Sunday, June 10, 2018

How to Extend the Life of Your Work Boots


By sowing frugality we reap liberty, a golden harvest.
AGESILAUS




Leather work boots are expensive. My husbands Georgia Giants were $120.00, but they're worth every penny. He is in those boots over 50 hours a week--climbing ladders, pounding pavements and moving heavy things. He was wearing another pair of boots that didn't have supportive soles and his feet were in pain. He desperately needed metal bottomed shoes for extra support on the ladder and the Georgia Giants fit the bill except for one thing. His work uniform requires black boots, and the Georgia Giants were brown. So, I dyed them black for a dollar. Yes, it was easy, and it saved us $120.00 and Mr. Peasant's achy tired feet. Here's how you can do it, too.


Dyeing your boots for a dollar.

Get some Kiwi Black Leather Dye at Walmart in the shoe department for a dollar. The dye will stain the table, carpet, flooring, clothing, and hands so put a thick layer of newspapers down on your work area and wear gloves. Remove the boot laces and place the boots on top of the newspapers. Take a damp paper towel and wipe the boots to get rid of any dirt. Once they are dry, take nail polish remover (acetone) and go quickly over the shoe to remove any old shoe polish. Even if you've never polished your shoes before, they are usually polished in the factory. Getting rid of the polish is important so the dye can soak into the leather. Go over them quickly with nail polish remover just in case. I took duct tape and covered the soles of the shoes to prevent dye from dripping onto the soles of the shoes.

Now apply the dye. The tip is covered in a sponge like a bingo dopper. You have to press it down on the shoe to get the dye released into the sponge. Now carefully drag the sponge tip over the shoe. Carefully apply a layer. Be sure not to press down too often, or you'll get dye drips. Press down to release a little dye and then drag. Press down only when you need more dye, then drag. I went over the boots 3 times with dye. The dye doesn't have a heavy odor so you can leave the boots inside to dry overnight. The next day use a shoe polish and buff them. The dyed boot color lasted 7 months, and Mr. Peasant is VERY rough on his shoes!

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Fixing a worn out sole

The next fix for these same Georgia Giant boots was the sole. The right boot had a very worn area on the edge of the sole. It looked like parts of the sole tread had chunked off the side. The left boot was completely fine. To repair your worn sole or to build up an area where a chunk of the sole is missing, buy some Shoe Goo for $4 at Lowe's in the glue section. It is a clear rubber epoxy. It has a strong smell, so you might want to use it outside or use a fan inside. Shoe Goo needs 24 to 72 hours to dry, so be sure to allow enough time for this. If you need to wear the boots for work on Monday, the Shoe Goo must be applied by Friday night.

Place your shoes on newspaper. Squeeze the tube like toothpaste onto the sole of the boot. I rip a piece of the cardboard packaging to spread it into the problem area. Take the cardboard and push the goo into any holes or gaps.

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If you are building up a worn down area on your sole, build up several layers of Shoe Goo. Allow each layer to dry slightly before adding another layer on top. The Goo will dry clear and magically the surface will settle flat. If you are trying to build up the sole near the edge, you may need to re-shape the goo while it's drying so it doesn't slide down over the edge. Check on the boots a few times the first hour while drying and if necessary push the goo even with sole's edge until it's firm. In the beginning, it will look like the worst clear cake frosting job, but don't worry. It has a way of drying perfectly smooth on it's own.



                           




We are constantly scraping the bottom of the peanut butter jar or squeezing out  the last bit of toothpaste. Why not scrape six more months of use out of your old boots? We have dyed and built up Mr. Peasant's soles twice now. We are hoping to get another 6 months of use. That would be an entire year of extra wear for $10. It's a very easy and inexpensive way to mend those beat up shoes. Why not give it a try before you throw out a perfectly broken in pair of work boots? I hope this helps you.

Thank you for reading!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Tips From a Hotel Room Cleaner



I spent a summer working at Yosemite National Park as a hotel housekeeper. I was 19 years old. The pay was $4.75 an hour. And the work was awful. I had hopes of staying a year in California to claim residency and pay in state tuition at one of the Universities for Art. I only lasted 7 months and went back home. 

