saving tip: Go to your local library to borrow movies, toys, books and other entertainment. All for the price of ONE yearly library card fee!!!

Tiffany said...

I cut my pepperoni slices into four pieces. It saves on the amount of meat used, and I don't have to be as worried about the little ones choking on the meat.

Laurie said...

I have a small family so when I shop at Costco sometimes there are things that I would love to buy but know I would never use all of before it goes bad. So I shop with a friend (also small family) and we split the items up. That way I don't end up wasting food but still get the good deals.

Laurie
laurieryther@yahoo.com

Josh n' Joni said...

I grind my own wheat and use wheat flour for most of my recipes. I can buy a 25# bag of wheat (which then makes more flour) for about $7.00, which is much cheaper (and healthier!) than the bags of white flour.

jonimikk@hotmail.com

Nikki said...

Nicole ncmikki@gmail.com

Make your meals at home. You can find any recipe on line and even find recipes similar to those at restaurants.

Cecilotta said...

CC

cecilotta at gmail dotcom

Money saving tips? Well one currently on my mind is cloth diapers! Much cheaper and the newer generation cloth diapers are a thousand times easier than what our mothers used! And you don't even have to pay full price - I've been buying up factory seconds.

Tracy B said...

Tracy
Tracybernard@comcast.net

I love to make my own household cleaner from 1 part vinegar to 1 part water. I keep it in a spray bottle and it's safe enough that my little ones can help with the cleaning

Christa said...

Christa Reinhart
cnreinhart@hotmail.com

Land's End overstocks 'on the counter' deals. There is a new selection every Saturday and by Friday the price is reduced by 75%. I got a pair of swim bottoms for $1

Joey said...

Joey White
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My hubby says I am the coupon queen. Always try to find an items website and sign up for their mailing lists. I get tons of stuff via the post office and my email. I have never (in 2 kids) bought diapers without a coupon.

sarau said...

I can vouch for a lot of tips 'cause I use them, too, but for another one: use mouthwash in a sprayer and "no more mosquitoes" whenever you're outside! Just give a light spray on your exposed skin and no more itch. Since it's something you can put in your mouth I don't have to worry about contamination when working w/my plants, so parents of young children can feel much easier, too.

Stephanie said...

Wow! What great tips! We'll randomly select the winner and post it tomorrow!

sandpirates said...

I like to save money by buying extral lean ground beef when it only on sale and then stretching it when i make a meal with it by adding grated carrots and chopped celery it adds flavor and stretches the 1lb to serve 6 people

g said...

eat local and in season or better still grow it yourself!

Laura said...

farkasld(at)hotmail(dot)com

Shop at Aldi and food thrift stores.

Mockie said...

One of the biggest things that saved us money is shopping for dry goods at the Amish General Store. I get my food for half of the price of the 'big box' stores,and it is already in packaging for Long term storage. Making things from scratch is easier than you think, healthier and better on your wallet!

Carole said...

Carole

coastiemom@gmail.com

Standingfamily said...

Lyn

standingtrouble@hotmail.com

Rachel McGuire said...

I like to reuse newspapers to start my grill (charcoal) in the summer (saves on having to buy starter kits. And the rest of the year, I place a few sheets folded onto eachother with ONE paper towel on top to drain bacon / burgers / sausage on.

JohnDryer said...

Nice posts and comments too...

Anonymous said...

My tip is to keep a stocked pantry, menu plan, and limit shopping exposure. A, gamrich@gmail.com