Welcome to WeUseCoupons.com
WeUseCoupons.com
Home Register Forum Coupon Database Beginners Arcade Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Affiliates Contact
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:43 AM.
 »   WeUseCoupons.com » WeUseCoupons Public Archives » WUC Public Archives
Subscribe to WUC and get Daily Updates in your Inbox Facebook



 
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  post #11  
Old 03-17-2012, 12:37 PM
afrugalcouponista's Avatar
afrugalcouponista afrugalcouponista is offline
Ready for Vacation!
afrugalcouponista's WishList
Trader Feedback: (95), 100%
 
About
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Hillsboro, Kansas
afrugalcouponista's YTD Savings: Lost Count!
Posts: 11,719
Thanks: 18,146
Thanked 34,326 Times in 9,396 Posts
My Mood:
LoL's: 852
LoL'd at 1,374 Times in 482 Posts
afrugalcouponista User is a Shop-a-holicafrugalcouponista User is a Shop-a-holicafrugalcouponista User is a Shop-a-holicafrugalcouponista User is a Shop-a-holicafrugalcouponista User is a Shop-a-holicafrugalcouponista User is a Shop-a-holicafrugalcouponista User is a Shop-a-holicafrugalcouponista User is a Shop-a-holicafrugalcouponista User is a Shop-a-holicafrugalcouponista User is a Shop-a-holicafrugalcouponista User is a Shop-a-holic
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mtnmamamj View Post
I try to plan my stockpile through the summer too. I do this not because of our budget, but because I prefer to not have to do bunches of shopping with the kids are home from school. Sometimes I don't even keep up with getting inserts. What I try to do is

-- plan out how much I use of common household items like detergent, toilet paper, HBA items anything non-perishable and then I stock up on those items for 6-9 months (starting now) so that I don't have to even think about getting them before the kids are back at school.

--plant a garden so that we have lots of fresh veggies to supplement our other store bought items

Another idea to do right now is to every week when you go grocery shopping, buy a $20 (or what you can afford) gift card for your grocery store and store them for the summer months.
And I do the opposite. The DH works 50-60 hr weeks during the summer and only 40 hr weeks during the winter. So we stock up on items during the summer when he has overtime, plus the weather is nice enough to go out of town (we live in a VERY sm town). I like the idea of putting $X on a gift card each week for the time when it is slower/or for the sumemr months for a teacher. That is AWESOME! I think i will put that into OUR budget for this winter. (Sm town grocer = HIGH prices)

Lena, wife to Sam (SGT Hall), Momma to my fur baby, Rollie, & my 10 Angels
Send a private message to %1$s
The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to afrugalcouponista For This Useful Post:
<
  post #12  
Old 03-17-2012, 12:48 PM
mommy08's Avatar
mommy08 mommy08 is offline
WUCkie
Trader Feedback: (1), 100%
 
About
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 2,179
Thanks: 10
Thanked 12,268 Times in 1,876 Posts
My Mood:
LoL's: 1
LoL'd at 284 Times in 122 Posts
mommy08 User is a Shop-a-holicmommy08 User is a Shop-a-holicmommy08 User is a Shop-a-holicmommy08 User is a Shop-a-holicmommy08 User is a Shop-a-holicmommy08 User is a Shop-a-holicmommy08 User is a Shop-a-holicmommy08 User is a Shop-a-holicmommy08 User is a Shop-a-holicmommy08 User is a Shop-a-holicmommy08 User is a Shop-a-holic
Default

Since bar soap is usually fairly inexpensive (I get 3 bars of ivory for under a dollar thanks to the p&g insert) try buying borax and washing soda and making your own laundry detergent. It's easy and cheap. 2 batches lasted me a year. And when you buy fabric softener, water it down. It still works just as well. The smell might be weaker but your clothes will still be soft.

As a previous poster said, try a container garden. You can grow tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, strawberries, melons, all in containers! My grandfather stuck stakes in a bag of miracle gro soil and grew his tomatoes out of that bag. i'm sure there's more you can grow but that's all I can think of off the top of my head.

I also agree with the suggestion to meal plan. That alone has saved us at least $100 in groceries every month!

There is a post in the tightwad tips forum about saving money making things yourself. It works believe me! Since becoming a regular in the tightwad forum I have learned so many things that save my family money. Not to mention the amazing friendships I've made.

If I think of more I'll let you know but you've already gotten a lot of great advice from everyone! Good luck to you!

TrishWife to Chad Mom to Luke
Send a private message to %1$s
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to mommy08 For This Useful Post:
  post #13  
Old 03-19-2012, 09:53 AM
pacifictriomom pacifictriomom is offline
WUCkie
Trader Feedback: (6), 100%
 
About
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Monterey, CA
pacifictriomom's YTD Savings: LOTS!
Posts: 2,902
Thanks: 18,979
Thanked 7,368 Times in 2,651 Posts
My Mood:
LoL's: 283
LoL'd at 370 Times in 181 Posts
pacifictriomom User has Shopping Skills are revered by many!pacifictriomom User has Shopping Skills are revered by many!pacifictriomom User has Shopping Skills are revered by many!pacifictriomom User has Shopping Skills are revered by many!pacifictriomom User has Shopping Skills are revered by many!pacifictriomom User has Shopping Skills are revered by many!pacifictriomom User has Shopping Skills are revered by many!pacifictriomom User has Shopping Skills are revered by many!pacifictriomom User has Shopping Skills are revered by many!pacifictriomom User has Shopping Skills are revered by many!pacifictriomom User has Shopping Skills are revered by many!
Default

A few people have mentioned meal planning and I wanted to highlight that I'm doing a series on it this week on my blog, in case you needed some help getting started. Just let me know if you have any questions!

