We had just completed a Once-A-Month cooking day (website subscribers can read more here) where Annette (with help from the rest of us) prepares between 10 and 17 dinner meals which we store in the freezer for use later in the month. On Once-A-Month cooking day, Annette gets the night off from preparing dinner (after preparing so many meals, she deserves a break . . .
Question: I've really enjoyed reading your book and am trying to
implement some of your practices. I am having trouble balancing a "good
deal" with sticking to our budget.
Question: Which grocery store has the best prices?
Question: What do you think about buying groceries at the warehouse clubs?
Answer: Warehouse clubs have been referred to as the $200 clubs because many people can’t get out of there for less than $200.
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Question: You mention using a price book to help you establish a “buy price.” Can you describe how you set up a price book? I am good at clipping and using coupons, but I have a horrible memory when it comes to remembering prices on everyday items.
Question: What is the single biggest money waster when shopping for groceries?
Answer: Cheetos! Well, they're our downfall.
Question: What about “green”-conscious families, like mine, who are on organic/nonprocessed diets with recycled paper/plastic products, and nontoxic cleaners? They don’t have coupons for this stuff or carry it at warehouses. Do you have ideas to save money yet live healthy and environmentally-friendly?
Question: How do I find more coupons for the groceries and other things I need?
Answer: Network with friends and relatives to share or trade coupons for things you use. We used to exchange unused coupons with a group of friends every Sunday at church. It was convenient and beneficial because we all used different products.
Question: How can I shop only once a month if I don’t have the storage space? I would like to be able to do this, but only have one refrigerator/freezer.
Answer: It’s time to get creative and “invent” storage space.
Some ideas include:
Yes, the economy is lagging and money is tight — that’s the bad news.
The good news is that there are plenty of ways to save money.
The show aired on
Monday, March 2, 2009
We all know about the economy spiraling downward. We all know about companies laying off workers. And, we all know we should be preparing for Christmas.