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Farm Fresh Boneless Chicken Breast Price — **HURRY The Deal is BACK** as low as $.79-$.99 lb! Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half / Deals / Local Buffalo Deals / Money Tips / Stores / Ways To Save Money


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Many readers ask me in my facebook groups where the best place to get the lowest boneless Chicken Breast price and what my stock up price is. I will buy 80 lbs at a time if its under $1.29 lb. We eat a lot of chicken! And right now this deal is as low as $.79lb and its FRESH so you don’t want to miss this one!! It ran for 3 dys last week and is running AGAIN until 2/2 or when sold out! So if you missed the deal — order yours here!!

The difference about the Zaycon chicken I am promoting in this post is that it is Farm Fresh. That means it comes RIGHT FROM THE FARM — DIRECTLY TO YOU. It’s never been frozen and has no additives. This is probably the best Boneless Chicken Breast I have ever had and I am pretty picky about chicken 🙂 I have been buying Zaycon chicken since back in 2012 when they first started in the area. Previously they would sell out of their supply but right now they are having a HUGE Chicken Event!

It is a little different way of buying meats, as Zaycon is only in our area a couple times a year. Take a peak at the video:



Grocery stores on sale is $1.99lb and is no where near the quality or freshness! Even at local farmer and meat markets, boneless chicken breast prices are at 1.09-$1.29 lb and they are not fresh.

Zaycon FRESH Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

• Trademark Event
• 100 % natural chicken with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients
• Comes directly from the processor and has never been frozen
• Sold by the case — 40 lbs in each case
• Case dimensions—18 in wide x 12 in deep x 7 in tall
[NOTE: Chicken is delivered in its original wholesale packaging, a water resistant cardboard case containing three or four plastic bags of fresh chicken breasts. The smaller bags are typically sealed in a larger plastic bag. The smaller bags are not uniform in weight. There will be small amounts of naturally occuring liquids (i.e.,”chicken juice”) in each bag and case. Chicken breasts typically come in double-lobed pairs (“butterfly”) and will have small attached amounts of fat.]

Here is how to get your chicken breast price as low as $.79lb:

1) Sign up to be a Zaycon Fresh member by clicking here

2) Find out if there is a pick up location near you. There are locations through out the country. For Local Buffalo Readers, there are 3-4 different locations now! Previously there was only 1 in Williamsville. there also locations in Erie and Rochester!

3) Depending on your area, a 40lb box will be priced at $1.69-$1.89lb. There are 11 locations in WNY from Buffalo to Syracuse and Erie priced at $1.69lb or $67.60 per case!! Click purchase and add a 40lb box to your cart at $67.60. Make sure to sign up for an account and see if they are delivering in your area if you are not in WNY– this is a country wide promo!!

ADD COUPON CODE– FIRST99 at checkout

Your total will be reduced by $36 and you will pay $31.60 for 40lbs of chicken which is only $.79lb!!!

This offer is for new customers only and limited to 1 – 40lb box per household. If you are not in the WNY area, these offers are happening all over the country so make sure to register so you can get the deal in your area.


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4) Pay online and mark your calendar when you will need to pickup. If you miss your pickup your order wil be cancelled. Note that pick up times are in March 2018 for our area so you need to make sure to put the pick up date in your calendar!!

If you have any questions on this deal, please ask in the comments. I have been buying from Zaycon Fresh for 4 years and they have regular promos throughout the year. I would pay $1.49-$1.89 lb for their chicken without the discount due to the fact it is much healthier being fresh AND no added hormones or additives.

buy this deal here


For those of you that feel 40lbs of chicken is too much for you, check with family members to split a box!

For those of you wishing to buy 2 boxes, the $36 will only come off one time, so you will pay $.79lb for the first bbox and $1.69 lb for the 2nd box.

I use our Food Saver that I purchased here, to package and freeze the chicken once we have cut it and trimmed the chicken. This is what our process looks like:


chicken breast prep


You don’t want to miss this!! Once you have tried Zaycon Fresh chicken you will be a forever customer! And what a great way to try it for only $.79-$.99lb!!

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Home Remodel Projects

3 Home Remodel Projects for Every Budget

If you’re a new homeowner, have a fixer-upper or are just looking to modernize your old home, remodeling your home inside and out is not only going to improve your home’s livability but also add value!

Here are three home improvement projects for any budget that will help you get the most bang for your buck:


One of the most frequently used rooms in your home is probably your bathroom, for obvious reasons. Bathroom remodels have been proven to increase your home’s resale value and can provide you with up to an 80 percent return on investment. Even if you aren’t planning to sell your home anytime soon, a bathroom remodel can provide safety, comfort, and improved aesthetics for your home.

