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Nomadic seasons of farming adventures with nature thrown in to include; a pinch of family, snippets of friends, counting our blessings, paying IT forward, home school, and the spicy things I decide to rant about.







Saturday, February 6, 2010

Wax on; Wax off

Yeppers, it was nice not to feast on the carrion called the US MEDIA I am officially off my NEWS FAST.

While I am dedicated to helping my husband retired (transition to a part time job) before he is 70.  LOL yes I realize you can stop earlier but; we tend to like eating. Today, I was pleasantly surprised to find my spring break reading list delivered to my door:

INVESTING FOR DUMMIES
The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bill
Super Feakononmics
Better Groceries for Less Cash
America's Cheapest Family
But Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon

This light reading will get me on track to see how other folks cut their costs in this economy.  I am super hooked on clipping coupons, cash back purchases and rebating.  What I have noticed is US companies are on to 'CLIPPERS' and have decreased the monetary size of coupons (and product sizes) by up to 30% in one year.  YES I said 30% as they have increased their cost per unit. 

Now what most folks ask me why do you not buy store brand and in this I will tell you.

We waste less with quality products for instance:

STORE BRAND BREADS are just white sugar baked into a loaf.

Store brand breads are great for grilled cheese (velveeta) or breakfast toast.

But, store brands does not have the fiber and is full of chemicals thus, my boys just do better cognitively using whole grains products.

Health & Beauty Products:

I do like these items better for their quality as well.  Why pay 3 cents less for a bottle of shampoo that does not do the job like the national brand?  Another thing, we have extremely hard well water so, a watered down product just doesn't do the job in my personal opinion.  Mind you, I only buy these items in bulk, when on sale and with coupons which brings the cost down to the level of free or darn near the cost of store brands.

COUPONING TAKES work........................ Yes, ladies it takes work up front but well worth it.  But, not only are we using great products but are also paying off a mortgage early with our savings.

(AGAIN this is my opinion and what works best for our family dealing with learning / behavioral issues like: IRLENS syndrome, chronic allergies, and ADD; changing our diet have made a huge difference.)

So, if you are interested in what I have learned just come over to my other blog on
SHOESTRINGBUDGETS here on blogspot.  To read our about our journey.

IT'S my husband's job to bring home the money and my job to save money until we get that slip to our home.

1 comment:

emajen333 said...

Awesome advice, Mal!