The Mighty Housewife
Bears the responsibility of not only the well being of the economy of her family but could also make a big impact on world economics.
When housewives, worldwide, cut back on spending
the Global Economy will falter.
Grocery stores and department stores always advertise
that they are going to
save you money.
Just come in with their coupons and get that special at 25% off
. Do you know what really saves money?
Don’t go for the sale item.
Do your shopping when you need something
Don’t plan on giving them a penny more
sooner than you have to
Don’t fall for their sales pitch.
They are doing their best to get you spend more and
you have to do your best NOT to spend.
Eating in restaurants gets more and more expensive every week.
Because restaurants can’t hire enough staff, it makes me wonder about the quality of the food and the service. Just try to cook and eat at home more often.
It’s cheaper and healthier.
Paying for a lower weekly grocery bill works better with paychecks.
Don’t eat up all the money coming in by stocking up on large amounts.
Get what you need until the next paycheck.
If you have a smaller amount on hand (of soap, butter, toothpaste, meat) you will try to make it last longer and not waste.
Advertising is our biggest enemy and we can’t escape it…….
IT’S EVERYWHERE. Learn how to turn it off. When you can’t physically turn off your device; TV, cell phone or Tablet, train your brain to ignore the ads. I know this is very hard to do because the ads pop up everywhere when you are using your tablet or cell phone. It’s like ‘Big Brother’ watching and listening to our conversations.
Advertisements for Buy one Get one free, buy one get one half off, Buy Five items
to get a discount – very rarely do we need each of the five items.
These are Grocery store gimmicks to make you spend more money.
Your job is to spend less money.
Read the conditions of the discount carefully to determine the actual cost.
Always Make a shopping list.
Write out a route for your errands to save on gasoline.
Check your own household supplies. Use up everything before buying more.
Keep your money in your purse/bank as long as you can.
Leftovers have become a dirty word. We have been so fortunate to be able readily make fresh meals (or eat out) and look with disdain at that glob of spaghetti in the fridge. Think twice before throwing it away. Can that be incorporated into a minestrone soup with other leftover vegetables?
Become a member of the Rewards programs where you shop.
Check the weekly flyer on line and download digital coupons.
Curbside pick up can be useful, save time with no impulse shopping.
But certain items need to be hand selected by you the consumer.
Before shopping collect Coupons and bags.
Have plenty of time (don’t be rushed).
Examine that flyer and look at each item. Is it prepared? Prepackaged? Wrapped (individually wrapped baking potatoes??). Pre-measured, (detergent). Sliced, diced, chopped or riced.Twofers. Buy five to get a discount. Giant economy sized.
Don’t go for the Grocery store gimmicks, stick to what you need for the week in the cheapest version and smaller amounts.
Are a land mine. Digital coupons have a way of not always working.
Do you ever see coupons for the things you really use?
Rewards program members get the real coupons in the mail from the grocer.
Apps that promote coupons will always mean you will have daily sometimes hourly email notifications. You become the target of one on one advertising.
Signing on to get Newsletters will mean you have a friend for life, will be inundated with messages showing more and more stuff to entice you into their premises.
Retailers newsletters and coupons is the way retailers get you to come in to SPEND your money – NOT save.
Buying in bulk is a good idea for big families with big bank accounts.
Can you afford to pay membership fees for warehouse stores?
Do you have unlimited storage? Will those big bags of rice get used up before they are stale?
Whenever I shop at a warehouse store my bill is always in the hundreds of dollars and I have things like two huge bottles of ketchup that will be past their sell by date by the time I use them.
Convenience food is wonderful for the working mom, but money can be saved by doing some preparation. A package of macaroni with the powdered cheese included is cheaper than macaroni and cheese already cooked and still easier than grating cheese and cooking your own pasta.
Hamburger meat patties are not that much more expensive than making your own from ground beef – do a little math–but, you can stretch your own patties with oatmeal.
Block cheese is real cheese - is sliced cheese all real cheese? Are baby carrots really carrots or large ones whittled down with the nutritious part of the carrot gone and are already old. Carrots with the tops still on are usually soft and wilted.
Buy individual hard onions. Onions sold in a bag usually have at least one bad onion.
Eating fruit and vegetables is so healthy, but only buy enough for a week and not let them become a bag of mush in the fridge, so buy small amounts. A few apples, oranges and bananas won’t provide a lot of variety, but they are the least expensive, very nutritious and you won’t waste.
Frozen orange juice is cheaper than bottled and apple sauce is handier than peeling apples.
Frozen fruits are generally more expensive than fresh, but some are better nutritionally, i.e., blueberries.
Frozen vegetables are prepared are cheaper and more nutritious than fresh. Canned vegetables like mushrooms, kernel corn, baked beans, tomatoes, tomato sauces, are staples in most kitchens as are canned soup, i.e., mushroom soup.
