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Sound too good to be true?  Well, it won’t be an easy feat, but it can be done.  I have a shopping list and menu all lined out for you.  It will require you and your family to limit snacks and drinks, but no one will starve.  Just head over to my website for a link to the grocery list, and the menu for this weeks $50 challenge!

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Just to continue my earlier point….Today in our Eagle Express (the weekly additional ads we get with the Dillon’s insert) Aldi’s included a sale ad.  In that sale ad they have on sale in their produce section the following items,

Avocados $.39 each   Roma Tomatoes $.63 per pound    pineapples $1.99 each    Lettuce $.59    Strawberries $.99 per pound. 

I had to make a trip to Wal-Mart this morning and took a look at their strawberries.  They have them for $1.98 for a  package.  You could save 99 cents just by price matching to the Aldi’s ad.  Not to mention the savings you can possible get on the other items listed. 

So, go get that Eagle Express out in the drive way, open it up and get out that Aldi’s ad, before you head to Wal-Mart. 

Please keep in mind, that the prices I allude to are at the Wal-Mart in New Market Square at 21st and Maize Road.

Hey, while you’re there be sure to stock up on Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper products.  $5 for 24packs!!

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So, you’re still a die-hard Wal-Mart fan.  Don’t clip coupons, and won’t shop at any other store.  Maybe you don’t have time to visit more than one location each week.  You don’t get the newspaper, and don’t have time to search for coupons on the internet.  Besides, the last time you checked, Wal-Mart had the best prices around.

But what you have discovered, is that your grocery bill is getting bigger, and your paycheck isn’t.  Maybe you have lost an income and now you have reached the end of your savings and the reality of your financial situation has just reared its ugly head.  But none the less, you are not going to start being one of those people who spend hours running around town hitting ever sale just to save a buck, or clipping a massive number of coupons.  Nope, you’re going to keep right on shopping at Wal-mart.

Ok, go ahead and stay at Wal-Mart.  But while you’re there, why not save another dollar or two.

How you ask?

Well, first and most importantly, and I can’t stress this enough, sit down, plan a menu, make your list from that and the stick to it.  Part of planning a menu includes planning what you might have around for snacks, so don’t just think about your main meal.  Plan your breakfast and lunches too.  This will help avoid trips during the week for items you forgot.

Then, take a few minutes, (probably more like an hour) and scan the ads for other stores in your area.  If you live in or around Wichita, you have Dillon’s, White’s IGA, Homeland, and Leekers.  Don’t try to use the excuse that you don’t get the paper, or you’re not in their delivery area.  I have a link to all of them on my website.  Now, look at what they have on sale that’s on your list.  If the price looks like it might be better than what you have been paying at Wal-Mart, print off that page and take it with you.  (Be sure to make a note on you grocery list, and which flier it’s on)  Then, while you’re at Wal-Mart, check the prices against what is on sale at other stores.  If the price is less, then have the cashier price match to the lower price at the other store.  But be ready to present the flier that show’s a better price, especially if it’s a really good one.

Here is an example of what I’m talking about.  At White’s IGA this week, they have Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad 10/$10.  These usually sell for between $1.49 and $2.00 at Wal-Mart.  Today let’s say it $1.89 a box.  When your ready to check out, tell the cashier you want to price match this product with the sale price at White’s IGA.  They will ask the amount and probably want to see the ad, then they will mark down your package to $1.00.  You just saved $.89 on one box.  No coupon and you didn’t have to go anywhere else.  If you do this on 10 different items, you could save $8.90 on this trip alone.

You won’t find a large number of things to price match every week, but if you get in the habit of looking and then price matching even just one or two items a week, (like milk and orange juice for $2.99 at Dillons’)  the savings will add up.  And any penny saved is better than no pennies at all!

So, by putting aside an hour or so to make a menu and shopping list, check the local sale ads, and print off a few pages, you can help lower your shopping bill at Wal-Mart.  No coupons, and no running around town.

