Vegetable Share Stand for Excess Produce

Is your garden producing more vegetables than your family can eat? I know my garden is producing enough zucchini and yellow squash to feed several families. I have been sharing with my co-workers for the last few weeks. One of our readers, Helen, emailed last week letting us know about a Veggie Share Stand. The little stand above was sitting in front of a church in Earlysville, VA. It says "Take some or leave some". I just love this idea! Maybe you have too many cucumbers growing. You could ...

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What is a Good Buy Price for Dairy & Beverage Items?

Last week I wrote about my buy price for meat. I got several requests to continue the series! This week I will tell you what my buy prices are for Dairy & Beverage Items. When I finish the series, I will combine the whole list onto one page for you. If you are just joining us, we are talking about buying products when they are at their rock bottom price. The best way to save money at the grocery store is to track the sale prices and to buy items when they reach their lowest price. If you ...

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Family Involvement in the Coupon Game

I can't wait until my boys are old enough to clip coupons! I am really far behind in my coupon clipping and organization. My coupons are currently in a pile, similar to the picture above. My oldest wants to clip and he is in training! He is not ready for the big leagues yet as he still cuts off the expiration date. But he tries! Below are some tips on getting your kids involved. Get Your Kids On Board With Coupon Clipping By: Mrs. Not Made of Money Few can argue that clipping coupons can lead ...

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Ask A Swim Instructor: What do you need to know to keep your kids safe

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The sun is out and my little one is on the run. She is usually on the run straight towards water. I have thought about taking her to swim lessons but I am strapped for time. My husband also taught people how to swim when he was in the Navy; so he wants to do it. I keep seeing articles on children drowning and most times drowning occurs while the parent is right there. My husband actually rescued a three year old when she was in the pool with her babysitter. She was very lucky that my husband ...

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What is a Good Buy Price for Meat?

A very common comment I hear is "There are no coupons for food products I buy. How can I save money?" Well forget coupons. Really- you do not have to use coupons to save money at the grocery store! There are other ways to save money on food products. I have mentioned before that you need to track the prices for items you buy regularly. When you start doing that, you will see a trend. Some weeks will be great buy weeks, other weeks the prices will be astronomical for certain items. My mom ...

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Tips for Staying Motivated to Cook

If I don't plan my meals, I am often tempted to go out to eat. Thankfully I live in an area that requires a bit of a drive to restaurants! The drive is deterrent for me and forces me to cook. I have found that writing out a strict menu plan does not work for me. I like a flexible plan! Determine what works best for your family- a flexible plan, a written out weekly menu or even a monthly menu. Motivating Yourself to Cook At Home By: Mrs. Not Made of Money Cooking at home always seems like a ...

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Track Online Deals with Advanced Tools

Now that the expensive Christmas period is over, we're thrust straight into the summer holiday period when the kids are off school and we have to spend extra cash on holidays. Chances are you're looking to save money wherever you can, and shopping online is one of the best ways to do so. If you've got some tips on how to save money using online tools, please let us know in the comments section below. Otherwise, check out our three favorite advanced deal tracking tools... 1. Email Alerts and ...

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Nielsen National Consumer Panel Open Applications

Nielsen National Consumer Panel is taking applications again for the Home Scanner Program. If you are accepted, you will be sent a scanner to scan the barcodes of products your buy. For your efforts you will earn points that you can redeem for valuable prizes. I applied again and was not accepted. Have any of you been accepted yet? ...

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Getting Stuck in the Payment Plan Rut

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So many times people get sucked into buying items because the payment plan is so enticing. I am guilty of this myself! Below are a few tips on staying out of the payment plan rut. Ditch the "Make Payments" Mentality By: Mrs. Not Made of Money One of the hardest parts of learning to being fiscally responsible is breaking free from the payment mentality. Becoming mired down in monthly payments creates a cycle seems almost impossible to break free from. Because you always have a payment to make, ...

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What's Hiding in Your Reusable Grocery Bags?

I was sitting down at breakfast with my step-dad when he asked "Do you use reusable grocery bags?" I replied, "Yes, when I remember." My step-dad went on to read the article in the LA Times "What's in Your Shopping Bag? Bacteria." out loud. The article points out that most people (including myself!) do not wash reusable grocery bags. Now think about this for a minute. Raw meat is loaded into these bags. Yes, they are packaged but we all know packages leak. And do you designate one bag for ...

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