21 Easy Tips to Saving Money

There is definitely a sense of satisfaction from going to the store with nothing but a few dollars and a handful of coupons and coming home with a sack full of stuff:)   Sometimes I even have more coupons than groceries!  Playing the “coupon game” is a fun challenge with some great benefits.  For Russell and I it’s allowed us a little more freedom in our budget to do fun activities with the kiddos.  It’s also allowed us to share our savings and blessing with others.  We’ve been able to take some of our savings and donate to our local food bank.  The great thing about using the couponing technique is we can give so much more.  It’s a great feeling.  If your interested in learning how to save on your shopping experience, check out our links below and give it a try!   Who knows…you might look this excited the next time you grocery shop:)DSC_0168_edited-1

Kroger mega event savings
Budget strategies for saving meat
Amazon Prime is it worth it?
Grocery Sale Cycle
Shopping like a pro at Target
Frugal club bargains
How to save money when eating out
Bidding on Hotels and Priceline
Frugal Family Fun
How to Save 50% on Groceries
Photo Deals
Free Books!!!
Cheap Airfare
A Word about Thrift Shops
27 ways to make your Groceries last as long as possible
Remodeling on a Budget
Strategic Shopping
Diaper Deals
Online Coupon Codes
Groupon Deals and Savings
Kohl’s Rewards

 

Kroger Mega Event

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If you have a Kroger in your area, this week is a great time to stock up on  a few staples!  Check out our Kroger Mega Event tips!  page and get your savings on!  I saved 55% on this shopping trip! We  would love to hear about your savings too!

DIY Thanksgiving Decor

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Can you believe it’s already November?  CRAZY!!  During this month, Two Frugal Gals will be featuring some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes and crafty, creative do-it-yourself Thanksgiving decorations to help make this time of year fun for your family.  Who knew creating your own Thanksgiving décor could be so simple and fun?  The greatest thing about these fall decorating ideas… they are simple and easy enough for your whole family to join in.   Totally upcycled and frugal!!!  And decorations you can go back to year after year.  So sit back and give thanks my friends to a wonderful time of year! 20131102-075152.jpg Thanksgiving Tree Centerpiece.  This is a fun custom holiday décor. This tree was put together gathering fallen branches with the kiddos near our house.  We placed them in a beautiful clear vase wrapped and tied a beautiful ribbon and added a few fall flowers found at our local craft store.  We cut out paper circles and punched holes in each of them for the family to write their thanksgiving blessings to hang from the branches.  It’s a beautiful handcrafted look, making a perfect addition for your own seasonal decoration piece.20131018-091857.jpg Why buy a new vase for your fall bouquet when nature provides the perfect one this time of year?  We filled a pumpkin with a full bouquet of fall flowers in our medium pumpkin for a beautiful centerpiece.  The pumpkin should last two or three weeks, and the fresh flowers and other items up to two weeks. For maximum use, pull out any wilting flowers and add fresh ones. Since it likely is a large bouquet and the container is small, remember to add water often.20131102-075458.jpg

Wine cork Pumpkins.  I love they way they turned out!  My sister in law found this on idea on pinterest.  What a great way  up-cycle my wine corks. Just paint the ends of your wine corks, hot glue them together and add pretty leaves and viola!

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Make this framed Thanksgiving Menu using an old frame.  All you need to do is remove any glass in your frame, hot glue your ribbon/twine to the back or front of the frame at the appropriate height to center your menu.  Use mini clothespins to hang your menu from the ribbon.  You can find a free printed menu by going to bystephanielynn.com and selecting your size.  That’s all!  Hang it! Lean it against a wall.

Happy frugal planning ya’ll!

Grocery Price list

Two frugal Gals thought it would be nice to put together a little rock bottom price list that you can print out and keep on hand as a reference when you’re shopping. Keep in mind that this list is based on our experience, so your personal rock bottom prices may very.  If you’re just starting, every item you purchase has a retail price, a sale price and a rock bottom price. A price log is a simple way to keep note of what you’re paying for an item.  Just take a sheet of paper and write out 10 or 20 items that you buy every week, then, every single time you walk into the grocery store, write the price of that item down on the paper.  You’ll need to do this for 6 to 8 weeks.  Yes, it’s tedious but you’ll suddenly notice the price changes of your items and this will determine how low your prices can go and how ling you need to stock up.  Once you find that rock bottom price, that is when you use your coupon then you stock up!

