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  store like Costco. Take an afternoon to prepare meals that you can stick in the freezer and pull out on nights when you don’t have time to cook.
Emily Cowden and her husband Jason have five children, ages 10, 8, 6, 4, and 2. Emily left her job as
a registered dietitian to stay home with her children and home school. As a busy mom who is also committed to eating healthy on a frugal budget, she often skips time- consuming coupon-cutting and instead looks for sales
at stores that offer healthy organic foods. She found that eliminating processed snacks and cereals was especially helpful.
“This cuts out a lot of unnecessary foods and unnecessary spending, leaving room for more nutrient-dense fruits, vegetables and proteins,” she says.
18 Creative Ways to Save This Year
By Janeen Lewis
Whether you’ve recently lost wages, or saving money is a new goal, here are some out- of-the box ideas to help.
I visit a grocery store in my neighborhood because it has great Buy One Get One free items (BOGOs). On average, the rest of the items in the store cost more. When cherry picking, buy the sales items, but save other shopping for less expensive stores.
2. Let someone else grocery shop for you. Grocery pick- up saves time, stops impulse buys, and keeps a running total during online shopping. If you go over your budget, uncheck unnecessary items before finalizing your order. I chose a pick-up service that
PAD YOUR INCOME
Many moms also turn to direct sales opportunities, like Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Young Living, and Thirty One, as ways to pad their income.
“Just be sure that stocking up (on product) doesn’t sack all of your earnings,” Leah advises. “Also, you have to have the right personality to do direct sales. Not everyone is outgoing and direct sales is not a path to easy money. These women work very hard, even
if it’s at night and in people’s living rooms.”
For the Cowdens, the extra income from selling essential oils and other products through Young Living has helped cover extracurricular activities for their children, meals with friends and vacations.
Beth says she sells household items that she no longer needs, uses or wants.
takes coupons, and my coupon savings exceeded the fee.
3. Make restaurant-quality
food at home. Dining out is
a budget blower. Invest in a virtual cooking class, check out online cooking tutorials, or ask a friend who is a good cook for recipes.
4. Barter. One of my friends
liked the character birthday cakes I made when my kids were young. She was good at creating videos from our family footage, so we bartered. Trade services with a friend and save.
5. Swap party! Get needed items free. Organize a safely distanced swap party online or on your patio. Decide on a theme. Be clear about how to rate the condition of items and how many items each guest contributes. Send a listing of items and agree on socially- distanced ways to make exchanges.
“The pocket cash has come in very handy,” she says.
Other moms turn their
skills into entrepreneurial ventures that they can run from home like freelance writing, photography or baking.
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 1. Be a cherry picker.
an unclaimed property fund. To learn more, visit usa.gov/ unclaimed-money. To search your name for missing money, go to missingmoney.com or unclaimed.org.
6. Find missing money. You could be missing money
and not even know it. For example, if you moved and a utility company owed you a deposit and couldn’t contact you, the money went into
7. Give up the ghost. Standby power, or phantom power, is energy that household items use when they are off, but plugged in. Items with digital displays and computers with monitors and printers can be standby power hogs. Unplug everything at night for a month. Monitor the electric bill for a difference. For more information, visit standby.lbl. gov.
8. Round up savings. Trick yourself into saving money. Round up to the next dollar
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