$66.14 Shopping Trip

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Still a lot of money.  But the meat will last us a couple weeks and I couldn’t pass up the great produce deals. I LOVE FRUIT. Oh, and I saved $59.03. So considering all this was GOING to be over $100… I think I did pretty good. This shopping trip is a combination of three […]

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Back to Frugality

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When we first moved here, we had to eek by on a half-time teaching assistant salary.  And we did it.  Then we came into more money by the way of various grants.  And we could breathe easier. And we had another baby. And another. And we became comfortable with the spending of the moneys.  We, […]

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Reducing the Cost of Birth and Babies: Part Two – Babies

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In Part One, I introduced a few ideas on how to reduce the cost of a birthing experience.  Now I’d like to share what I know about how to actually afford to bring the baby home. The main way to save money in this area is to change your frame of mind when it comes […]

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How to Lower the Cost of Birth and Babies: Part One – Birth

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I received this email from Sarah today and thought that maybe, just maybe, there might be more than one of you out there with the same questions so I’m going to share my limited expertise in this area with all of you. My husband is also a “perpetual grad student,” and we learned this week […]

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Need Soap? Need Advil? Need $1.26?

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Your local CVS will give you all that and more! All you need to do is show up, coupons in hand, and collect the appropriate items. My CVS purchase this morning: Palmolive Dish Detergent (13 oz.) @ 1.49ea. x 2 = $2.98 Playtex tampons (either Sport and Gentle Glide) 16-20 ct. = $4.99 Advil Liqui-Gels […]

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$0.99 Laundry Detergent at Kroger’s!

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100 oz, 32 load Arm and Hammer laundry detergent is currently on SUPER SALE at Kroger’s for only $0.99! Yes, I know, I make my own laundry detergent. But, remember what they do to diapers? So now I use Arm and Hammer Free on diapers. But stop reading this already and GET TO KROGER’S. Thank […]

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Frugal Foods: Honey-Glazed Chicken Stir-Fry

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Frugal, tasty food is sooo important. If you can cook food the whole family loves for a dollar or two per person, then you will significantly cut down on fast food expenses! I used to cook “frugally” with my wide array of Hamburger Helpers. We still ate out a lot. Gee, I wonder why. Staying […]

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Get Thee to CVS (and Walgreens)

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How now? Wouldst thou likest to save over $120? Prithee, lend me thy ear and I will teach thee my ways! First, bridle thy fastest stallion and make heed for CVS. HALT. Didst thou remember thy coupons? Send back thy manservant at once. Right. Back to thy local CVS. Now, I must warn thee so […]

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Frugal Food Experiment

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I usually go grocery shopping on Mondays. But last Monday was Labor Day. We were in Ohio visiting relatives. When we came home, we set up Olivia’s Big Girl Bed. No shopping. On Tuesday, I had MOPS from 9:15-11:30, and that’s really the only time of day I can go shopping. Wednesday was Bible study […]

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Congratulate Us

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We have been deemed by the state as financially responsible enough to purchase our own food. I mentioned a while back that we could not find room in our $13,000/yr salary for food, leading to our acceptance of foodstamps. After nine months of intense budgeting, Josh won a $15,000 scholarship of which, approximately $9,000 goes […]

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