Yosemite National Park was such a popular destination that the few hotels inside the park were booked out 3 years in advance. The rooms started at $300 a night on the low end. I was assigned a two story building at the Yosemite Lodge motel with fourteen rooms. Each room had two beds. I had 8 hours to clean these rooms, and I never finished on time without help.  We worked a mandatory 6 day workweek. The Yosemite Lodge was a glorified Motel 6 minus the TV. The reason it was $300 a night was based solely on location. 

For $300 a night, the rooms had to be clean. One eyelash on a bed sheet or one pubic hair in the bathtub could ruin a persons stay. We had access to some pretty incredible cleaning products in our metal caddies. We had a room/fabric freshener. This was Febreze back in 1999 before Febreze even existed. We also had an all-purpose spray that could kill diseases on contact. The rest of the products were basic- window cleaner, a duster, an on-your-knees scrub brush, and Comet.


Tip #1--Buy a shaker can of Comet for a dollar to clean your bathroom.

Yes, a green foiled can of Comet. The hotel could have bought anything, but we used Comet. Why? Because it works. I like Comet because it removes soap scum and has bleach but without the fumes. In my old age, I've tried the foaming bleach sprays, scrubbing bubbles, and all purpose cleaners. Just throw out all the spray bottles under your bathroom sink. You don't need them. Keep a shaker can of Comet, a scrub brush, and a glass cleaner.

Tip #2--Keep a squeegee in the shower and after every shower quickly squeegee your walls dry. 

At the hotel, we would dry the tub, tiled walls, and bathroom sink with old towels. Keeping your shower walls dry slows down mildew and soap scum. Today, I hang a squeegee off my wire caddie in the shower and spend 2 minutes dragging it across the walls to get rid of excess water. 

Tip #3--Make your bed daily. 

Housekeeping service during a stay at Yosemite Lodge consisted of re-making your bed, tidying floors, a quick vacuum, emptying trash and replacing wet towels. That's it. So what makes it feel so fantastic walking into your motel room after a long day? Seeing that beautifully made bed. Something as simple as making the bed has a huge impact on the look of a room.

Tip #4--Clean top to bottom

The goal here is to knock down any dust, dirt, hair to the floor, and then clean the floor. This saves yourself steps and the heartache of back tracking. Here is the order of cleaning tasks: 
-Dust picture frames, artwork, furniture and curtains. 
-Wipe down any mirrors, tables, counters, sinks, and the toilet. 
-Vaccum.
-Sweep floors twice with a broom (or vacuum.) Then mop.
Tip #5--Frequency matters.

I could clean a motel bathroom in 15 minutes- tub, sink, toilet, floors. Why? In contrast to conventional wisdom, hotel bathrooms are super clean. They are cleaner than your bathroom at home. This is because they are cleaned every day. The more you clean the easier it is to maintain. Try it. Give your bathroom a quick clean every week, and it will never get the chance to get grimy and nasty. 

LASTLY, This is completely off topic but I'd be a real jerk to not say this. If your room was clean, please tip your housekeeper. It is a hard, sweaty, nasty, poor paying job. If you leave a 2 dollar tip, they will appreciate it.

I hope these tips will save you time, money, and energy. Do you have any cheap and easy cleaning tips? Please let me know below. 

Thank you for reading!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

How To Get Your Husband To Bring His Lunch To Work


Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife
PROVERBS 17:1

Can you think of anything more expensive and wasteful than shopping at a gas station while hungry? I've read not to go grocery shopping when you're hungry over and over again. But to make it worse everything is 2 to 3 times more expensive than the grocery store! So how do we keep our husbands out of the gas stations/drive thrus and save thousands of dollars this year? Thousands? Yes, THOUSANDS!

A $1.50 Mountain Dew and a $1.00 bag of chips every workday = $650.00 a year

A $5.00 lunch at the drive thru every workday= $1,300.00 a year

And these numbers are being charitable. It makes no sense to pay so much money for so little. It's much cheaper to pack lunches for work. Brown bagging is the way to go. But how do you get your husband on board?

1. Know it won't be perfect.

There are two reasons we want to our husbands to bring their lunch--to eat healthier and to save money. We can accomplish both of these, BUT IT WON'T BE PERFECT. If you want this to work, they have to actually eat their lunches. You can't make their lunch worthy of a fat camp or cardiac hospital. You could do this, but they will end up back at the convenience stores and gas stations! You can pack the most economical lunch, but if he ends up swinging by the drive thru because he isn't satisfied, you've wasted your time, money, and energy. Please find comfort in knowing without a doubt ANYTHING you pack is healthier than the gas station or a fast food joint. ANYTHING you pack is cheaper than the gas station. Baby steps.

