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Ways to Save Your Family Money…

We all know that couponing and pairing coupons with sales is a great way to save your family money.

But, today, I want to talk about some other – lesser known – ways to help you save.

1) Gardening – First off, I will tell you I don’t have a green thumb – at all :(. I wish I did. But, I don’t let that stop me. I currently have small tomato plants in my back yard that are still thriving! Growing your own fruits and veggies is a great way to save money, relieve stress and know exactly what is going into your family’s meals.

What kind of fruits and veggies do you grow for your family? (What does it mean when you get small black spots on your tomato leaves?)

2) Learn to knit, quilt or crochet – I have recently decided that I would like to learn to crochet. I have beautiful blankets from my Grandmother and Great Aunts that will be cherished for a long time. Not only can you make beautiful hats, blankets and more, you can turn your talents into money by selling these at bazaars, arts and craft shows and more!

I plan on starting off making baby blankets to donate to our local pregnancy center.

3) Canning – Can your own jams, jellies and preserves! I love to eat jams and to bake with them. However, I have never canned my own. I can see where this would save a lot of money.

4.) Switch Bank Accounts – Many times a NEW Bank will offer you incentives such as Free Money and lower fees.

5.) Switch From Cable – To Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, Pandora, and more.  If you have “smart TV”, these services are built in. Plus, nearly any digital device that connects to your set such as a gaming console, Blu-ray player, DVR, or a laptop will give you access to the most popular streaming video services.

6.) Use ebates or Shop at Home – When shopping online you can get back as much as 1 – 10% of your purchase. Sign up for free – Ebates  ShopAtHome

7.) Sign Up For Emails – We have saved a ton of money at restaurants and retails stores. Many times you will get great discounts and freebies that won’t be available to the general public.

8.) DIY (Do It Yourself) –  There are many great blogs out there that specialize in showing you how to make your own gifts, projects around the house, etc…You can see some of the ones we have featured here.

9.) The 30 Day Rule – Instead of buying on impulse, wait 30 days. Why? This gives you time to see if something is really a want or a need. And, if it is a want will give you extra time to save and also be certain that you will use it.

10.) Clean out your closet  – Then sell your stuff on ebay, garage sale, etc… Use the extra money to go towards new clothing. Not sure how to run a garage sale? Check out our ideas here.

11.) Buy at Thrift Stores – We absolutely love shopping at Thrift stores. Find one in your area that is in a more upscale area and score ‘Like New’ brand name clothing for next to nothing. I have certain criteria for thrift stores – see them here.

 

Do you can your own foods? What kinds of things do you can? How much do you feel it saves your family?

These are just a few ideas to help spark your mind on how you can save your family even more money.

What are some other things that you family does that aren’t mentioned here?

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18 COMMENTS

  1. I do all of the above! I garden, quilt, sew and also can my foods 🙂 It not only saves money on foods, but I also use those skills during the holidays instead of buying “stuff” from the stores.

  2. I tend to can whatever we can’t use while it’s fresh from the garden. Last year we had an over abundance of tomatoes, so I canned all of the extras. We hunt for some of our meat. What ever game animals we bag and bring home we process ourselves on our kitchen table. We also make our own jerky and try to buy half a steer and 1 to 2 pigs a year to fill the freezer.

  3. I used to do a little canning. I love preserves, jellies also. If you have access to free fruit and a deal on sugar it can be a good thing. But if you have to buy your fruit; not so much. If your store sells markdown fruits-these are great for canning since you want your fruit at it’s ripest. Another thing: when you can your own, you know exactly what is going into the can. Most-not all-preserves and jellies at the store are made with HFCS and alot of juice. Before you commit to the expense of jars, fruit, sugar, be sure everyone in your household likes the varieties you decide to can.

  4. Uhoh.. sounds like you have a fungus called blight on your tomato plants. My favorite veggie to grow is BlueLake greenbeans, found at Home Depot. They are the best greenbeans I have ever eaten. 🙂

    I have done a little canning. I made some applebutter not long ago in my crockpot. After the initial investment for essential items needed for the process,you can save yourself some money. As long as you grow or buy your product while in season. Also, you can find canning products on sale sometimes, after canning season. Here in FL, I picked up mine for half the price,at Walmart.

  5. I do all of the above to save!! I knit hats, scarves, and mittens for us all and just started my first sweater…along with blankets and other baby items for gifts. Washcloths, hand towels…GIFTS 🙂

    We can as well, peaches, apples, everything from our garden. My favorite is spaghetti and pizza sauce. So easy AND we canned enough this year to make it to date without having to buy any sauce. 🙂 Awesome savings!! I love that summer is approaching so we can get the garden going and cut back on the grocery bill again!!

  6. I’ve been crocheting for years and love it! I’ve made several blankets as gifts and a few for ourselves (the queen sized one took 6 months), but they last a long time and are so much warmer than typical blankets! It can be very time consuming though, unless you get in a grove.

