No Time To Cook Grocery Shop To Save Money!

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Items to buy:

3 Rotisserie Chickens
2 pre cooked Hams
4 Large baking Potatoes

Look in the Freezer section for a few veggies and pick up a bag of rice!

These items can make last minute Dinners and Lunches easy for at least 7 days!

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Getting Organized For Thanksgiving

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If  you have not started to Thaw your bird think Fresh for a Turkey.

Do a trial run this evening if you are going to travel see what pots or pans you need to transport your meal (be very careful with transport of glass)

If you are hosting try pre-making some items, pre-set the table and tidy up the home.

Keep things simple and your celebration should get off without a hitch.

 Prepare Reheatable Side Dishes, Prep Ingredients, Bake Pies Come up with a cooking schedule for the day of Thanksgiving.
Start to make sides that will reheat well, like casseroles or creamed onions. Prep garnishes, toppings, salad greens and stuffing ingredients. Cook soups and let cool before storing in the refrigerator if you didn’t freeze any options in advance. If your stuffing recipe calls for stale bread, cut the bread now and set the cubes on a baking sheet to dry out. You can go ahead and make your pies, especially  Pecan Pie that needs to cool overnight for a natural do-ahead dessert.

Prep the family with clothing for the holidays.

Does the car have enough gasoline?

Prepare to use leftovers as well.

 

Here is a schedule For Turkey day if you are hosting:


Stuff turkey and put in oven at appropriate time (or if you have a roaster oven you can bake the turkey in there leaving your oven for heating up side dishes and baking dinner rolls)

 

Put the giblets in water with a little salt and let those simmer. You can use the broth for gravy and the cooked and chopped giblets can also be added to the gravy

 

Pull out dinner rolls and let them defrost and rise

 

Set the table if you did not do this yesterday

 

Put the mashed potatoes in the crockpot

 

If you have a second crockpot you can put the stuffing in there to warm (if you are not stuffing your turkey.  I always stuff the turkey and have leftover stuffing in a second crockpot)

 

When the turkey has finished cooking, pull it out

 

Put the side dishes in the oven to bake (if you did not bake the turkey in a roaster oven)

 

Bake dinner rolls

 

While the side dishes are heating up and rolls are baking, make gravy

 

Take a deep breath

 

Light candles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Holidays Are Some Tough Times To Stay On Budget

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Turkeys are cheap I generally try to get 6 birds at rock bottom prices.

I use these through out the year instead of buying lunch meat.

We eat real food and this time of year that means

Sweet Potato

Red Potato

Asparagus

Pickles

Beans

Berries

Bananas

2 weeks ago our store had 93% ground beef on sale for 3.49 per pound we bought enough for 26 weeks worth of ground beef.

We always buy rock bottom price and we always buy in very large quantities.

This allows for variety and for the most dollar for our food budget.

Food is not expensive if you eat real food. Eat in season, watch for the sales and budget accordingly

Harris Teeter has great prices this week on beans and dawn dish soap

Ortega Refried Beans – Sale – $1.00
Coupon – $1.00 off when you purchase two – Click here to print!
Total – $.50 each when you purchase two

Dawn Dish Liquid (9 oz.) – Sale – $1.00
Coupon – $.25 off X 2 (doubled) = $.50 off - Click here to print!
Total – $.50

The Bush Beans are also only .68 per can after you coupon from your Sunday paper.

Ace Hardware has 50% off any one item under 30 dollars on Black Friday.

Watch for sales on what you need (What you truly need) Not just what is on sale.

Note ON SALE simply means available for purchase.

 

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What does your everyday cost you?

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From the moment you open your eyes in the morning, until the time you turn in at night equals what you everyday cost you.

I get out of bed and I go to the bathroom- do you turn on the light?

Do you use water?

Do you hop on a treadmill ?

Do you make a cup of coffee ? What does the coffee cost, the electric , the filter, the water?

Do you put on clothing to go to an office? How much did it cost you to clean those clothes, maintain the wardrobe? Do you stay home and how much does it cost you to keep clothing for your everyday life?

What do you eat for meals all weekdays? What does your rent cost per day for an apartment, for a home? What does it cost to wash the dishses? If you office from home what does it cost to keep you in a computer that is up to date? A Smart phone that keeps you up to date?

Have you ever gone over all of your bills and figured how much you spend on average each day for health insurance? For renters insurance? If you take two weeks of vacation a year at a total cost of $3,000 total dollars for the vacation how much do you have to save each day of the year for that vacation ?

Have you ever looked at what your everyday cost you ? Do you have other people you are responsible for?

How  much does your everyday cost? What items on your list are increasing in price?

 

 

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Shopping with only cash!

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I spend $100 per week for grocery and household supplies. I start in Jan and if I have cash leftover I roll it into the following week. Several times per year I add $100 for shopping for holiday gifts one of these weeks is right after Valentine this week I have an extra $100 to spend on gift items that are needed through out the year. I spent $56 of it this week at Under Armor Outlet I managed to get six gifts for this using coupons and discounts.

Sale weeks that I use are:

The day after Valentine Feb 15th thru 21 Feb.

The day after Easter up to one week after (watch for clearance on items you have on your gift list)

The day after the fourth of July (July 5th thru 10th of July) Deep discounts on summer items!

The day after Christmas Dec 26th thru Jan 8th of the following year.

 

I do keep an Eye out for great deals at Black Friday but not for regular Black Friday deals (I shop the stores that no one is at on Black Friday Look at Appliance stores, Fabric Stores , Hardware stores , etc. not clothing and electronics / although I will keep an eye out for great deals I keep in mind that many items are marked up just to be marked back down at Black Friday Sales)

The $100 per week for our groceries for five people use to be really hard for me however, now I find that I have money leftover all the time!

I shop only for real foods no snack items or junk food and I use natural cleaners like Vinegar, Baking soda, and Rubbing Alcohol.

 

 

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Save Money EAT REAL FOOD!

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I have started going to the store one time only per week. I buy only real foods. Last week I bought Boneless Chicken Breast $1.78 lbs Blackberries $1.29 for 8 ounces and bananas .29 lb. I went home cooked the chicken breast made some banana bread and put the food in a cooler in

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Snack Items And Junk Food

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I purchase junk food items twice a year and that is all!

I do a very strategic shop and I use coupons galore I only spend $20.00 and I am able to get at least 40 or more snack items and drinks for that $20.00

Little Debbie makes great snack items for cheap

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Lower Your Cost OF Breakfast!

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I buy oatmeal in bulk, I also buy bacon and eggs in bulk, I bake my own bread purchased from that’s right bulk ingredients, I buy almost all items for our kitchen in bulk this lowers the cost.

This makes breakfast about .40 per person vs regular shopping at : $1.90 per person multiply

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