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free-range eggs at the local university farm for 2.00 for 3 dozen small eggs. That is 1/3 the price of large eggs at the grocery store--figuring I might need to use 2 small eggs in recipes, it's still a huge savings. And they're local.<br><br>
--tons of organic and natural foods and snacks at my local job lot for $1-2.00 a package. Some are near expiration, but it's not a problem since the place is nearby and I can go back whenever we run out. They also have a ton of household and hardware items at rock-bottom prices.<br><br>
--milk from a local dairy is $1.25 cheaper at a convenience store than the same brand at other stores or via delivery from the dairy itself.<br><br>
--kidsurplus.com--website that is GREAT and has tons of name brands for much less than anywhere else!
 

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Staying out of the stores.<br><br>
This may seem obvious to other people, but it was a huge revelation to me. When I don't see the stuff in the stores, I don't know its there and I don't want it nearly as much.
 

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how did you find a local dairy? I really would like to find a cruelty free source of milk and eggs.<br><br><br>
ETA: Mine is that I recently found out that the Dump in my city gives away paint and other remodeling items! Yea for free!!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">how did you find a local dairy? I really would like to find a cruelty free source of milk and eggs.<br><br><br>
ETA: Mine is that I recently found out that the Dump in my city gives away paint and other remodeling items! Yea for free!!!</div>
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Well, they are well-known in my area and you can see their trucks all over town. Also they delivered to my family when I was growing up. It really is wonderful to buy fresh, local milk from a small farm! It tastes so much better than the brands that are trucked in from out of state.<br><br>
If you aren't sure if there is one around you, I would ask at your local co-op or natural health food stores. Someone there is bound to know. Good luck!<br><br>
Also, on the eggs--sometimes orchards and small grocery stores carry free-range from local farmers for very cheap prices. There are a couple of other places around me that have local eggs for pretty low prices--one of them is a small general store and the other is an apple orchard.
 

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I noticed that Borders has all kinds of nice blank books on sale now for $2.99. They are pretty high quality with neat embossed covers. I bought a few for presents throughout the year. I'm thinking for a teenage girl, add a nice pen or bookmark. Or make a recipe book for a friend, etc. Even my dd would love a bright pink one with a cool pencil.<br><br>
I bet aroud the holidays they'll be back up to $8-$9 each.
 

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I took Amazon.com off my favorite links so it's not staring at me everytime I'm online.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Staying out of the stores.<br><br>
This may seem obvious to other people, but it was a huge revelation to me. When I don't see the stuff in the stores, I don't know its there and I don't want it nearly as much.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: And I also found that watching less tv makes me want to buy less stuff. They don't make commercials for nothing, ya know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> This goes for any source of advertising, really - magazines, sales flyers in the newspaper, etc.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I noticed that Borders has all kinds of nice blank books on sale now for $2.99. They are pretty high quality with neat embossed covers. I bought a few for presents throughout the year. I'm thinking for a teenage girl, add a nice pen or bookmark. Or make a recipe book for a friend, etc. Even my dd would love a bright pink one with a cool pencil.<br><br>
I bet aroud the holidays they'll be back up to $8-$9 each.</div>
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Buying gifts in the off season is a great one - I try to buy presents at big sale times during the year. I just realized that I could buy gifts at the end of summer sales for next year's spring birthdays for really cheap. This will make a difference because we have a huge family.
 

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In preparation of stock piling the kitchen for winter I have really gone through and made some creative dinners to use up what we have.<br><br>
Start thinking winter already. Really helps me not to buy any summer stuff, no matter what the clearance price.
 

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Meal planning!<br><br>
We recently realized that we were spending an inordinate amount of money on groceries each month. We've set a strict grocery budget now, and each weekend, we sit down and figure out what meals we want for the week and exactly what we need to shop for. We'll usually plan some meals that can be made in bulk and eaten for lunch later in the week (lasagna is always a good one) or that can be frozen for later use.<br><br>
This more mindful shopping is not only more cost effective, it's healthier, too, because we're putting more thought into what we're eating each week.<br><br>
After reassessing our food budget, it prompted me to review our "incidental/gas/entertainment/other" budget, and in the process, I actually "found" an extra $200 that we can save or put toward bills each month. This is hugely helpful in preparing for our baby!
 

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I found:<br><br>
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--tons of organic and natural foods and snacks at my local job lot for $1-2.00 a package. Some are near expiration, but it's not a problem since the place is nearby and I can go back whenever we run out. They also have a ton of household and hardware items at rock-bottom prices.<br>
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What is a job lot?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Staying out of the stores.<br><br>
This may seem obvious to other people, but it was a huge revelation to me. When I don't see the stuff in the stores, I don't know its there and I don't want it nearly as much.</div>
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ohh that is definately the best way not to spend money! I have found that has really helped us! I used to go to the mall all the time, but now I can't even remember the last time I went..<br><br>
I have been getting things together to make Christmas gifts this year, and although it is still early, I have already spent way less than I normally do..
 

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--tons of organic and natural foods and snacks at my local job lot for $1-2.00 a package. Some are near expiration, but it's not a problem since the place is nearby and I can go back whenever we run out. They also have a ton of household and hardware items at rock-bottom prices.</div>
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never heard of anything like this.
 

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I am a firm believer in buying quality shoes for my boys and recently found out about Amazon's apparel outlet. I bought a pair of nice Stride Rites and a pair of Ecco shoes for the kids for $29 total out the door (free shipping over $25). I used to spend nearly $50 just for one pair, so this was HUGE for me.<br><br>
Another thing is Mini Boden's new refer a friend program, where I got $5 for each address I gave them (mailing, not email). I got $20 last month, and with the 10% off and free shipping I bought DS a really cool shirt (with awesome resale value) for under $5. And you can do it every month and the credit rolls over.
 

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A job lot store is a place where you can buy products in bulk at a low price. You usually need to buy a membership to shop there (some offer a "one free visit" trial) so you need to figure out if the discount will balance out. Some carry fresh produce, some don't. They can be very effective for dry goods if you have a place to store them.<br><br>
(Big Lots and Aldi's are non-membership stores that have some similarity to job lot stores...these stores sell remnant lots and bulk groceries but don't require the bulk purchase aspect)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">A job lot store is a place where you can buy products in bulk at a low price. You usually need to buy a membership to shop there (some offer a "one free visit" trial) so you need to figure out if the discount will balance out. Some carry fresh produce, some don't. They can be very effective for dry goods if you have a place to store them.<br><br>
(Big Lots and Aldi's are non-membership stores that have some similarity to job lot stores...these stores sell remnant lots and bulk groceries but don't require the bulk purchase aspect)</div>
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I see...thanks for the info <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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this month i decided to do a meal plan. most of my meals can be stretched out for two meals. i freeze half of these meals. whole chickens can be made into soup the next day and chicken broth, both can be frozen if we don't use it right away. i'm making my own bread in the breadmaker and also my own tortillas. i made a plan for a month and then did a large trader joe's trip as well as a health food store trip for all of the bulk items. i literally cut our food bill in half! the only things i shop for weekly is the produce which i get at the farmer's market.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Start thinking winter already. Really helps me not to buy any summer stuff, no matter what the clearance price.</div>
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Unless you live in a plce like FL. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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