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#CleanCouponing Holiday Gifts Twitter Party December 11!

You are invited to a #CleanCouponing Holiday Gifts Twitter party coming up Thursday, December 11th!  We’ll be chatting from 9 to 10 pm Eastern time with @FlourSackMama.

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Let’s chat about traditional holiday favorites, about your traditions this time of year.

Let’s explore ways to green our Christmas gift giving.

Let’s talk about gifts of time and talents, as well.

Special giveaway of Dino Day art & holiday ebooks:

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In the meantime, you can RSVP here:

Chefs, Home Cooks, Cookbook Authors Talked #CleanCouponing Holiday Food with Flour Sack Mama

How young can we start involving our children in meal making?  Is it really possible for kids to want to eat their vegetables?  What’s a new way to serve up sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving?  These questions and more came up during our #CleanCouponing Holiday Food Twitter chat!  In case you missed it, here’s a recap of some of last night’s flavorful conversation:

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#CleanCouponing Holiday Food edition Twitter Party November 20

Ready for Thanksgiving?  How about winter holidays beyond that?  Do you use traditional recipes for Hannukah?  Do you always prepare cranberry sauce just like your grandmother used to make it?  Are you wondering how to pick the best turkey?  Tired of turkey and looking for alternatives?  What about GMOs in your holiday dinner?

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Let’s talk turkey and more when we gather on Twitter for the next #CleanCouponing Twitter party to talk Holiday Food!  The event is set for Thursday, November 20th from 8 to 9 pm.  Follow along with hashtag #CleanCouponing and if you ask or answer questions, be sure to use the hashtag as well so everyone can have a conversation.

Follow current and former #CleanCouponing panelists here via Twitter list.

We’ll be joined by some special guests from the Pollan Family Table cookbook.  Plus, we’re hosting special nonprofit guest Center for Food Safety.  Be sure to enter here to win a cookbook from the Pollans or a $50 gift card from Flour Sack Mama.  Plus, add your Twitter handle when you RSVP to the event below.  Looking forward to chatting on Thursday!

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Food Prices Slightly Higher

Feel like you’re working harder these days to stretch your food budget?  You’re right. Chances are, you’re spending about 3% more than at this time last year to buy the same cart of groceries.

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The US Government’s Consumer Price Index reportedly rose 3.2% from last September to September 2014.  This, after nearly no change at all in overall food prices the previous year. Fresh fruit prices are up about 6% over the past year.

California’s drought has been a concern about potentially higher produce prices.  Yet, demand for fresh continues to increase.  The strongest segment of growth in groceries is perpetually in natural and organic food.

Drought in Texas and Oklahoma is affecting rising beef prices.

How are you stretching that food budget another 3% or so?  Here are some suggestions:

  • Look for local, in-season choices: bargain with local growers, use what’s available.
  • Avoid wasting food: watch portion sizes, serve leftovers for lunch, freeze part of what you cook.
  • Go directly to your favorite brands’ websites or via portals at sites like CleanCouponing.com for coupons on real food.

At Clean Couponing, we’re frugal with even more than money.  Stay connected by getting our free Clean Couponing and Flour Sack Mama newsletter.

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You’re Invited to a Strong, not Scared #CleanCouponing Party!

*Special event post sponsored by Rustic Maka and Santa Barbara Bar in order to bring you more quality content and giveaways.

You’re invited to a special Strong, not Scared edition of our #CleanCouponing Twitter parties!  Chances are you’ve heard some scary statistics, like one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer or one in three women will be diagnosed with some type of cancer in her lifetime (chances are one in two for men).

While society may be awash in a sea of pink marketing gimmicks, especially in October, we’re focusing on cancer prevention.  Two organizations that make an earnest effort to help women understand environmental causes of cancer will be our special guests on October 23rd, available to answer questions and point you to practical resources.  We’re honored that both the Breast Cancer Fund and Women’s Voices for the Earth will be joining us at 9 pm Eastern, 6 pm Pacific for this latest #CleanCouponing Twitter party.