Before you start on your bathroom remodel project, you’ll need to take a couple things into consideration like what your goals are for your bathroom and how much your bathroom remodel cost will be. If you’re on a budget, you can implement more cost-friendly remodeling techniques like maybe only doing a minor bathroom remodel vs. a full bathroom remodel or simply giving your bathroom a coat of paint on the walls or cabinets. You can remodel your bathroom the way you envision and still stick to your budget. Once you take these factors into consideration, you’ll be able to transform your bathroom from drab to fab.

Living Room Update

Another great way to invest in your home is to upgrade your living room. If you’re on a tight budget you may want to opt in for adding small accessories or pops of color instead of completely remodeling your living room. But whether your living room is outdated or just needs a little sprucing up, the following are ways you can give your living room a face lift:
• Install or refinish your hardwood flooring
• Select an accent wall to paint
• Replace or reupholster your furniture
• Add new light fixtures like table or floor lamps
• Accessorize with accent pillows on your couch
• Hang some cool pieces of art or picture frames

Just like an room in your home, you’ll need to decide if you want a colorful living space or maybe settle for some warmer tones. Choosing the right style for your living room is key since it’s the one common area that you and your guests will see the most.

Basement Conversion

If you’re looking to add even more value to your home, then it’s time to clean out that old basement (or attic) and turn it into something you can use! Converting your basement into a livable space will give you more useable square footage and increase your resale value down the road. You’ll have to first think about insulation and flooring, and then proceed with your project. Your basement should match the rest of your house as far as color schemes and decor. Perhaps you want to turn your basement into a spare bedroom, office or den, “man cave,” or second living room. A complete basement remodel might be pricey but it’s ROI can make it worth it.
Now that you have a better idea of your vision and budget for your home, you’ll be able to remodel with ease. Investing in your home now will improve habitability for the present and increase value for the future.



4 Easy Ways to Cut Your Monthly Expenses Finances / Money Tips / Ways To Save Money

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If you feel like there’s never enough money to get ahead at the end of the month, you’re not alone. According to a survey by CareerBuilder, 78 percent of U.S. workers live paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet. Meanwhile, Gallup found that only one in three Americans actually keep a detailed budget.

Instead of facing these statistics as your new sobering reality, you can change your financial future by deciding to put a stop to paycheck-to-paycheck living and create a thoroughly detailed budget that tracks every penny. Once you see where your money is going, it’s time to find unique ways to cut your monthly expenses so you can allocate more money to growing your financial future. And when you find ways to save $10, $20 or even hundreds of dollars a month, you can’t help but look for more ways to keep trimming your expenses. Here’s how you can get started.

Get Strategic with Your Smartphone

If you suspect you’re paying too much for your smartphone bill, you’re in good company. According to Pew Research, 29 percent of smartphone users spend $100 or less on their plans. But there are ways to maximize your smartphone by getting strategic with it.

For starters, cut your landline in favor of using your smartphone; you can even set up a dedicated business number with a service like Google Voice. You can also reduce your smartphone expenses by choosing a cutting-edge and affordable option like the Galaxy Note 3 with an unlimited plan that doesn’t tack on extra fees, which means your phone can be used to handle both business and personal tasks without worrying about high data usage.

Get Rid of Cable

More consumers are realizing choosing from hundreds of cable channels is expensive and overwhelming. Instead,  become a cord cutter and opt to stream your favorite shows and movies directly to your TV by using an Amazon Firestick. You can still get the media you love watching from Netflix, Hulu and other apps without the skyrocketing cable costs.

Trade in Your Car

Your car payment is probably unnecessarily eating up valuable resources from your budget every month. According to a recent Edmund’s analysis, the average car payment is $483. Instead of allocating nearly $500 to just your car payment in addition to maintenance and insurance, consider trading in your car and paying off the balance and ditching the payment altogether. A reliable used vehicle to get from point A to B can put more money in your wallet without compromising on safety. But if you live in an urban area, you can also opt-out of car ownership and rely on Zipcar, Uber and Lyft to get you to where you need to go without the hassles and financial burden of owning a car. It’s true car seats can be an issue if you have children, but Uber and Lyft offer car seat options in some cities. And when your children are old enough and meet the age and weight requirements, you can invest in portable booster seats that fold as you go.

Shop Smarter

It’s easy to go on autopilot when we’re shopping for groceries or household items online. However, it is entirely possible to shop smarter and maximize our budget with or without coupons.For starters, look for discount grocers in your area including Aldi’s or Walmart. If you find you have a hard time impulse shopping at the grocery store, sign up up for Amazon Fresh and carefully comb through items to stick to your grocery list. You can also buy household items at stores like Aldi’s, or buy them from Amazon’s Warehouse section to select gently used or opened items at a discount.