Two Frugal Gals Grocery Price List

Groceries $ Baking $
Canned   Tomatoes Free – .50 per 16 oz. can Baking Powder Free-.50 per can
Cereal 1.00-1.75 per 8 oz. box Baking Soda Free .50 per box
Dressing (Salad) .30-.80 per 12 oz. bottle Brownie Mixes .50-1.00 per box
Ketchup .50-1.00 per 12 oz. bottle Cake Mixes .50-1.00 per box
Mayonnaise 1.00-1.75 per 24 oz. container Corn Starch Free .50 per container
Mustard Free – .50 per 8 oz. box Flour 1.99 per 5 lb. bag
Pasta Free – .50 per 14 oz. box Frosting .50-1.00 per container
Sauce   (spaghetti) 1.00-1.25 per 45 oz. jar Salt .20-.50 per container
Sauce (Steak) Free – .50 per 15 oz. jar Sugar 1.49-1.99 per 4 lb.bag
Syrup 1.00-2.00 per 24 oz. bottle Yeast .50-1.00 per 3 pack strip
Tomato Paste Free – .50 per 6 oz. can
Vegetables (Frozen) .50-1.00 per 11 oz. bag  Meat  $
Waffles (frozen) 1.00-1.50 per 12 oz. box Beef (ground) 1.99-2.99 per lb.
Beef Roast 2.49-3.49 per lb.
Dairy $ Beef Stew 1.99-2.49 per lb.
Chicken   (boneless skinless breast)
Butter 1.50-2.00 per lb. tenderloins 1.99 per lb.
Cheese (cream) .50-.99 per 8 oz. Chicken (split breast) 1.19 per lb.
Cheese   (shredded) 1.19-1.69 per 8 oz. Chicken (whole) .69-.99 per lb.
Eggs .69-.89 per dozen Fish (fresh) 3.99 per lb.
Margarine free-.50 per 15 oz. Fish (frozen) 2.99 per lb.
Milk 2.59-2.99 per gallon Pork Chops (bone-in) 1.49-1.99 per lb.
Sour Cream .50-.99 per 8 oz. Pork Chops (boneless) 1.79-1.99 per lb.
Pork Roast 1.99-2.99 per lb.
Breads $ Snacks $
Bread 0.99 per loaf
Buns   (hamburger) 0.99 per 8 ct. pkg Chips (Doritos) 1.99 per  oz. bag
Buns (hot dog) 0.99 per 8 ct. pkg Chex Mix .25-.50 per 12 oz. bag
Cookies 1.00-2.00 per package
Produce $ Crackers 1.00-1.25 per box
In Season Popcorn 1.00-1.25 per box of 3
Apples .99-1.99 per lb. Chips (Fritos) 1.50-1.99 per 10.25 oz.
Bananas .39-.49 per lb. Paper $
Cantaloupe .99-1.50 per lb.
Grapes .89-1.19 per lb. Toilet Paper .19-.25 per sq ft.
Green Peppers .25-.50 per lb. Paper Plates 1.00-2.00 per 45 ct.
Lettuce .99-1.29 per lb. Paper Towels Free-1.00 per roll
Peaches .79-1.39 per lb. Baby $
Strawberries 0.99 per lb.
Watermelon 2.99-3.99 per lb. Baby food .30-.35 per jar
Baby wash or Shampoo 0.99 per 16 oz. bottle
Toiletries $ Diapers .10-.18 per diaper
Cleaning $
Dental floss Free-.50 per container
Deodorant free – .50 per stick Dish Detergent 2.00-3.00 per 30 loads
Shampoo,   Conditioner Dishwashing Soap .50-1.00 per 12 oz. bottle
Hair Spray .50-1.50 per bottle Laundry Detergent 2.00-3.00 per 30 loads
Bar soap free-.50 per 3 pack Liquid Fabric Softener 1.00-2.00 per 40 loads
Hand soap .30-1.00 per 12oz. Bottle Bottled Cleaners .50-1.00 per 24 oz. bottle
Toothpaste free-.50 per 4 oz. tube Toilet Bowl Cleaner 1.00-1.50 per 24 oz. container

Click below to download price list!

