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How to Save Money on Fruits and Vegetables

How to Save Money on Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables rank on the bottom of my list lately as I have seen their prices go up and the quality go down. This has always been a hard decision but with a strict grocery budget and no one in my house volunteering to give up meat, it has to be done. However, most recently I have realized not having fruits and vegetables handy is hindering my weight loss and affecting what my children eat. So I decided to figure out how I can save and have my fruits and vegetables. Today I hit the jackpot as you can see in the picture. Can you guess how much I spent on all the fruits and vegetables in the picture? Because I love to save money on vegetables.

How to Save Money on Fruits and Vegetables

How save money on vegetables

1. Buy the fruits and vegetables that are in season. Fall is the perfect time to enjoy apples and pears but they will cost more in the spring. These are the best times to buy Fruits and Vegetables

2. Compare prices between your local grocery stores, fruit markets, specialty stores each week when the sale come out.

3. Buy in bulk. Many times apples, oranges, potatoes, and onions are cheaper in prepackaged bags than individually. Split these purchases with family and/or friends if you won’t use them up by yourself before they go bad.

4. Only buy what you can eat before it goes bad. There is nothing worse than throwing away fruits and vegetables that are rotten. I see dollar signs in my heads when I do this.

5. Buy frozen or canned versions if fresh are not available for a reasonable price. This is a great alternative for strawberries, brocolli, green beans, cauliflower and berries. I do not like canned asparagus.

6. Buy from local farmers and vendors. This can save money and also give back to your local community. I will note that sometimes they are not always cheaper than the stores depending on your area and encourage you to be aware what the stores in your area are charging.

7. Buy fruits and veggies the way they were grown. Don’t pay extra just because they have already been washed, cut and package for you. It doesn’t take much time to do this yourself and is definitely worth the savings.

8. Shop the manager’s specials or clearance section. Many times this food is marked down because it is not attractive to shoppers but it is still perfectly edible. Many items that are marked down include: single bananas, broken apart bunches of grapes, slightly bruised apples, citrus that is not vibrant in color, etc. THIS IS HOW I SAVED TODAY!! I filled up my cart and came home with everything in the picture for only $31.64.

So when my family is roaming for food I can sit comfortably knowing that I have provided them with fruits and vegetables to keep them them satisfied and healthy.

Go enjoy some fruits and vegetables with your family!!!

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Save Money While Cooking

Save Money While Cooking

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Save Money While Cooking

Check out these 10 simple tips to Save your dollars while cooking!

1) Use powdered milk instead of regular milk –It is easy to mix up as needed as is a great substitute in recipes, pasta or rice side dishes,pudding and anything else that calls for milk. The only thing I won’t use powdered milk for is if I am having it straight up in cereal or a glass.

2) Keep your brown sugar from getting hard by placing a piece of bread inside the container. The brown sugar draws the moisture from the bread. Change out the bread when you use the brown sugar.Continue reading

Hosting a Cookout on a Budget

Hosting a Cookout on a Budget

Hosting a Cookout on a Budgetrong>Hosting a Cookout on a Budget-I love that the weather it’s starting to get warm, that means it’s time for flip flops, swimming, and cookouts! What is better than rounding up some friends and throwing some burgers on the grill? Nothing!  You get to enjoy being outside in the fresh air, and the clean up is much easier! Cookouts are a great way to spend your summer days, and here are some tips for hosting a cookout on a budget to make it even better!

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Budgeting for a New Baby

Budgeting for a New Baby

Budgeting for a New Baby

So you are having a baby? Congratulations! On a budget? Congratulations! One of the most amazing gifts you can give your children is the ability to manage their money. Unfortunately, babies do not understand that money does not grow on trees. So until they figure it out, you must manage money no way that will teach invite. Budgeting for a new baby is a money skill that you should learn.

