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31 Days to Save – Day 29 – Family Party Time!

“31 Days to Save ”: A crash course in grocery savings!

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We’ve learned a lot of ways to save money, and one is to eat at home, but feeding a family is a lot of work. For me, getting dinner on the table every night, after shopping, prepping, cooking, then dishes, dishes and more dishes… if the only reward was saving money, it wouldn’t be enough to keep me going for the long haul. But I have a big reward that’s my biggest motivator for keepin’ on keepin’ on… I look forward to that crowning moment of time with the ones I love! If our dinner table wasn’t something to look forward to most of the time, I know I would have burned out years ago.

I hope this video on “Family Party Time” helps you as it’s helped me to keep meals at home for the long haul!:

 

To show your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on our Facebook thread for Day 29 “Family Party Time.” Ask questions, or share some of your ideas on how you make dinner at home special and enjoyable for you and your family. And tell me if you think it helps to motivate you for all your labors and keeps you going!


Optional Additional reading:

There’s a lot more that goes into making “Family Party Time” at your dinner table, more than I can put in a paragraph and a three minute video. Part of it starts with kids in the kitchen. From beginning to end, it’s all a safe and fun place, and we’re all in it together. Here’s something on the topic from “Shop Smart, Save More”:

Chapter 12: All in the Family

Kids, by definition, are fussy eaters. But here’s a little secret I’ll let you in on: they will eat almost anything if they make it themselves. My boys always loved to experiment and whip up their own bizarre dishes (who knew you could eat broccoli with chocolate chips?). Even more fun: give that dish a crazy name, like Alien Asparagus or Monster Meatballs. Just make sure if you have little ones, you supervise all their culinary efforts closely (watch hot stovetops, pointy utensils and even butter knives). You can even encourage them to draw their own menus for the meal while the dish is cooking (a great distraction when they’re whining, “Is it ready yet?”). Remember to have fun and not take things too seriously. Kids will spill and slop and sprinkle flour all over your kitchen floor. That’s what kids do. You want them to feel comfortable in the kitchen, so when you’re old and tired (like me!) and they’re almost all grown, they can make you a meal fit for a queen–and do their own clean-up!…

(End of excerpt from “Shop Smart, Save More” by TeriGault with Sheryl Berk)

http://www.thegrocerygame.com/more-ways-to-save/teris-book-shop-smart-save-more/

For your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on our Facebook thread for Day 29 “Family Party Time”. Ask questions, or share some of your ideas on how you make dinner at home special and enjoyable for you and your family. And tell me if you think it helps to motivate you for all your labors and keeps you going!  http://www.facebook.com/TheGroceryGame
See you tomorrow!

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31 Days to Save – Day 30 – Instant Rebates at the Supermarket

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If you can learn to navigate instant rebates, you can save BIG bucks! The offers are usually to mix and match, and buy a minimum number of items within a specified group, and get instant savings at the register. There’s often several different offers at a time for one store: Mix and match 10 from this group for $5 back, and 5 from another group for $3, and 7 from another group for $3, etc…Instant rebates offer huge savings, especially if you choose items with the highest value to begin with, and use coupons for more “deal stacking”. But… It can cost you money if you don’t buy the right items and quantity, and if you get too many, you don’t save as much. Sound complicating???…

Watch this video, on how http://www.TheGroceryGame.com/ states the final price of each item with any available coupons and the instant rebate figured in, and then how our tools organize your selections into their various “Instant Rebate” groups, so you can be sure you have all your ducks in a row before heading out to the store! In the end, the best advice I can give is to just log in and try it!:


To show your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on our Facebook thread for Day 30 “Instant Rebates.” Ask questions, or share what kinds of deals you’ve gotten by “deal stacking” with instant rebates!

Optional Additional reading:

Here’s an article on Instant Rebates, and a review on lots of other savings strategies that we’ve covered over our last 30 days:

http://save.lovetoknow.com/expert-interviews/expert-shopping-tips-grocery-game

For your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on our Facebook thread for Day 30 “Instant Rebates”. Ask questions, or share what kinds of deals you’ve snagged by “deal stacking” with instant rebates! http://www.facebook.com/TheGroceryGame

See you tomorrow!

