Save Today, Step Two

Last week I ‘started over’ with my shopping habits, it’s not all that easy to reign in the need to just walk into a store and spend, buy what you need, not think much about what the bill will be, but I am a little competitive with ‘myself’ so, once I start tracking what I am spending again I start challenging myself to do better. So, here is “Step Two” (not to be confused with the two step, but dance if you must)

1.  Take a look at what you have in your cabinets, fridge, freezer, pantry.  You are going to find you have things you’ve bought on impulse months ago, pushed to back of cabinet and never used.  USE these things or put them in a bag to donate.  Do something with these finds or you’ll end up throwing them away some day. (oh yes, this is me too!)

I still have leftovers from last week’s whole chicken. Time to make chicken pie and freeze whatever may be left for future soup? I still have leftover Ham steak for our weekly dinner with eggs (egg sandwiches or omelets). Found cans of Kidney beans (dusty) for Chili and some frozen breaded Perdue Chicken (chicken parm subs?)

2. Write your weekly menu (different order than step one). What items did you buy last week that you didn’t use?  what is in your cabinets that you pushed to the back ? If you are reading this post you have the internet, go to Pinterest or google several other sites and search on recipes for leftovers or the ingredients you have and start using these things, stop wasting your $$ and time.

3. READ, browse through your weekly grocery circular. WOW, there are things on sale that you use more than once a month, buy extra, plan your menu around these items. (have you noticed we are NOT using coupons YET?!)  Revise menu if needed.

4. Write your Grocery List. and REMEMBER to Bring Your List with You. (my biggest mistake!!)

So, we are going to ‘take inventory’ of what we already have, make a menu planned from our inventory, what is on sale and what we really need.  Make a plan and stick to it. Of course, life gets in the way, we change plans, too tired to cook or get off schedule, there is flexibility in our schedules and should be with our menu’s but if you have a plan, a list (oh god, my dad would be so proud of my importance of lists) you will find it much easier to keep yourself from overspending.

Hoping to hear of your successes and failures too. We’ll work together to get better at this.

If you are ready to skip ahead to electronic assistance with lists, deals.. some sites i use for help are www.couponmom.com (she has a great ‘list’ feature) www.krazycouponlady.com (you may need to ‘search’ for your grocery store) and www.howtoshopforfree.net (i stalk this site for gas rewards tips).  Friend $ensible Deal$ for daily finds by others.

Coming soon: Couponing and saving the lazy way!

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Save Today, Step One

Hello Folks, Let’s get saving together. blogfrugal

I’ve been in a coupon and savings fog lately, end of summer goes that way for me. I get caught up in end of season garden closing and a little less daylight, it gets my routine all in a funk.  So, here is how I got my daughter Nicole got me started and first steps I use to help beginners:

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1.  In the comments below post your grocery list. Also, if you’re feeling brave, post what your weekly grocery total $$ is/was.

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2. Write your week’s menu down for your main meals, food needs.  You’ll find you serve some things every week. eg; pasta, sauce, meatballs 1x/wk, eggs, english muffins, 1x/wk.

Let’s get started.

This week my list goes something like: Hamburg, Chicken (whole), Sausage, Sliced Sharp Cheese, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Ham steaks, Onion, Potatoes, Carrots, Sugar Pumpkin, Gravy, Asparagus, frozen peas, corn.  Garlic Bread, Ice Cream.

My Menu will be something like: (yes, I’m unorganized .. still working on getting back in a groove again) Sunday – Whole Chicken, veggies, potatoes or rice (recipes anyone?) Monday – Hamsteak with diced potatoes/peppers/onions in foil pouch on grill, asparagus.  Tuesday – Chicken Soup with leftovers from Sunday.  Wednesday -Shepherds pie cooked “inside” sweet pumpkin, easy and scrumptuous.  Thursday – Egg casserole (hash browns from leftover potatoes in bottom of pan topped with scrambled egg mixture, leftover asparagus, leftover ham, topped with shredded cheese.. cook for 30mins EASY).  Friday – Pasta with sausages (cooked in crock pot w/sauce) with Garlic Bread.   Saturday – Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese or any leftovers.   Leftovers during the week are planned into other meals but mainly used for lunches throughout the week.

I haven’t been doing the coupon thing for over a month, my grocery $$ will look more like yours, let’s see how we do and how we can do better next week. Look forward to seeing your menu/grocery list in the comments below 🙂                                                              $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Later that same day………….   OY! definitely time to get on the savings train again. I spent (for just 2 of us!) $97.00.

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#1 Mistake – I didn’t bring my list.                   #2 Mistake – went in at dinner time and hungry.  So, I skipped the sausage for pasta night, not happy with price (will have to make meatballs w/hamburger), I forgot the sugar pumpkin but that will work out well, they are cheaper at corner garden stand “Boston Tropical”. If I add in that, will bring grocery bill up to $100. I did take advantage of a spend $15, get $5 off with the garlic bread and added in some ravioli (also spinach ravioli to add to chicken soup.. yummy).  I also bought extra salsa, tomato sauce and cream cheese on sale and asparagus was on a 3day sale of only $1.49/lb at Stop and Shop.  Plus side was my gas points are at 2800 (will save 2.20/gal with .60/gal savings towards next fill up).  Go to  ‘Frugal’ page to learn about gas point savings.

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I only shop Stop and Shop. I know my store, it’s sale cycles, the staff, they are close to home and I am truly addicted to my gas points/savings. blogfrugalstopandshoplogo

I have not spent more than $1.50 gal for gas in four months thanks to Kathy Spencer at www.howtoshopforfree.net .  I also have $ensible Deal$ on facebook   https://www.facebook.com/groups/404547752977901/ with automatic posts, people shopping everywhere update throughout the day with their great finds. There are tons of coupon websites/blogs/facebook posts, you just need to find the one(s) that work best for you and the stores you favor.  I used to do the multiple grocery store and drugstore (cvs, rite aid and walgreens) but way too much time for me. Now I stick to Stop and Shop and Rite Aid, both I drive by every day so easy to stop in for last minute deals that I see posted.

The websites I frequent right now are www.howtoshopforfree.net (Kathy is from Massachusetts, which is a huge plus for me) , www.krazycouponlady.com , www.couponmom.com .

Hope you find this info useful.. remember, #1 make your list, stick to it. #2 write down what you spent. Step Two coming soon.

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New Pages Added .. click on menu bar above… WWYD  and/or Pets Not Peaves

WWYD (What Would You Do?) .. Sure to open up some conversations. Not one of my proudest moments.

Pets Not Peaves …. FINALLY.. a new page!! See if your Pet is here, if not… send me a quick pic 🙂

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I just made a new Voki. See it here:

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Which Came First? The Chicken or the Egg?

An age-old question and one we often get asked as backyard poultry owners. In our home the chicken came first, the eggs… well, depends on the moods our hens are in. There are days I’d love to give up the whole back yard farmer thing and move to the city or even better, a home by the ocean and buy my eggs at the corner five and dime, but then I go and order breakfast at the local diner and realize that nobody has better eggs than the people who grow their own. I’m NOT a cook, but can wow most family critics with my omelets and scrambled eggs. I get the credit for the fruits (eggs) of another’s labor. That is when I remember why I love living with a yard and zoning that allows back yard feathered friends.

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