2. Ask him what he wants to eat for lunch.

Ask him what he buys at the gas station or at the fast food place. Then, find it cheaper. If he is buying Mountain Dews, chips, cookies, candy, gum, etc.....you can buy it cheaper at Walmart and pack it. That step can save you tons of money. Try to find healthier substitutes to those quick lunch foods. You can make your own granola bars or banana bread for a sweet treat. A handful of almonds can help keep him fuller longer. You can make sandwiches, or if he has access to a microwave, he can bring leftovers. Try to compromise. Pick some junk foods and some healthy foods. Mt. Dew (fun), sandwich baggie full of chips (fun), a sweet treat (fun), fruit (better) and then leftovers (free.)

3. Make it easy.

Get a system that is easy to grab and go in the mornings. He'll need a cooler or a lunch bag. If he picks it out he'll be more likely to use it. Get some plastic sandwich containers, so his sandwich isn't smooched. Keep certain items in the same containers so he can quickly grab the foods he wants throughout the day. Get an ice pack so his drinks stay cold all day long. Pack a couple waters in stainless steal wide mouth Klean Kanteens along with that Mountain Dew.

4. Pack extra.

For those unexpected longer days, throw in an extra granola bar or bag of nuts just in case. These can help tide him over until dinnertime and keep him from buying snacks. Better to pack too much than too little. The same goes with drinks. Pack enough to last the day. Also, pack pain relievers, gum, tissues, cough drops, or allergy medicines he may need in a ziploc bag. These are also items that they buy from the convenience store. Anticipate these needs!

5. Ask for feedback.

What does he like and not like. Change it up a little, so he doesn't get bored. Make sure what you pack stays fresh and clean.

6. Have a goal.

My husband has eaten two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches everyday for lunch for 5 years. Why? Because we are saving to buy a house without going into debt. Having a goal keeps a man motivated! Let's face it. Taking your lunch may never be as delicious as french fries BUT the sacrifice is worth it to reach a financial or a health goal. Do the math and show him the numbers. Let him see how it really adds up.

7. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. 

If your husband does break down and buys that $1.00 bag of chips after a hectic day, don't freak out. Don't get angry. It's not the end of the world. As long as he brings the majority of his lunches, he can have cheat days. Remind yourself that it won't be perfect. See step 1.

I can't count how much money we have saved by bringing our own lunches, drinks, coffees, snacks for the car when traveling or just shopping for the day. Every time you bring food from home, you keep more money in your pocket. Stop paying premium prices for CONVENIENCE. You can't afford convenience. Talk with your husband about bringing his lunch tonight and start saving more money this year.

Thank you for reading!


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Salt Free Seasoning Recipe


Ounce for ounce, herbs and spices have more antioxidants than any other food group. 
MICHAEL GREGER


Here is a tasty Salt Free seasoning that is fantastic on baked potatoes or vegetables. The best part, everyone of these spices have extra health benefits!

2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder

Place all ingredients in an empty spice container and shake to blend everything together. This seasoning is not spicy, but very flavorful. We try to use this seasoning often to sneak in more of the health benefits listed below.

I hope you enjoy this one!

*Parsley- Antioxidant (contains Apigenin an antioxidant that can increase the benefits of other antioxidants), Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Lutein. Anti-inflammatory. May have cancer fighting abilities.   

*Celery Seed- Anti-inflammatory. May help with gout, lowering cholesterol, and blood pressure.

*Cayenne powder- Anti-imflammatory. May help with arthritis, increase your metabolism, improve heart health, lower cholesterol and anti-cancer.

*Cumin Powder- Antioxidant, rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. May help lower blood sugar and cholesterol and protect bones from osteoporosis. 

How to Save Money on Your Electric Bill


When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this - you haven't.
THOMAS EDISON

Yes, you can always shave a little more off your electric bill. We reduced our electric bill $250.00 last year with these tips. The best part is you don't have to spend money on a gadget or gizmo! Here are some easy, low cost, and free ways to lower your electric bill. 

