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Cutbacks

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We’re combing through our monthly bills and figuring out what we can get rid of to see instant monthly savings. Right off the bat we were able to eliminate $135 each month. This came from memberships to the gym and clubs we just don’t need and a credit monitoring service that we have replaced with an alternative through our credit union. It doesn’t sound like much but you guys are already teaching me that every penny counts. Hubby and I have also mentioned eliminating cable for the first time and it isn’t nearly as scary to discuss as we both thought it would be. This would be a $80 per month savings. The kids are good about playing outside sans electronics already and this would only encourage that good habit even more. Let me hear what other monthly items you’ve cut out of your budget completely. I’m sure there are obvious things that I haven’t thought of yet.

On this frugality note, thank you to Brandy of The Prudent Homemaker for her gentle nudge to more frugal living. I’m totally overwhelmed by the content of her website BUT I am intrigued by making my own laundry detergent. Now, just as an aside, I promise I just heard my entire family and group of girlfriends laugh out loud at the thought of me making laundry detergent. The humor in that visual is part of the fun I am finding in the idea! Also, I’m ready to explore buying beans in bulk. The kitchen is NOT my strong area but I am very good about making a menu and creating a grocery list from those recipes and then only buying what is on the list. I don’t go crazy in the grocery store. So the beans in bulk will be something we try for next week’s menu. Deep breath.

So, to recap…I have the savings goal set forth, I’m going to attempt to make my own laundry detergent and I’ll explore buying beans in bulk. Okay. Well that sounds pretty pathetic! Oh and I’m diving into chapter 2 of my “Money Road Map” book. One last thing I want to set a timeline for—sitting down and explaining our financial situation to the kids in terms they can understand and getting them on board as part of the “Debt Reduction Team.” I know they will be willing partcipants.  We’ll get that done by Sunday, March 11. 

Have a super Tuesday!


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.