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USDA Average Food Costs for Families

How much is your grocery bill each week?  As you might has guessed, the average price for food has crept up a bit each year, with USDA-estimated costs for feeding your family at least a couple of dollars more each week than it was a couple of years ago.

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The United States Department of Agriculture keeps tabs on average prices for all food categories, then figures this in, along with dietary guidance and consumption patterns, to come up with its food plans. Continue reading

Green Valentine’s Day: Join us Tonight on Twitter for #EcoTipTue

What’s on your Valentine’s Day wish list?  Are you lavishing someone special with treats? What about goodies for children’s gift exchanges?  Do you love chocolate even more than, you know what?

It turns out that all Valentine’s Day chocolate is not created equally good for your sweetheart’s health or for the environment.  Before you go shopping, find out more tonight at the #EcoTipTue Twitter party on having a Green Valentine’s Day. Continue reading

Clean Couponing Alert: EcoBonus Program Expires Soon!

You may have heard about the fabulous program called EcoBonus that we raved about on FlourSackMama.com last year!  We even tried it, earning points for eco-friendly products we loved and getting coupons for clean couponing savings on the next store trip.

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Sadly, EcoBonus has announced it is shutting down this year.  The company asked us to tell you about this as a public service.

If you’re already in the EcoBonus program, you’ll want to hurry to redeem your points and get your rewards before they’re gone!  They say you have until the end of February to upload receipts via the EcoBonus app on your smart phone.  Then you have until the end of March to enter codes for perks from buying packages of Annie’s, Natures Gate and Seventh Generation.

EcoBonus says you have until the end of April to redeem your reward points.  But some of the best deals on rewards are already going fast.   You can see the detailed schedule and more here from EcoBonus.

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Frugal by Half

FrugalbyHalfCleanCouponingAre you frugal by half?

Maybe you already use of these common sense ways of eliminating food waste and stretching your grocery resources:

*Bake a large casserole, then freeze half of it to use another time.

*Prepare stovetop items like from-scratch chili and soup, then freeze half for later.

*Bring home half of your restaurant dinner to use the next day for lunch.

*Reserve half of a baked chicken to use the next day for soup.

*Use half as much meat at a meal, replacing it with other protein sources like beans.

*Use half your typical amount of bread for a sandwich.

*Use half as much sugar as called for in sweet recipes, replacing some of it with applesauce.

*Replace as much as half the butter called for in a recipe with Greek yogurt.

*Reduce juices by half with water before drinking.

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Fruity Markdowns Fit Your Clean Couponing Style

You’re a smart clean couponing shopper, so when at the grocery store, you start in the produce section, don’t you?  That’s where you’re stocking up on a rainbow of nutrient dense fresh fruits and vegetables.  You don’t need a traditional clipped coupon to find a fresh deal!  Why not start by checking on the produce that’s been marked down the most?

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We recently found this bag of fresh looking oranges and this bag packed with nearly five pounds of bananas, marked down to just 99 cents each!

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The oranges are an easy go-to snack for the kids or an addition to a breakfast plate or dinner salad.

To be sure we didn’t waste any of the overripe bananas, we started by peeling one bunch and placing chunky banana pieces into zipped bags.  Then we stored them in compartments of a no-longer-used breastmilk storage container before placing them in the freezer.

Some of the remaining bananas can be used in banana bread (that could in turn be frozen for later) or pudding, while most will be raw snack food.

Have you ever asked the produce manager for a discount on fruits or vegetables that look like they should be in the markdown bin?  Why not?  Happy Clean Couponing!

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Get Organized for a New Clean Couponing Year with a Mighty Good Giveaway

*This is a sponsored post for Mighty Nest that may contain affiliate links, in order to help bring you quality content here at CleanCouponing.com.

“A place for everything, and everything in its place.”

“Waste not, want not.”

“A stitch, in time, saves nine.”

Don’t you love those cliches?  They make sense for our homes today as much as they ever did.  An organized home helps keep some sense of order and calm in the midst of these incredibly busy days that fill our lives!  Planning ahead is a good thing, as is being frugal.

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Ready to Replace Plastic Storage Containers with Glass

No wonder I found three opened boxes of pasta in the pantry during my year-end pantry cleaning. The shelves had gotten so disorganized during the holiday rush that I’d reached for a new package again and again, not realizing what we had.  A bag of nuts had to be thrown away because we hadn’t stored them properly.

Because #CleanCouponing means being frugal with more than money, we’re looking at ways to save time, energy and other valuable resources with the household choices we make.

One ongoing goal for our kitchen and pantry area is to eliminate plastic, per information from top environmental scientists of our day.  While some cleaner versions and recycled versions of plastic do exist, we need non-plastic items especially for use with microwaves and dishwashers.  Ideally, all our pantry storage containers would be converted from plastic to glass.  As we find more value-priced, bulk-bin staples that eliminate packaging waste, those clear storage containers really come in handy. Continue reading

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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!

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