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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The 1 Tool I Never Want to be Without

I just have to say I love my Bissel Little Green Machine. It is the 1 tool I never want to be without. It has saved me soooo much money in cleaning bills. Sticky pop or koolaid spills, check. Spot was left in the house a little too long, check. "Mom, so and so just got sick", double check.
It's small and portable so you can use it almost anywhere.  Love it!

What tools do you love that save you money? Do you have any other tried and true cleaning tips to share?

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Renee

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Welcome to Frozen Food Month

I Just thought I'd give you a heads up on some possible savings.
March is Frozen Food month. While this is not necessarily something you've marked on your calendar it is something you should look out for. There are usually some pretty good deals on your favorite frozen foods so it's a good time to stock up on the things you use a lot of.
Last week I was able to grab a bunch of 16oz frozen veggies for 58c each!
Now I'm keeping my eye out for some good ice cream sales!

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Renee

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Pricematching 101

Groceries are probably one of the biggest expenses in your household. Saving money here can be a big help. I thought I'd share what I do to save money at the supermarket.
There was a time when I used to run from store to store in order to get the best deals at each location. I thought I was saving money. Of course I did not account for all of the extra gas I was using up and the extra time it was costing me. Then stores began to honor other stores advertised specials. No more running from place to place. Yeah.

Here is how I do it.

First, find out your stores price matching policy. They can vary greatly so you will want to know the details before you shop. Some stores that I have price matched at are Albertsons, Fred Meyer and my favorite, Wal-Mart (they should pay me for this).

Next go through the weekly grocery ads and write down what items you like, what store they're from and their advertised price. Take your list to your store and go shopping.
When you get to the checkout counter separate your price match items from your other groceries, this makes it a lot easier. When you get to this section tell the cashier the sale price of the item and the store that it is on sale at. I usually tell the cashier that I have items to price match before I even start to checkout. Watch closely, because you will need to tell the cashier the price for each individual item. I actually love this part. I get to tell the store what I'm willing to pay for the products they are selling.

Make sure you are nice to your cashier. They may question you and that's ok, they're just doing their job. If they are unsure about something they will usually ask a supervisor or you can ask them to ask a supervisor. One thing they won't do is double matching. For example, I wanted to get some Dryer's ice cream that was on sale at one store for $2.50 ea, and another store had it on sale for buy one get one free. They wouldn't let me get 2 ice creams for $2.50. I had to choose which deal I wanted. (I went with the BOGO since my stores price was $3.50).

That's about it. I'd love to hear about some of the great deals you were able to price match.
What are some ways you save money on groceries?

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Renee

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Why I do what I do - Part 2

Since I already shared why I do this I thought it would be nice to share some of why I live a frugal lifestyle.

1. Respect - In our family it's my husbands job to make the money and it's my job to spend it. I figure I'm not a very nice wife if I go out and spend like crazy - and then tell him to go make more money. My husband works hard for our family and I need to work hard at spending that money wisely.

Another part of this is respect, or maybe gratitude is a better word, for the blessings Heavenly Father has given to our family. He has given us everything we have, including the ability to provide for ourselves. That's why I feel I need to be a wise steward.

2. My Children - We have chosen to have (and been blessed) with a large family. As many of you know children can cost a lot of money. In order to give my children what they need, and some of their wants too, I need to make wise choices and try and get the most bang for my buck.
In addition to this I'ts also my responsibility to teach my children. I feel I need to teach them to be wise with their money and the best way to do that is by example.

3. Responsibility - I have to admit I'm not super great at being "green" but I do try and conserve resources where I can. I'm amazed at what you can buy used for a fraction of the price of what you would pay for it new. I like to think that I'm doing my small part at reducing the amount of stuff that gets taken to our landfills and the amount of "stuff" that clutters store shelves and eventually our lives. Living less really is living more.

4. Last but not least, It's fun!!! - I love the thrill of finding a super good buy or saving money on something. I can't explain the excitement, but if your a frugal person like me you probably know exactly what I'm talking about.

These are just a few of the reasons why we live the way we do.
Why do you live a frugal lifestyle? I'd love to hear about it.

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Renee

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Why I do What I Do

I thought I'd take just a second and share why I do this.

You all know me. I'm the lady in the lady in the grocery store who leans over to you and says "you know those are on sale at such and such a place for such and such price." You may look at me like I'm a little crazy, don't worry it's happened before. Or you may look at me, smile and thank me, or you may even say "yes I know! isn't that a great deal." I've heard them all, and love them all. Maybe not the crazy looks so much but I can deal with it.

The truth is if I know something is on sale or if I have come across a way to save money, it's really hard for me to keep it to myself.

I used to send emails to friends when all the back to school sales were on, letting them know what to get where. Now with the advent of the blog, I can share what I know with millions.
Now please don't think that I know everything because I don't! I'm learning, mostly through trial and error, right along with the rest of you. That's why I love to get feedback in the comments (hint hint) and learn what has worked for you.
Even if I can't run into you in the grocery store I hope I can share some little tidbit of information that will help you in some way.
Thanks for listening.

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

Happy 2011 Everyone!
If you haven't noticed, I've been away for a little while. But here I am on New Years Day resolving to pay more attention to this little blog. Really I just need to manage my time better. Anyone else planning on doing that this next year? ;)

I've started a list of post ideas but also wanted your input. What frugal skills would you like to develop and learn more about?
Post a comment and let me know and over the course of 2011 we'll learn and save together.

Live less, live more
Renee


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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Quick Tip - Cheap Candy

I just wanted to share something I do every year after Halloween. The day after Halloween (that's Monday) head to the store and stock up on candy. It will most likely be marked 50% off. Look for the kind that doesn't have the Halloween wrappers on it or isn't a Halloween candy like those gummy fingers, blah. Hershey's kisses and candy bars have been my favorites.
I tuck this candy away and use it to help fill all of my Christmas stockings.
Waalaa! You've just saved half-off of your Christmas candy. Now the trick is actually saving it till then. Good Luck!


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Renee

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