Since we’ve been eating healthier (less meat, more beans) I discovered that cooking your own beans will save three times the amount on beans! Now only that, but it’s a little bit healthier too.
Canned vs. Cooking your Own Beans Nutrition
Beans are an excellent source of protein and fiber, whether they are canned or dry. They are high in B vitamins and iron and low in fat.
Despite the benefits of canned beans, dry beans (cooking them on your own) are the winner nutritionally:
Lower sodium: Dry beans, purchased in bags, contain no extra sodium. By contrast, canned beans are quite high in sodium (1/2 cup of canned beans contain about 20% of your daily sodium requirement). If you’re watching your sodium intake level for blood pressure concerns or other health reasons, stick with dry beans. More natural: Canned beans can last several years
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It’s finally giveaway time!!
For all of our married lives, we’ve lived on two part-time salaries. We have learned to live wisely, making the most of our income and learning to live without certain things.
I have had a passion for learning to make things from scratch and eating healthier. This has also helped save money on groceries. I have enjoyed reading others blogs and soaking up as much about my newest passions that I can. That’s why I was so excited to hear that Anne from Quick and Easy, Cheap and Healthy was going to be writing an ebook on a grocery budget. She has a wealth of knowledge on this subject and has gathered great resources for this ebook. Anne teaches you what to prioritize and gives a lot of information on finding affordable healthy food!!
She gave me a copy her book
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“Streamline your life and cut the clutter. You might have great intentions, but if you’re drowning in clutter, it won’t work.”
The Money $aving Mom’s Budget
I have been a follower of the blog Money Saving Mom, by Crystal Paine for a little over a year. Her blog was one of the first blogs I started reading. It was after reading Crystal’s blog and others that I first wanted to blog more myself. I have been so inspired by her over this last year.
So it came as no surprise to my husband when I wanted to buy Crystal’s book The Money $aving Mom’s Budget as soon as it came out last January. However, since I’m the type of person that loves to live a full and busy life, I didn’t get very far into reading it. (I tend to put reading last on
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This is part of a Cutting you Grocery Bill Series. So far, I’ve touched on the process to build a weekly menu based on sale prices/coupons, my buy-price list, coupon sources, coupon lingo, and how to organize your coupons.
Last week, we started with the first baby step – pick one store and get to know their coupon policy. Print it off if you have to. Ask the store manager the questions we talked about earlier.
Creating a List
This week, let’s work on creating the first coupon shopping list. It is important to keep in mind that this list will be little more than a practice list intended to get our feet wet.
It’s okay if you haven’t built up a good coupon stock pile yet! There are plenty of printable coupons to chose from as well!
1. Pick a coupon resource website.
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- Pick ONE store you want to start using coupons at and get to know your store’s coupon policy like the back of your hand.
Many stores have a written policy on their website (I have links to several at the bottom of this page), but if you can’t find one, call the [...] [...]
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This is part of my Cutting your Grocery Bill series. After my rant at being sometimes frustrated with coupons, I decided to write this series. So far, I’ve touched on:
- the process to build a weekly menu based on sale prices/coupons
- my buy-price list (knowing how much to pay for item(s) and paying [...] [...]
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Last time in my Cutting Your Grocery Bill series, I talked about where to get coupons. Starting in November, I will be regularly posting about printable coupons again every Thursday and some Sundays. Onto Week Two: Coupon Lingo and a Few Tips & Tricks As coupon inserts in the newspaper are one of the main sources for coupons, I wanted to go over abbreviations for these categories.
Sunday Newspaper abbreviations:
GM = General Mills PG = Procter & Gamble RP = Red Plum SS = SmartSource
*Date for insert is typically in very small print on the spine of the insert.
CVS and Walgreens lingo:
ECB = Extra Care Bucks – CVS in-store credit/money RR = Register Reward – Walgreens in-store credit/money IVC = Instant Value Coupon – found in the monthly Walgreens Easy Saver booklet (you can find those in store)
Other Money Saving terms:
B1G1 or BOGO =
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Three weeks ago I started this new series with 5 tips on How to Cut your Grocery Bill. I also showed you this awesome app I found that makes menu planning and grocery list making so much easier!! Last week we talked about knowing your local sale prices.
This week, I wanted to address coupons. Few disclaimers:
- I am no coupon expert. Though I am new to couponing, that means the learning process is still fresh to me, so I can share baby steps to couponing. – I don’t have all the answers or the perfect system, but I can show you what I’ve learned works for me and refer you to some “coupon experts.”
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