Tips & Tricks: Ways to Save Money on Produce

 

I think it would be safe to say that everyone would love to save money on fruits and vegetables! One of the best ways to save on produce would be to start a garden. However, if you do not have the space or the time to take care of a garden, there are still ways to save on produce and vegetables. Following the steps below will help you to stretch your food budget, and keep nutritious foods in your fridge! 

Saving Money on Fruits and Vegetables 

Mobile Apps: Did you know you can download rebate apps on your phone, to save money? You buy the items you want, and then upload the picture of your receipt and select the items that are available that you purchased. You can earn anywhere from $0.25-$1.00 or more on select items. They are always adding new rebates! Ibotta, Checkout 51, and Mobisave are three of the most popular mobile apps that usually have a few rebates for produce and vegetables . You can use all three of these apps for the same products, so you earn extra savings!

Coupons: These are a little more rare but you can find produce coupons! Look for printable coupons online! You can find them on This Mommy Saves Money website, and on our Facebook page, so make sure to check regularly. Also, if you follow brands on Facebook you can find high value coupons! Brands want to keep their Facebook engagement numbers high, so one of the popular trends is to put their higher value coupons on their Facebook pages instead of in the coupon inserts. 

Farmers Market: Sometimes farmers markets will have lower prices on their produce then your local stores. You may even be able to find a few farmers markets in your area! What I love about this option, is it gives you a great way to support local farmers in your community! 

Friends Who Garden: If you happen to have a friend or family member who is a gardener, maybe see if they have any excess produce. If so they might give it to you for free or you could offer to pay them. 

Shop Sales: Make sure to check the Savannah Savvy Shopper Facebook page to see the best deals for stores in our area each week! Try to buy what is on sale for the week, to help save money. The grocery store will change what fruits and vegetables that are on sale each week. So shop the bargains and wait for the next week to buy others. Shop Mornings – Some sale items sell out fast, so shop first thing in the am if you can. That way you get the best pick and you can buy the amount you want. 

Broccoli: If you like to buy fresh broccoli, note that you pay by weight. If you buy a head of broccoli that has a lot of stalk, you are paying more for less of the crown. So look for a short stock with a bushy crown. 

Frozen Produce: Think of buying some frozen vegetables and fruits. You can get the same benefits, and it sometimes they are more convenient and affordable.  You can save a lot of money this way and they taste just as good. For fruits put some in smoothies, cobblers, and baking. 

Buy In Season: Watch the seasons of your fruits and veggies. If you go and buy something that isn’t in season you could be paying double or triple compared to what you would pay if the fruit or veggie was in season. 

Unit Prices: Produce is sold in one of three ways: by the item, pound, or by the bag. So make sure to calculate and compare the unit price of each. There is no for sure way to get the best savings without comparing each time you shop. 

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Ways To Save Money On Easter Dinner!

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Can you believe Easter is almost here? It seems like we just got done with Christmas and New Year’s celebrations!  I love Easter dinner because it is a nice reminder of Spring and it gives me a chance to be with those I love. While Easter dinner is not usually as expensive or complicated as other holiday meals, it still can get pricey, depending on how many folks you are feeding. Here are some tips to save money on your Easter Dinner this year.

Ways to Save on Easter Dinner

Plan your menu. Planning what you will be making can help you figure out not only what you will be having and keep it organized, but you can also see where you can use ingredients from what you already have on hand and buy shared ingredients for dishes.

Make your own rolls and dessert. Buying these from a bakery is so much more costly than just making your own. You don’t have to get super fancy either. Just make a simple cake and some easy biscuits if you are stretched for time.

If the crowd you are serving is large, do a potluck style meal. Offer to buy the largest expense, the Easter ham, and have all your guests bring assigned goodies such as sides, dessert, rolls, drinks and appetizers. This way, you don’t have to spend too much time cooking and can enjoy more time with your family as well as save everyone some money.