Want to eat real food without breaking the bank? Join me on my journey: dontwastethecrumbs.com

Are You Still Paying for Groceries?
Send a private message to %1$s
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to pacifictriomom For This Useful Post:
  post #14  
Old 03-20-2012, 11:11 PM
mmks07 mmks07 is offline
WUCkie
Trader Feedback: (0), 0%
 
About
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 325
Thanks: 85
Thanked 2,976 Times in 322 Posts
LoL's: 0
LoL'd at 22 Times in 9 Posts
mmks07 has a reputation beyond reputemmks07 has a reputation beyond reputemmks07 has a reputation beyond reputemmks07 has a reputation beyond reputemmks07 has a reputation beyond reputemmks07 has a reputation beyond reputemmks07 has a reputation beyond reputemmks07 has a reputation beyond reputemmks07 has a reputation beyond reputemmks07 has a reputation beyond reputemmks07 has a reputation beyond repute
Default

I agree there is so many things you can grow in pots that will stretch your budget further
I also do the same with the giftcards some weeks I'll only put $5 or $10 and some weeks I can put $20+ but every little bit helps during the times that you are broke lol
Each week I take $10 and buy things like paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, and some canned items to put in my stockpile... Although I don't need them at the time I know if I'm low on cash one month I can skip buying these things all together.
If you have cable I would consider canceling and getting Netflix and hulu plus, it is so much cheaper.
And like someone said above get your menu planned out and start shopping for some of the items now and put them away.
Also make big meals and freeze the left overs then during the summer you'll have meals already prepared
As far as gas going up sadly there isn't much we can do I read the other day that Wednesday is the cheapest day to fill up so I'm going to consider that, I will not be making pointless trips, and I will be planning out my trips before I leave the house so I'm not wasting gas driving around and going all over town.
Send a private message to %1$s
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to mmks07 For This Useful Post:
  post #15  
Old 03-26-2012, 05:11 PM
mrsjawshewa mrsjawshewa is offline
WUCkie
Trader Feedback: (0), 0%
 
About
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: WI
Posts: 91
Thanks: 125
Thanked 254 Times in 66 Posts
My Mood:
LoL's: 2
LoL'd at 21 Times in 6 Posts
mrsjawshewa is a jewel in the roughmrsjawshewa is a jewel in the roughmrsjawshewa is a jewel in the rough
Default

Gasoline hit a record $4.22 a gal here. The last time it was close was last summer @ $4.20.

I have kept in mind the fact that I won't be driving much in the summertime. I also find a lot of solace in having a board game night with the family, a library night, as well as a very strict menu. But getting started is the challenge. I'm motivated though!

I am shopping a lot at Aldi, checking out the sales, making coupon match-ups as much as I can. It's Baby-steps I know...
Send a private message to %1$s
  post #16  
Old 03-26-2012, 05:25 PM
hopetoberich hopetoberich is offline
WUCkie
hopetoberich's WishList
Trader Feedback: (74), 100%
 
About
Join Date: Mar 2011
hopetoberich's YTD Savings: have been spending less
Posts: 3,232
Thanks: 16,575
Thanked 11,489 Times in 2,609 Posts
My Mood:
LoL's: 631
LoL'd at 624 Times in 208 Posts
hopetoberich User is a Shop-a-holichopetoberich User is a Shop-a-holichopetoberich User is a Shop-a-holichopetoberich User is a Shop-a-holichopetoberich User is a Shop-a-holichopetoberich User is a Shop-a-holichopetoberich User is a Shop-a-holichopetoberich User is a Shop-a-holichopetoberich User is a Shop-a-holichopetoberich User is a Shop-a-holichopetoberich User is a Shop-a-holic
Default

What about getting a summer job somewhere? Something part time then you will have some income all year round.
Send a private message to %1$s
The Following User Says Thank You to hopetoberich For This Useful Post:
  post #17  
Old 04-06-2012, 08:54 AM
mrsjawshewa mrsjawshewa is offline
WUCkie
Trader Feedback: (0), 0%
 
About
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: WI
Posts: 91
Thanks: 125
Thanked 254 Times in 66 Posts
My Mood:
LoL's: 2
LoL'd at 21 Times in 6 Posts
mrsjawshewa is a jewel in the roughmrsjawshewa is a jewel in the roughmrsjawshewa is a jewel in the rough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hopetoberich View Post
What about getting a summer job somewhere? Something part time then you will have some income all year round.
This is a good idea and I am planning on spending some of my Spring Break looking and submitting resumes. Today is the first day of the break, I have an incredible to-do list for the whole week and I hope I can get the kids doing some outdoor stuff too!
Send a private message to %1$s
 

Tags
early, needed, plan, summeryes

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump