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SJWILLI83 SparkPoints: (2,934)
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5/14/13 11:04 P

My kids are finally jumping on board with this healthier eating thing! Woohoo

GABISTYLE88 SparkPoints: (3,634)
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4/22/13 9:44 A

I loved reading through the tips. I feel pretty motivated. I have learned that my 3 year old really likes exercising like mommy. The healthy foods I eat she always wants some of. I have never been good at couponing either. I have some in my wallet now I never remember to use. I think I will try making the drive to get to an Aldi's any other tips would be very useful!

IYANKAWINDCM SparkPoints: (5,274)
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4/9/13 12:18 P

I love reading these practical hints to help my family!! We live in a town that has many walking trails, and since we are relatively new to the community, our walks on the trails makes exploring(and exercising) fun!

KMFITZ721 Posts: 89
4/9/13 2:05 A

There are other ways to save some money as well. If you go on youtube there are ways to make your own laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap, etc. To start might cost a little bit at first but it's (I only do the fabric softener) but maintaining it isn't expensive.

Fabric softener.

1 15 to 16 oz bottle of cheap hair conditioner
6 cups of hot water
3 cups vinegar
clean gallon size container
clean kitchen sponges

In a gallon size container mix conditioner and hot water (water has to be hot to get the conditioner to mix) then mix in the vinegar. Place sponge in the fabric softener and wring excess out. Place in dryer with clothes.

KARENRAU123 Posts: 184
4/8/13 9:55 P

Are you cooking or exercising at all as a family? I would love to hear how you are managing. I have two kids that I would like to see get more involved in cooking and helping mommy to eat better.

TOPCAT93 SparkPoints: (9,020)
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4/8/13 12:22 P

i save coupons when i can

CLARK971 SparkPoints: (29,686)
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4/8/13 8:19 A

as far as those extreme coupon shows-they show the extreme-for entertainment purposes. yogurt was on sale for $1.00. i had a coupon for 50 cents off a container of yogurt (doubled to $1.00). So, the yogurt was free, but i only had two coupons, not 50 like they have on the show. the show is not reality.

Edited by: CLARK971 at: 4/8/2013 (09:36)
SOCAL_LEE SparkPoints: (43,325)
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4/5/13 1:19 A

First, you're saving a ton of money by not eating out; it's always cheaper to cook at home. Some of the other ways we save money on food are:

--make your own snacks. If you have flour, water and olive oil, you can make crackers for pennies, for example. Buy popcorn in a big jar and pop it yourself on the stovetop or in a paper bag in the microwave. I make tortilla chips by cutting up corn tortillas and baking them at 400 degrees forr about 10 minutes.

--make your own condiments, especially salad dressing.

--buy in bulk. Your local health food store probably has a bulk section for grains, dried beans, flours and oatmeal, as well as spices.

--eat less meat and fill your plate with in-season vegetables. Similarly, eat fruit in season.

--do you eat chicken? stop buying chicken parts; buy a whole chicken and roast it. With your family it should make at least two dinners, and then you can make chicken stock for homemade chicken soup.

--stock up when nonperishable items go on sale.

--plant a garden! your children will have fun with that, too. There's nothing like pulling up your very own carrot.

If you Google "Real food on a budget" you'll find lots of helpful resources. Good luck!

NANDESMAMA SparkPoints: (5,899)
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4/4/13 10:04 P

I have been trying to make smallchanges too in my families diet. I found shopping at Aldis toois helpful. The produce alone makes it worth while

CMAZUREK1 SparkPoints: (2,051)
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4/2/13 10:54 P

I have to feed a family of five on a tight budget. One thing I find that helps is not spending money on processed food. I try to spend it on whole foods like fruit, veggies, dairy, and whole grain. That way I have healthy snacks for the family and quality ingredients to make meals with. I hope this helps.

TMHEMMINGS SparkPoints: (133)
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3/22/13 11:52 P

Do you have an Aldi Grocery store near you? I shop at Aldi and buy as much as possible from there. What I can not find at Aldi I then go to Kroger or WalMart Grocery Store. I know a lot of people won't shop at Aldi for one reason or another. I have found items that my family does not like and items that my family LOVES. You just have to try out different things. I usually leave there with a grocery cart full for about $100. Best of Luck to you!

CARTOON3 SparkPoints: (36,264)
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3/21/13 3:53 P

Since I started buying healthier foods my family is eating healthier and my kids are loving the salads and trying new vegetables.

3/21/13 6:56 A

We are trying to eat healthier as a family, and trying to lose weight as a family. We have been making small changes at a time, like cooking at home more instead of eating out as much, cooking smaller meals so we arent as likely to over eat, using ground turkey instead of ground beef, taking walks to get some exercise.......but the problem I am findng is finding recipes for healthier meals that I can fit into our grocery budget of $100 every two weeks. I plan a menu for two weeks at a time. I have tred the couponing thng, but I usually forget them at home when I go to the store, and I just dont get the hang of how everyone does this "extreme couponing". Does anyone have any family & budget friendly meal ideas or tips/advice??????

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