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How I Save on Groceries

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So with the comments that I have gotten in my last post, I wanted to write about how I do some of my groceries, and in particular how I get some of my meat.

One of the biggest chunks of my food budget, is meat.  Unless you are a non-meat eater, I bet you’re in the same predicament.  Yes you can shop the sales and the mark downs, but one of the tested and proven ways is to simply buy in bulk.  In the past, I have split costs on buying cows and pigs with a few people.  Last year I wasn’t able to find anyone interested, that is where Zaycon Foods comes in.  Zaycon is my favorite/ goto company to buy bulk meat from.  They sell high quality meat at incredible prices.  

Downside of this, you are left with a huge amount of meat to process and prepare at once.  But I have gotten it down to a science and pretty much get down in about 2-4 hours depending on what the meat is.  Back in January I got 40 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.89.  I have also done this for ground beef.  Now I could easily do all this with my account at the restaurant my buddy owns, and sometimes I help co-operate.  But one thing that Zaycon has a referral program (all links that point to Zaycon) and a couple times I was able to get a case for free.  

Right now I easily have 20 lbs of ground beef by itself and the same amount of chicken.  I have over 60 different freezer meals that I have ready at my disposal as well.  When other meats go on sale at my local grocery store or even the butcher store I stock up on it.  I also stock up on other things, and like some of you pointed out in an earlier post… Some of these are items I don’t even need.  

Today, for instance, I bought 16 Scunci Hair Ties at $.49/piece.  There were part of a gas deal, where if I bought 4 of them at a time I would get $.30 off per gallon of gas, up to 30 gallons.  That makes it a $7 moneymaker.  I did this four times so I actually got $1.20 off, and made $28.  Plus I have Scunci’s for a while.  My wife and daughter lose their scrunci’s all the time.  I chalk that up as a win in my book.

So there is just a few ways I save some money.  Hit me up with what you all do to stretch out your dollars!

Oh by the way, if you are interested check if Zaycon is coming to your area in the near future.  Here is what they have on sale currently:

  • Boneless, Skinless Jumbo Chicken Thigh Fillets
  • Fresh Boneless Skinlees Chicken Breasts
  • Fresh Jumbo Chicken Wings
  • Fresh Premium Hickory Smoked Bacon
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Natural Non-Homogenized Whole Milk
  • Orchard Peaches
  • Pork Sausage Links
  • Premium Choice Angus Sirloin Steaks
  • Raw Wildflower Honey
  • Rotisserie Seasoned Turkey Breast Roast
  • Smoked Pulled Pork

Local! Local! Local!

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There’s a great local publication called “Natural Awakenings SA” that provides great healthy living tips.  I want to share some of those tips today.

How to Keep Your Hard Earned Money Working Locally:

1. Ditch the Cards:  All electronic transactions siphon money out of the local community to some extent, so use cash or second best, write a check.  Studies show that people spend 12-18 percent more when they use cards instead of cash.

2.  Move your Debt:  Megabanks tend to make far moremoney off your debt than your savings.  Choose a local credit union or bank and let the fees support your community.

3.  Spend Deliberately:  Forget internet deals; shop local and independent.  Choose to support local businesses.  Start buying at resale shops, Craigs list or try bartering.

4.  Shorten Loan Lengths:  Avoid the 30-year-mortgage and seven-yaer car loans and start paying down principal early.

5.  Earn Feel-Good Interest:  Consider investing in family, such as a college loan for a nephew or niece, to keep it local (er…not too sure about this one!  That whole loaning family money thing….)

6.  Invest in Home:  Investing in your home strengthens the community and builds wealth.  Beyond mortgages, invest in an alternative energy system such as solar or geo-thermal.

7. Remember Your Community:  Buy shares of a local co-op–utility, food or store–or start a community investment group. Look fo community revolving loan funds that allow participation by individual investors.

I am proud to say we have gone to the Farmers’ Market for the last 3 weeks.  It has been a great learning experience for all of us.  The kids have enjoyed it much more than I anticipated.  It helps that bringing your dog is encouraged so the kids get to see a lot of canine companions and bring our own dogs too.  We are enjoying the fresh farm food tremendously!!  And we are staying within the $150 per week budget.  We tried to stick with $125 and found that we needed that extra $25 especially with the kids home much more now than during the regular school year.

Good stuff to think about and to bring to your life!