Last Week’s Frugal Accomplishments: 6/8-6/14

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I picked more strawberries from our garden.  We also harvested beets, lettuce, green onions, and carrots.  They were delicious.

We picked up kale, collard greens, turnips, and strawberries from our CSA share.

I splurged on pre-made hamburger patties and frozen french fries.  This saved us money by being able to avoid take out several nights last week.

I swapped home pressure canned green beans for fresh snow peas and a loaf of banana walnut bread at the Lower Bucks County Food Swap.

We made a batch of homemade granola with items we had in the pantry instead of buying a prepared granola at the market.

I used a $20 off purchase promo code for ShopRite from Home.  That promo code saved me more than the cost of delivery, so I was able to justify grocery shopping online and having the items delivered rather than dragging all 3 kids to the grocery store!

Checked out a book I’ve wanted from the library instead of purchasing it.

Shopped the Scholastic Warehouse Sale and saved more than 50% off of the cover price of my books.  These books will be used for read alouds, as well as for our summer reading, then they will become part of our homeschool library.

We were gifted two blueberry bushes, and they are already baring fruit this year!

Got a great deal on cypress mulch (6 – 2 cu ft bags for $10), and by making 2 trips I was able to bring all 12 bags home, instead of renting a truck.  Mulching our gardens will add nutrients to the soil, and will cut down on evaporation after watering.

I bought myself a new shirt at Kohl’s for only $6 after using the $10 off $10 purchase postcard that was mailed out.

I used the Cartwheel App when I shopped at Target, and stuck to only the items on my list.  I saved an additional 5% by using my RedCard.  I didn’t know it was possible to spend only $16 at Target!  

What did you do to save money last week?

 

Getting Ready for the Lower Bucks County Food Swap

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Tomorrow is the first Lower Bucks County Food Swap of the season.  I am looking forward to meeting some new people, and trying out some homemade & homegrown food from others in our area.  The food swap will be taking place at my Morrisville, PA home starting at 1:30p.  I’d love for you to be able to join us!

What to bring:

  • 3-4 items to swap.  All items must be homemade/handmade or raised by you.  For each item you bring with you, that is 1 potential item for you to take home.
  •  If your items need to be chilled, please keep them on ice in a cooler during the swap.
  • Samples!  Everyone loves to taste before they bid!
  • Items should be packaged as a single item, ready to go home with someone.  For example, if you make a batch of cookies, don’t put all of the cookies on 1 plate unless they count as 1 item; rather bag them up by the dozen and you’ll be good to go.
  • Bring a small cooler bag with you.  You never know if you will get something that needs to be kept cold for the ride home.

If you’ve never been to a food swap before, check out this video from Cooking Up A Story to see what it is all about; and if you’d like to join us for the Lower Bucks County Food Swap tomorrow 6/13, please email me for directions & details at email hidden; JavaScript is required.  I look forward to meeting you!

 

 

Lower Bucks County Food Swap on Sunday 11/11 in Levittown

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Join the Lower Bucks County Food Swap for their first event on Sunday, November 11th, from 1-3pm at Little Boutique in Levittown.

These events are open to the general public, but you will need to reserve a free ticket to attend since we have limited space available.  Tickets are available by clicking the Eventbrite button at the end of this post.

Although this is a free event, we will accept donations to cover the cost of paper products & supplies.

::  What’s a food swap?

Food Swaps are a growing trend where each person attending brings one or several items to swap with others. You fill out a paper stating what your item is, and then go around the room and see what others have brought and sign up for the item that you want, similar to a silent auction. There is nothing written in concrete and you’re not held to swap with anyone unless you want to. Your items are your bargaining power. It can be lots of fun!

The food must be handmade/homegrown, whether baked, brewed, preserved, cooked, garden grown, etc…nothing from the grocery store, and the person bringing it must have made/grown it him/herself.

This is a great way to meet others who share your passion for food, while expanding your own pantry.

Go here for more information about food swapping in general, and the Lower Bucks County Food Swap.

Eventbrite - Lower Bucks County Food Swap

Lower Bucks County Food Swap on Sunday 11/11 in Levittown

Join the Lower Bucks County Food Swap for their first event on Sunday, November 11th, from 1-3pm at Little Boutique in Levittown.

