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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Saving Money While Eating Out on Vacation

Travel season is in full swing. A big expense while traveling is food. Although eating out is enjoyable, it can put a strain on the vacation budget. There are ways to save on meals while traveling though. Pack snacks: With two young boys snacks and drinks are essential. Sometimes it may be a long wait for a meal. Having snacks handy will reduce the whining and save you money. My kids can't wait long to eat and if I don't have something with me, I will have to buy a snack. I pack several ...

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Saving on Car Insurance Premiums

Car insurance is a necessary expense. The way that I save on car insurance is getting it through the same company that supplies our life and home insurance. We get a discount from having all three policies with them. I have also used the same insurance company for 16 years which nets another discount. What are your tips for saving on insurance? Some Tips For Lowering Your Car Insurance Premium By: Mrs. Not Made of Money Car insurance is required in every state in the United States. While that ...

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Thrifty & Unique Wedding Gifts

This is the last of the Affordable Wedding series. If you are just joining us, I have written about Inexpensive Wedding Favors and Planning a Wedding on a Budget. Sara from Saving For Someday is guest posting today on Thrifty & Unique Wedding gifts. Summer is prime wedding season. It’s also a great opportunity to share your great frugal tips with the new bride and groom. Of course, a lovely wedding gift will be required but don’t overlook this as an opportunity for you to save and still ...

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Make the Most of Your Leftovers

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Using leftovers is a great way to stretch your budget and to cut down on time in the kitchen. Connie comes up with recipes every week for us and she gives us excellent tips on stretching meals. Below you will find some additional tips for keeping leftovers from becoming boring. Tips and Tricks for Using Up Leftovers By: Mrs. Not Made of Money If you are trying to prepare meals on a budget, leftovers can be a blessing or a curse. Having leftovers can make it much easier to prepare the next ...

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