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31 Days to Save – Day 28 – Maximize Holidays!

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It’s not about the holiday… Even if you’re not celebrating the holiday, all holiday weeks are must shop weeks! They’re a once a year opportunity to get the lowest prices on certain foods. So even if you’re doing absolutely nothing for any particular holiday, you simply must take advantage and invest for your pantry, fridge, and freezer. Think beyond the holiday and cash in on savings for weeks and months to come!

Watch this video, for more details on how and why we Maximize Holidays, beyond just the holiday:




To show your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on our Facebook thread for Day 28  “Maximize Holidays”. Ask questions, or share some of your greatest holiday investments and what you did with them to make your everyday family meals!

Optional Additional reading:

Remember, after the holiday is over, we usually see see great clearance deals on candy, decorations and costumes (around Halloween). Think of how you can use the different varieties of candy in your holiday baking. Then toss it in the freezer until you’re ready to bake those Christmas goodies! And before you pass up all those marked down costumes, think of the kiddos in your life who might love a costume for a holiday gift, or even a dress-up box filled with a discounted costume or two and maybe some play make-up and accessories.

Think beyond the holiday!

For your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on our Facebook thread for Day 28  ”Maximize Holidays.” Ask questions, or share some of your greatest holiday investments and what you did with them to make your everyday family meals!   http://www.facebook.com/TheGroceryGame

Three more big savings days to come!

See you tomorrow!

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31 Days to Save – Day 27 – Treasure Hunting Coupons

“31 Days to Save ”: A crash course in grocery savings!

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Coupons are everywhere! Usage, distribution, and redemption are up like never before! There are coupons for things that you have in your pantry, fridge and freezer, and there are at least 15 different places to find them. If you’ve missed any of them or don’t know where to look, you just passed up cash!

Here’s a video on lots of places to find coupons, and some ins and outs of timing to save the most $$$:

To show your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on our Facebook thread for Day 27  “Treasure Hunting Coupons!” Ask questions, or share the places you’ve found the best coupons, and your biggest scores with coupons timed just right!

Optional Additional VIDEO:

Make that 16 places, and this is a good one!! I mentioned the “tear pad”, which are the same types of coupons as this…. #16 would be the nice lady handing out samples of food in the supermarket! It can really pay to stop and try that little piece of jam on toast, as she may hand you a nice coupon that you can’t get anywhere else. And again, the key here is timing, especially on new products. For months, I was getting Ronzoni Garden Delight pasta for free, because I was getting the tear pad and sample food coupons, and holding them until it went on sale! Free! Free! Free! SO many boxes of nice pasta!

This video is also on “Where to Find Coupons,” with some additional money saving strategies to maximize your savings:

For your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on our Facebook thread for Day 27  “Treasure Hunting Coupons!”  Ask questions, or share the places you’ve found the best coupons, and your biggest scores with coupons timed just right! http://www.facebook.com/TheGroceryGame
Hey, hey, hey!!!! We’re not done yet!!!
See you for more tomorrow!
Go 2012!!!

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31 Days to Save – Day 26 – Save on Organics and Natural Food

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There’s no reason why anyone should be sentenced to pay full price for healthy food, or even organic food. There are SO many ways to pay less than full price and still eat healthy. In fact, all of the principles we’ve learned on the past 25 days apply to saving on healthy, natural, or organics.

For a quick overview on the topic, watch this video:

Acknowledge that you did your daily reading by leaving a comment on our Facebook thread for Day 26 “Save on Organics and Natural Food.”

Ask questions, or share how you’ve invested in healthy food for your family.