Just remember that cutting your monthly expenses should be liberating and not a source of tension and drudgery. Start by cutting what you can without feeling the burn and then slowly build up the momentum to attack other areas of your budget. You’re likely to find that the financial freedom you gain outweighs the sacrifice of making those cuts.

5 Ways to Celebrate a Baby Shower on a Budget! Finances / Money Tips / Ways To Save Money

Baby Shower on a Budget


5 Ways to Celebrate a Baby Shower on a Budget

One of the best parts about having friends or family that is pregnant is the excuse to have a baby shower!  It allows you to give the expectant mother a bit of pampering while giving her a few presents to help out when the baby arrives.

There have been a few celebrity baby showers on the television, but you don’t need to go to the expensive lengths that they do. All you need is a little imagination, and you can create a beautiful baby shower.


In most cases, baby showers are small affairs with just a select few friends and family invited. This means you won’t need to rent out a large hall for the event. Rather than go to a restaurant that can get expensive, why not hold the baby shower at your home?

The more friendly and intimate environment of your home will make it all feel relaxed, plus, you can stay and chat for as long as you wish.

Baby Shower on a Budget


Your invitations don’t have to be expensive to be elegant and beautiful. There are many sites that offer free printable baby shower invitations, such as Adobe Spark. You want to make sure that all the information about the shower is on there before you print them.

You could even send your invitations electronically. It will save you a lot of money on ink and paper, and you can still send it to people whose address you might not know.


Decorations are another area where you can be as creative as you wish. There are many bargain stores that will sell bunting and other party materials that you can use to decorate the room.

If you are struggling for inspiration, ask your friends to help you with designing and making the decorations. Not only will it be helpful, but it can also be a lot of fun.


The food you serve at the baby shower depends on the feel you want to have. If you are looking to make a formal dinner, then you will need to think of dishes that will be acceptable to everyone.

It might be far easier and more relaxing to offer finger foods and snacks that people can pick at during the shower. You can ask other attendees to help make a few things to bring along, or you can invite them round the day before to help.

Baby Shower on A Budget- Games


To make it an, even more, fun and friendly event, you can organize some party games. As the winner might not always be the mum-to-be, you should offer prizes that will suit everyone. There are many great ideas on the internet for inexpensive baby shower party games that are imaginative and fun.

With these little ideas, you can quickly come up with a great baby shower event that everyone will enjoy. Make it exciting and relaxing for the mum-to-me and ensure you make a list of everything you need to do so that nothing gets missed and then you can avoid a last-minute rush.


Hopefully these 5 ways to celebrate a baby shower on a budget helps you and your friends and family have a great party AND save money! We share numerous ways to save money everyday! Make sure to take a look at our other ideas for saving money here!

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3 ways to save money & time

Knowing when and where to buy items is the secret to save money & time !!

Everyday I have people asking me how I save money on the limited time schedule I have with working full time and running the sites. Hopefully this post will give you the insight to get on track to doing the same for your household!! Of course I cannot cover every item in this post, but I can give you an overview to simplify your life and help you save money and time by just explaining what I do.

I basically shop 3 ways for every purchase I make: 1) ONLINE 2) WITH COUPONS 3) LOCAL & WAREHOUSE

I only have so much time to get to stores so I utilize online shopping and pick up at store options whenever the prices are comparable. I also keep a list in my planner of household items I need to buy. Not the same as my grocery list but items such as linens, gifts, clothing, shoes, pots & pans, tools, decorative items, hardware items, and really any item I think of that I need or want. This stops me from running to the store and impulse buying, it also allows me to price compare AND it saves gas and time physically going there. Here is my list for January. I wont necessarily buy all of them right away, but I do review it weekly.

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1) Shop Online:

I am an avid online shopper at Shop Your Way and Amazon. . Both options give me low pricing and 2 day free shipping when subscribed. Items I can buy with a coupon I do not usually buy here. Items I buy here are items on my TO BUY list. I always check Shop Your Way first as I get free points for everything I buy, being part of their birthday and moving groups, by playing sweeps and tons of other ways plus they issue SURPRISE POINTS which are like free cash! I do price check the item before buying and see if it would be less expensive on Amazon. In my opinion it is best to have BOTH services to save the most money and time!


Shop Your Way Max


Shop Your Way Max
2 day free shipping from Sears & Kmart and free standard shipping from any Marketplace partners for $39 per year for Shop Your Way Members.  Become a SYW member and choose me as your personal shopper here and you will receive a free trial (if you have not chosen a personal shopper in past). The personal shopper services are always free with no credit card info or obligation and I have yet to have to buy the Shop Your Way Max service for $39. Shop Your Way has been extending my membership for free. This is not a guarantee but is a great service for $39 let alone possibly FREE!!! Shop Your Way Max members also earn points back on there purchases plus get exclusive discount offers! Just a few items I bought this year were a Gas Grill for $69, Rachel Ray Dish set $25, Fit Bit Flex $58, numerous clothes, linens free after points and only a few of them were pick up at store only deals. Oh and by the way, they even have delivery service right ti your car with the Shop Your Way App if picking up at store!