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One personal connection for us here is Anne’s effort to raise $500 for the Breast Cancer Fund via this direct fundraiser for the organization.  It’s in memory of Anne’s mom who was lost to another type of cancer, and in honor of so many others who’ve been coping with the disease.  We appreciate your helping get the word out.

How does wellness and cancer prevention tie into the #CleanCouponing theme?  At this companion to the Flour Sack Mama blog, we say we’re frugal with more than money. That means that while we’re always looking for a discount to share with you, we know you often shop with other values in mind.  Particularly this month, we know you’re getting wiser about products flashing a pink ribbon that instead might contain cancer causing chemicals.  Informed consumers know that’s no longer acceptable.  So, we want to bring you some alternatives and a Twitter chat where everyone can share ideas and even talk about your favorite brands.

A couple of our favorite brands that have made this particular Twitter event possible in October are the scrumptious Santa Barbara Bar and the artisan body care company Rustic Maka.   Check out those links for generous giveaways from both both brands.

Here are the special #CleanCouponing discounts for you:

At the Rustic Maka website use code “Clean15″ for 15% off your order.

At the Santa Barbara Bar website use code “SantaBarbaraBarClean” for 15% off your order.

These discount codes expire January 17, 2015.

Be sure to follow our special guests @BreastCancerFnd and @Women4Earth, our sponsors @tastySBbars and @RustickMaka, co-hosts @CleanCouponing and @FlourSackMama and this diverse mix of Twitter party panelists: @TheHousingHour, @ChooseWiser, @AFewGoodJens, @ginabad, @AlmostTruth, @massgreendad.

Here’s a button-sized graphic in case you’d like to add it to your site and link back to this page.

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For now, RSVP below for the #CleanCouponing Twitter party and tell your friends about it. Let’s not be scared of those statistics.  We are not powerless.  We’re also not settling for a month of pink without real emphasis on prevention. Let’s empower one another by sharing information and staying strong for ourselves and those we love!

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Let’s Talk #CleanCouponing this Thursday Night!

Are you frugal with more than money?  Are you only interested in coupons and discounts IF a product is the best value or meets some special need?  Come join us Thursday, September 25 from 9 to 10 pm Eastern Time for another #CleanCouponing chat!  Follow us here on Twitter and watch for the hashtag.

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We’ll keep it simple this month.  Let’s share strategies for stretching a dollar with REAL food or for seeking out non-toxic products without spending a fortune.

We’d love to hear your favorite topics that you want to see discussed here, too!

What about a value like supporting local farms and businesses?   We’ll talk a bit about that, as well.

Looking forward to chatting with you Thursday night along with the Flour Sack Mama blog!

 

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An Organic Apple a Day…

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what about the pesticides we’ve been ingesting along with those apples?  It’s hard to say, isn’t it?  Healthy guidelines from places like Choose My Plate tell us to fill at least half our plate with fruits and vegetables each day.

Yet, pesticides have been found again and again as residues on conventionally grown apples.  This, according to government data collected and shared via watchdog Environmental Working Group.

Organic ApplesApples have the notoriety of topping the EWGs Dirty Dozen list that helps consumers understand which conventionally grown fruits and vegetables tend to contain the most pesticide residues.  The American Academy of Pediatrics, the President’s Cancer Panel and other health and environmental experts have long been cautioning about the health dangers of pesticides.

No wonder organic apples have been gaining in popularity, particularly among parents of young children who pound for pound are more susceptible to toxic pesticide exposures.

No doubt, the extra value and extra work involved in producing organic apples can add some expense.  How can you use #CleanCouponing methods to feed your apple-a-day needs?  Here are some suggestions:

  • Use store coupons for dollars off your total purchase, so you can make choices like organic apples and use that discount.
  • Check for discounted organic produce that might not be cosmetically perfect.
  • Shop farmers’ markets or local you-pick farms.
  • Sign up for a local food cooperative that might give member discounts on organic foods.
  • Be flexible and rotate from apples to other organic fruits as stores offer various special pricing.
  • Give up one junk processed food and apply that savings toward organic apples.
  • Split the cost of a bag of organic apples with a friend so you can each use half that week.