These events are open to the general public, but you will need to reserve a free ticket to attend since we have limited space available.  Tickets are available by clicking the Eventbrite button at the end of this post.

Although this is a free event, we will accept donations to cover the cost of paper products & supplies.

::  What’s a food swap?

Food Swaps are a growing trend where each person attending brings one or several items to swap with others. You fill out a paper stating what your item is, and then go around the room and see what others have brought and sign up for the item that you want, similar to a silent auction. There is nothing written in concrete and you’re not held to swap with anyone unless you want to. Your items are your bargaining power. It can be lots of fun!

The food must be handmade/homegrown, whether baked, brewed, preserved, cooked, garden grown, etc…nothing from the grocery store, and the person bringing it must have made/grown it him/herself.

This is a great way to meet others who share your passion for food, while expanding your own pantry.

Go here for more information about food swapping in general, and the Lower Bucks County Food Swap.

Eventbrite - Lower Bucks County Food Swap

More Than Just A Blogger

I am often asked about all of the side projects that I am involved in, so I thought I’d take a few moments this afternoon and share what I do beyond being a stay-at-home mom, wife, and blogger with all of you.  Click on the links to find out more!

:: Raising A Family On A Budget

In 2007, I became a SAHM and the reality check that came with losing an income was a hard one.  I started couponing for the items we needed for our son, and it snowballed from there.  I’d share my money saving tips with my mom friends, and was asked to teach a couponing workshop in July 2010.  This site was supposed to only be a hobby, something to supplement that one class, but it has turned into so much more!  I don’t make much money off of this site (less than $50 a month, with most months being nothing) so it really is a labor of love.  I enjoy sharing the deals and coupons that I find with everyone, and that’s why I keep doing what I’m doing.

Some frugal living bloggers have other people working for them, but here at RAFOAB its a one woman show, so if life happens (which have 2 young children it definitely happens) then this goes on the back burner for the day, but I always come back at some point in the day, and I’m glad you all keep coming back too!

:: Shop4Charity

In college, I was in Alpha Phi Omega, and national co-ed service fraternity.  When I got out of school, I still did volunteer work with different organizations, and thought with the voice I have through RAFOAB I could do more.  And I was right!

Shop4Charity is a semi-annual craft show/vendor fair that brings together more than 50 exhibitors for one day for one great cause!  Each November our event will benefit a different military charity, and each spring we will select a different organization that we feel strongly about to partner with.

Our upcoming fall event will be held on Sunday, November 4th at the RWJ Center for Health & Wellness in Mercerville, NJ and will benefit The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center.

:: Morrisville Community Farmers’ Market

Morrisivlle Community Farmers' marketIt is important to buy local and support our local agricultural economy.  For years, I have shopped local farm stands through out South Jersey, and when I moved to Morrisville, I was a bit out of my element since the road stands I was used to weren’t in our area, but that’s when I found community farmers’ markets.  At a community market, several farms come together to a common location to sell their goods.  It brings the farm directly to the people, and builds relationships between those who grow the food and those who consume it.

I want to see a community farmers’ market brought to Morrisville, PA.  This is something that I am passionate about, and I think it would be a great thing for our community.  We have the support of the borough, and now need to move forward with securing a location for the weekly market.  Once we have a confirmed location, the next step will be reaching out to the local farmers and asking them to join us for our inaugural year, beginning in June 2013.

As of right now, this is a one woman grassroots movement.  There isn’t a committee in place yet, but you can expect to hear about upcoming community meetings about the farmers market later in the fall and into the winter.

:: Lower Bucks County Food Swap

Food swaps are a growing trend where each person attending brings several items to swap with others. You fill out a swap card stating what your item is, and then go around the room and see what others have brought and “bid” on the item that you want, similar to a silent auction. There is nothing written in concrete and you’re not held to swap with anyone unless you want to. Your items are your bargaining power, and no money ever changes hands.

The food must be handmade/homegrown, whether baked, brewed, preserved, cooked, garden grown, etc…nothing from the grocery store, and the person bringing it must have made/grown it him/herself.This is a great way to meet others who share your passion for food, while expanding your pantry.
All events are open to the general public, but you will need to “purchase” a free ticket to attend since there will be limited space available.