Everyday Changes that Save Money & Help our Planet + a $25 GIANT FOOD STORES Gift Card Giveaway

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This post and giveaway are sponsored by GIANT Food Stores. It’s easy to make the switch, and with these items not on my grocery list, I’ve made more room in my grocery budget for actual food. American households waste about $600 of food a year. Choose thrift first.

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Everything Looks Better When The Sun Goes Down

Work With What You've Got

This was like an outfit equivalent to comfort food. Cardigan and Dress, Target Tights, Old Navy Shoes, Aldo Bag, thrifted Safety pin earring, BBJUD at Etsy Necklace, Moon Raven Designs at Etsy. Tags: etsy Target Old Navy Thrifted Aldo

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Every Friday Just About Midnight, All My Problems Seem to Disappear

Work With What You've Got

You must use oil based food coloring in almond bark, or really weird things happen. Nathan got me some tees at the thrift store, and I was taking the staples out and…you get the picture. Yes, ladies and gentleman, that’s another bag recently Thrifted by my gorgeous and talented husband.

2009 52

Store Coupon Policy 2015 – Every Store Coupon Policy Here!

Coupons Do Work

Bottom Dollar Food. Daniel’s Foods Sentry. Family Thrift. Festival Foods. Food Basics. Food Emporium. Food Lion. Food Pyramid. Giant Food. Lowe’s Food . Rainbow Foods. Sun Mart Foods. Super 1 Foods.

2015 189

4 Ways to Save Money as a New Mom

Couponing 101

Babies grow quickly, so you might find perfectly good baby clothes that were barely used at a thrift shop. Plus, some recalled car seats might slip through into thrift stores.

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Sun-Brewed Iced Tea

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My husband and I got hooked on store bought iced tea years ago, but it was loaded with sugar and at the rate we were drinking it, the tea cut into our food budget. Don’t spend too much money on a sun tea jar, I see them at yard sales and thrift stores all of the time.

2014 200

Halloween Spending Through the Years

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

My favorite thrift store has a section dedicated to seasonal items. The number and variety of Halloween items in this thrift store surprised me. A couple of days ago on one of my visits, I noticed 2 entire clothing racks filled with Halloween costumes and/or clothing items.

7 Ways to Reduce Household Waste

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

From food waste to packaging to disposable items, there are a lot of resources being used by humans. If you find yourself throwing out a lot of food, you can remedy the problem by shopping with a list. Preserve Some of Your Food.

2013 284

10 Ideas to Find Cash for Christmas

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The season of family, faith, food and…shopping… collective sigh… The spending part of Christmas can get crazy, so I’ve come up with a list of last minute ideas to find some extra cash for your Christmas spending. The Christmas season is upon us.

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Take Control of Your Money in 2015

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Choose Thrift First Challenge. In 2015, the monthly challenge will be the Choose Thrift First Challenge. We will be challenging ourselves to resist buying retail and instead choose thrift by borrowing, buying second hand, or making do with what we already have. New year.

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10 Fun & Budget-Friendly Christmas Party Ideas

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And you don’t have to buy a new ugly sweater, you could either visit your favorite thrift store or decorate a sweater you already own. Gifts must be from a thrift store. Gifts of food/baked goods. It’s PARTY time.

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Six Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Grocery Bags

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Clothing Bags If you donate clothing to your local thrift stores , then these bags can help you out. Plastic grocery bags can be irritating and useful all at the same time.

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Budget Friendly Camping for the Whole Family

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Camping gear , food, gas, park fees and everything else always adds up and at the end of the trip, you might wish you didn’t go in the first place! Make a daily meal plan so you’ll know exactly what food to bring and how much. Bring Food that’ll last the whole trip.

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Kroger Top Deals – May 20 – 26

Teresa's Deals

Frozen Foods. 0.55/1 Ball Park Hot Dog Product – 4-12-15 RP; Limit 1 coupon per person, Not Redeemable in Thrift or Outlet Stores, DND (exp. 1.00/2 Ball Park Hot Dog Product – 4-12-15 RP; Limit 1 coupon per person, Not Redeemable in Thrift or Outlet Stores, DND (exp.

