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Saving Money on Organic?

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If your grocery store is anything like mine, the section labeled ‘Organic’ seems to grow every week. We have organic fruits and veggies, organic frozen foods, organic rice, organic beef, and on and on. I’ve read articles telling me which food items to buy organic and which ones are a waste but I still have no idea what ‘organic’ really means! While waiting for my organic Amy’s microwave meal to heat (purchased on clearance from Target), I read an article about understanding product labeling posted in our lunchroom.

The article helped me feel more informed about what labels mean AND helped me to decide which labels meant more to me… and which ones I don’t care about. ‘Organic’ foods are EXPENSIVE. You should decide if it’s something you want to invest your grocery dollars in.

Check out the article HERE


Freebies!!

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The folks at E-mealz contacted me about their Family Week promotion this week. If you stop by their website, they are offering free menus including grocery list & prices, complimentary desserts, as well as family activities & games – and aren’t we all fans of freebies?? So if you are on the fence about trying E-mealz, stop by their website this week and enter your e-mail address for your free menu (including dessert!). Don’t worry, this sharing of your e-mail address won’t sign you up for pharmaceutical sales or the Nigerian lottery – I promise.

I’ve been signed up for E-mealz (yes, I pay for it. E-mealz DOES NOT pay me to promote it) for a few months now and I absolutely love it. If you’re anything like me, you are frequently in a rush and generally buy a plethora of frozen dinners. There was always a little embarrassment whenever the grocery checker rang up my purchases. It was a pretty big spotlight on the fact that I didn’t make time to eat right.

Now? I shop in the produce and meat/fish sections more than anywhere else. I haven’t purchased a frozen dinner in months and to be honest, I feel a little smug when buying $35 in fresh food while the person in front of me buys 20 frozen dinners.

But I totally understand if the plan doesn’t work for you. My sister, a raw vegan, can’t use the plan and my other sister’s husband has certain food allergies and is also unable to use it. There are others, God bless you, who already prepare good meals every night and don’t need the help.

For those who signed up in August, let me know what you think. I’m interested in your feedback!

E-mealz is still offering 10% off to BloggingAwayDebt readers if you use the code: bawaydebt
The discount code expires on October 15th. So hurry up!

The folks at E-mealz sent me a sneak peak of the menus (yum! – but it’s a secret!) and a Press Release (below).

“Let’s Celebrate Us”

The family is such an important part of who we are and where we belong. Within our families we have purpose, goals and dreams that we intend to make come true. Family Day, A Day to Eat Dinner with your Kids®, recognized as a National Day of Observance the last Monday of every September, speaks to the primary importance of family connection around the dinner table. We love Family Day® so much that we want to extend the celebration for the entire week of September 27th.

Regular family discussion around the dinner table is an important part of family life as well as a key element of healthy development during childhood. Research suggests that family dinner conversation builds language skills, critical thinking, and relationships and lessen the chance of substance use in our children. Often in our daily lives we forget to take the time to continue to learn about our loved ones. The E-Mealz family is inviting every family to celebrate during “Let’s Celebrate Us” Family Week. Any size and type of family can enjoy five nights of “Dinner Dialogue,” “Gab and Games,” free dessert recipes and a fun-filled activities for everyone.

There is a fundamental logistical problem that interferes with dinner for most busy households…it’s 5 o’clock and there is nothing in the pantry to cook. E-Mealz purpose is to make dinnertime feasible and the grocery budget manageable for every busy family.

E-Mealz was created as a simple organizational tool for big and small families, couples, empty nesters, and roommates from every corner of America and around the world as well. Any family, with or without children, can be encouraged to continue to learn about our spouses, significant others and children.

Communication is the key to relationships, which largely involves asking questions to learn more about each other and connecting on a regular basis. E-Mealz has provided fun, food and games to encourage all types of families to engage and enjoy each other’s company. E-Mealz challenges everyone to carve out time for “Family Week” to focus on dinner as a regular evening ritual and the uniqueness that makes each family special. So, E-Mealz invites you to join us throughout the entire week of September 27th celebrating and strengthening families across the country.


Week 2 of No Dining Out…

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This week wasn’t as bad as I expected. I’ve been planning meals a week in advance and have been able to trim our unwieldy grocery budget. I go into the grocery store with a plan and stick to it! Well… except for the 99 cent bag of red licorice. We all have our vices.

This was the first week we had to expose our ‘no dining out’ policy to friends. Hmph.

My husband and I joined my brother and his wife while they searched for a new home. After a few hours of driving neighborhoods and meeting with realtors, we were starved. My brother drove down a fast food laden street and said, ‘Where do you guys want to go to lunch?’

My husband gave me ‘the’ look. The look that said, ‘You came up with the no dining out policy, therefore, you should explain it.’

I flubbed out something Yoda-ish, ‘We can’t…uh… 60 days of no dining out… money…tight…save, trying to …err…uh…home, eat at.’

‘OK Captain Crazy’ he replied, paused, then added, ‘We need to save money too since we’re buying the house. Good idea – well, what I could understand of it.’

We’re getting there. A little bit at a time. Sure folks think I’m nuts but since I’m so close to the debt free finish line…

I could care less.


Working Toward a Cheaper Grocery Bill…

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After nearly two months of our ‘eat from the pantry and freezer diet’, we’ve finally run out of food. Sure we have a few things I was willing to attempt to serve as a ‘meal’ but decided to call it quits after I asked my husband how he liked dinner and he said, ‘It’s edible’.

‘Edible’ isn’t the response a wife wants to hear.

I’ve decided to cook the inexpensive meals you suggested when I first started the ‘pantry diet’ and review them here. I’m off to the grocery store!

If you have any additional meal suggestions you’d like to share, I’ll make them!