Yay!! It’s here!! My 1 year blogiversary is Sept. 5th and I’m celebrating by offering 7 giveaways! Don’t miss out. Each day I’ll post something different.
Today’s giveaway is Your Grocery Budget Toolbox by Anne from Authentic Simplicity!! If you have been here, you probably have seen this book advertised on my sidebar as the best grocery ebook I’ve ever read!
Also, you can link up your weekly menu plans below!
Your Grocery Budget Toolbox
I learned so much from reading this ebook!! If you haven’t hear of it, check out my full review. Here are the chapters and key points:
Summary & Grocery Budget Tips
1) The Budget – how to make one and a sample of a $250/month budget. This is SO helpful to those of us who are starting out.
2) The Price List – how to make a price sheet and then she listed a large amount of items and what price she pays for them.
3) Sourcing Healthy Food – this is what I LOVED so much about Anne’s book. She is focused on healthy food and offers a lot of specific examples of what items to buy at certain stores. I found this very helpful!
She has challenged me to go out and try different stores & farmers markets.
TIP #1: Anne advised to make pricing part of your shopping routine. Before reading this book, I had saved receipts and they just keep piling up. Now, I take action – typing the prices into my spreadsheet the day I shop!
TIP #2: If you are buying from the farmer’s market, shop near the end of the day so that you can buy up things the farmers are discounting (since they don’t want to take a lot home).
4) Once a Month Shopping – I’ve tried to do this the past 4 months. But Anne has renewed my strategy and interest in shopping this way. She also gives some great reasons on why you should try it.
I thought it was very interesting that she uses Google Docs to make up her monthly shopping list. I might have to try it…. As she makes her list, she calculates about how much she would spend to buy everything on the list. If the list is over her budget, she edits and writes a final draft. This allows her to stay within a budget.
5) Price Caps – this is what I would call my buy-price list.
6) Coupons – the basics on coupons, sources to find them and how to use them. Thankfully, she focuses on healthy food coupons!
7) Do it Yourself Food – I found so many recipes that I’m REALLY excited to try!! Here is a list of a few of her easy recipes:
– Wacky Cake
– Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
– Rice Milk
– Berry Jam
She also listed some tools that make cooking from scratch a LOT easier. It’s going to take a bit of time before we can afford some of these things, but it’s fun to dream, right?
8) Take it to the Next Level – one of my favorite chapters! This chapter showed practical ways to save food scraps and what they are useful for. She also offers up several more recipes that you can make from practically nothing!
TIP #3: Collect grease from bacon or other meats and place into jar, then store in fridge. This can be used in place of butter, shortening, or oil! This was an eye-opener. I grew up with my mom pouring the grease into a glass jar that she stored under the sink. Then, when it was full, she would just through it out! Now I can save it!!
9) Saving in the Internet Age – so many great resources here!!
I love that Anne makes this books easy to read, practical, and easy to apply. She has written several action steps sections within the book that challenges you.
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to save a little money, even if you are just starting out!! (It’s only 4.99.) Anne graciously is offering a coupon code for 20%, making this book only $3.99! Use coupon code “onadime” when adding to cart. Coupon is good to use for a weeks’ time (until Sept. 10th).
You can also read the first chapter for free, just by following her blog via RSS or email.
Enjoy! See you tomorrow for a chance to win 2 Mason Jar Tumblers!!
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