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6/30/10 1:06 P

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Lately I've not been good at this but what has worked in the past for me is:

1. Never shop hungry
2. Go shopping alone
3. Always take a list
4. Plan meals ahead of time and make list from plan
5. Pay cash only
6. Designate a maximum to spend and carry ONLY that amount with you
7. Grow as much food in a garden or pasture as you can. (container gardens are great if you have no room)

I have no 'share group' or 'co-op' that I can find in my area but would love to be part of one. I love to shop farmer markets or vegetable stands but sometimes they are higher though fresher. This one is a balancing act.

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6/28/10 9:03 A

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they are big on it over here they are called tausch borse´(taush is the german word for swap)and they are very well organised and lots of people take part from dr´s lawyers etc.i know someone who has fast their house built through the tasch borse´he is a lawyer so he has a higher point for his work,

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if at first you don´´t succeed,try try again.

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goal weight-155lbs

if i was worth my weight in gold i would be a millionair.my riches are measured by other standards and are worth far more than any gold.

we cant become what we need by remaining what we are.

Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love mo


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6/27/10 9:31 P

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Those are some great ideas, Karen. I love all those swapping ideas.

I love the idea of buying cheap clothes as we lose weight. I love shopping the sales and getting things for 4 and 5 dollars.

Swapping is an excellent alternative if you can work it out. I must admit I never have, but a club is a good idea.

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6/27/10 9:48 A

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sorry diane i seemed to have missed this thread,must have gone out that time i was ill and not sparking.i know i have missed the boat but here are a few ideas not already mentioned.

1#set up a babysitting swap with friends,can save alot of money and get you out of the house.also handy when going shopping,one does the shopping for both while the other looks after the kids.that way petrol is being saved as only one of you going shopping not two,saving on babysitting money and saving on buying stuff the kids will be pestering you to buy and if you are the one doing the babysitting you are not tempted yourself to buy stuff off the list.

2#see if there is a swapping club in your area.a good one will have all sort of services on offer from fresh veg out of garden to plummer,carpenter and electrician.it works on the basis that everyone offers something that they can do,me i offer,babysitting,ironing and english lessons.eachjob has a set unit worth for 30 minutes.when you need say an electricion which is 20 units an half hour i would then have to work 3 and a bit units(1hour 40 mins)for some other people to have paid my unit for the electrician.that way you build up your credit and differance and as no money is involved there is no tax to pay.plus the ironing you do is not nessecary for the electrician that has worked for you.

3#älook inlocal pressetc for the shops weekly best buys to see which has the best buys,it might mean more legwork going to the differant shops for differant things but it pays diffidends.

4#while losing weight you can end up going through several sizes of clothes in the process which can turn out expensive,go to fleah marks and second hand shops for the inbetween clothes as hopefully you wont be in them long,or go to a local slimming club in your area and see if you can set up a clothes swap as the people in the slimmimg club will be having the same problem.

5#exercise videos and dvd for those who exercise at home,my friends and i often swap are exercise videos amonst us so we can ring the changes,one while you can get bored doing the same one all the time and two your body gets used to the exercise after a while so it is not so effective.so you need to ring the changes.or you can easily hire them out of the local libuary,or download from computer.

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if at first you don´´t succeed,try try again.

heaviest weight-330lbs
start weight sp-270.4lbs
goal weight-155lbs

if i was worth my weight in gold i would be a millionair.my riches are measured by other standards and are worth far more than any gold.

we cant become what we need by remaining what we are.

Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love mo


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6/23/10 7:36 A

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I have used a random number generator and picked 3 winners.

FITTOBE2
KERMITFRAB
JAIRUS1

Thanks to all who participated!
This is one contest in which we can all come out winners, even the lurkers, who just read all the great suggestions! (And hopefully pick up some tips.)

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6/13/10 7:54 A

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Last year, I discovered: www.wickedcooldeals.com. She matches up the store flyer with coupons ( paper, printable, etc....). This has been the best revolutionary find that has helped me at the grocery store. She will show you the price after the savings. This way, I evaluate the price of things to see if that's the cheapest it's been in a while. IF so, I stock up baby. Her site is great. She posts other deals as well, lets you know where to get coupons, etc....

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6/11/10 8:32 P

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i wait until meat is on sale in bulk, like when whole pork loin goes on bb @ giant, i buy choose 2 that are close in price and have the in store butcheer cut them up into porkchops, roasts, etc, and instead of paying over $3.00/lb i pay half or even less per pound. bacon ends are cheapeer, i get a pound or 2 and ask them to pick out the long ends.

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6/7/10 11:39 P

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Great ideas!

We've had a couple of people mention making their own laundry soap. Anyone have any recipes for it?

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6/5/10 9:03 P

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1. Grow a garden and use its produce.
2. Make my own laundry soap.
3. Coupons. Coupons. Coupons.
4. Plan ahead for meals, incorporating what's already in stock in my cupboard and what's on sale at the stores.
5. Shop a maximum of once a week and sometimes only once a month (with just a quick stop to get milk or other perishables as needed). Less trips means less times to grab those aisle end things that you really don't need anyway.
6. Go fishing. Seriously. Why pay for fish when you can catch it fresh for little to nothing (depending on the cost of a license).
7. Pay cash. If there's no cash for it, we're not getting it.
8. Use a clothes line.