    Yarn can be expensive, but use the 40-50% coupons found in most Joann and Michael’s papers to offset the cost 🙂 Many Walmart stores also carry the same yarn for cheaper!

  7. Don’t forget that freezing works great for jams and vegies too! My family also buys 1/2 cow for our beef. Saves so much money. last year we got nearly 400 pounds of beef for $2 per pound, regardless of cut. Tbones, Porterhouse, roasts, super lean hamburger, etc, all packaged to order. I also freeze peppers, green beans, tomatoes, corn, etc. Love it!

  8. I just started gardening and canning last year and we’ve already saved hundreds of dollars! Many people at our church garden too, and they’ll bring their over abundance on Sunday mornings for anyone to take home with them. I’ve canned their free veggies too. We have a few orchards and farms around where I live that let you pick fruits in season at less than what they sell for in the stores. Last year I walked away with 25+ lbs of blueberries and 1 lb of raspberries for around $20. We’re still eating those blueberries out of the freezer.

    I’m also a big sewer. I’ve been making gifts for everyone because a few yards of fabric can go a long way.

  9. Your Tomatoes might have mites,they can do that to the leaves. Look at the back side of the leaves to see if little white cob webby things are on them too. If they do you can get a mild insecticide to take care of it.

  10. I LOVE to crochet! I make all of my baby gifts homemade and everyone loves to get a special made gift just for their baby! I would suggest that you might start out with something simplier like a hat, because a blanket can take quite a long time for a beginner to complete. Good Luck! 🙂

  11. We just finish putting in the garden, We have a canning plant at our high school opens June 1st for two month they charge $2.00 a busnell to shuck, blanch, wash my beans. Jars it is.40 cents a jar. Saves on the electric bill going over there. I put up veggies, fruit. Saves a ton gets a thru till spring.
    I sew for the family and lap blankets for the nursing home.

  12. I really don’t find canning to be less expensive than buying canned veggies when they go on sale. However, it is well worth the time, effort, and cost to know I’m providing my family with organic (only if you garden without pesticides!)and healthy produce. Our favorites are green beans and tomatoes (stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce, too).

    I can hardly wait to get our garden going and gorge ourselves on healthy produce! The potatoes are in, the asparagus is starting, and we’ll get the rest going soon.

    Happy Gardening!

    Always look for sales for new lids and replacement rings as you need them. That adds up each year, otherwise, if you are preserving 100’s of jars.

    Garage sales are a great place to find used canning jars, cutting your initial investment significantly. Just make sure the jars have no nicks on top to make sure they will seal well.

  13. I have always gardened and a few years ago my mother taught me how to can for myself (because she used to do it for me). I NEVER buy frozen vegetables because I have canned corn, carrots and beans coming out my ears!

    I can honestly say that I have NEVER paid money for raspberries or blueberries because they are in abundance in my mother’s back yard. I freeze some and can most of them as pie fillings. I do pay and pick tart cherries and strawberries and also can or freeze those.

    I also can my own spaghetti sauce, chilis, ketchup, and relish.

    Just put the word out and you’ll be amazed at how many canning jars you can collect. People are constantly giving them to me! My only costs are for the lids and pectin/sugar (although I am researching reusable lids)

  14. Well I can see that I am not the only Gardner/Caner here. This year we have already planted beans, carrots, lettuce, asparagus, strawberries, cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, onions, beets, broccoli. Next week we will plant all the pepper plants, zucchini, and tomatoes and cucumbers. The only thing that we buy for caning are the apples for applesauce, and peaches for either canned peaches or peach jelly/jams. I can just about everything we grow in excess of what we eat. I still have a few jars of tomatoes, pasta sauce, pickles left and quite a bit of jelly and jams left. I make gift baskets for the holidays from stuff that I can. Just like some other comments there is an initial cost for the canning supplies but once you get a stock pile of jars there will be a savings and just knowing what is in the foods you are serving your family is worth the time and effort. Here is a great website that has very detailed direction that might be helpful http://www.pickyourown.org/

  15. Love the garden! Tomatoes: we can for pizza sauce, spagetti sauce & salsa. Of course, we can pickles and beets. We get 1/2 a side of beef from our neighbors farm for about 1.10 pound and that includes processing & packaging. We hunt deer & turkey. Have not canned deer yet, but willing to give that a try. anyone else out there canned deer before?

  16. We do alot of canning and freezing as a family. I have a garden and a couple of fruit trees, but we also go to a local Amish community and buy really cheap vegetables and strawberries for preserves. And they are organic! Best tasting food ever ! Plus, some of my neighbors have gardens so we all help each other out.
    I used to sew all the time, but it now hurts my hands so I rarely do it.
    I cut my families hair though. I’ve always enjoyed cutting hair as a hobby, so it really saves.

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