What #CleanCouponing methods do you use to make organic apples available for your household?

Is Cleaner Pizza Really Possible?

Ahhh, pizza.  Everyone in my family wants it, at least once a week.  My husband insists, often ordering whatever sounds good to him, never asking about ingredients.

Something just doesn’t feel right after eating the pizza buffet, and honestly, who goes to the buffet and east just one slice?

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No doubt, this pie will always be an American favorite, but popular blogger Food Babe has uncovered all sorts of reasons we should be concerned about it, not the least of which is hidden sources of monosodium glutamate or MSG.

So, we all understand the ick factor here, but in the real world most of us don’t have time to scrutinize the pizza ingredients each time.

Maybe our pizza options go something like this, in order from easiest to hardest:

*Eat pizza less often, in smaller amounts.

*Call the manufacturer of our favorite pizza brand for more details about what’s inside.  Stick with the one brand or two that give us the details we need.

*Seek out USDA Organic pizza makers who, according to organic rules, are not allowed to use as many artificial ingredients.

*Make and freeze our  own pizza dough for some convenience in making homemade pizza.

*Make pizza an artisan event and create everything from scratch.

 

 

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Rock the Lunch Box Back-to-School Ideas & Giveaway!

*This is a sponsored post in cooperation with Organic Valley, Stonyfield Organic & other Rock the Lunch Box brands, bringing you yummy content plus a giveaway!

We’re all inundated with back-to-school deals this time of year, matching prices and clipping coupons.  But is it really a good deal if the product isn’t a wholesome food we’d normally feed our kids?

Because at Clean Couponing we’re frugal with more than money, we’re looking for real food.  Even when we buy packaged, processed foods for convenience, we’re scanning for recognizable ingredients without a bunch of fillers, preservatives or artificial colors.

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An entire spectrum of colors is available when lunch planning starts in the produce aisle, garden or farmers’ market.  Those are all great places to get kids involved.

I asked my young daughter to draw her dream lunch for school.  She spent a lot of time designing a very pretty tote, then she clearly indicated she likes strawberries, milk and chocolate.  While I’m not promising candy bars at lunchtime, I can agree on chocolate milk sometimes, IF it’s organic milk from Organic Valley’s dairy cooperative.

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Chocolate milk is a part of the healthy lunch we created along with other foods from Rock the Lunch Box participating brands.

Most importantly, my daughter helped me choose fresh carrots, cherry tomatoes and a bell pepper from the produce section and picked green beans from our little organic garden.  She really likes watermelon, so I tried mixing that up with cantaloupe since they’re priced low at the end of summer.  Another time, we’ll put strawberries in her lunch box; and when we can’t find great deals on fresh fruits, we’ll use frozen.

We created a mini-wrap using tortillas from Rudi’s Organic Bakery, leftover pasta sauce, turkey and bell pepper.  She had a little ranch dressing for dipping her crisp vegetables, and a colby jack cheese Stringles from Organic Valley.  Plus, we cut a circle of Rudi’s gluten-free bread and added almond butter for a high-protein addition to her lunch.  It’s likely the Annie’s chewy granola bar and Honest Kids juice will get saved for her snack later in the day.

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You’ll find hundreds more fun lunch ideas plus cool coupons at rockthelunchbox.com. Getting dollars and cents off wholesome foods you’d want your kids to eat:  that’s what we call “clean couponing!”

One lucky Clean Couponing or Flour Sack Mama blog reader will win a Rock the Lunch Box toolkit, featuring a Laptop Lunches Bento and free food coupons, a $50 value!  Enter via the Rafflecopter form here:

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We tried another Rock the Lunch Box combination at the Flour Sack Mama blog!

Thanks to the fun #RocktheLunchbox brands for food samples & lunch gear.

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own.