Cans of white meat chicken, tuna and salmon are all excellent sources of inexpensive protein and can be handy for last minute meals. All of the above can be used to augment recipes.
Everyone needs leafy green vegetables and cabbage fits the bill. Loosely chopped, boiled and served with a little butter is good, but coleslaw is better.
Home-made coleslaw is pretty time consuming, but it tastes so much better because it hasn’t been stored for days in the supermarket and is therefore more nutritious.
Fresh Sauerkraut (not canned) is handy to have too because not only is it cruciferous, but it will give you probiotics without having to buy fancy pills.
Boil some beets, peel, slice and store in a glass jar with water and a little vinegar. This is a nice colourful addition to supper and will give you different nutrients.
Try roasting small whole pumpkins, red peppers and sweet potatoes.
By eating a wide variety of colourful vegetables you will probably get all the vitamins your body needs. Most people don’t have rickets or scurvy and should not need supplements. Your brain and body wants you to eat a meal not swallow a pill.
Fish is still better for you than fish oil in a pill.
Are you still eating white bread? Try to get bread that is dense and as knubby as possible – the more grains and seeds the better. Look on the grocery store old bread shelf and get bread at greatly reduced prices, this is a good place to find new breads and try them out.
Read the labels of any dairy product;cheese, sour cream or yoghurt. What are the ingredients? I like the sour cream which says the ingredients are – sour cream.
The best yoghurt is plain Greek style (NOT low fat) which has calcium, probiotics and more protein, tastes really good and has no fake fruit added….. add your own fruit with applesauce.
Blended breakfasts are not as cheap or nutritious as old-fashioned oatmeal with a little honey. I don’t think your body/brain thinks you have eaten a meal if it is served in a jar with a straw. That may be all right for an afternoon snack.
Oat bran is the most nutritious form of oats for breakfast.
Amish shops have excellent choices of oat bran, dry beans, rice, pearled barley, muesli, quinoa, nuts, lentils, split peas and grains at very reasonable prices.
Check there for eggs and seasonal vegetables too.
Look for Powder or liquid detergent for washing machines and dishwashers, they do a better job of cleaning and are cheaper than premeasured
Make your own spray cleaner and put it in an old spay bottle. There are lots of recipes for the mixtures, but plain soap diluted with water works very well.
Don’t forget vinegar. Vinegar instead of softener in the washing machine. Vinegar to clean mirrors and glass. Vinegar to clean tile in kitchen or bathroom. Vinegar as a rinse for your hair. White distilled vinegar is very cheap and has many household uses.
There used to be powdered shampoo in a paper packet with enough for one shampoo (we only washed our hair once a week). My paycheck could not afford a large bottle of shampoo. Does your hair need an expensive shampoo with special ingredients? Allow your hair to produce the natural oils your hair needs by not washing so often. I wonder if our hair needs anything other than being clean. Buy smaller bottles and make them last longer.
My grandmother had beautiful hair until the day she died and she did not use shampoo at all, just soap and water, and rinsed with lemon juice or vinegar. My father used a fingertip of olive oil to tame his unruly locks.
Dentists say we don’t really need dentifrice; it is the brushing that does the cleaning. Use baking soda to brighten your teeth occasionally and use toothpaste sparingly for every day to make it last longer.
Triple milled hand soap makes a better lather and lasts twice as long as ordinary hand soap.
Paper goods seem to get more and more expensive and are the biggest convenience items on our grocery bill.
Some products do make it easier for the working woman, but we can reduce there as well. I’d be reluctant to give up those disposable papery feather dusters which are such a time saver, but we can make our own rags and dusters for other chores.
Use dishcloths and dishtowels instead of paper towels. Hankies instead of tissues.
Buy old towels from thrift shops and cut them up – hem them if you have time – and make extra hand towels for the kitchen. Don’t buy disposable mop pads, make your own mophead covers.
Back to school will be here pretty soon and that is something families cannot avoid.
Try to convince your children not to go for the brand-named goods.
Go to a Children and Baby goods exchange. Most towns have a store where gently used clothes and equipment are sold. Check on the internet.
For help with notebooks, pencils, crayons etc., contact the Boys and Girls Clubs of America,The United Way or Salvation Army.
There may be local charities that offer help in that area too. Your child’s school should be able to direct you to local charities for back-packs and sports equipment.
Refurbished devices are reliable from reputable retailers and cost much less than new.
When it comes to fashion for ourselves, we all know we have too many clothes.If you need to get a boost from a new garment see if you can revitalize an outfit with different accessories.Make Do and Mend can be undertaken to give your wardrobe a second life.Don’t fill up the land fill with old clothes, donate to a thrift or cha