Tips for Budgeting for a New Baby



One of the first places to start is all the things that you (think) you need for new baby. Here’s the thing about having a kid, nesting is a very real thing for women. I’m sure that men experience it too, but the urge to build a home when you know a baby is on the way is very powerful. The crazy thing is that, at least at the beginning, you actually need very little. All of the cute, convenient, expensive, little things you will probably register for as gifts are things that YOU feel that YOU need for the baby. Here are the things that you really need and how to get them for less: 1) Food. Food for you, and food for them. Whether or not you were breast-feeding or formula feeding, either way you both need fed. A membership to a wholesale club will come very much in handy for things like this. Quick, healthy snack items and plenty of liquids will go along way for helping Mom get through the marathon that is a newborn. 2) Diapers and wipes. Couponing is a great way to get diapers for less money. almost all major drugstores and/or grocery stores pretty great coupon deals every few months. There are great couponing blogs out there we can point you in the right direction. Or you can just search “diaper deals with coupons” and find plenty of resources. Also, don’t get stuck in the idea that you have to buy namebrand diaper. Many of the storebrand diapers are all manufactured by the same company’s but just have less marketing money behind them. I encourage you to try all the different brands and see which ones you like. Also note that what works for a girl does not always work for a boy and vice versa. Have you ever heard about Amazon Mom? There are amazing deals to be had through this site. Specifically, if you are a member of Amazon Mom you can get great deals on wipes. Again, find a great couponing site and a lot of times the members there will alert you as to when they are available. Another option is cloth diapering. If you really want to save money this is something to look into. It takes a little more time and effort but the savings are worth it. 3) Clothes. Babies need clothes. Not much, but they do need them. Personally I never buy baby clothes new for several reasons. Baby clothes are either destroyed or in perfect condition. A baby either had a blowout or spit up that stained their outfit permanently or they wear it for two minutes and got changed into something else. Babies grow fast in that first year, and often clothes do not get very worn out. Talk to fellow moms about consignment sales. Where than likely they know with the good ones are. There are many mom owned small sales as well as church sales where you can find unbelievable deals. As a first-time mom you more than likely will want to buy many cute outfits. Let those be gifts. People want to give you gifts. Take something back from your registry that you really don’t need or could buy used and buy all the cute outfits you want. When it comes to YOUR money though, stick to used. The money you save will be better put towards other things in the future. Another thing is that many stores (in particular Target) have great seasonal sales. If you keep an eye on the clearance racks, you will be able to spot some great deals on outfits after the holidays are over. Those clothes are a great deal (even if there are little four leaf clovers or pumpkins all over them).

Where NOT to skimp when Budgeting for a New Baby:


1) Carseats. Seriously, don’t do it. When it comes to the safety of your most treasured possession, do not cheap out! If you can’t afford the most expensive seat on the market, it doesn’t matter. There are plenty of wonderful safe options in many price ranges. You might be able to find a program that provides a free car seat in exchange for taking a short class. This is where joining a mommy group online or Google can really be your friend. Do the research yourself. Make sure your child’s safety is first and foremost.

2) A carrier. It doesn’t matter which one you choose, but regaining the free use of your hands again is worth every penny. Baby wearing is a gift to you and your child if done safely. Research your options and if you buy quality, you will be able to use it for many years.

Remember you are raising this child for the rest of their life. They will not look back at pictures and think you should’ve spent more. They will remember if you had to work all the time and were stressed all the time to make ends meet. Focus on the road to financial freedom that grants you more time to be there to enjoy them growing up.

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How to Manage Food Budget for Family?

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Angie Rumpf

I am a stay at home mom and happily married to my husband Tom. I have a five year old daughter and a two and a half year old son. I grew up in Orlando, but went to school in New York City and lived in Los Angeles before moving home to raise a family. I have worked in the film industry since the early nineties, and for over a decade with the Florida Film Festival. I also spent many years working in marketing with Glaceau and Honest Tea. But, I am happiest at home building my family.

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How To Budget Plan For Food For A Family

Learn How To Budget Plan For Food For A Family with our tips! Get the frugal tips and be able to live and thrive under $30,000 so you can save money!

Having a budget plan for your family is a must in all areas.  Not just for the major bills you pay monthly.  One of the keys to successfully running a household for under $30,000 a year is managing your food budget. The way to make your food budget stretch is to use a few really helpful tips.

How To Budget Plan For Food For A Family

Use coupons to save money

1) Coupons. You may think couponing is hard, or time-consuming, or extreme, but in this day and age with couponing being main stream there is no excuse to great to ignore savings like that. Especially staple items that are regularly in couponing cycles (which are approximately every 6 weeks).

freeze broth to save money

2) Make stocks and seasonings in bulk. When you are cooking food that could be considered simple and uncomplicated, flavor is important. Quinoa is a staple side from most of our dinners. It’s healthy and provides a lot of protein. Throughout the week whenever I use fresh vegetables I tend to keep a little bit of each vegetable and put it into a Ziploc freezer bag. Over the weekend, I boil all of the vegetables in a pot with water and turn it into vegetable stock. I then take the strained liquid and put it into ice cube trays and freeze it into cubes. Those cubes then go into the Ziploc bag. Throughout the week whatever I make quinoa I always throw a cube or two of vegetable stock