Shop Your Way is also affiliated with many other brands and stores, so you can buy through Shop Your Way and still earn points with your purchases at Target, Walmart, Best Buy and tons more!

We publish Sears, Kmart and Shop Your Way Deals everyday here. To make sure you don’t miss one, make sure to join our Facebook group of Bloggers that are posting deals, savings and points offers everyday here– Sears & Kmart Steals and Deals

– 2 day free shipping, online movies, borrow Kindle books, free photo storage and music streaming 
for $99 per year. You can try the Amazon service for free also however, unlike Shop Your Way, you will get billed once your free trial is over. I buy all of my Coffee K Cups there, along with many miscellaneous items such as I rent my son’s college books from there, jewelry and clothing deals, I even bought our mini refrigerator there last year as it was $229 compared to $449 at a local Lowes store. I also bought my vanity mirror, nightstand and vanity stool from there at half the cost of other places and I didn’t pay a cent for shipping and it was here in 2 days.  There is also a special program for Amazon Students to get a 6 month free trial and then Amazon Prime for 50% off ($49) — you can sign up for the Student service here.

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Other Online purchases

Sometimes I am forced to buy other brands or stores not available through Shop Your Way and Amazon, and when I have to do that, I buy through and earn cash back on those store purchases and use online coupon codes from or

2) Use Coupons:

This is what everyone sees me post about the most, but it is actually what I do the least lately! Matching sales with coupons and only buying those items will save you a ton at the grocery store! We have a great stockpile of the things we use everyday so I have not had to do major shopping hauls to fill my pantry or linen closets. I also do not plan my meals and then go get what I need for them. I do the opposite, I plan my meals from my freezer or pantry. A BIG DIFFERENCE!! My husband and I have some controversy here sometimes as he wants a certain thing for dinner and we may not have the items. When you have to go buy those items you will almost always pay full price.

As for health and beauty items, only sometimes do I run out of things like Bandaids etc. Very rarely do I run out of toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper etc. I try to keep an inventory list of items I have on hand. Here is an inventory list you can use for a 6 week cycle so you can judge when you think it will go back on sale and how much your family uses to know how much to buy when on sale.
So what you really need to know about coupon shopping is still WHAT-WHEN-WHERE to save the most money

WHAT– You have to know what you have and what you need. You can download the CouponsForYourFamily Pantry/Freezer Spreadsheet to your computer here. Click file and then download

WHEN– Its best to know what time of the year its best to buy certain products. The fall is known for the lowest baking product prices, March is always frozen food month etc.

Use our Best Time to Buy Monthly Guide to Retail & Grocery Sales here to help you to know when products are usually the best prices for both grocery and retail items.

Month to Month guide to Best time to Buy


WHERE– My suggestion to new coupon shoppers or those looking to save money, is to shop at Dollar Tree for freebies and then your local grocery store for other items you need to fill your pantry and linen closets. While the drugstores are a great place to get free items, you need to go back there weekly to use the Store points and coupons. If you have time to do that then by all means, do it!! I love to shop the drugstores, I just need to retire from one of my jobs to do that! Otherwise, shopping fewer stores and following our guidance and coupon matchups will still ge tyou on track to saving.

Here is where I shop with coupons and it is not every week.

Dollar Tree

I also love Target, but I get very tempted to spend extra dollars there so I try to stay away!

Find your local grocery stores on our Store Page here to see weekly sales matched with coupons.
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3) Warehouse & Local:

It is usually wise to check your local butchers and Restaurant Depots to see if they have bulk meat purchases. I was just able to get chicken at $1.29 lb at Restaurant Depot when you buy 40lbs. My local Hoelscher Meat Market also has chicken for $1.39lb. Compare that to Tops price at $1.88lb this week. The men in my family also hunt, so our freezer is always full of Venison roasts & steaks, Venison Hot Dogs and Venison Sausage so I only have to buy Chicken, Ground Beef and pork.  I have also purchased half cows/half pigs to fill our freezer with meat from local farmers.

  • I shop Aldi for eggs, milk, produce if there aren’t any good sales at my local grocery stores Tops and Wegmans. Their everyday produce and bread prices are much lower than the local grocery stores. If the prices are close that week , then I just shop my normal grocery store.
  • Aldi stores are national and we do provide the WNY Aldi Sale list here. Aldi does not take coupons but you can use Cash Back apps to save more.
  • In the summer, I prefer to buy at local farmers markets for fresh in season produce.