1.   SLOWLY raise the temperature on your air conditioner. We went from setting the thermostat at 68 degrees in the summer to 77 degrees! How did we do this? One degree at a time. We raised the temperature one degree higher and waited a couple weeks and then raised it another degree higher. We kept raising the temperature every few weeks until we felt uncomfortable. For us, it was 77 degrees. Re-acclimating your body slowly can make temperature adjustments less painful and you won't know the difference. Every degree counts! To stay cool at bedtime, be sure to use minimal bedding- light sheets, a thin blanket or no blanket! Bust out your box fan or turn on your ceiling fan. Wear lightweight pajamas. No pants, socks, long sleeves, etc. 

2.     Embrace the seasons. We waste a lot of money overwarming a house in winter, so we can wear shorts inside. Or, overcooling a house in the summer to make up for wearing long pajamas and baking all day heating the kitchen. If we follow the seasons, these times will feel extra special, and we can save money, too!

Winter: Wear winter clothes inside when it's cold outside. Bring out the sweaters, warm thick socks, flannel pajamas, hoodies, soft scarves, and gloves. Put throw blankets on chairs and sofas and USE THEM! Drink hot beverages. Just wrapping your hands around a hot mug of coco or tea can warm you up. Now is the time to eat soups, stews, and baked goods. Using your oven keeps your kitchen warm. Make your bed toasty by using flannel sheets and add many layers of blankets. Snuggle with your loved ones and hold hands.

Summer: In the summertime, wear shorts and lightweight clothes. Keep your feet cool by not wearing socks inside. Wear your hair up and get the ceiling fans blowing in your house. It is time to eat salads, sandwiches, chilled watermelon, fruit, jello, popsicles, smoothies, and ice cream. Drink iced mint tea and iced coffee. Try to limit using the oven in the hottest months. Instead use your toaster oven, crock pot, or stove top to keep the kitchen cooler. 

3.  Dress your windows for the seasons. Use black out curtains in the summer. This immediately lowered our summer electric bills. It helps block the sun from beating into your rooms which in turn keeps you from having to cool the rooms down. It's worth the investment! Another option is to use a car dash sun reflector and place that in the window to reflect the light. If it works for your car, it will work for your home.

In the winter, place bubble wrap on your window panes. Spray glass panes lightly with water and press the bubble wrap (bubble side toward the glass) to the window. The moisture from the water helps the bubble wrap stick, adding more insulation to your windows. Start collecting bubble wrap from your packages throughout the year. This is a free alternative to buying insulating window films.  

4.  Fill any cracks!  On a bright sunny day look for any cracks, or gaps in your door frame.  I cut long strips ( 1.5 inches wide) from cardboard boxes.  I connected two strips together with duct tape to make a strip long enough for my door height. Now try to stuff the cardboard piece into the crack between your door and the frame. Can you still see light shining through? You can make the strip thicker by adding another strip exactly the same size. Tape the two strips together to double up the width and then try stuffing it in the crack. It may not be beautiful but it will cut down on cold drafts. Check the top of your door frame and make strips to fill in any gaps. Place a rolled up towel at the bottom of your door to block any drafts coming in from the bottom. These are free ways to weather strip your door.

5. Check what's plugged in. Look around your house and find anything that is rarely used and unplug it. Unplug the alarm clock in the guest room or the DVD player you use twice a year.  Now, look for any items that have buttons or clocks that glow even when you aren't using them and put them on a power strip. Examples: space heaters, coffee makers, microwaves, phone chargers, DVD, TV, computer monitor, stereo equipment, speakers. In my kitchen, I have my toaster oven, microwave, phone charger, and box fan plugged into one power strip. I can easily flip the power button on to heat up leftovers and then turn the strip off when I'm done. Flipping that switch means I don't have to pay for the glowing clock display 24/7 on my microwave. The time is always wrong anyway! Another power strip idea is grouping your TV/DVD/entertainment stand. You can easily flip the power strip off when it's not in use and stop paying for those glowing buttons and clocks that remain on. We don't let our faucets leak. We should do the same with our electric outlets.

We all know the basics. Turn off lights and change lightbulbs to LED. These tips are a little off the beaten path. They aren't hard to implement and can help cut your electric bill even lower this year.

