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Texas Farmers Offer USA-Made Organic Cotton Clothing

*The following is a sponsored post for #CleanCouponing Twitter party sponsor SOS From Texas.  All opinions are my own.

Colorful t-shirts in all sizes, for all seasons, plus tiny baby-sized organic cotton creations fill the online catalog for SOS From Texas.  Just when you might have given up on organic cotton as too rare, too expensive, or not-to-be-found in the USA, there it is.  Would you believe I found some cute t-shirts on sale there for under $10?

Oldham Farm Family Courtesy:  SOS From Texas

Oldham Farm Family
Courtesy: SOS From Texas

Today’s USA-made clothing creating fair wage jobs is also helping farm families like the Oldhams preserve their heritage.  Gary Oldham says he comes from a family that was growing cotton in Texas a century ago.  He has the photo to prove it.  Oldham proudly continues the tradition with sustainable, organic growing methods like crop rotation, using beneficial insects, and avoiding toxic, persistent pesticides when he grows cotton.

Photos Courtesy:  SOS From Texas

Photos Courtesy: SOS From Texas

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Giveaway: Zoeganics Offers a Fresh NEW Approach to Clean

*The following is a sponsored post for Zoeganics, but my opinions are always my own!

We’re thrilled to have woman-owned green business Zoeganics co-sponsoring our March #CleanCouponing Twitter party on March 6!  If you’ve been concerned about toxins in typical cleaning products but underwhelmed by non-toxic choices on the store shelf, this may be the new product you need to try.  Zoeganics shared five new cleaning products for us to try at home, and we want to let you know how they worked for us.

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We’ve all discovered in recent years that the freshly cleaned house smells we grew up with were often deceptively toxic.  Back in the day when I learned about keeping house from my grandmother and mother, who knew we were all breathing in fumes unkind to our lungs and potentially exposing ourselves to nervous system damage, DNA damage and cancer?  I learned that chlorine bleach and, used separately, ammonia products, were my two most useful tools  around the house.  As recently as my youngest daughter’s toddler days, I was still cleaning up bathrooms with bleach products, until the night when she struggled to breathe and thank God we had a rescue inhaler nearby. Continue reading

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Boxed Versus Bulk Bin Popcorn Comparison Shopping

Does your family eat popcorn for family movie night at home?  Is it a snack the kids ask for often?  We always try to stay stocked up on popcorn at our house.

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Maybe you’ve seen the wide range of costs for popcorn these days.  We decided to do some comparison shopping. Continue reading

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Boxed Rice Versus Bulk Bin Rice Comparison Shopping

You’ve heard the cliche about thinking outside the box.  Cooking outside the box can save you money as part of your clean couponing strategy.Rice3CleanCouponing

We went shopping to see what sort of value we’d find in a staple like rice.  We located the popular brand of boxed rice product and purchased it for $2.00.  This contained 6 ounces of food inside, with a small part of that being dried seasonings.  Nutrition facts on the box told us it would make 3 servings.  When we did the math, it came out to $5.33 per pound of food. Continue reading

More Than a Million Impressions from 1st #CleanCouponing Twitter Party!

You did it!  You’ve made a big impression in the Twittersphere with our first ever #CleanCouponing Twitter party in January!  Thanks for joining us for a fast, fun hour of chatting about being frugal with more than money!  We discussed finding coupons and discounts, being frugal and valuing quality.  You mentioned the need to find special food items like gluten free for special dietary needs.  You said you wanted to learn more about green cleaning alternatives, with discounts.  Together, you helped us make more than a million impressions on the #CleanCouponing topic!

Thanks to sponsor Might Nest for giving away  a smart, glass canister set, and thanks to sponsor Stonyfield for giving away an organic yogurt prize pack!

You said that in future Twitter parties we should discuss:

Eating healthy on a budget Shopping for organics

Non-GMO foods

Non-toxic cleaning

Beauty products

Coping with food allergies/sensitivities

More!

You suggested lots of great brands that you’d like to see sponsoring future #CleanCouponing Twitter parties!

