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Unknown said...

FYI- Dick's Market in Centerville has changed locations to where the old Fresh Market was on Parrish Lane. In fact a lot more has changed, including Dick's ad sale dates run Monday-Saturday now, and you won't find synced ads between Dick's and FreshMarket or even most other Assoc. Foods stores. I've cross referenced some of the lists shown on UDD against my circular and noticed. I hope someone with Grocery Smarts will focus on Dick's alone with the right weekly timing and so forth soon. It takes us so long now to review our own ad and search coupons. THX for what you do!

Erin said...

I am wondering where you feel is the best place to buy turkeys this year. I haven't seen some of the great deals I thought I would see by now for turkeys. I really want to buy a few Turkeys to give a dinner to a few families in need in my neighborhood. So the saving a some money would be helpful. Thanks for all you do.

Anonymous said...

I'm looking for a news paper subscription. Do you know about a good deal going on? Or would you recommend me to wait?

Anonymous said...

I'm looking for a news paper subscription. Do you know about a good deal going on? Or would you recommend me to wait for a good deal?

Camille said...

I've noticed you haven't posted your monthly food budget for a while. I'm just curious to know if you've still been able to keep it around $200 or $300 (not sure what you had it at the last time you posted it). We're a family of almost 7!, just like you and we're topping out at $700/month which includes all our toiletries. It doesn't include eating out and we don't do that much (the hubby and kids all take cold lunches).

I cook most meals from scratch, we don't do cold cereal but I do have a few "must haves" like chicken nuggets, frozen pizza and frozen burritos that help keep me sane. We eat them all sparingly but I cannot figure out how to lower my monthly budget without sacrificing healthy eating - like fresh fruits and veggies.

I did the couponing thing for a while and have stopped. Now I just shop straight from Costco with their coupon booklet. I only hit the store twice a month which is what I like but maybe I'm sacrificing a lot by shopping there. I'll do a Wal-Mart run about once a month only to get things that Costco doesn't carry. I'm spending the same that I was couponing.

Anyway, thanks for your blog and your ideas.


Jessica Williams- UDD, Butter with a Side of Bread said...

Hi Camille,

I've scaled back on a ton of blogging, so no I don't post my monthly budgets anymore. Right now we're at about $400-$450 a month and I feel like I'm spending a million dollars! LOL! It was so low for so long, but my kids are growing and they're eating more, we're having MORE kids and we are trying to eat healthier too.

Just from what you've told me, a huge way for you to lower your budget some is to start couponing again. It doesn't have to be every week, but even if you use coupons on toiletries, you'll find you save a ton. Costco is not cheap! It's actually not really saving you money at all. You could shop Walmart and price match and save a lot more.

Not only that, but you'd be surprised at how often you can get healthy products using coupons. I buy yogurt, Soy milk, tortillas and so much more- all with coupons for SO MUCH LESS than it'd be if you just shop Costco.

To give you some perspective too, I have a good friend who suddenly changed her family's diet and is now eating super healthy. She sticks to what's on sale and buys when produce is in season and her grocery budget has never been lower! A lot of times it's those convenience foods that are racking up our bills way more than we think they are!

Also, something I've always done is I buy really filling foods. Frozen pizza fills my kids for an hour. So I stopped buying it and I make whole wheat pizza dough from scratch. It's SO much cheaper and it fills them up better. Just a thought. A couple years ago I was buying more convenience foods that I thought we couldn't live without. Then one day I just didn't buy them- and we haven't missed them at all!

Hope this helps!!

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