The Results

By following some of these guidelines, you should be able to save money in half the time that an Extreme Couponer does! Time is money and life is short. All of us want to save as much as we can and knowing WHAT-WHEN-WHERE to buy is the first step to cutting your bills.

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Month to Month guide to Best time to Buy

Print this awesome Monthly Guide of Best Time to Buy just about anything!

When is the best time to buy a car, or the best time to buy tv, or the best time to buy frozen foods or the best time to buy a laptop? It is proven fact that certain times of the year are better times than others to buy certain products.  Whether the reason is for seasonal sales cycles or whether its based on supply and demand or even your weather for produce, there are certain times of the year better than others, for you to buy certain products.


Many of these are based on preparing for the next season, such as cars. Its always better to buy a car in the fall because dealers are making room for the new year models on their lots. Many of the grocery items are based around holidays or events like the super bowl so many times these items are plentiful OR the manufacturers such as Pepsi run large promotions so the prices are lower. Whereas sometimes, the demand is so high such as Chocolate for Valentines Day, that the price is not lower right before the holiday.


I have put together data based on my professional sales experiences and knowledge from reading and blogging over the years that should help us all make better buying decisions. I added both Grocery and Retail into one easy document for you to use as an easy reference to peek at when looking to stock up on groceries or to buy a car! As always this document is just to be used as guidance for your buying purposes to help you save a buck! There will be times when these items are priced lower not according to these cycles.


Combining this information in our Best Time to Buy Guide, along with coupons will help you determine when to stock up on grocery items!Seasonal Produce is a very important item to buying but I could not fit the documentation into the one page document. I will save that for another post in the near future!


You can print a PDF of the Best Time to Buy Monthly guide here–>A Month to Month Guide to Retail & Grocery Sale Cycles



The best time to buy


We try to base our posts and deals shared around these times and we will be fine tuning it even more in the future! If you would like help in shopping for items, we also offer Personal Shopper Services thru the Shop Your Way Program here. This program is free to you and gives you direct access to me where I can share my 30 yrs of experience in the sales world along with 7 yrs of Frugal Blogging and Couponing!


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Six Tips to Maximize Your Grocery Store Budget

Six Tips to Maximize Your Grocery Store Budget

Most of us can relate to trying to cut corners. If we don’t, it won’t take long for savings to dwindle and debt to pile up. One of the best and easiest ways to save cash is through our grocery store budget. For some, cutting the grocery bill means eating lean and not having the things they want. The truth is, that is usually not necessary at all.

You can eat well and still stick to a reasonable budget. The key is knowing where you can cut corners and make the biggest difference.

Here are six things you can do right now that will trim your grocery budget and still allow for decent meals for your family:

#1- Work from a List

Having a list in the grocery store might seem rather silly. Some of us have great memories, right? The truth is, having a list has nothing to do with your memory in most cases. Having a list will keep you focused on the things you are actually there for. We can’t aimlessly wander the grocery store and expect our budgets to stay in check. There are too many Baby Ruth candy bars and other such landmines. Eliminate impulse purchases and you will see your budget start to loosen up.

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Favado: Best Grocery List App

I use Favado Grocery List SmartPhone App for my list. You can add your own items, search for best price and even use coupons that are listed to save more. And the best part is that is FREE!!  Sign up for the Favado Grocery List App here with your email so you get the your regional offers. Once you are signed up, then download the app on your smartphone and sign in and start making your list!

#2- Plan Your Meals

Menu planning is all the rage and for good reason….it saves you money. The basics are logical. You plan every meal and shop accordingly. Then you use the leftovers for snacks, lunches and so on. This leaves no waste, you use what you have and your budget stays nice and trim.
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#3- Work Leftovers Into The Budget

Leftovers are a huge part of any good grocery budget in that you work them into your cooking plan. Even if you are not going to menu plan all the way (why not?) you can still use leftovers on a regular basis. When you make a meal and have some leftovers, plan a meal immediately to utilize them. When you meal plan, put these leftovers in your plan! For example, when I make meatloaf, I make sure to have on hand all ingredients for chili to use the left over meatloaf during the week.  Your grocery store budget will thank you!

#4- Stock Up On Sale Items That Are Non-Perishable

We are generally good as a society about grabbing things that are on sale. That said, we are not very good at getting items we actually need. Sale prices on items we are not going to use are just bad choices. The same goes for items that will go bad before they can be used. For this reason, focus your bulk purchasing for items that are non-perishable or that will be used quickly. To make this easier, find the store you shop at on our Store Deals page and use our coupon matchups to help you stock up on the non-perishable items.

