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May 29th, 2012
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Financially Fabulous: 3 Ways to save Money without Coupons

Coupons are not always the answer. In fact, if you want to save like an extreme couponer without actually being an extreme couponer, then you need to think outside the box. Here are 3 easy ways you can save on your grocery budget, without ever clipping a coupon:

1. Cook from scratch.

You don’t have to be a gourmet cook, to cook from scratch. In fact, if you can follow a recipe then, you can cook from scratch. You can save a ton of money by cooking from scratch, instead of buying pre-made items.

2. Make your own packaged foods.

My family loves brownies – let’s face it almost every family does. However, great deals on brownie mixes just don’t pop up very often. I decided that I just wasn’t going to pay full price for brownies, even though my heart says we should. 😉

How to Make your Own Pre-packaged Brownie Mix

I decided that I would make up my own packages of brownie mix, so I would have the convenience of store bought brownies without the price. Instead of paying over a $1 per box, I pay around a quarter for my homemade version.

3. Eat produce that is in season.

Produce is always a big expense on our budget. In fact, I spend a HUGE part of my budget on produce alone and you don’t find produce coupons very often. However, you can still save money. Buy fruits and vegetables that are in season. Not only will they taste better, but they will also be cheaper.

For example, right now strawberries are in season –  we we can snag them for $.99 a pound. We are eating strawberries like crazy (I will even freeze some for smoothies). However, in the middle of winter, when strawberries are $4 per pound, we will not be eating strawberries.

Find more frugal tips in the Financially Fabulous series here.



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  • Judy Bird -

    I love the idea of cooking from scratch. It’s a great way to save money and you know what’s in your food. I make my own biscuit mix, noodles and pancakes from scratch. I’ve also done corn muffin mix. You can make a big batch or just enough for one recipe. Powdered sugar is easy, too, if you have a good blender or vita-mix.

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