Make your own table décor. There is no need to run out and buy expensive centerpieces. If you have some tulips coming up, a simple bunch of them in a tall glass vase with colored glass rocks looks lovely and simple. You can also find do-it-yourself inspiration by looking on blogs and Pinterest for ideas.

For your main course, think outside the box. If ham is too expensive, maybe your local supermarkets have something else on sale such as ribs or lamb. Also, don’t just shop at one place for your main course. You may be able to get a great discount from local farmers, butcher shops and even warehouse clubs.

Skip expensive wine and make punch instead. If you really want to do wine, try using sangria as it is fruity and less expensive that wine and a great addition to an Easter feast.

Buy early or late. Many times, retailers mark up prices but make them come across like bargains on things like eggs or ham this time of year. Buy as soon as you think is necessary or wait until last minute when supermarkets will be marking down their hams in order to get them sold in time. Also, be on the lookout for coupons this time of year as well for eggs.

Buy produce locally. In many parts of the country, produce is already coming to town at farmer’s markets. You can usually get great deals at these local merchant’s tables. Also, be on the lookout for farm fresh eggs as well.

Buy in season and cook your meal around that. Produce that is in season this time of year is artichokes, asparagus, morel mushrooms, spring mix salad and rhubarb.

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FREE Baby Sling, Carseat Cover, & More For Parents!

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We have quite a few readers who are having children or grandchildren in the next few months. I am always asked about gifts, savings, and more for these moms to be. Here is a roundup of a few of my favorite freebies. All of the following have been verified to be legitimate freebies. In fact, I  just ordered from one of these for a few friends who are expecting babies in the next few months!

Free Baby Sling:

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Get a stylish baby sling for FREE! You only have to pay for shipping and handling. I keep one of these on hand for baby showers!

Click on ‘Shop Now”, select any baby carrier you would like. Be sure to go to the sizing page so that you can get the right size carrier for you. Once you have selected your size, you will automatically be directed to the “shopping bag” where you can enter the promo code “ENBABY“. This promo code will take 100% off of the baby carrier purchase and all you are required to pay are the shipping fees. You can use the code more than once- simply open a new browser window to do so. These make great baby shower gifts!

 

FREE Carseat Carrier Cover:

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This would make a great gift for a new mom!

Click on “Shop Now”, select any canopy you would like (be sure to go to their sizing page so you can get the right size carrier for you). Once you have selected your size, you will automatically be directed to the “shopping bag” where you can enter the promo code “MYSAVINGS” This promo code will take off 100% of the canopy purchase and all you are required to pay are the shipping fees. You can use the code more than once – you just have to open a new browser/window to do so.

 

FREE 5 Pairs of Baby Leggings

Check out this great deal for the little ones in your lives. Right now you can get 5 pairs of baby leggings for FREE. You only have to pay for shipping and handling. These make great gifts and there are so many different choices.

These sell for $10 each. Here is how to get 5 for free. Pick 5 pairs (they can be different pairs and add them to your cart. Put in Discount Code: MYSAVINGS. This will take off $50 (your total for 5 pairs). You only have to pay shipping and handling. I tried it to make sure!

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Your total for all 5 is FREE, and only $12.95 for shipping and handling!! That is an awesome savings!!

Freebie for Nursing Moms: Free Breast Pads!!

Do you know a new mom or are you, yourself a new mom? Grab yourself 5 Free pairs of Breast Pads:

  1. Go Here
  2. Select your favorite pairs of Breast Pads – you will then be automatically directed to your shopping cart.
  3. Enter the promo code “ENBABY” and we will deduct 100% off the cost of your Breast Pads – a $35 value!

*Remember, you can use the promo code “ENBABY” more than once, just open a new browser to do so!

SUBTOTAL: $ 35.00
CODE DISCOUNT: ($ 35.00)     
SUBTOTAL: $ 0.00

*Offer valid while supplies last.

 

Free Nursing Pillow! Great Baby Shower Gift!

Enter promotional code MYSAVINGS to receive free Nursing Pillow. You only have to pay for shipping and handling!

