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    Save moneyWelcome to Grocery Budget 101! We're about to unleash some Nasty little secrets that the Big Box companies out there don't want us savvy consumers to know about! Grocery Budget 101 is about learning the tricks and marketing ploys that keep us spending thousands of dollars each year unnecessarily. We'll show you how we've successfully reduced our family's monthly grocery budget to less than $250 per month for over 15 years.

    It's no secret that with the economic troubles we've all been faced with, saving money is a necessity.

    First things first, lets review all the dirty little tricks of the trade, then, in the second half of our series, we'll show you how to save money each and every week.

    Manipulation Tactics Retailers Play:
    • Dirty Little Secrets that Cost you Thousands - Think you know all the tricks of the trade when it comes to shopping? You may be shocked to realize just how many nasty little tricks those marketers play on consumers. Did you know? According to a recent study, Consumers are more Confident that they are shopping Smarter, but marketing trends have proven that they actually spend more now than they ever have.
    • 5 More Tips to Save Cash - a few more dirty little tricks you should be aware of that cost you money, as well as tips to avoid them!

    Menu Planning

    1. How to Begin Menu Planning - Learn the types of menus and how to figure out which one will work best for your busy family
    2. Our $50 Weekly Menus - view our complete weekly menu plans (which include breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks and cost on average about $50 per week
    3. The Stocked Pantry- Learn which items should you keep on hand to keep your grocery budget in check and maximize your savings

    Using the Seasons to your Benefit
    Taking advantage of seasonal sales will help keep your home very well stocked with affordable food goods. The savings doesn't stop there, learn when the best time to purchase household goods, linens, lawn & garden supplies, tools and more: Monthly Seasonal Sale Cycles
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    The retail industry spends hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, collectively, to come up with various ways to manipulate ...
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    The costs of many of your favorite brand name products have skyrocketed out of control, chances are, due to these clever marketing techniques, you probably haven't even noticed.
    Itís the case of the shrinking package! It sounds as though it could be a Scooby Doo caper, ...
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    The only real way to drastically reduce the grocery budget and get on the road to eating healthier within a limited budget is to cut out the ...
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    As a kid I remember hearing the old adage, "waste not, want not"- and it's true to this day, but often easier said than done. Fresh produce doesn't last long in the fridge and sometimes, when the deals are good, those "great buys" end up wilting in the fridge before they can be consumed. Here are a few of our favorite money saving tips for prolonging the freshness . . .
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    I have a confession to make, I love to make "pretty" dishes that look like they just came out of a fancy restaurant, prepared by a famous chef. Unfortunately, I'm not a fancy chef, I'm a very busy, often harried, working mother of 2 and wife to a self employed man. Which essentially means, every waking moment of my day is already accounted for. That doesn't mean you can't create beautiful (& tasty!) dishes that looked like you spent hours and hours preparing them. Here are a few creative tips for making elegant looking dishes on limited time.
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    Beating the grocer at his own game is half the fun, the other half is going home with money in your wallet and a cart full of groceries. Here are 5 more Dirty grocery store tricks the retailers wish we wouldn't tell you!
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    Our most money-saving appliance in our home is a FoodSaver Vacuum sealer. We use it to vacuum seal fruits, vegetables, ...
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    Did you know that Name brands cost 20-50% less than their name brand counterpart? Several years ago we ran a "scientific" budget experiment in our home. Unbeknown to my unsuspecting family, I purchased several store brand items and literally swapped them with their brand name counterpart. I saved the packaging of the brand name when they were empty and then refilled them. I wanted to see for myself whether my kids had turned into food snobs based on marketing ploys or whether the brands truly tasted different or of lesser quality. Here are our results:

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