Sunday, April 25, 2010

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

In tough times we are all looking for ways to save money. Our family is no different. We have discovered that sometimes sacrificing a bit of convenience is worth it in order to save a bit of coin. For instance in the past we have posted about making your own bread, and where to get money saving coupons to keep more of your hard earned money in your pocket.

In the past few weeks we have had the opportunity to experience first hand a few different ways that we could potentially save some money by doing some things ourselves rather than paying someone to do it for us. We went to a chicken auction and investigated raising poultry for the eggs, making our own strawberry jam, growing our own vegetables on our deck, and even cutting own hair. For each of these we have had to ask ourselves a question: “Is it worth the trouble?”

In the next week we will post what we discovered about all of these but we would love to hear from you.

Let us know what you are doing to save money in these tough times that you may not have considered doing in the past. Send it to perhaps we will post your comment as a guest post on We look forward to hearing your great ideas.

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  1. Very interesting topic and I look forward to reading about discoveries! I read about jam experience and although I wouldn't have the patience for it, I'm sure the homemade stuff was delicious!

  2. Here are four easy ways to save on groceries and sundries. I save most of my money by using coupons, which my local supermarket always doubles and sometimes triples. Therefore, a 75 cent coupon could save me up to $2.25, and if the item is on sale all the better. Additionally, my supermarket also gives seniors, 60 and older, 5% off their total bill on Thurdsays.

    My local supermarket will also, if the item is buy one get one free (BOGO), let you have one item for 1/2 price if you do not want two items. For example, if a 10 lb bag of potatoes is on sale BOGO, I only buy one bag for 1/2 price because I do not need 20 lb. of potatoes.

    I also save money by purchasing day old meat and mark down veggies and fruit.

    I get most of my coupon's from the Sunday paper. I hope if you decide to share these simple tips with your readers; they will find them useful.

    Sincerely, Mrs. Pamela Sciacca


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