Wednesday, November 16, 2011

141 Grocery Items for $124 Including Produce & Organic

I love reading The Thrifty Couple.

They just did a post about saving a ton of money on a grocery trip.

We bought a total of 141 items for $123.91 in the end, which included a lot of produce, cheese, eggs, milk and even a bunch of organic items! The tab was $311.52 before the discounts!

I LOVE SAVING MONEY ON GROCERIES! Posts like this inspire me.

I personally use Deals to Meals for price matching and to find the best deals and it's saved us a bunch on our grocery budget.

What's your method?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Deepest Fear

‎"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." -Marianne Williamson

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Money Spent on Food

One of the hardest things we've dealt with as we both work and are in school is who's going to cook and clean and when. We have to eat. It's crazy thinking back on the past 5 years of marriage and noticing our income has declined every year. We used to eat out so often and spend much money and sometimes our grocery bill alone every month would be around $500 on top of the hundreds we'd spend eating out!

Eating out is a temptation we still struggle with. It can be so easy to just go drive through somewhere. Or if you want to eat "healthy" go get some soup and salad. The drive thru probably costs about $5-10 each time and our healthier runs are probably around $20 each. If we go out to dinner then it's probably at least around $25 for a meal for both of us. Oh, plus tips! That can add up SO fast! Say we did the drive thru once a week, that's $40 a month. A healthier to-go restaurant twice a month would be another $40. Plus, us eating out would be another $25. That'd be $105 a month or $1260 a year! I can think of so many other things I'd rather do with that much money if I had it.

I was just reading this article about the Seven Debtly Sins of Eating Out. We don't have credit cards so we've never gone into debt like they did on eating, but it just proves that it can add up fast. And now, since we're making less and have a baby and have more insurances and expenditures each month it would have the potential to really leave us scrimping and saving every month.

We're still working on cutting back. Basically, that means I need to make a meal plan, do some price matching and have the meal plan and recipes posted on the fridge for the week so if Aaron wants to cook he can have the recipe in sight and it's easier for me, too.

Don't get me wrong. We still eat out occasionally. And there still are nights when we both get home totally exhausted and I debate if there's something quick or that I froze that I can make really quick and sometimes we still go out to eat. It's something we enjoy and it's just nice to not have to make every single meal all the time. And I love eating out for date nights. But I'm trying to improve. For example, I'm trying to come up with dates that don't always involve eating somewhere.

How do you save money on food? Cut back on eating out?

Some Deals

If you don’t live near a Toys R Us, you can also price-match this deal at Walmart.

The Utah Kids Club is giving away FREE memberships for the month of November!
If you haven’t heard of the Utah Kids Club, it is a great organization that will get you Buy 1 Get 1 Free entries to your favorite places to play, eat and have a good time.  They will even tell you about completely free things you and your kids can go do like Chocolate Factory Tours, Free Zoo Days and more!
In order to grab this freebie, you will want to head over to Utah Kids Club.  Then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Join Now”. You will then want to select the “$0.00 FREE Thankful Turkey 1 Month Membership” & complete the checkout process.
**You only need one membership per family. 

Coming up on November 11th, the final Harry Potter movie will be released! On December 29th, Warner Brother’s will stop selling all of the Harry Potter movies. 
That means if you want these movies in your collection, you may want to grab them now! Here are some of the best deals for them on Amazon:
**Side Note: The Harry Potter movies would be a great idea for our Secret Santa Project this year. Head over to learn more about the Secret Santa Project and how to donate. 
(Thanks Couponing to Disney)

Amazon has a great deal on Cascade ActionPacs for the dishwasher right now AND there is a new ecoupon to clip to make it an even better deal!   If you are in need of more dishwasher tabs, then you might want to look into this deal!
This deal is great too because you can shop from home and it will be shipped to you in 2-days for FREE!
  • Head to Amazon HERE to see the Cascade 60 ct. tub tabs on sale for $12.97 (down from $24.03).
  •  Choose the subscribe and save option on the right and this will save you an additional 15% – $1.95 = $11.02
  • Clip the .25/1 ecoupon that looks like this (found on the same page, just scroll down a bit and look for this image) =  final is $10.77 and shipped FREE
Amazon has another great deal on Tide, plus there is a $2 off ecoupon that you can use to make for an awesome deal right now at only $5.13 each 50 oz. bottle and shipped FREE!
This deal is great too because you can shop from home and it will be shipped to you in 2-days for FREE!

All of these are from Freebies2Deals