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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 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 $31.64.
So when my family is roaming for food I can sit comfortably knowing that I have provided them with fruits and vegetables to keep them them satisfied and healthy.
Go enjoy some fruits and vegetables with your family!!!
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Summer is a great time to learn to cut your child or children’s hair. If your learning curve is wide and slow then the children are not as likely to be teased due to the lack of school! Also, cutting boys’ hair is easier in the summer because generally speaking it is cooler to have shorter “buzzed” type cuts! Girls haircuts can easily be disguised as long as it fits into a ponytail!. One tool that we have found to be wonderful for a boy’s basic haircut is a set of clippers. We have had a few different ones over the past 15 years. One even caught the “clippings” so you didn’t have to vacuum after the haircut. While this was nice it was an unnecessary perk. At times, it did require stopping and emptying the bin. There are specific tops for each length of hair as well as over the ears. Once you select the top for the length of hair you want to keep then you comb through the hair. It is an almost fool proof method for cutting boys hair!
Scared to cut all the hair? Start simply by trimming over the ears and along the neckline for boys or trimming bangs for girls. Follow the “pattern” from the last haircut. Trimming those couple of areas will almost double the time in between needed haircuts thus cutting your haircut costs in half!
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Topic: Saving Tips
This 2013 our goal is to save more money! MadameDeals is all about Making Dollar$ Out of Change, so everyday we will be sharing some useful and simple tips that we can easily do. Saving a few buck$ may not be a lot, but if you will combine all the savings that you can get within a year, I’m sure you’ll all be surprised with the result.
Our budget saving tip for today
Since I am “Madame Deals” I will share my tip.
1) It is not what you SAVE but it is what you spend. That means if you spend $5.00 and save $10.00 if you didn’t need the $5.00 item you actually should have saved that money! – Amee
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