#5- Don’t Become a Store Snob for your grocery store budget’s sake!

Are you one of those folks that will only shop at one store? If so, your loyalty rules! Unfortunately your budget is bearing the weight of your dedication. Shopping around is the number one way to ensure you save money at the grocery store. No one store can be the cheapest on every single item. If you plan things out the right way, you can hit different places for different things and make it worth your while. I shop approximately 5 stores per month. I do not have time to hit all every week, but I do make sure I shop multiple stores to get as many freebies and deals I can to fill my pantry and household and beauty closets so I never have to pay full price for them.

#6- Cut Coupons and Follow Sales – my favorite 😉

You hear it all the time, but coupons and sales prices are simply free money. With the amount of stores we cover and all of the other sites on the web, you can save a fortune if you learn how to properly coupon. Spend some time cutting coupons even if they are only on the items you buy all the time. You can get started right here with us. Check out these 10 tips to save 50% with coupons to get rolling!

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Grocery store budgeting doesn’t have to be hard. Simply take the time to implement these six things into your grocery store budget routine and you will find yourself saving right away!


Cut your grocery store budget in half with the above six simple steps!

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Spending Freeze

Save your Budget with a Spending Freeze to jump start it in the right direction!

No lie, if I was having problems meeting the needs of my budget/paying my bills, I would bring on an immediate Spending Freeze! I would eat soup or baked potatoes and cut every expenditure out until I could get back on track! I don’t know why I am like that, but might be because both of my grandmothers lived through the depression or because both of my parents were raised that way? I need very little to live on BUT my family, on the other hand, does not share my way of thinking! That is one of my goals this year, is to get them on track with me. If you are concerned about budgeting and getting on the right track for the New Year, you may want to start a Spending Freeze of your own to get your budget in line!

What’s a spending freeze?

A spending freeze is basically a period of time during which you stop or “freeze” your spending.

However, the majority of people can’t spend absolutely no money for two weeks. You’ll still have to use things that will eventually cost you money such as your electricity, water and vehicle. And you’ll still have to get the necessity items that you haven’t stocked up on from our money saving Coupon Matchups such as fresh product and milk, etc. But for the most part, if you have a stockpile of deals in your pantry, freezer and linen closets, you would be surprised how little you will spend!!

But for a period of two weeks (or whatever other interval you choose), you won’t actively spend any money on other things such as going out, buying unnecessary things, etc. A spending freeze can be an amazing way to re-evaluate financial priorities, appreciate what you have and boost your savings account.

Here’s how to start a two-week spending freeze:

  1. Have a destination for your Savings: Whether your funds will go to an emergency fund, toward a debt payment or a large necessary expenditure, make sure to have a place for it to go so you do not spend frivolously!
  2. Look through your freezer, fridge and pantry. As I mentioned, if you follow our site, you should have a good stock up of items and can plan meals for the two weeks, and stock up on what you’ll need to make them. You could set aside a small amount of cash to purchase fresh items, like fruits and veggies, halfway through. My plan this year, is to try and help my readers in other ways than couponing through ways of less waste, frugal recipes, time saving organization methods and whatever else I can think of that I do in my life, that may help you!
  3. Clean and Organize your linen closet or pantries.  Check your inventories of other essentials ( toilet paper, toothpaste, etc.) which you should also have enough of from the freebies we publish every week, but by organizing you may find some hidden items you didn’t know you had!
  4. Fill your tank up with gas. If you drive a lot of miles, you may want to get an extra gas can or two full if you absolutely must use more than a tank over two weeks, and
  5. Pre-pay any bills that will be due during your spending freeze
  6. Stop spending money for two weeks. For me, here is what I have done in the past: 1) that means no trips to the grocery store other than Aldi for milk and produce. 2) Make a Meal Plan for 2 weeks and do with what I have  3) Do a run through with the family to see exactly what they may need for school etc BEFORE the freeze starts. 4) Absolutely no going out for dinner or drinks. If we want to do something to get out of the house, we go to our house in the country and enjoy nature and each others company or invite friends over for cards or a small get together . 5) Do not use a credit card or debit card for anything. Do without.  6) Don’t tempt yourself by going into any store or shopping online. The only time I have tempted myself, is when I had $40 in Shop Your Way Points to spend that had to be used as they are like cash. I made sure I only spent what was already coming to me. Not a penny more. 7) I always work more hours at my day job or on the site to make more money also. My mind is always clearer and I am more focused so I always do better at both during a Spending Freeze! Do a spending freeze will give you a sense of control like you will never know until you experience it!

Save your Budget with a Spending Freeze

Why Should I do a Spending Freeze?

