I spend countless hours each day finding deals and coupons but never really talked about the meaning of Couponing Away Debt and where it came from. For the next few weeks I will go over tips and experiences I have learned along the way trying to get out of debt. You can catch up on last weeks post HERE.
I know this may sound strange to some, you plan a weeks worth of meals? Yes I do.This is a fairly new concept to me. I never really understood how people could sit and plan a weeks worth of meals. What if that day you don’t feel like having what’s on the menu or run out of time in your day to make whats planned? Not only has it saved my budget but a HUGE time saver. I started out by using a program called Food On The Table to get me started with ideas for recipes and it will show your store and sales.
Meal planning is a simple concept, base your menu on the sales. I no longer bought 20 chickens when they were on sale but 2 for that week if I planned in in my menu. If it was a great sale price I buy 1 more to stock away.It has cut my weekly budget by at least $10 – $20 a week.
I have no more of those “OH NO its dinner time in an hour what an I making?” look into the freezer or pantry. I base my menu on the sale but at least 3 meals I know I can whip up in no time. If I am pressed for time I just adjust my week and move around the menu. I “try” to also use 1 slow cooker meal a week. I am still working on this one. I am trying out different recipes that my family will love.
I have to practice what I preach on this one. When I was pregnant with my last child I did this so when I came home from the hospital recovering from a c-section I knew my family would have a healthy meal. It really didnt take alot of time and there are a few ways to get started on it. The simplest way for me was if I was cooking something such as tacos or lasagna Id make a double or triple batch to freeze. Instant extra meals with very little work since your already making it for that nights dinner. Some others like to ‘plan” a day to cook. That never really worked well for me but does for others. I never found a whole day to cook up a weeks or even months worth of meals. You could do what works best. In the end it saves a ton of time and money because your stocking up on meats etc that are on sale.
Make Extra Money With Survey Sites
Yes legitimate companies are out there and they pay! Ok so your not going to get rich but it helps. I earn anywhere from $10 – $100 a month just by doing surveys online. I use that money to pay down debt as well. Ill add it up at the end of the month and send it off to a credit card along with the minimum payment. Just my way of “sneaking” in extra money so it doesnt hurt our budget. If the survey site doesnt pay cash thats okay also. If you cash out for a gift card, replace the amount of the gift card from what envelope or part of your budget it came from with the cash and use that cash to pay debts. The survey sites I recommend and have gotten paid are:
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