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Have a Mindful March!

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Assign a budget category to each transaction, so you can add up what you spend on food, fuel, clothing, self-care, etc. It’s March 1, and I declare it Mindful March. We made one big financial goal for 2019 and are striving and working hard to make progress.

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Grocery Chopping: Cut Down Your Grocery Bill Without Using Coupons and $500 Giveaway

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

While eating less is certainly an option, it shouldn’t have to be, not when there is plenty of food to go around.

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The Art of Frugality

Frugal Luxuries

"Thrift is the really romantic thing; economy is more romantic than extravagance.thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste.if

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Go Green This Halloween

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

We do put up decorations (ones I buy at garage sales or thrift stores and reuse each year). We passed around pieces of food in the dark and told a story about how the pieces were parts of a body. Fall is once again upon us and with it the fun and festivities surrounding Halloween. According to the National Retail Federation : “More than 171 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year, spending an average $82.93, up from last year’s $74.34.

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Organize Your Home

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

We have accumulated a lot of stuff – lose screws, highly prized collectibles, everyday essentials, clothes that ‘might fit again someday’, tools, children’s artwork, food stuffs and more. Store food in the kitchen or as close to it as possible.

10 Smart Ways to Become Debt Free

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The interviewees also found that cutting their food spending freed up quite a bit of money to apply towards debt. She also prepared extra food to freeze for late days. ACTION STEP: If you would like to lower your food bill, here are my best tips: 11 Simple Meal Planning Tips.

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Get Rid of Fleas Without Chemicals

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

I use food grade diatomaceous earth all over my house, inside and out, for keeping ants and cockroaches at bay. Chances are that if you have a pet, your pet has had fleas at least a few times.

2013 222

How Little Could You Spend on Your Child in a Year?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

In my children’s first few years of life, food was the biggest expense. 8 Ways to Inspire Children to Help Others How to Shop at Thrift Stores for Clothes To Save Money. When a woman is pregnant for her first child, she’ll likely have a baby shower (or several).

Super Saver Holiday Ideas

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Thrift stores are also a great place to shop. If you are providing all of the food, plan your menu to take advantage of less expensive and seasonal foods – and don’t over serve. Heaven knows, not many of us lack for food or sustenance!

How to Save Money on Festivals

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

But there are still opportunities to instil some thrift without losing the hedonistic experience – here are a few tips to saving money at festivals. Summer time is the time for festivals and fun. What can be better than spending time outdoors in the sun having a blast, right?!

What Makes a Saver?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

If you don’t have enough money to put food on the table, you are going to do something about it. As a young mom, I saved like mad – going to garage sales, thrift stores and accepting hand me downs on toys and clothing. If we truly be either saver or spender, what makes us one or the other? Are we predestined from birth to be one or the other as at least one study proposes? Or is it our earliest environments that mold us to be one or the other?

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The Christmas Gift Exchange Game

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Thrift store finds. Gifts of food/baked goods. Have a large extended family that buys gifts f or everyone ? Does it cause stress and overwhelm to your sanity and your budget? The Gift Exchange Game will eliminate that stress, but add loads of laughs, smiles, and memories to your next holiday gathering. I belong to many frugal living Facebook groups and so often people rant about how expensive and overwhelming gift giving can be for the extended family.

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5 Ways College Students Can Stretch a Dollar

Saving Cents With Sense

Thrift Store Style. Thrift stores, on the other hand, offer affordable, stylish clothing. Many shoppers are now turning to thrift stores to find fashionable items. You can also get 10 percent off at food chains like Burger King, Dairy Queen and Domino’s.

Sustainable Living Traits To Pass On To Your Children

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Go hiking and camping and show them the beauty of the outdoors (and teach them to leave trails and campsites better than when you arrived) Plant a garden with your children to give them a tangible example of how much fun growing your own food and eating healthy can be!

2012 207

Growing up in the 1950?s

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Food/shopping. Fast food was rare. Most food at the grocery store came from the USA. The only discount store was the 5 and dime aka ‘the dime store’ It did not sell food (except 1 penny candies).

