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7 Simple Rules for Thrifty Grocery Shopping

We all want to save money and it seems like the costs at the grocery store increase every year! Here are a few tips to help you save money while grocery shopping.Prudent Living, Frugal tips

  1. Never shop when you’re hungry. Everything looks good then, and you stop thinking about saving money or eating well. You’ll be likely to arrive at the checkout with some treat to enjoy on the ride home!
  2. Buy fish and fruit when they’re in season locally. You can take advantage of sales and locale markets and stock up on fruit. Freeze some to enjoy the following winter!
  3. Check the sales flyers but don’t assume that just because a food is advertised, its price is the lowest. Compare prices, bargain hunt and enjoy the thrill of the chase!
  4. Buy generic when you can’t distinguish any difference from national brands. All milk has to meet government standards, so there’s no reason to pay extra – unless you are buying organic or from a local dairy.Watch the dairy prices!
  5. Watch as groceries are scanned or check your receipt that two for $5 special often rings up as $3.99 per.Watch as groceries are scanned.
  6. Coupons can be deceptive, .25 off a premium band can still result in a price that’s higher than that of a generic version. You may also be tempted to buy items you never knew you wanted ( and actually don’t want) simply because you had a couple.
  7. Always make a list and don’t deviate from it. Lists also prevent repeat visits for forgotten items. Plan your meals ahead, make a list and stick to it!

What tips to you use for saving money in the grocery store?

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FlagsRus Giveaway!

Now It’s Your Chance to Win a Flag from FlagsRus!

I’m sure that you would enjoy picking out one of the many beautifully designed house flags from FlagsRus! Fill out the entry form below for your chance to win! Remember, you can enter once a day by leaving a comment on each host blog, and you can tweet about the giveaway three times a day for more entries! Be sure to visit our sponsor’s website and then vote for your favorite flag design!

To check out Lisa’s review click HERE.

20 Things You Should Start Doing Every Day

It is easy to get into a habit of doing the same things day after day with no thought as to what may need some change or adjustment. Life gets crazy and each day seems to go by faster than the last. But if we want to be living our lives in the happiest and healthiest ways possible, there are changes we can make daily that will help us to become the best we can be. Try some of these suggestions for things you should be doing every day.

  1. Say Hello – This may sound simple, but many people go throughout the day not acknowledging those around them. Take the time to greet the people you pass in the hall or at the store.

  2. Packing Healthy Snacks – Carrying healthy snacks with you (or keeping them in your desk) can be helpful in avoiding the munchies and obtaining and keeping that healthy body.

  3. Call Someone You Love – Yes, those phones we have are capable of making phone calls too, so call someone you care about and talk to them, voice to voice.

  4. Love Yourself – Start the day off with acknowledge one thing in the mirror that you like about yourself. This will help boost your mood as well as your self esteem.Bride looks at herself in the mirror

  5. Express Gratitude – Whether someone held the door open for you, your assistant did a great job on a project, or your significant other did something sweet, do not miss out on opportunities to express gratitude to others.

  6. Get Enough Sleep – The average adult needs six to eight hours of sleep per night. Plan your evening so you can get to bed in time to catch the right number of z’s before the alarm goes off.

  7. Don’t Check Social Media First – Wait a while before checking social media first thing in the morning. You will likely find yourself being more productive, as many of us waste valuable time in the morning getting lost on our phones.

  8. Have a Plan for the Day – Decide what you need to accomplish, make a list of “to do’s” and then go out and get it done!

  9. Take Time to Reflect – Once you have a daily plan, follow it up with some reflection on your day and determine what can be done better tomorrow.

  10. Compliment Others – Make someone else’s day by complimenting their outfit, an aspect of their character you admire, or a job well done. Life is hard and a nice compliment can turn someone’s day around.

  11. Have “Me Time” – Take some time for yourself daily. This could include making time for your favorite book, shutting the door and simply taking a deep breath for a minute, or making time for a hobby.

  12. Brush Your Tongue – We all know we should be brushing our teeth

Recipe Box: Chicken Stuffed Peppers

This recipe takes a little time to prepare, as there are several steps involved. However the time is well worth it! You can use whatever color pepper you like to create a very colorful dinner. The peppers are a complete dinner by themselves but they pair well with a fresh green salad.Chicken Stuffed Peppers

Chicken Stuffed Peppers

6 Tbsp pearl barley, rinsed
1- 1/3 cups water
4 large peppers, green, red, orange or yellow
1 small onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
¾ pound ground chicken breast (I made my own)
1 ¼ cups light beer
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp caraway seeds (optional)
½ tsp salt
Fresh pepper
3 Tbsp raisins
2 Tbsp sliced almonds

Combine the barley and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered until just tenders, about 30 minutes. Removed from heat and set aside. Cut the tops off the peppers and core and seed them. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add the peppers. Cook for three minutes. Drain under cold water and set aside.