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There are some really cute designs! These would make great gifts for a mom to be! I used mine almost every day, when my little one was born.

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If you prefer the higher price Minky pillows, the discount code will take off $40, so you only pay $4.95 +shipping and handling.

Here is  a picture of what the higher price Minky pillow looks like:

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FREE Pregnancy Belly Button Bands!!

 

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Am I the only person who didn’t know these things existed?! So I could have seriously have worn one of these instead of going out and buying maternity pants?!  I love that you can still wear your pre-pregnancy pants unbuttoned and this belly band will hold tight and keep those unbuttoned pants in place!!

Right now you can get 2 of these belly bands or one FREE Body band!! What a great gift for a mom to be!!!! Here is how to get these for free.

  1. Click here.
  2. Add 2 belly bands OR 1 body band to your cart
  3. Add promo code ENBABY at checkout.

You only have to pay for shipping and handling!!!

Free Board Books

Free Baby Board Books!
Books, prints, and other products provide for a print-rich environment where family members of all ages can interact and enjoy, whether silently, during read-alouds and dramatizations, or when wanting to read aloud together. Everyone wins with Babsy Books as family members use oral language to read aloud, think, and laugh with one another!

You can get 5 Babsy Books What a great gift for a family!!! Here is how to get these for free.

  1. Click here.
  2. Add 5 baby board boards to your cart
  3. Add promo code PJBABY  at checkout.

You only have to pay for shipping and handling!!!

FREE Faux Fur-hat!!

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Ok these are so adorable! I may have to get one as a gift.Check out this great deal for the little ones in your lives. Right now you can get 1 of these adorable hats for FREE. You only have to pay for shipping and handling. These make great gifts and there are so many different choices!

How to get yours:

  1. Click here.
  2. Add 1 Faux Fur-hat to your cart
  3. Add promo code PJBABY at checkout.

You only have to pay for shipping and handling!!!

Ruffle Buns

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I’m not sure what I like more, the hat above or these adorable Ruffle Buns. I am seriously buying a few items off this list to keep for future baby shower gifts. You can get three pairs of Ruffle Buns with promo code PJBABY at checkout

How to get yours:

  1. Click here.
  2. Add 3 pairs of Ruffle Buns to your cart
  3. Add promo code PJBABY at checkout.

You only have to pay for shipping and handling!!!

FREE Pampers Gifts to Grow Rewards Program

Join the free Pampers Gifts to Grow Rewards program and receive 100 free points toward your purchase of Pampers goods, gift cards, and more!

 

Read my article on how to prepare for a Baby On A Budget

Updated: 3/4/2017

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Relationship Goal: Alleviate Financial Stress With A Plan

In almost any relationship when you bring up the topic of finances or money, you’re sure to be met with opposition. Many couples indicate that finances are the number one reason they have stress within their relationship. “A third of Americans in a relationship believe they are the saver and their spouse/partner is the spender. In contrast, only 21 percent would cop to being the spender and admitting their spouse/partner is the saver. – Suntrust Banks. Let’s focus on ways to help alleviate this stress by focusing on ways to talk with our spouses/partners about finances.

Before you even begin your financial discussions, make it a rule that there will be no finger pointing throughout the entire discussion and that you will both be open minded and allow each other to speak and explain their side of the equation.  Make sure to do this when you can carve out some distraction free time. It’s hard to have a crucial financial conversation with the kids asking you a million questions, or when your spouse is preoccupied because they have a big project due.

What is your debt philosophy? Financial disagreements often arise from different views of debt, from how much to use a credit card to the term and amount of a new car loan. Ask your partner what they consider an acceptable level of debt and see how much it diverges from your answer.

Creating an environment where both sides can speak freely, without judgement, is crucial to establishing open communication, which makes it much easier to dig in and get to root of any would-be financial struggles.  Maybe one of you is hiding deep financial secrets, now is the time to come clean about them.

Once you have laid out the ground rules — it’s time to dig in!

