Saturday, March 31, 2007

Diaper savings

When DD#1 was born, we brought home that little pack of Pampers Swaddlers from the hospital.....then used Huggies..........and eventually realized that diapers were costing us a small fortune! A friend told us that she was using the Parents Choice diapers from Walmart with good results, so we decided to give them a try. For us, they've worked out great ~ very absorbent, even for toddler overnights, with very few leaks. In fact, in the last year and a half, most of the leaks that we've had came when we picked up another brand of diapers. And at $10.56 for 68 Size 4 diapers, that's not a bad price!

Win a Dyson!

Now who can resist a good contest, especially if you're on a budget? The mommies over at 5 Minutes for Mom are giving away a Dyson Slim Vacuum! Want to enter? Go check it out before 1pm EST on Wednesday, April 4 for your chance to win. Is cleaning more fun when the vacuum was free? If you win, let me know!

Friday, March 30, 2007

Short on food $?

If your grocery bill seems to always be running too high, check out Angel Food Ministries. For just $25, you can buy a box filled with meat and side dishes. You order approximately two weeks before pickup at a location near you (churches, etc.).

What will you get? Our April box will include: 6 hamburger steaks with bacon, 4 pork chops, 2lb. breaded chicken breast fillets, 1 lb ground beef, 1 lb meatballs, 2 lb breaded chicken tenders, 1 pizza, 1 pkg corn dogs, 1 bag french fries, 1 bag frozen corn, 1 bag frozen green beans, 1 can pork & beans, 1 lb pinto beans, 1 gravy, 1 bag rice, 1 pancake mix, and 1 pie!

For us, I can use that in quite a few meals. We've been ordering since January, and have found most of the food to be pretty good. Like anything, there are a few things we loved, most were good, and a few just weren't to our taste. But for $25, it's a great deal (unless you are dealing with lots of food restrictions/allergies). The food boxes make a great gift to pass along to someone else who could use it as well.

Although most pick-up sites are churches, there aren't any requirements to join/attend or even volunteer. There are no income requirements ~ poor, rich, somewhere in between, all are welcome to purchase from Angel Food Ministries. If you are on food stamps, most sites accept EBT. So give it a try, and watch your grocery bill come back to earth!

Hi World!

The chronicles of a SAHM who is currently trying to help out the family budget. I'll share my tips here with you all!

We're a family of 3 (soon to be 4) who live in the Midwest on a teacher's salary, so every penny does help. We try to avoid debt where we can, and pay off what we already have. If you're feeling overwhelmed, know that there is hope. Over the past 10 years we've paid off well over $10,000 in credit card debt, and have gone from struggling at two incomes to living moderately on one. What works for us may not work for you, but I'll share just in case it does.