Throughout the week whenever I use fresh vegetables I tend to keep a little bit of each vegetable and put it into a Ziploc freezer bag. Over the weekend, I boil all of the vegetables in a pot with water and turn it into vegetable stock. I then take the strained liquid and put it into ice cube trays and freeze it into cubes. Those cubes then go into the Ziploc bag. Throughout the week whatever I make quinoa I always throw a cube or two of vegetable stock into it to flavor it. Another stock that I usually make with leftovers is chicken stock. Sometimes I will buy a rotisserie chicken on the weekend and use it for several dishes during the week. Then I will boil the bones down into chicken stock/bone broth. I also freeze the broth into ice cubes. Fresh herbs also freeze well into ice cubes with water. It is a way to be able to quickly add flavor to many dishes.

3) Don’t skip out on nutritional food. When trying to make food dollars stretch, one of the things that tend to get trimmed out by budget is nutritional value. This is one thing in our budget plan that can’t be an option.  Cutting out nutritional value due to budget is never acceptable. Do you know what will cut into your budget? Ill health. An easy and affordable way to add extra nutritional value is to purée vegetables in advance add them into recipes in spoonfuls. If short on time, a way to cut a corner would be to use baby food. I know it sounds crazy, but it is quality food and usually mixes easily into most recipes. Also, soup and salad is a great way to eat healthy on a small budget and keep up with your health. Mason jar salads are easy to prep in advance and crockpot chili can hide a multitude of nutrition.

Having a good budget plan for your groceries is a must.  You don’t have to eat only beans and rice when you plan and use all of your food for leftovers, stocks, soups, and other dishes that help you stretch your dollars while giving you healthy nutritious meals.

Do you have tips on how to manage food budget for family? Share it with us below.

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I am a stay at home mom and happily married to my husband Tom. I have a five year old daughter and a two and a half year old son. I grew up in Orlando, but went to school in New York City and lived in Los Angeles before moving home to raise a family. I have worked in the film industry since the early nineties, and for over a decade with the Florida Film Festival. I also spent many years working in marketing with Glaceau and Honest Tea. But, I am happiest at home building my family.

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Money Management Skill

Money Management Skill

The important money management skill that we should learn asap is to stick to your budget and hold yourself accountable.

Accountability is hard. Persistence is hard. If it was easy, everyone would have everything they want exactly when they want it. At the end of the day, what is important to you? It takes time and hard work. If you to want to head toward the goal of not needing to work to live, then you must chip away and the things keeping you from that goal. If you want to live more and work less, you need to get to a point where you don’t need more than you have. Do whatever you need to do to make the goal forefront I your mind. Do you need your partner to check you when you get off track? Great! Then get them on board with the plan so they can help and encourage you when you are faltering. Do you need a dream board? Great! Some people need to see that cabin in the mountains, that trip to Disney, that new car to help making sacrifices an easier thing to do. Do you live electronically? Great! There are many programs out there that can help you stay on track to achieve your goals. Find what works for you and stick to it. But beware your darlings, if it isn’t working for you then change it because it will quickly work against you. Reevaluation of your priorities is crucial. Money can buy you happiness. Not because if the amount you have in the bank, but because of the hold (or lack of a hold) that it has on you. Consider why you are living lean. Remember that a little bit of sacrifice can pay off huge with a little bit of time, preparedness, and commitment. It is tough, but life is tough. Make the sacrifices as long as they serve the purpose of the bigger picture. Only you can make this change in your life. Pennies do add up and you will be surprised how quickly you see a real change in your life.

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Read part 1 of Angie’s Living on $30,000 Best Frugal Tips on Thriving and (not just surviving) on $30,000 a year!

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Part 2 – Basic Home Budgeting

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Part 3 – How to Budget Monthly Finances Wisely

How to Not Spend Money

Part 4 – How to Not Spend Money

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Part 5 – Smart Money Saving Tips to Control Your Debt

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Angie Rumpf

I am a stay at home mom and happily married to my husband Tom. I have a five year old daughter and a two and a half year old son. I grew up in Orlando, but went to school in New York City and lived in Los Angeles before moving home to raise a family. I have worked in the film industry since the early nineties, and for over a decade with the Florida Film Festival. I also spent many years working in marketing with Glaceau and Honest Tea. But, I am happiest at home building my family.

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