9 Cookbook Ideas for the Foodie on Your List

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I loved to eat good food, but only if someone else was preparing it. That is when I discovered Ina Garten, aka, Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network. She is a real food cook who has the most fabulous home and kitchen in the Hamptons. Real food, real fat, real ingredients.

Ten Paper Products To Cross Off Your Grocery List | Kitchen Economics Link Up

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Instead of using aluminum foil or plastic wrap to cover casseroles and leftovers, store the food in re-usable containers. There is an initial investment, but I have seen similiar containers at yard sales or thrift stores and at Bed Bath and Beyond where they regularly offer 20% coupons.

Am I Frugal – or Cheap?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

There is a lovely thrift store not far from my neighborhood that receives donations from the folks in the local golfing gated community. Endanger my heath with sub standard food, drugs or doctors. Sometimes I wonder about myself. All my life I’ve been careful with money, most of the time through necessity, but now just through habit. I wonder if I’m really being frugal or if I am just being cheap.

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My Favorite Tee

Work With What You've Got

Nathan came home from his NYC trip tonight and as is our custom when he has been out of town, we went out for Mexican food. This tee is a vintage Iron Maiden tee that Nathan found in the kids section of one of the local thrift stores for a couple of bucks.

2008 52

One Month of Spending Zero

Couponing 101

We took an inventory of the food we have on hand and it is SHOCKING how much we truly have when we dig all the way to the back! This way the food doesn’t “feel” like leftovers! January No-Spend Challenge Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to spend ZERO this month.

2015 112

Stuff – Full Circle

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

We especially need essential stuff, like food, water, shelter, heat, clothing, defensive and offensive protection. Some get stuff from stores, the less financially favored head for thrift stores, garage sales, Mom’s house or the trash pickup routes.

2017 109

New Year’s Eve Fashion Under $100

Fashion Without Guilt

There are enough guilty pleasures on this fun filled holiday from too much booze, food overload, and staying out all night long. Twitter- FashionNOGuilt You May Also LIKE: Urban Decay On Sale Up To 90% Off My Value Village Thrift Shopping Find Aldo Shoes Sale Up To 50%-70% Off.

Donating Household Clutter and Taking a Tax Deduction

Family Balance Sheet

Household items NOT included would be food, paintings, antiques, other objects of art, jewelry, gems, and collections. You should claim as the value the price that buyers of used items actually pay in used clothing stores, such as consignment or thrift shops.". Every year, I have a yard sale. It usually coincides with our neighborhood's big sale and I make out quite nicely with the profits. However, this year we were in Pittsburgh and I missed out on the event.and the cash.

I Woke Up Today A Song Was Swimming In My Head

Work With What You've Got

I got to see old friends and eat good food. Last week there was a paper bag on the doorstep and they asked us to fill it up for the food bank and set it back outside, which I did, and I guess I gave the food bank all of the ramen. I had a great weekend.

2010 52

Casual Boots.

Work With What You've Got

I had a wonderful night with my church community, eating homemade Indian food and talking. I love vintage, and of course I’d rather buy it myself from the thrift store, but if I must buy from a middle man, Loves Me Not is a great one.

2009 52

The Intermittent Blogger Returns.

Frugal Luxuries

It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. A garden is a grand teacher. Gertrude Jekyll Chris Long.an associate for the Home Depot stores.is writing our guest-post today.

20 Tips for Frugal Living

For the Mommas

Shop around at garage sales, thrift stores and online classifieds for furniture and other household items. Reduce convenience foods. Frozen foods, prepared foods and junk food are not only more expensive than something you cook yourself, but also less healthy.

I Keep Dancing On My Own

Work With What You've Got

I am working (with a break for celebratory Mexican food at lunch!) Jacket, Forever XXI via Lara Dress, Target Boots, Target Bag, vintage Coach, Thrifted by Nathan Earrings, www.PersephonePlus.etsy.com

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Getting To Know Me

The Bargain Hunter Extraordinaire

Your favorite food? Skinny jeans, kid's blue oxford, beige grandma sweater I thrifted from Savers, and my new cage black boots for $10 at Wet Seal. Have you see the Cape she made from a thrifted wool skirt?

2009 56