I pray these tips help you to lower your electric bill. So how do you lower your electric bill? Share your tips below. And thank you for reading!

How to Make a Solar Nightlight


I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness
ISAIAH 42:6

When I lost my job, immediately every dollar mattered. We were living on one income, and I was frantically reading tons of tips online on ways to lower your bills. We cut our cable and lowered our phone and car insurance payments. I unplugged everything we didn't use and re-plugged everything we did use into power saving strips. I hung thermal curtains and changed light bulbs to LEDS. And all of those tips worked! But there was one thing we couldn't eliminate. Something so small and silly! Our nightlight. We would leave the light above the kitchen stove on throughout the night to help us navigate to the bathroom or to get a glass of water. I eliminated every wasteful electric habit but was having a hard time with a night light alternative.

I am telling you all this because that's where my head was when I came up with this idea. I don't know how much the solar nightlight saves us. That one little bulb near the range hood was on 10 hours a day and 365 days a year. Maybe 25 bucks in a year? But at that time, every dollar mattered!  Even today, every dollar matters. I have learned how quickly lots of little insignificant amounts add up to big amounts over time. A buck here and a quarter there can add up to thousands of dollars saved or thousands of dollars wasted. 

It's easy to make your own solar nightlight. You will need a empty bottle and a solar garden stake light. You can pick up a small solar light at the Dollar Tree or Dollar General for a buck. Drop the solar light stake down into the bottle, and it's ready! Place your solar nightlight in a sunny window during the day to charge. When the sun goes down it automatically turns on, so keep the nightlights under a lamp until bedtime. When you're ready for bed, place the nightlight on the floor to light up a hallway path or on your nightstand. Once you turn off the lights, it'll start glowing! The only downside is if the solar panels don't collect enough sun. They won't work. You can try leaving them under a table lamp to charge on cloudy or rainy days.

2 Reused Bottles. 2 Solar Lights. 2 Bucks.

I think these would be great for outdoor patio tables too! I hope you try and make your own solar nightlight. Let me know what you think! Thanks for reading!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

10 Tips to Save Money on Groceries




A Penny saved is a Penny earned.

-Benjamin Franklin

Wouldn't it be great to earn more? Are you still waiting for a raise? Are you watching your monthly bills outgrow your paycheck? If you are frustrated, there is something in your control you can change today. You may not be able to earn more money. But you can save more money.  Most household bills are fixed, but your grocery bill can be lowered. It won't be easy at first, but you can do it. These small steps can help you save more money on groceries. Here are ten tips to get you started.

1. Avoid temptation.

You won't find things if you aren't tempted. Stop going into the clothing department, the make-up isle, the craft section, etc. You can't desire what you don't see. When you can't see it, you don't need will power to resist temptation.

2. Keep inventory.

Know what you already have at home and use it up.   If you don't like a product you bought, try using it in a different way. If you don't like a shampoo, add a little water and use it as a hand soap. If you don't like a face cream, use it as a body/ hand cream. If you don't like a conditioner, use it as a shave lotion. If you don't like a bath soap bar/ shower gel, use it as a hand soap. USE, USE, USE.

3. Don't waste what you got!

Use up the foods you have already. Look around your kitchen and see whats about to expire and use it. Eat it, freeze it, dehydrate it, or throw it in a soup or a smoothie! You can quickly throw browning bananas into the freezer (with the peel on) and use for smoothies or quick breads later. You can throw bread into the freezer, or save little odds and ends of fruits and vegetables. Freeze the last drops of juice or almond milk in ice cube trays to use in smoothies. Keep two plastic ziplock bags in your freezer. Label one for soup scraps and one for smoothies scraps.  Get creative and use up what you already have. Stop throwing away money!

4. Keep track of what you use.

Start a list of your main staple items. These are things you eat or use ALL the time. Now, track when you open it and when you finished it. For example, on your regular kitchen calendar write "bread" on the date you open the bread. Then, when you eat the last slice mark again on the calendar "bread done." Examples of staples in our house:  Bread, flour, sugar, tooth paste, deodorant, paper towels, coffee, milk, oatmeal, honey, and peanut butter.  Knowing roughly how much you go through in a month can help you know how much to stock up on when a sale comes. This can also help you see what things you are overbuying.

