Tips & Tricks to Save Money on Your Grocery Budget

Now that my husband has retired from the military and we no longer live near a commissary I’ve had to relearn some of my frugal grocery shopping habits. While I love the easy savings of shopping at the commissary, you can save almost anywhere you live.

You can save money on groceries and still have time to make dinner. Saving money doesn't have to be time consuming or overwhelming there are simple ways to save on groceries every week.


Years ago I mistakenly believed that saving on groceries is a full time job. While it is for some of those extreme couponers, regular shoppers like us can also save a significant amount of money every week but doing a few simple things.

You don’t even NEED coupons (although they can help!)

So, whether you are a military family who depends on the commissary for cheap groceries or you just need a grocery budget/plan overhaul, take a look at all these different ways to save on meals and groceries for your family!

Saving Money at the Grocery Store

homemade english muffins

Cook at Home (Don’t Eat Out and Don’t Buy Convenience Foods)




Always Have a Menu Plan

meatless meals

Additional Ideas to Save on Your Grocery Budget

And, if you haven’t read my story, then definitely check out my personal tips on how I stay under $600/month for groceriesKeep in mind that this was from 2008, so grocery prices are higher, my kids are older/bigger, and we have 7 kids now.  So, my budget looks more like $800/month for all 9 of us (for groceries, toiletries, household products, pet food…everything included)!

What tips do you have to save money on groceries that we haven’t included?  Add your ideas in the comments below!

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Share a DIY or Upcycling Story to Enter Our $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

One of my favorite things to do is to find old things (mostly furniture and now houses) and breathe new life into them. It is almost always cheaper to redo or fix than replace and usually you end up with something something you love that is very unique.

This table is looking for a home in my new house. The bright blue worked well a few houses ago but now it needs another makeover.

When we first got it (off Craig’s list) it was a little too country for my taste, so I painted it bright blue, which everyone thought was crazy. I actually love the bright blue, but it doesn’t work with the blues and grays of the new house so it is on the list for another makeover.

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I’m actually considering cutting off some of the legs and making it a sofa table, but I figure I need to finish unpacking a few more boxes before I start painting and sawing furniture around here.

Another way to redo and save is to fix things instead of replacing them. Below you will find a guest post from the folks at Crucial Vacuum and a very fun giveaway!

We here at Crucial Vacuum are proud to join The Happy Housewife in hosting a Holiday giveaway to find the best personal DIY or upcycling story where the winner will get a $100 Amazon Gift Card! Our company and our amazing customers share that DIY spirit where we’d rather fix something ourselves than replace an item or take it to a repair shop.

We’ve heard countless stories from customers over the years that have repaired their own appliances and vacuums saving themselves money and getting a sense of accomplishment from rolling up their sleeves. That kind of attitude and work ethic is what we’re all about and what we’re here to celebrate!

DIY Holiday Contest

What truly inspires you? Do you get a tremendous amount of satisfaction from looking around your house knowing that the décor and effort put into making it a home is all thanks to you? Anyone with a true DIY spirit can relate to that moment of accomplishment after putting in the effort and creativity that comes with any great project.

Whether you’ve recently redecorated a room for the upcoming holidays, built a piece of furniture, repaired an appliance on your own, or have done any general project around your home yourself we’d love to hear about it! The possibilities for your stories and projects are endless!

Over the next few days tell us your best and most accomplished DIY/upcycling story in the comments below for a chance to win.  (We’ve already featured a couple on our Facebook page here!)

Include your photos, what inspired you to tackle a project, or fix something on your own. Was there any problems or obstacles along the way? What tools or items did you need to complete this wonderful accomplishment? The more detailed the better! Get passionate and have fun with it because after all that’s what these kinds of projects are all about. Good luck everyone and we look forward to your stories! Happy Holidays!

One winner will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card.  Winner will be selected by Crucial Vacuum.  Giveaway ends December 19, 2014 at 9 pm EST.

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Ticket Giveaway to See Broadway’s Pippin in DC Next Week!

I am so excited to see this musical, Pippin, as the composer is the same one from my favorite show, Wicked!

pippin musical

Pippin will be live at The National Theatre in DC from December 16th – January 4th!

PIPPIN is Broadway’s high-flying, death-defying hit musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza” (NY1), it’s unlike anything Broadway has ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man’s journey to be extraordinary.

This captivating new production is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (Hair and The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess). It features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main, the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces. PIPPIN is noted for many Broadway standards including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.” Join us… for a magical, unforgettable new PIPPIN.

For more information on Pippin, click here. You can also get a sneak preview of the show here.

All of my readers who will be in the DC area can get tickets for the DC show for 10% off the regular price by clicking the link below and entering password: CELEBRATION at checkout!  Tickets using this code are $84/$66/$43.50 (regular price $93/$73/$48).  However, if you aren’t in DC, make sure you check out the tour dates as they will be all over the country through August!

Order your DC Pippin Tickets today!

Pippin Ticket Giveaway

Plus, I’m giving away a 4 pack of tickets to one lucky reader for the opening night of Pippin at The National Theatre in DC on December 16th at 7:30 pm.  Just leave a comment below with what musicals you’ve seen or have always dreamed of seeing!

Giveaway ends December 10, 2014 at 1pm EST.  It’s a fast giveaway because the winner needs to receive their tickets to attend opening night!

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A Simpler Season eBook on Sale Now

As the holidays are coming (less than a week until Thanksgiving), we can either enter this time of year with delightful anticipation or impending dread depending on how crazy, hectic, and time consuming our schedules become.  It’s hard to fit it all in to the calendar.  But, do we have to?  Do we have to make celebrating the holidays complicated and chaotic? Can we still enjoy them if we make them simpler?  I believe we can and so does my friend, Jessica, who wrote this book that you do not want to miss…

A Simpler Season is a guide to planning the winter holidays as it…

…provides creative ideas , time-saving tips, and budget-minded inspiration for making the most of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. With the busy family in mind, I’ve provided recipes, to-do lists, children’s activity sheets, planning pages, gift ideas, and step-by-step tutorials for creating homemade gifts.

A Simpler Season contains:

  • creative ideas for celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s
  • over 150 pages of content: ideas, recipes, and inspiration for planning a special holiday season with your family
  • 70+ printable pages: calendars, to do sheets, inventories, and planning pages**
  • games and activities to do with the kids
  • 24+ family activity cards to print and do over the month of December
  • printable recipe and gift cards to help you make edible gifts
  • a variety of family devotional ideas to explore with your family
  • a list of children’s books to enjoy as well as extension activities to do with your children after the reading
  • family-friendly recipes for the each of the winter holidays
  • questions to get you thinking about how you really want to spend your time this year
  • easy downloadable format in pdf or on kindle

Right now, you can get A Simpler Season on sale for only $5 (reg. $9) with no coupon needed.  Sale ends November 23, 2014.

Purchase your copy of A Simpler Season today and get ready for a peaceful and more enjoyable holiday season!

**This eBook is also available on Kindle.  However, the Kindle version of A Simpler Season ($6) does NOT include the printable pages.  You’ll need to purchase those separately here for $3 or purchase The Simpler Season with the printable pages included using the link above.

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