So, why not start making your new plan today!

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Normally, I would not blog about my religious beliefs.  It’s not that I don’t have any, it’s just that I want to try to make my blog and website as “generic” as possible.  But today I feel moved to share our recent experience with a new commitment to tithing. 

We have not been the best tithers over the years.  Even though we were able to send our children to catholic school, it was seen as an expense, not as a gift.  Recently, when our yearly stewardship renewal packets went out, my husband and I sat down and had a very long and serious discussion about earnestly beginning to tithe.  God has been very good to us.  Since we have had guardianship of our grandsons, I no longer work outside the home.  Yet we still have enough.  We felt strongly that this was because of God, and it was time we began giving him the best, first.  So, we figured what was due to God each pay period, and began writing that check first.  We have been doing this since November.  However, as the new year approached, my husband began to worry about where the money was going to come from.  He is a commissioned salesman.  And the economy is in bad shape, right?  But guess what?  He is busier than he has been in years.  And, our house payment went down, and we got some money back from escrow, and we got a great tax return, and this month when we thought we would be short on the house payment, he got paid for vacation time he wasn’t able to use last year, and the list goes on and on!  God is truly a great provider!  So, if you have been struggling with the decision to really give tithing a try, I say yes.  You will find that the blessings will come pouring down!

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Having your taxes done doesn’t have to cost you a dime.  You can file your federal and your state taxes online, for free.  For the last 6 or 7 years, we have used the online program called Tax Act.  You can file your federal return for free, and it will file your state return for a small fee.  We pay about $18 each year and file our state with them, plus our information is imported for us each year.  That’s a much better price the the $100 or more a tax adviser charges.  If you don’t want to pay to file your state tax, just go to the Kansas Department of Revenue site and file for free there.  It’s a little tricky, so be sure you have all your information ready and at hand.   So, keep more of your money and file for yourself!

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Friday night I’ll draw the winner of the Midwest Dairy Council Bundle.  Be sure to read the previous blog for the question and get your entry in!

Holiday Tips from the Midwest Dairy Council!

With the holidays approaching, moms everywhere are looking for ways to stretch their holiday meal dollars without sacrificing taste or nutrition.  The good news is you can make your entertaining dollars work harder by bringing dairy family recipes and entertaining ideas to the holiday table, compliments of Midwest dairy farm moms. Dollar for dollar, dairy products are one of the most economical sources of nutrition.

 The moms who work and live on Midwest dairy farms, like Rebecca Murphy of Schwinn Farms in Kansas, know how to make delicious, nutrient-rich, money-smart holiday meals. Here are a few of their menu and entertaining tips:

  • To save money, buy cheese in block form and slice or cube it yourself. Or use holiday cookie cutters to create festive shapes, and save the scraps for casseroles.
  • Plain, low-fat yogurt makes a great, calcium-rich base for holiday dips! Buy yogurt by the quart and save, then flavor with dry ranch seasoning or soup mixes and serve with veggies.
  • Pinched for time? Cook up a quick gourmet grilled cheese sandwich, using one or two of the more than 300 varies of American-made cheese, and serve with a warm mug of soup, made with milk to boost the nutrition.
  • Remember to serve milk with every meal, not just holiday cookies. At about 25 cents a glass, it packs a lot of nutrients for the money.

As you begin preparing your holiday meal shopping lists, please consider  these tips or dairy-centric holiday recipes to help you plan.  For more tips as well as money-saving recipes from Midwest dairy farm moms, visit www.dairymakessense.com.

 One way to help spread the word about dairy is to connect with Rebecca to learn first-hand her tips for creating a budget-friendly nutrient-packed holiday. I would be happy to coordinate a Q&A if you’d like to learn more from this local dairy farm mom.

 For a limited time, you can visit www.dairymakessense.com to print money-saving store coupons for milk, cheese and yogurt.  The coupons are going quick, though!