Preheat your oven to 375. Make the filling for the peppers. Spray a large skillet with nonstick oil. Add the onion and celery and cook for about three minutes or until softened. Add the chicken and cook until the chicken is browned, about two minutes. Add ¼ cup of the beer, the mustard, caraway seeds, salt and pepper. Cook until the liquid reduces to a glaze and removed the skillet form the heat. Add the barley, raisins and almonds. Carefully stuff the filling into each pepper. Place the stuffed peppers in a 8-9 inch square baking dish. Pour the remaining 1 cup of beer around the peppers. Bake until the peppers and filling are cooked through, about 30 minutes.Chicken Stuffed Peppers Carefully transfer the peppers to your plates and serve.Chicken Stuffed PeppersThis is a very filing dinner, and works well as leftovers too!Chicken Stuffed PeppersLinked to some of my favorite link parties!

HomeAcre Hop #116

 Welcome to The  HomeAcre  Hop!

Today the HomeAcre Hop is coming to you from the west coast! I flew to Oregon on Tuesday to visit my daughter and her family and my precious grandchildren! It is wonderful to be here and there is no snow anywhere! Hopefully all the snow in Vermont will melt while I am gone! In the meantime I will be enjoying the spring weather and the many blossoms!spring blossoms

Looking forward to having you  join us this week and share your homesteading, homemaking or homeschooling post! After you’ve shared your favorite post be sure to stop by and visit some of the other bloggers as well. Visit the other hosts too! 

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The HomeAcre Hosts are:
Tracy @ Our Simple Life
Sandra @ Clearwater Farm,
Kathi  @ Oak Hill Homestead,
Lisa @ The Self Sufficient Homeacre,
Heidi @ Pint Size Farm
and Me! (Nancy @ On The Home Front)

Each week I will be sharing the most  visited post as well as my own favorite. In addition each host will also pick their own favorite. Visit each host to see if you were featured!

(Remember – If you would like to be featured, be sure to link back to the hop otherwise you will not be featured!)

Most clicked on post:
Off Grid Homestead For Sale! Posted by Silve Oak & Rose Petal of Live Ready Now.IMG_3424

My featured post:
Surrendering the Car written by Rebekah at Ready To Be Offered.car1

 

Be sure to check out the HomeAcre Hop Pinterest Board where we share our Hop Favorites each week.

We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading, homemaking and homeschooling. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week! If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog!

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Prudent Living on the Homefront
 You are invited to share your original posts on: Homesteading, Homemaking, and Homeschooling! There are just a few little rules to follow:
  • Family friendly posts only!
  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Please share posts that you haven’t linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.
  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here!
  • If you wish to be featured, you must link back to the hop (on any host’s blog… in your post, side bar, or blog hop page)

The Well Stocked Garden Pantry

Like a well-stocked pantry for a cook, a good “medicine cabinet” will save a gardener time and money, especially when it comes to pest control. You may already have many of the necessary ingredients for safe and natural deterrence at home. Store them in a handy location, out of reach of both children and pets.

Liquid soap is the basis of many gardens potions. It helps ingredients blend together, and it is also a surfactant, or wetting agent, which means it assures uniform coverage of leaf surfaces or insect bodies!liquid soap

Aspirin: (uncoated): dissolved in water, fights mildew, black spot, and more.

Borax: wipes out ants, roaches and more.

Borax

Canola oil: use to smother insects.Castor oil: used to repel moles.
Canola Oil

Chili powder: pesticide and repellent.
Chili Powder

 

Cinnamon powder: antifungal and anti-ant!cinnamon

Epson salts: Provides a quick shot of magnesium to promote growth of flowers and foliage.

Epsom Salt

Epsom Salt

Essential oils (Mixed with water): are great pest busters.

Essential Oils

Fish emulsion and kelp: organic fertilizers that promote healthy soil and plants.

Vinegar (apple cider or white): fights fungus, kills weeds and destroys pests.


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I find it hard to believe that I will soon be working in the vegetable garden. If you have need of a spray to treat cucumber beetles, leaf hoppers, aphids or other pests here is a great recipe to make with Tabasco sauce.

Peppery Spray
½ cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp Tabasco sauce (or other hot chili sauce)
1/8 tsp liquid soap.

Combine ingredients in a jar, shake well and decant into a spray bottle. Apply to both tops and bottom of leaves. Reapply after a rain.

We all want to have a success harvest in our garden. By having a well-stocked garden pantry you will not only have a successful garden but you can have the satisfaction of treating your garden with natural remedies.


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