Ways To Save…

Around the beginning of the new year I wanted to work on saving money in the area of groceries. I was launched into a world of frugal mamma blogs and lost in the various drug store reward lingo; just generally amazed at the wealth of information out there. I started printing coupons off the internet and often felt like I was spreading information all over the web in an effort to save some money.

I am quite sure I STILL have much to learn. Just yesterday another Mom told me about a great website to look up. Our family tends to not eat a lot of processed foods or sugary cereals so sometimes I feel like most of the coupons out there don’t help us out much. I don’t have time to go to three or four different grocery stores to get the best deals and it really does take a lot of hours to look up coupons and plan out shopping trips. Now of course, I am just starting and I am sure as time goes on, I’ll get the hang of it!

I’d like to share with you some things that I have particularly found helpful so far in my search. The first is a great new book by a blogger, Mary Ostyn. It is called Family Feasts for $75 a Week and I love it! She starts the book with tips on how she feeds her family of 12 with an exceptionally small amount of money. Throughout the book, which includes 200 recipes, she has ideas on keeping kids happy while out shopping, the most cost effective way to feed breakfast to a large family, shopping tips for navigating grocery stores and places like Costco and other helpful ideas. She has homemade recipes for things like cream of mushroom/chicken soups which I use as a base for crock pot recipes. One thing she is big on is making a price list of all the groceries you purchase. I’ve been documenting the normal price of my groceries at various area stores so I know when a sale is really a good sale. I’ve tried out several of her recipes and my family will heartily agree that they are good.

Another blog I find helpful is done by an old college friend. She collects great deals from various websites so you don’t have to spend a lot of time going to numerous places (of which there are many!). I am sure there are many other people who do the same as Spend Freely, but I am loyal to her blog. In fact, I recently got a coupon book of nice coupons here that Spend Freely posted. If I can get on the ball, I’ll try to let you know about opportunities like this.

The last thing I’ve been doing is called Swagbucks. It is a way to earn prizes such as gift cards to amazon, simply by searching the internet through their search engine. I’ve only been doing it for a month or so and I have a lot of points racked up. I am not going to cash in for a while, but it seems to be worth it. We’ll see how it goes!

So that is the start to my journey of being more careful with grocery spending. If you have any helpful tips feel free to leave a comment, I love hearing from you!

5 Comments

  1. Melissa
    Mar 9, 2010

    Hey Hilary –

    Definitely check out the bulk clubs – we found BJ’s to have a huge selection of baby stuff, including the Annie’s organic mac and cheese that Emma loves for a great deal. We try to go organic where we can. The BJ’s up here also has organic milk for a good price. We currently belong to Sam’s Club, but are going to do a BJ’s membership too. Jay’s parents belong to Costco – the most expensive of the 3 major bulk clubs to join and most expensive items. Sam’s is the cheapest membership and prices and BJ’s is a close second. Diapers and wipes are definitely cheaper at Sam’s. If you have Target near you, check their prices out too – the ones up here are expanding their grocery section and we have found ourselves getting a lot of our groceries there for better prices than the grocery store. Target also has a pretty nice selection of organic items. It was so good to see you guys! Love the cat and the hat pictures!

  2. Lisa
    Mar 12, 2010

    Hilary, Ruthie introduced me to your blog~ about saving on groceries, I’ve found that the most overlooked way for us to save is by using LESS of things we thoughtlessly use… like do you need a huge glob of toothpaste or can you use half as much and still get the job done? A palmfull of shampoo or a quarter or dime sized ammount? This sounds REALLY stingy, but if baby’s just wet, I tear my wipes in half (his heiny is still so little!) and it works just as well. This doesn’t always work, and doesn’t always work with edible groceries, because food is food and we need to eat. But as opposed to scrambling around to get a deal on expendables like paper towels and soap, it just seems to be easier to use less.

  3. MMOM
    Mar 16, 2010

    H-
    You could always stock up when things are on sale, like, how about stashing 11 boxes of cereal in a pantry????? JK. Love you

  4. Holly Lohnes
    May 14, 2010

    I have found this website… think it might be worthwhile and worth the time to look through it… maybe you can gleam some from it too. LOVE

    http://www.e-mealz.com

  5. Holly Lohnes
    May 14, 2010

    You can also browse the weekly specials at PUBLIX and Bi-Lo by searching their online websites, rather than chasing down their fliers from a newspaper or stopping by the store… You may have already known that, but thought I’d share with you what I just found today… ;)

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