Watch here for updates on future Twitter parties, discounts, deals and strategies for stretching a dollar while also being frugal with MORE than money!

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Clean Couponing Twitter Party Tonight!

Family dinner is done, the kids are tucked into bed, you’ve finished those last few things on the to-do list.  It’s 9 o’clock Eastern time, 8 Central, so it must be time for a Twitter party!

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YOU are invited to our first ever Clean Couponing Twitter party tonight, co-hosted by CleanCouponing.com and FlourSackMama.com.  We’ll chat about ways to be frugal with more than money.  FlourSackMamaLogo

We’re looking for deals on quality products for our home, just like you are.  We’re starting fresh with ways to better organize our pantries and homes, stretching real foods into more wholesome meals, all while planning ahead to make more healthy lifestyle choices.

The Twitter party is a chance to see the secret words that unlock three extra entries to our fabulous Mighty Nest giveaway that ends at midnight.

Plus, Stonyfield Organic will be giving away a $25 yogurt gift pack to one lucky person who shows up stonyfield-logo_0tonight, and we may even have more giveaways!

 

Our Twitter party is being moderated by social media pro Organic PR.

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So, be sure to follow @Organic_PR on Twitter, along with @CleanCouponing, @FlourSackMama, @Stonyfield and @MightyNest.  We’ll be using hashtag #CleanCouponing, so please say hello and share your #CleanCouponing tips with us.  See you there tonight!

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Clean Couponing Twitter Party Set for January 16

Do you love stretching a dollar and getting the best quality for your family at the same time?  Are you concerned about ingredients in everything from breakfast cereal to cleaning supplies?  You’re not alone.   Do you enjoy sharing tips and winning free prizes?

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Join us Thursday night, January 16th from 9 to 10 pm eastern for our first Clean Couponing Twitter party.    We’ll be discussing fresh starts for the new year, getting organized and tips for finding the best deals on better products.  Just follow @CleanCouponing and @FlourSackMama on Twitter, as well as moderator @Organic_PR so you won’t miss a thing.  Use hashtag #CleanCouponing to tell your friends about the party, too.  We look forward to connecting and chatting about #CleanCouponing!

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Make a Fresh Start by Cleaning Your Pantry

Is your kitchen ready for a fresh start in the new year?  The perfect place to start is your pantry.  Since clean couponing means being frugal with more than money, we know you’re being budget conscious and stocking your pantry this year with the best of everything for the year.

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This is not one of those unrealistic articles telling you to throw out everything and start over.  Our family pantry is far from perfect.  I often buy the best quality foods possible, while my husband is still a sucker for the lowest price, regardless of quality.  So, tidying up the pantry means leaving a little of this and little of that, including not wasting the items he purchased. Continue reading

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A Fresh Start

What does a fresh start mean to you?  What will the new year bring?  How about at home? Making any changes in the way you manage your home and family life?

Many people are trying a cleaner approach to seeking products with only the best ingredients.  They’re asking more questions.  We’re also looking for answers here at CleanCouponing.com.  We know you want to save money, but you want something more.  You want the best quality, too, especially when it comes to your family’s well-being.

We’re striving to bring you inspiration and resources for being frugal with more than money.  And hopefully we’ll help you save some dollars, as well.  Here’s to a fresh start in 2014!

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My Cart of FREE Groceries

This story is too good not to share!  I am not an extreme couponer.  But from time to time, the savings on wholesome food can be so good, I have to tell you about it.

I wish I could tell you clean couponing was always this easy or impressive.  These results are not typical. But a few times per year, clean couponing pays me back.

On this shopping trip I did not pay a cent, but instead was paid $1.03 from the store.  My cart was full of 60 different food items.  These were the most wholesome versions I could find of somewhat processed items like crackers and frozen fruit bars, many simple foods like fresh organic apples and frozen vegetables, sprouted grain tortillas, even organic milk.  It was supposed to be $166.07 worth of groceries.  I did not have to pay anything.

Here’s how our household did it:

I printed coupons from the Rock the Lunch Box website for some items.

I used some printed coupons the grocery store had sent me. Continue reading