Category Meal planning

5 Ways to Maximize Savings on Groceries

You’ve clipped your coupons and looked at the sale ad, but are not sure what to do next! Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Each of the suggestions about coupons here and rebate apps here are great on their own, but in the end the best way to maximize your savings on groceries is to combine all the knowledge you have into a master plan! Here are my top 5 ways you can maximize your savings.

#1: Make a List

The best way to save money is to have a plan. And the best way to remember your plan is to write it down – a.k.a. make a list! Every week before my shopping trip I write down exactly what I’m going to purchase….down to the size, brand, and quantity! I spend time figuring out what I want to purchase BEFORE I head to the store and make sure all the coupons I’m planning to use are t...

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Saving Money on Groceries, Level 2 – rebate apps

I had been using coupons when I purchased my groceries for years, but never really felt like I was saving big money. Then I took yet another coupon class and was queued in to rebate apps! What a lovely way to get even more savings on groceries because you can stack these savings on top of your coupon and store sales! If you haven’t already, start HERE to get the low down on how you can be saving money on groceries with coupons and sales. Then once you are ready to take the next step, read on for some tidbits about saving even more with free rebate apps.

Rebate apps aren’t hard to use, in fact everything I know I’ve learned by trial and error. I use four of them on a regular basis and have learned a few things you may want to also know as you get started with saving...

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Couponing 101 for Beginners

Using coupons is a great way to save money, but learning all the rules and lingo can be VERY confusing! I recently sat down with some friends who were totally new to couponing – they were starting with just the knowledge that coupons come from the paper! We worked through the very basics of coupons and how to best maximize your savings when you start out using this information (I also included some of the acronyms so you can better understand the other coupon blogs you read). They left feeling empowered to purchase their first paper and get started on their coupon adventure. Happy Saving!

(Personal note: Our family mostly shops at Meijer stores, which have the MPerks progam, but the coupon basics apply even if you don’t shop there.)

Before you begin there are two important rules to remembe...

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The Key to Successfully Making Freezer Meals

freezer meals coverMaking meals for your freezer is all the rage right now with people posting recipe ideas all over Facebook and Pinterest. The pictures look delicious and the idea of putting meals in your freezer that you just need to pull out and cook sure makes dinner time preparation look less stressful! However, the reality of collecting the recipes, buying the groceries, and actually assembling the meals can become a majorly overwhelming task. I’m sure many of us have gotten partway through the process only to get distracted or frustrated and not finish.

I strongly believe that the benefits of making meals ahead for your freezer outweighs the time it takes to prepare them. A few of the best perks of making your own meals for the freezer, in my opinion are:

*you made them so you know what’s in them

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How To Make A Dinner Plan That Actually Works

make a weekly meal planAs with everything in life I believe things run smoother with a plan and making dinner is no exception. I don’t know about you, but dinner at our house is always more stressful when I still don’t know what we are going to eat at 4pm. If this is you d2- 80 percent dinneron’t worry, 80% of Americans are usually in this boat!

For me, the greatest battle is usually just CHOOSING what to make. If I haven’t thought about dinner until 4pm (our family eats at 5pm because of work, so then time is short for cooking) we more often end up with junk or a really crabby momma. So I’ve been working hard to create a weekly meal plan. I set aside time on Sundays to decide what we are going to eat every night – based on what our schedule is for the week...

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