Optional Additional reading:

Learn about “hidden organic coupons” in this excerpt from: “Shop Smart, Save More”
…you can often use coupons for major name brand products that are not organic on that manufacturer’s organic version of the product. Before I go on, let me just say, you will never hear me tell you to use a coupon unethically. Manufacturers are cool with this; they want you to use the coupon to try any of the products in their line. This opens up a whole new world of using coupons on organics, since almost every major food producer puts out lots of coupons, and they also now have organics under the same product line.

(End of excerpt from “Shop Smart, Save More” by Teri Gault with Sheryl Berk)
http://www.thegrocerygame.com/more-ways-to-save/teris-book-shop-smart-save-more/

Many organic and natural food manufacturers don’t promote their products with coupons in the Sunday paper inserts. But many do offer coupons periodically on their own websites. Here’s a list of links that we update daily whenever new coupons come up on individual manufacturers’ websites. There’s literally hundreds of sites with coupons, and some are for natural and organic foods:

http://www.thegrocerygame.com/app/teris-coupon-center/other-free-coupons/

For more ways to save on healthy, natural or organic foods, enjoy this article:
http://www.dietsinreview.com/diet_column/01/buying-organic-doesnt-have-to-break-the-bank/

To show your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on our Facebook thread for Day 26 “Save on Organics and Natural Food.”  Ask questions, or share some of the best ways that you save on healthy food for your family.

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More savings strategies to come!
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31 Days to Save – Day 25 – Lose the Loyalty

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Let’s not get trapped into higher prices because of brand loyalty. Keep an open mind.

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 4 of “Shop Smart, Save More”:

…Investing is also NOT about being brand loyal. You only like your special brand of chips? Get over it. I can show you a bag for half that much or even better. Sure, once in a while, your brand of chips will be on sale, and you should go for it. But guess what? You just might find that another brand is just as good or better.  And the bonus is this: Investing frees up money in other areas. Once you invest in all areas of your groceries, the day will come when you are so far ahead in your savings, and your cupboards are so bursting, and your bank account is so much fatter, that you can afford to splurge and maybe grab that bag of your favorite brand of chips. Lots of Grocery Gamers are saving enough to go organic on their produce. The benefits of investing are boundless.

This VIDEO speaks of losing the loyalty, and a good review on other strategies we’ve covered:

http://www.wpxi.com/news/23223456/detail.html

Acknowledge that you did your daily reading by leaving a comment on our Facebook thread for Day 25 “Lose the Loyalty.”  Ask questions, or share some of the best things you’ve tried as you branched out beyond your normal brand, or share what you just can’t give up.


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The nice thing about our investing strategy, is that your favorite brand probably does go on sale, and if you play it right, you’ll stock up accordingly. My husband has to have Fritos brand original corn chips. There’s no coupons for those, but they do go on BOGOs at which time we stock up on about 6-8 bags, and that usually gets him through to the next sale.

Here’s another way to break out of the loyalty trap, from Chapter 4 of “Shop Smart, Save More”:

Catalinas are the coupons that come out of the register…. It’s like playing the slot machines–you never know what will come out. I used to ignore these, until I learned that sometimes manufacturers’ rewards and incentives come out of there. You just might buy a certain number of products that were required in a manufacturer’s incentive to qualify for a $5 or even $10 coupon to come out of that register! Do not throw these away! There are also Catalinas that come out that are based on a competitor’s product that you just bought. Say you bought brand A cereal on that shopping trip. Well, at the register, Brand B pops out to introduce himself, and wants to court you on your next coupon date! Now you have a coupon for an item you typically buy, but a different brand. Remember, we are NOT brand loyal; We are quality loyal. We will try new things!

End of excerpt from “Shop Smart, Save More” by Teri Gault with Sheryl Berk
http://www.thegrocerygame.com/more-ways-to-save/teris-book-shop-smart-save-more/

Now to show your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on our Facebook thread for Day 25  ”Lose the Loyalty.”  Ask questions, or share some of the best things you’ve tried as you branched out beyond your normal brand, or share what you just can’t give up. http://www.facebook.com/TheGroceryGame

See you for Day 26, tomorrow!

Lots more savings to come!!!

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