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6/5/10 8:01 P

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My main way to save is not to take my 3 teen agers with me, especially our daughter. Things get put into the buggy that we don't realize until we check out and it's too late. Another way we are trying to save is by baking a cake instead of everyone buying treats at the store. I can get a cake mix for around a $1.00 and if I make my own icing big savings.

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6/4/10 1:53 P

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Grow your own veggies in a garden and freeze or can them for use during the year.

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6/4/10 12:31 P

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i have 6 kiddos, i bake 2 loaves of bread every other day, make my own liquid laundry soap (out of ivory bar grated, washing soda & borax) way cheaper than bottles/powders...PRINT coupons myself (coupons.com & smartsource.com)and use them in a small photo album w/ clear pages...always have a plan before going to the store armed w/ calculator



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6/4/10 11:08 A

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I do inventory of what I have and don't have. When I hit the store I'll more more than needed on those healthy items on sale that I frequently use. I also make meals that can be split into 2 other meals so that way it's convienent. I need to start using coupons. I always cook enough for dinner and left overs for lunch the next day!

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6/4/10 10:55 A

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Start a coupon club with your friends. I have a group of gals that when we see a deal on something we always share it with the group. We haven't started this because I just though about it but I remember as a kid my grandma would mail her extra coupons out to her two daughters and vice versa if we knew the other would use them.

Also some online places you can get free samples of stuff which help save - I like to use free samples of shampoos, hair spray, cereal etc when I travel.

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6/4/10 10:14 A

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I order and pick up a mass amount of name brand foods through the SHARE program once each month. This is the same brands of food found in the grocery stores and I can keep my freezer, refridgerator, and cupboards full. This program is national and also accepts food stamps for the less fortunate. emoticon



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6/4/10 10:11 A

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Buy in bulk at Sam's even though there are only 2 of us. The savings more than makes up for the membership fee which only equates to about $3.34/mo. You may have to lay out more money at once, but the savings in the end are more than worth it if you do the math. Even the produce and fruit is alot cheaper in bulk, even if you can't eat it all by the time it spoils, it's still cheaper than buying in the grocery store and some you can store and freeze.

I also have a couple of friends who want to split the cost and share some items during the summer months like a big pkg of peppers (bell,red,yellow) when you just need a couple and the cost of the whole pkg is about equivalent to the price of 1 pepper in the grocery store.

We are careful to stick to our needs and the foods we eat the most and have a set amount when we go in and don't try to get it all at once. Alot of items last for months when you buy in bulk so we are careful to alternate what we buy at one time and keep our eyes off the exciting extras that can blow the budget.

You also have to be careful to balance what you spend on bulk items and have a plan for the grocery store too where you don't spend too much. Since all the meat, produce, cheese, milk, drinks, sodas, cereal, breakfast bars, and bread products are bought at Sam's, there isn't much left to buy at the grocery store.






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6/4/10 9:32 A

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Clip coupons and don't forget to use them! I have a coupon organizer that I picked up at the dollar store that keeps me on top of it. Clip coupons and file them according to their expiration date, so you never have to worry about an expired coupon.

Also, try buying your groceries online. I do this with my local supermarket, and although there is a fee, I still save money because there are no impulse buys. I can enter in all the ingredients from my meal plan for the week and nothing more, no cookies at the end of aisle 9 to tempt me. emoticon

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6/4/10 9:08 A

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Only shop the perimetre of the grocery store.

When you think about it, what is in those aisles that we really need for our diet? By sticking to the perimetre of the store (venturing down maybe one or two aisles) you get your produce, meat, grains and dairy. It eliminates a lot of superfolous spending.

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6/4/10 9:05 A

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Buy regular produce and cut it up into containers in your fridge once a week instead of buying the expensive pre-chopped packages.

If you need a great portable healthy snack, bananas are so much cheaper than say a box of granola bars and they give you more natural energy too!

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6/4/10 7:53 A

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Buy frozen fruit and veggies, usually a lot less $ than fresh and most of the time just as good for you!



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6/4/10 7:10 A

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5. Consider buying discounted fruits and veggies (but only if you will use them quickly.)
6. Read store ads and plan ahead. Base meals for the week upon what is on sale.

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6/4/10 7:08 A

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Hmmm, no takers?

Maybe we only have givers on this team. That's a happy thought.

I guess I should have named the thread "101 Ways to save on your grocery bill." I think I would have gotten a better response.

Let's see how many we can name.
(If no one else plays, I guess I will just have to give myself a goodie or two!)

1. We make our own bread. That saves us a ton.
2. Buy yeast in bulk.
3. Check out the bulk section of your grocery store.
4. Check out fruit stores, co-ops, and farm stands to find the best prices for fruits and veggies.

Diane

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6/3/10 6:16 A

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What do you do to save money on your grocery budget?

Share your tips here.

Contest ends June 2oth.

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