Two Frugal Gals Grocery Price List

How to Save Money

There is definitely a sense of satisfaction from going to the store with nothing but a few dollars and a handful of coupons and coming home with a sack full of stuff:)   Sometimes I even have more coupons than groceries!  Playing the “coupon game” is a fun challenge with some great benefits.  For Russell and I it’s allowed us a little more freedom in our budget to do fun activities with the kiddos.  It’s also allowed us to share our savings and blessing with others.  We’ve been able to take some of our savings and donate to our local food bank.  The great thing about using the couponing technique is we can give so much more.  It’s a great feeling.  If your interested in learning how to save on your shopping experience, check out our links below and give it a try!   Who knows…you might look this excited the next time you grocery shop:) DSC_0168_edited-1

Kroger mega event savings
Budget strategies for saving meat
Amazon Prime is it worth it?
Grocery Sale Cycle
Shopping like a pro at Target
Frugal club bargains
How to save money when eating out
Bidding on Hotels and Priceline
Frugal Family Fun
How to Save 50% on Groceries
Photo Deals
Free Books!!!
Cheap Airfare
A Word about Thrift Shops
27 ways to make your Groceries last as long as possible
Remodeling on a Budget
Strategic Shopping
Diaper Deals
Online Coupon Codes
Groupon Deals and Savings
Kohl’s Rewards

Saving Money at Aldi Stores

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Aldi is a relatively newer store in our area, it’s small and cheap.  The things I appreciate most about this store are that it’s small which makes grocery shopping easier especially if you have kids.  It’s super close to Kroger (across the street) so it makes it super easy to make a quick run for our favorite produce.  However, don’t let appearance fool you, sometimes the ‘cheapest’ looking stores aren’t the cheapest in town. With that said, here are a few tips if you’re looking at shopping at Aldi to keep in mind.

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Bring a quarter:  you have to insert a quarter to get a basket.  But you will get the quarter back when you return the basket. Also, bring bags in order to keep the prices low, Aldi requires you bring your own bags and bag your own grocries or you can purchase bags from Aldi when you check out.

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Shop produce… I’ve seen very few stores ever beat the prices at Aldi when it comes to produce and Milk. Make sure you check for quality of produce.  The picture above reflects one of my Aldi shopping trips.  You cannot use coupons at Aldi, the prices are what they are.  But the key to knowing if you’ve found your best deal is by knowing your best prices on the particular item.  Don’t assume all their prices must be low, many times consumers assume all the prices must be low on their items because of the ‘cheap’ marketing strategies.  Lastly check for  quality, most      items at Aldi are their own brand. You’ll find there are some items that compare just fine with the name brand but you’ll also find a few others that don’t.  What has been your experience at Aldi?  We’d love to know!

Extending the life of Summer Fruits

Last week one of our local stores had their blueberries and raspberries on sale.  I mentioned in a previous post Blueberry Bread how much we LOVE blueberries, so of coursce, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to stock up.  Shortly after I came home from the store I realized we were going to be gone the whole following weekend.  I didn’t want to come home from our trip and throw away this wonderful deal.  So I came across some wonderful ways extend the life of berries.  Best of all, freezing fresh fruits during their peak season is a pretty savvy way to be frugal!

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Here are a few tips I found on how to extend the life of berries.

  • Vinegar kills any bacteria or spores on contact (That’s why its used in all natural and frugal cleaners). Applying the same principle to berries will help kill any mold or bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit.
  • As soon as you come home with your fruit, before placing in the fridge do simple vinegar wash first.  Prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider) with five parts water.  It is not necessary to rinse the berries after soaking.  Before placing in the refrigerator, cover loosely with a paper towel to absorb any moisture.
  • Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse them with water, dry and put in fridge (I promise they won’t taste like vinegar). Let stand undisturbed for 1 minute; do not allow berries to soak for longer.  Make sure they are completely dry before storing them in the fridge, which is the magic secret.  Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries can go almost two weeks without      getting moldy and soft.

Freezing Fruit

Here are some simple tips to freezing your fruit!

  • Wash blueberries or raspberries and pat dry.
  • Sort out any under-ripe, over-ripe, bruised or otherwise damaged berries. Also remove any leaves, stems or debris.
  • Pour the blueberries onto a cookie sheet in a single layer. This will keep them from freezing together in clumps.
  • Place the tray in the coldest part of your freezer, and leave it there until the berries are completely frozen.
  • Transfer the frozen blueberries to a freezer bag or another freezer-safe container of your choice.
  • Blueberries will keep in the freezer indefinitely, but are best used within six months of freezing.
  • Stay on top of what’s in your freezer by labeling all bags and containers with their contents and the date that you froze them

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Here are some frugal Summertime Fruits for June – July – August

Apricots, Asian Pear, Barbados Cherries, Black Currants, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, breadfruit, Cantaloupe, Casaba Melon, Champagne Grapes, Cherries, Crenshaw Melon, Durian, Elderberries, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Honeydew Melons, Jackfruit, Key Limes, Limes, Loganberries, Loquat, Lychee, Mulberries, Nectarines, Olallieberries, Passion Fruit, Peaches, Persian Melon, Plums, Raspberries, Sapodillas, Sapote, Strawberries, Sugar Apple, Watermelon.

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