Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tip #25 Get Stuff for Free with Freecycle

My favorite tip to help moms and everyone else for that matter is to utilize is a site that encourages people to offer items they no longer need to their neighbors to pick up free of charge. There is no trading, selling, etc allowed. This is a give and take website - not always take.

This site is great for those who can't afford Christmas presents for their family, young parents needing baby supplies, people moving to a new (or new-to-you) home, or anyone just needing to save money.

Freecycle is an environmentally friendly business. It keeps stuff that can still be used out of our landfills and into the hands of people who really need them.

I've listed lots of items on my local Freecycle site including clothes, Halloween costumes, toys that my kids no longer played with, and various household items. I've also gotten a couple items such as a file cabinet (ugly & rusted, but works fine), scrapes of fabric (perfect for small doll clothes for my daughter), and jewelry making supplies.

Freecycle is a 100% free site (no sign up fees, no listing fees, etc.). This site is broken down by states and cities, so find the one closest to your home.

So enough talk - sign up, clear out some of your clutter and list them on the site. You'll feel better with a cleaner home and someone else will be happier with your old treasures. Check out the for complete details.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

HMAH Tip #24 Buying Meat

Number #24 in my series of Helping Moms At Home tips is to buy family sized packages of meat.

This tip really works for my family of 5. When I go grocery shopping I first check the sales ad to see what meats are on sale. Then I buy whichever meat is on sale. Normally the larger size portions are cheaper and combined with sales you get a nice discount.

Since my family's a one income household I spread out buy meats. For example, I'll buy chicken breasts one week, steak the next week, ground beef the following week and pork chops another week. Mostly, I follow the sales, so if all meats are 20% off one week I buy as much as I can afford.

Once you purchase the meats and get them home - trim and separate the food into individual servings sizes or your family portion size. I prefer single serving size because you can always defrost more servings if you have company.

Next freeze anything not being used in the next day or two. I just put my food in freezer bags because I feel they take up less room.

One very important tip to go along with buying your meats in larger portions is to plan out your meals so you actually use the food up. No one wants food to go to waste.

Plan your meals and buy larger sized meat portions when they are on sale. Great ways to save your hard earned money.