Set Financial Goals

It’s important for both sides to be on the same page when it comes to finances.  In a recent SunTrust survey conducted by the Harris Poll, a third of Americans in a relationship believe they are the saver and their spouse/partner is the spender. In contrast, only 21% claimed they are the spender and their spouse/partner is the saver. If you have one party that just wants to spend everything, while the other wants to squirrel it all away for emergencies — you’ll have nothing more than 2 upset people and mounds of disagreements.  Sit down and hash out realistic goals that you both agree on.

Do you want to have all your debt paid off in 5 years?  Have you always dreamed of having a Christmas Club or Vacation Club account?  Discuss your dreams together and use those dreams to help plan your financial future.

Create a Working Budget

Once you know where you want to be, its time to figure out where you are.  Comb through and lay out all of your monthly expenses and create a monthly cash flow plan or budget.  What are you actually spending on a monthly basis?  Are there any areas that you can shave your expenses, such as your cable/satellite bill, cell phone, monthly subscriptions, expensive coffee habit, etc? I will admit I LOVE having one type of coffee, but it is also one of the more expensive brands. That is one area where I knew if I stopped going out every day for coffee, I could easily save $100 a month. Now, I only go out for my coffee when I have a gift card.

After you know what you’re spending every month, figure out just how much you have coming in every month.

 

Make a Plan

Now that you know where you’re at and where you want to be, it time to make a plan that you both agree on.  If you have money left over at the end of every month, what do you plan to do with it?  Too much month left at the end of your money? How are you going to fix that?  Is it time to take on a second job or do you need to shave expenses somewhere else?

 

Plan a Date

In order to keep the lines of communication open, and the financial secrets at bay, plan a date every month for you and your spouse/partner to discuss your finances.  This is important so that not one person is in sole control of the finances and each knows exactly where you’re at financially.  Meeting once a month will also give you a clearer picture as to how close you are to reaching your goals and if something in your budget or your goals needs to be adjusted.

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Start Your Day With Community Coffee & An Exclusive Coupon!

 


Community Coffee is a family business, currently under a fourth-generation leadership. Founded in 1919, they’re well on their way to celebrating a centennial of great products at great prices. Staying true to their original vision, Community Coffee focuses on the freshest, most flavorful blends they can create, and for that they use mixed beans from all around the world to make the very best coffees for their customers. In more recent times, they added new flavors inspired by modern tastes and have started using spices to offer customers even a wider range of choices. Ranging from ground roasted to whole roasted coffee beans, to single-serves, teas and Community Coffee cups, gift baskets and even apparel, they offer a huge variety of products under their brand name.

 

My absolute favorite method of making coffee is possibly one of the simplest out there, but I believe it offers the punch that coffee needs to give you, and infuses a lot of the flavor into the water. Take your favorite coffee cup and fill it up to the brim with water, then pour it in a kettle and leave it on the stove until it is very close to boiling. Turn down the flame before it starts to actually boil. Now if you take your coffee with sugar, this is when you would add the sugar. Finally, add 1 full teaspoon of ground Community Coffee beans for each 4 ounces of water (this will vary on the size of your serving). Stir at a low flame until you see the coffee start to rise, but no more than one minute. Pour it into your cup through a sifter and it’s done. Add milk or cream depending on taste. Keep in mind that out of all the brewing methods out there, this one will also infuse the most caffeine in your drink.

 

If you’re looking for a brand of coffee with great, full flavors, then Community Coffee should be your first choice. Found in Walmart stores across the country, you can now get a $1.50 off any bag or K-Cup box coupon! This is great if you want to experiment and find the flavor that best fits you, but do not want to spend too much in the process. Use the printable coupon to get a great price on Community Coffee! If you live in Florida, check your Valpack envelopes for a free, additional Community Coffee Coupon!

 

From medium, to dark and extra dark roasts, to flavored, spiced and premium blends, to single-serves with a bunch of different flavors, Community Coffee is clearly apt at transforming the passion they have for coffee into a great tasting cup.

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