Sunday, June 28, 2009

Living frugally doesn't mean depriving yourself

When some people here about someone trying to live frugally they picture... wearing 15+ year old clothing, living off of kraft dinner (more like mr noodles now a days), driving an old rusted out car... etc... well if that is what living frugally meant why would want to live that way. I would have thrown in the towel a long time ago trust me.

To me living frugally not settling for just the easiest solution without putting much thought into it... it means being wise with our money and not wasteful with our purchases. It also means use what you have already... being resourceful. I could go on but you get the idea.

I never buy everything one store as this is not being wise with my money when I can save so much more by purchasing at other stores. I don't make special trips but if I am in the area of the other store then I pop in and get what sale items are worth purchasing. I no longer obsess over the flyers that come in the mail. I know a couple of stores that usually have really good pricing and stick to them but I do ... look at the front pages of all the flyers looking for the really big loss leaders I might want to pick up espically in the meat area. I am trying to feed a good size family on very little here.

One thing we did was cut back on convenience food... it is loaded with preservatives and other things that really saving the time on it is not worth compromising our health. It really does work out to be cheaper to bake some muffins, make an egg on toast compared to buying it. Save money and eat healthy!

One thing I am trying to do is cut back on meat meals... and meat in general. Meat is very expensive and when it comes down to it... we can't afford it plain and simple. So I am looking for some good bean recipes... so I can put more beans into our diet.

Okay.. off to find some good bean recipes... I have not really tried my hand at cooking beans... but that is going to change... :)

Monday, June 1, 2009

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Kellogg's Special K or All Bran Bars, 100 calorie granola bars $2.49
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