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My group on facebook, A Second Helping of Wellness…  with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith – https://www.facebook.com/groups/asecondhelpingofwellness/ has come through again!  Last Monday I asked them to share their best shopping tips with my blog readers.  In this economy we all need help – at least I know I do!

  •  Coupons! Always coupons! And if you have a coupon that doesn’t have a specific size and it’s not on sale, always get the smallest one. It saves you more per ounce.
  • Beware of freebie sites on the internet.  Once I joined one of those and requested a few things and my computer ended up with all sorts of problems.  Is getting a virus on the computer worth getting a few freebies sent to my door?  No.
  • Be cautious about where you get coupons online for the same reason.  Some sites are notorious for either swamping your computer with spam or sending viruses.  Again, weigh your options and you’ll find it’s not worth the grief.
  • Keep in mind that Walmart has price matching.  If you see an item advertised elsewhere for less money, clip the ad and take it in to Walmart.  When you check out, show the cashier the ad and they will honor that price.
  • Try RedLaser to scan bar codes while you shop.  It compares prices at nearby stores so you can find the best deals.
  • Do you make several trips to the pharmacy?  Next time take a look around while waiting for the medicine.  Often the prices on nonperishables like crackers are lower than grocery stores.
  • Staple items like cereals, flour, rice and coffee are often less expensive at Supercenters like Target or Walmart.
  • There are cooking websites that allow you to type in the ingredients you have on hand.  The sites generate recipe ideas using only those foods so they don’t go to waste and you don’t have to make an extra trip to the store.

Allrecipes.com

Myrecipes.com

Delish.com

  • Remember that frozen foods are just as nutritious as fresh.  When your favorite vegetables and fruits are out of season, you can find them at the frozen food aisle.
  • If you go to a farmer’s market just before it closes, the sellers might be willing to negotiate prices on items they don’t want to haul back home.
  • Sales run in six or eight-week cycles.  Scan circulars for deals on foods that won’t expire, and buy enough to last a month or two until the next sale.
  • A lot of times, I see something I really like in store, but can’t afford. I go on Ebay and often find it for a fraction of the cost, even with bidding wars. Eg: Lacoste polo shirts usually $90+ in store ~ I can find them for around $15 including shipping for like new, pre-owned on Ebay.

So you see, it really is possible to save at the store if you can wind your way around all the hype and see your way clear to the common sense ways of saving at the grocery store.  🙂

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NATIONAL CUT YOUR ENERGY COSTS DAY

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With energy costs going up every year, wouldn’t you like to know how you can cut your energy costs?  I know, me too!   Let’s see what we can learn.

Well there’s certainly something to be said for using less.  I’ve always believed the old saying waste not, want not. 

You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.  – Vernon Howard

Today is NATIONAL CUT YOUR ENERGY COSTS DAY and we’re going to see if there are other ways to see a difference in our energy bill.

I’d recommend you purchase a programmable thermostat. There are lots of provincial rebates and coupons that help you save money when you purchase a new energy-efficient programmable thermostat.  Our furnaces in the winter and air conditioners in the summer can be real energy suckers – but oh we’d be so uncomfortable without them!

I like to use my crock pot for cooking instead of heating up the kitchen stove.  It uses less energy, true, but I use it because I’m more comfortable with a smaller appliance.  To be honest, I forget to plug it in half the time and we end up eating out at a restaurant – LOL!  Of course I don’t do it on purpose.  What an accusation to make of me!  😉

I have a friend who enjoys canning and it saves her a ton of money!  She recently canned her own shredded chicken as well as stock and broth.  She notes 3 reasons for canning:

1.  Canning is therapeutic.  It calms her nerves and brings her joy.  She enjoys carrying on the tradition that her grandmother began so many years ago.

2.  She likes knowing that using her own canned goods means there are no dyes or preservatives.

3.  It’s quite cost-effective.  She said she cooked 40 pounds of bone-in, antibiotic-free chicken that cost $55.85.  It yielded 20 pounds of cooked chicken and 11 quarts of beautiful chicken stock!  We all know how much it costs to buy one little can of chicken stock – even the store’s name brand.

Photos courtesy of Tanya Parrott Moder

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  He who does not economize will have to agonize.  – Confucius

There are hot water heaters you can buy that heat the water faster than water from a hot water tank.  If I understand correctly, you no longer need a tank – the water goes through the little tube thing and you have hot water in an instant.  Unfortunately, they cost quite a bit of money, but I wish we had one in our house because it takes a long time for the water to get warm in the shower at our house!  I don’t know how much water is wasted waiting, but it may be beneficial for us to buy one of those hot water heaters.  I’ll have to crunch the figures.  That should be fun – I can hardly wait.  You know how I love math – NOT!

Hmm…  but then I saw this video:

So…  I guess we’ll be keeping our tank!

Of course, when you buy major appliances make sure they have an energy star rating.  Keep them in good working order and they should give you optimal service.

It’s best to run your dishwasher when it is full.  In our family that’s a challenge.  There are two of us and sometimes it’s easier to run a little warm water in the sink and squirt some Dawn dishwashing detergent in it – and use a little elbow grease!

A little caulking around windows can keep air from coming in the house.  We love the light and warmth of the sun when it streams through the windows on a mild, sunny day; however, when it’s cold outside – well, they whistle and during thunderstorms it sounds as though the storm will come indoors!

Doors should be checked and weather-stripping applied when needed.  It’s amazing how much difference these small changes make.  With a few minor adjustments we can all do better and save some money this year.  That’s money we can use for, say, a Longaberger basket???  Hey – to each his (or her) own.  😉

I know Christmas is over, but I thought this was so cute!

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They even want to economize at the North Pole…  LOL!  🙂