1. Jump start your savings.  Doing a spending freeze allows you to easily see how much extra money you spend on unnecessary items every week. You will be able to put it all the extra cash toward one of your financial goals. Many families save hundreds of dollars with this method in just a couple weeks! But even $50 or $100 is worth it, especially if your spending freeze also helps change long-term financial habits.

2. Get your budget on track. A spending freeze will tell you just where you’ve been overspending on the fringes such as daily latte’s, happy hour after work, eating out or shopping binges.  Understanding where you’ve been overspending is a great way to take control of your budget for the future and is powerful information you need to know to get your budget in check!

3. Train yourself to not be an impulse buyer. Reinforce the difference between wants and needs. Getting in the habit of training your mind to wait to make a purchase is very powerful and your willpower will build up the more you use it. After your 2 week spending freeze, it will be easier to resist impulse purchases.

4. Shop your pantry. Another great way to cut back on grocery spending is utilizing what you have on hand. Being forced to live on what’s available for two weeks can get you in the habit of utilizing your pantry and getting creative with ingredients you have readily available. Be creative and try some new ingredients in recipes if you are missing an item! Learning to cook with only items in your cupboard rather than running to the store for the missing ingredient is a fabulous way to cut back on grocery spending and a great habit to start!

5. Schedule Free and Fun Stuff to Do and focus on what’s really important. When you aren’t spending money on “things”, your life gets a little more focused and you tend to spend more quality time with the people you love. For example, instead of going out for an expensive dinner, you could have a potluck with friends or family Or instead of spending money on a movie, you could get into the habit of reading good books from the library or even start a tradition of family game nights!

Regardless of how much you save, a spending freeze will more than likely put you in a more thoughtful and grateful frame of mind, which has consequences far beyond your checking account! I like to do some form of a spending freeze every year just to keep myself in check. The habits I learn during the spending freeze always opens my eyes to something new and creates habits that last a lifetime!!
Save your Budget with a Spending Freeze

Want to try a 31 Day Spending Freeze?

Take the 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero challenge offered in Paperback or Kindle written by Ruth over at Living Well Spending Less!!

Here’s what you have to gain from taking this challenge:

  • Discover the surprising joy of zero spending, and make instant changes that will totally transform your attitude.
  • Learn how to use the food you already have on hand to create delicious, budget friendly meals for your family.
  • Be inspired to clean and declutter your living space in order to create the cozy space you’ve always dreamed of.
  • Gather innovative ideas for using those items you already have on hand to create new solutions for old problems.
  • Find encouragement and inspiration from others who have completed this same challenge—and lived to tell the tale.
  • Learn simple tricks and tips for selling your stuff, slashing your bills, and even saving on food.

Ruth has done this challenge numerous times on her site for her readers and has now made it available in book right here !

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This post is part of the 30 Day Budget Bootcamp that we put together last year with a team of more than 20 money-savvy bloggers who want to help you be better money managers. I wanted to share this step #13 Trying a Spending Freeze again this year as I think it is an important step in getting control of your budget! You can see the complete list of 30 days assignments with links over on our 30 Day Budget bootcamp page here 

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3 Easy Ways to Earn FREE Gift Cards and Free Points Online!! Deals / Earn Money / Earn Money Online/Work From Home / Free Shop Your Way Points / Freebies / Living On Less / Resources / Reward Point Programs / Shop Your Way Rewards / Ways To Save Money

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3 Easy Ways to Earn FREE Gift Cards and Free Points Online

See how you can pay for your Christmas this year using FREE MONEY!!

It’s never been easier to earn online than it is right now!! You can use these programs throughout the year to either save up for the holidays or just to get things you need for FREE!

Retailers, shopping engines want your opinions and want your business. Get rewarded for a little time by using these 3 easy programs!
I do not recommend programs like these unless I personally use them myself so they are safe!!!


Here are quick reference links for easy sign up:

Sign up for Dealspotr– earn Amazon Gift Cards
Sign up for ShopYourWay– earn points to shop for free
Sign up for Swagbucks– earn variety of store Gift Cards, your choice

Here are the details on how to earn!!!


1) Earn Free Gift Cards by sharing deals:

There is a new saving community out called!! I am an Ambassador of Savings over in the community and I have already earned $5 Amazon Gift Card in the first week! Plus I am able to see some great online deals while I am there! All you have to do is share deals and like others deals and you earn KARMA points towards free Amazon Gift Cards! You can earn up to $500 in gift cards!!

