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Feb 21, 2010 11:29 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
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Mar 4, 2010 9:47 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Is Anyone up for a Challenge?

I'm thinking we could have a challenge to see who can save the most money on Groceries. Would you participate?

Let me know your thoughts and if enough people are willing to participate, I'm willing to set up the challenge.

Janet
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Mar 5, 2010 3:20 PM CST
Name: Dawn
Eastern KY Zone 6
I'd like to learn the tricks, but I shop for 6, so I spend more (and look really hard for good sales) :). I'm trying to get into coupons, but I don't use the stuff they have coupons for. We cook from scratch quite a bit so breakfast sandwiches just won't do. Right now I'm trying to get a good deal on ground beef. My supply runneth low.
Image1AnjL
Mar 31, 2010 2:22 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
I just found this cubit...I finally found a bit of time to enjoy all the cubits here Smiling

I cook from scratch a good deal of the time. We have 5 living home, but some nights there are 7 or 8 here for dinner Confused Hilarious! My problem with cooking from scratch is finding recipes. Most of the recipes I find say "a can of this" or Kraft such n such. I get really aggravated, even my Betty Crocker book has a lot of brand or pre-made ingredients in it.

I have cut way back on our grocery bill. 5 yrs ago we were spending $250+ per week just on food items. At that time we had 7 teenagers living here and my step kids were in the habit of sodas, ice cream, chips etc. Little by little we stopped buying the junk. And 4 of the kids have moved out. Then 18 most ago I stopped working and we completely cut off all of the junk. We only buy milk, no sodas, kool aid, juices, etc. We buy popcorn, but no chips or crackers...really no pre-made snacks at all. When I told DH that I could get our grocery bill down to under $100 a week....he didnt believe me. we now spend between $50-$100 a week and I am looking into buying stuff in bulk so we can save even more Big Grin Hurray!

All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 31, 2010 4:00 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Way to go Annmarie!!! That's awesome that you've been able to cut your bill down so much.

We're glad to have you here and hope to learn more from you and your thrifty ways! Big Grin
Image1AnjL
Mar 31, 2010 4:06 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
I'm still learning Big Grin which is how I found this cubit Whistling I think having such a drastic income cut when I got sick was a huge wake up call for me and DH. We realized just how many 'wants' we were buying and how much money we were wasting. Grumbling
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 31, 2010 4:09 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Ya know, if I could just stay home we'd save a bundle! HAHAHAHAHA

I'm getting better though about walking into a thrift store and coming out empty handed. Sometimes I just need to put it in my buggy......... Then I put it back and walk out. Makes me feel like I had it .... at least for a little while! HAHAHAHA
Image1AnjL
Mar 31, 2010 4:13 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Hilarious! Now that you mention it... I never liked shopping in stores. I think its just the time spent...and the crowds maybe? I dont know but it was always a 'chore' for me. But thrift stores and garage sales...well thats another story! Hilarious! I havent been to a thrift store yet this year. Hurray! and the last time I went was in Dec and I was on a mission to find snowsuits for the cabin. I didnt take time to look at anything, so saved lots of $$ Hilarious!
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 31, 2010 4:15 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Good for you! Connie and I support each others' "need" for thrifting. Sometimes we'll talk each other out of things. Other times, well the things win! HAHAHA
ImageDutchlady1
Mar 31, 2010 6:37 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
I'm a thrift store (and garage sale) shopper myself. But I never mind if I splurge on something; hey - I mean, I got a almost new Ralph Lauren pure linen blazer for $ 25 the other day.... fit me like a glove, in my favorite dusky blue. There was NO WAY I would not have bought that.
However, not in a million years would I have spent the $ 500 or so that those things retail for new! Even if I had it to spend, which I don't.
Image1AnjL
Mar 31, 2010 7:12 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
When I worked, I always bought my suits second hand. No way was I going to spend my hard earned money on something new if I could get it for a few dollars slightly used :-) There are some things I wont buy used. Shoes, mattresses, sheets, and undergarments etc. When shopping for furniture or pots n pans... I'll check the thrift stores first LOL.

DD buys all my DGS's clothes at the thrift stores. He's only 2 and the only baby in the family right now. There are no hand-me-downs to go around... but he grows so fast it just doesnt make sense to buy him new clothes.
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 31, 2010 7:37 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
My oldest daughter is now almost 28. I started Goodwilling when I was pregnant with her. She grew up in GW clothes and still buys them now for her own kids.
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May 20, 2010 9:11 AM CST
Name: shirleyt thompson
Pearl River, Louisiana
Beginners At Art
My best tip for saving money would be......Go shopping enjoy yourself....put things in you buggy that you think you really want or need...then before you go to check out ...ask yourself if your items pass the need test or is it something you just want. Treat yourself to one want and make everything else be needs. You have had fun and stayed on track. In effect you have been a good Budgeter for the day. lol shirleyt
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ImageUniQueTreasures
May 20, 2010 10:25 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Awesome advice Shirley! I do that at Goodwill and other thrift stores. If I think I want it, I put it in the buggy. Afterall, possession is 10/10th's of the law at Goodwill. When I am ready to leave, I put back the things I can live without. I've had lots of fun and it was mine for as long as I was in the store. Thumbs up
ImageMaryE
Jun 6, 2010 1:23 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Wow! this is my kind of place. Sometimes I think I'm beyond frugal, just plain cheap. thrift stores, bulk buying, ask and ye shall recieve, growing my own, all those things. I also am a member/owner in a grocery co-op. By working 10 hours a month there I get a 30% discount, and now and then come home with a freebee if they are discontinuing or tossing something.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageUniQueTreasures
Jun 6, 2010 4:01 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I wish we had some type of grocery co-op here. Where do I go to find out if such a thing is available?
ImageMaryE
Jun 10, 2010 4:47 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
A Google search might turn up something. Key words besides grocery co-op might include, grocery buying club, bulk food, non profit buying, or something similiar. Ours was started 30 some years ago by a few people who wanted to buy in bulk and divide it among themselves.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageMaryE
Jun 10, 2010 4:53 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Here's a link. Check out the index tabs, you'll find some usefull information about how it is run. The picture of the building was taken shortly after we leased it last winter, and we were doing some major work inside while still conducting business in our old location.

http://www.bakerfoodcoop.org/
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageUniQueTreasures
Jun 10, 2010 8:18 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Thanks for the link Mary. They have some great tips there!
ImageRidesredmule
Dec 30, 2010 4:22 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Orchids too! Maybe not fancy but when I got to Lowes I look at their clearance racks and sometimes there are some plants that really need good homes and when they are on that rack the price is wonderful. I have several plants I've gotten from clearance tables. A desert rose for $3.50 at Wal mart I couldn't beieve it. Now, DH is looking too. I love it!!

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