5. Learn how to store.

Find a few shelves of space. Start small. You don't have to go full on SHTF prepping. Find a hall closet or go through your kitchen pantry and clear out things that are expired or things you obviously don't use. This will make room for items that are hot ticket. This will be everyday staples that you can buy out at the the best price. Here are the criteria we must use to find the best items to store:
-Things you use often, weekly (use tracking calendar) 
-Things with longer shelf lives.  Try to find items with far off expiration dates- years out- to give you plenty of time to use it up! 
-OR! Things without a shelf life such as trash bags, toilet paper, soap, tampons, salt, laundry soap, etc. 
-Things must be on sale at an amazing price. 40 or 50 percent off. Buy one get one free. 
 -Buy up within reason. Some things go on sale more often then others. Our deodorant goes on sale once a year. Six sticks of deodorant a year doesn't take up much space. A years worth of toilet paper would. 
6. Use these two websites.

My two favorite websites for grocery shopping are flip Flipp and Southern Savers.

Flipp is a website that allows you to see all the grocery store sales flyers in your zip code. Flipp also lets you search ALL the flyers by item name (ex: sugar, apples) or by brand name (ex: Dawn, Earth Balance). Let's say you need apples. In seconds, you can search your entire area for the store that has apples on sale!

Southern Savers is an amazing website!  You can search the sale history of items which allows you to see the last time an item was on sale at a store. Knowing the dates of sales in the past can help you get an idea of the sales pattern for an item. If an item goes on sale roughly every 6 weeks, then buy 6 weeks worth at the discounted price. You can do the same if it is every six months or even a year. This is when the staple tracking calendar comes into play!  It helps you know how many items you need to buy in order to stock up until the next sale. The site also has previews for the upcoming  coupons that will be in your local Sunday newspaper (click on the Sunday Ads button on the right side bar). Check the site to see if it's worth buying a newspaper for the coupons. I buy my Sunday newspaper on Monday at the Dollar Tree for $1 . It is normally $3 on Sunday.

7. Plan what you eat.

After going through sales flyers, plan your meals for the week according to what's on sale at a good price. If potatoes are on sale, have potatoes for dinner!  Add meals that use up foods that will be expiring soon and foods that you already have at home. Write your meal plan staying within your weekly budget. Our budget is $80 a week for everything (food, toiletries, paper goods, and future stocking up).

8. Make a list and stick to it.

It is easy to blow your budget by throwing items into your cart based on cravings or impulse. Shopping without a list is an expensive habit! If you are trying to save money, it is best to write down what you need. Make your list simple. Write down all that you need and the quantities. If you have coupons that will be used with an item, make a quick note to the side of the item. Writing down a vague "bag of frozen vegetables" works just fine on a list. The goal is not to be fussy and rigid. It is to keep you on budget. Using cash is another way to help you stick to a budget. Paying with cash helps you to curb impulse buys. You may be tempted by items that make you think "how fun" or "how cute." Remind yourself that these are novelties and not needs. Save these treats for birthdays and holidays. Stick to your list. Stay on budget.

9. Browse!

Browse your grocery aisles. I don't browse the clothing, craft, or lotion isles (see step one.) That's just looking for trouble! But I DO browse my grocery store aisles! I look for closeout ticketed items. Every store has different colored clearance tickets. Learn what the ticket looks like and keep your eyes peeled as you do your regular shopping from your list. Go down every aisle and glance for closeout ticketed items. You'll get some exercise and may find some awesome deals! It's worth the extra 5 minutes. I have found really great priced spices, canned foods, herbal teas, organic treats by browsing my grocery stores. Some stores, like Walmart, have clearance aisles, so always take a quick look. When you do find an item, stock up since the store won't be carrying it anymore. Just be sure to still follow the rules (see tip #7.) Even the very best or cheapest stuff IS NOT A DEAL if you never eat it or if it goes bad.

10. Seize the sale!

Even if you spend beyond your weekly budget, be ready to take advantage of an amazing sale item when you see it. Carry cash for your weekly shopping but have a debt card just in case. As long as the item meets our criteria (see tip #7,) it will all come out in the wash budget wise.

I pray these tips will help you and your family. Remember every dollar you save is a victory and will add up every month. Saving is earning! Give yourself a raise by learning how to save money on groceries. Thank you for reading. Be sure to recommend us on social media and share your comments down below.

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