Thursday, July 24, 2008

Can you feed your family for $3 a day?

Grocery Outlet thinks so! (caution: their site is noisy at first). For those who have Aldi's, Grocery Outlet is similar. It's overstocks, close-to-expiration, and out of season foods. Everything is still technically good, even if it's up to or after the sell-by.

I was there the other day picking up some frozen meals for my sweetie to take to work for lunches when I noticed some placards they'd put up around the store. Each one had a day's menu using only items from a frugal Grocery Outlet shopping trip. At the register, they had little booklets with tips, recipes and a shopping list for a week's worth of meals for 4 at $3/day per person.

Could you do it? I'm going to try it and see how it goes. I'll have to make some modifications to accomodate my food allergies, but it shouldn't affect the cost much.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Key Bank iPod promotion

Here's the quick: open a new account at Key Bank (not available all over the U.S., only in select markets) and get a free iPod Nano or Touch.

This is the promotion that I used last year to get my iPod Nano, which I love.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Bargain Summer Camp...

if you don't mind a little bit of Jesus with your paper mache! This week, the kids are enjoying Vacation Bible School, essentially summer camp (crafts, outdoor activities, sing-a-longs and snacks) with a Christian twist. Many churches have them, some require you to volunteer at the camp, some only request a donation. I paid $7.50 per child for a week, 9-noon, of fun activities. I'm volunteering daily because of my younger one's age, but it is fun to help out. Today, I got covered in Elmer's glue.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Free Movie Ticket

Jonathan over at My Money Blog has a post about an Entenmann's Contest--you could win a free movie ticket.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Not Buying It

We've been keeping our non-essential shopping to a minimum. Food, gas, and sunscreen are the only recent purchases. I've continued avoiding the thrift stores (where temptation lurks). I've taken the kids to the park almost every day. Our local city parks offer free lunch for kids 1-18, so we've timed our visits for lunch time. Every bit helps, right?