Its easy to join and earn:

  • Join the Dealspotr Community with our exclusive link here and get 200 KARMA points towards your 1st gift card (normally only 50-150 points)!
  • Fill out your profile and start sharing deals by clicking the “Post a Deal” button. The deals can be in store deals, free coffee deals, coupon codes etc! You can follow others and get KARMA points for liking and sharing too! Plus by following others, your dashboard will be YOUR OWN deal feed by who you follow and like!!
  • You will see your KARMA start to go up instantly!
  • If you need help with earning and posting, just comment below and I will answer you back as soon as I can! We have also set up a new Facebook Group for Freebies, Deals and Giveaways here where I can answer questions too!!
  • Here is a breakdown of how you can earn Amazon gift cards with KARMA points:

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Shop Your Way Points Offers


2) Earn Points on Shop Your Way to get Free Items

  • by Being my Client plus earning Points by Exercising, playing Doorbuster Sweeps and Being active in the Shop Your Way community!!
  • First sign up to be a Shop Your Way Member and choose me as your Personal Shopper here and you will receive a $5 (5000 points) off $25 purchase at Sears or Kmart with in 24 hours plus a FREE Shop Your Max membership for FREE SHIPPING!!
  • By being active in the community especially in the Sweeps section and answering surveys, you will begin to earn Points sometimes where no minimum purchase is required. You can then spend your points by shopping thru Shop Your Way and using your Free Shipping or pick up at store! As my client, I will do my best to let you know when there are Free points available
  • We also send out weekly coupons to our clients, PLUS Shop Your Way has MEMBER ONLY DEALS, where sometimes you get back 100% in points back in what you spend.
  • RIGHT NOW as of Oct 14, you can get a $10 off $25 purchase by signing up for email notifications here (first time registrants only)
  • Shop Your Way
  • We posted last week how to get FREE CLOTHES using points here! This deal is only good while quantities last!


3) Earn Free Gift Cards by searching the web with SwagBucks!

What IS Swagbucks?

It’s the biggest rewards site out there, where you get points/SB for doing things online and turn those into gift cards! They actually just hit $100 million in rewards given out to their members, so this site is the real deal. Want to know how you can join in on the rewards, plus get a bonus that will double your SB?

Here’s how it works:

Sign up for Swagbucks here. When you earn 300 SB by Saturday, 10/31, you (and the person who referred you to join) will also get another 300 SB bonus, so your SB will be automatically doubled!

Already a member? Earn your bonus by inviting a friend, and share the tips below to help them get 300 SB! Remember the bonus goes both ways: when you invite a friend and they earn their 300 SB, you BOTH get a 300 SB bonus! It’s a win-win for all.

Whether you’re brand new and looking to get your bonus, or you just want to spread the word and help friends with their bonus, here are ways that you can earn 300 SB in less than 2 weeks:

  • Watch a variety of video playlists on your desktop and earn up to 500 SB in just one day. Check out all the different video playlists you want, or spread it out over the course of a week = 300+ SB by Oct 31st
  • Earn SB on the go with the SBTV app and other Watch apps:
    SBTV app: 36 SB per day = 540 SB by Oct 31st
    All of the YowGo apps (including,, Entertainow,, and pay out up to 10 SB per day. Choose 3 apps to watch videos on weekdays = 300 SB by Oct 31st
  • Here’s one way to check off a little SB earnings each day:
    Daily Poll = 13 SB
    Daily Crave = 13 SB
    Daily Offers (NOSO) = 26 SB
    Use Swagbucks Search and try to get at least 1 Search Win a day = 100 SB
    Try out a couple free, quick Special Offers on the homepage or Discover page = 65 SB
    Complete at least 3-5 Surveys within the course of 2 weeks = 85 SB
  • Want to get your 300 SB in one day? Check out the Discover page to see if there’s a Special Offer that you’re interested in. Many of them earn you more than 300 SB, some even more than 1,000 SB, AND credit instantly. (Terms vary by offer. See specific offer for details.)

Note: the above SB amounts are estimations and can vary. SB amounts are for US members only.

Right now is the best time to join Swagbucks: with the holiday season coming up fast, your 300 SB bonus and earnings can go towards gifts, travel purchases or offset your holiday shopping! Sign up today and use the tips above to guarantee your bonus!

Start earning today:

Sign up for Dealspotr– earn Amazon Gift Cards
Sign up for ShopYourWay– earn points to shop for free
Sign up for Swagbucks– earn variety of store Gift Cards, your choice

With the Holidays around the corner, you may want to join our

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Facebook Page here


HOT Online Deals Facebook Group here

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Did You Receive Your W2 ?  Let Turbo Tax file your 1040EZ form FREE!! Finances / Living On Less / Topics / Ways To Save Money




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  • Sign up for the Free Federal Edition of Intuit TurboTax.
  • This is perfect for first time filers or students, people that want to easily prep, print, and efile their returns, and those that want to import their W2 income data.
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  • Other services available for those filing a standard 1040 form for as low as $34.99…thats much less than standard Tax Return fees!!


It’s this simple:



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