Have you tried to build a busines? What struggles have you encountered?

In a section of my upcoming book, I’m going to be talking about the struggles one can often encounter when trying to build a business.

If you have started a business or tried to start a business, what struggles have you experienced in growing your business? What are the biggest lessons have you learned in the process?

You can leave a comment answering this question or shoot an email with your answers to crystal @ moneysavingmom.com.

As always, any comments left on this post or emails sent in will be considered for publication in my book. If you would prefer to remain anonymous or do not want your comment or email published, please let us know.

Thanks so much!

Share This:

Gretchen’s $57 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

photo 2 (1)

Health Food Store

3 Grapefruit – $0.89 each

2 (3 lb) bags Gala Apples – $1.99 each

Total with tax: $7.12
photo 1 (1)


1 gallon Milk – $2.40

1 carton Half & Half – $1.69

1 Frozen Orange Juice – $1.29

1 dozen Eggs – $1.40

1 loaf Bread – $0.99

1 bag (3 lbs) Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.99

1 Honey – $5.29

1 can Refried Beans – $0.79

1 Cucumber – $0.69

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $1.19

1 Rice Cakes – $1.29

1 bag Chocolate Chips – $1.59

1 bag Tortillas – $1.19

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.69

Total with tax: $28.37

photo 3

1 Brawny Paper Towels – $1 each, used 2 $0.55/1 coupon from the 9/7 RedPlum insert – $0.45 each after coupons

1 half gallon Dillons Milk – $1 (I bought Aldi milk before I knew Dillons milk was on sale this week. I hated to pass up such a great price so I went ahead a got a half gallon.)

2 Angel Soft Facial Tissue – $1 each, used 2 $0.50/1 printable - $0.50 each after coupons

2.19 lbs Bananas @ $0.59/lb – $1.29 (PLUS I received $0.25 back from Checkout 51!)

1 Kroger Pineapple Tidbits – $1.09

1 Cottenelle Bath Tissue – $5.99, used $1/1 e-coupon - $4.99 after coupon

2 Kroger Shredded Cheese – $2 each

1 bag Kroger Brown Rice – $1

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

2 Flipz Chocolate Covered Pretzels – $1.25 each, used $1/2 printable - $0.75 each after coupon (PLUS, I received $1 back from Ibotta!)

2 Horizon Mac & Cheese – $1.25 each, used $1/2 coupon from Mambo Sprouts coupon booklet – $0.75 each after coupon

2 Ramen Noodles – $0.20 each

1 Mission Tortillas – $1 (These were such a great price I went ahead a bought a package even though I’d already purchased some at Aldi. They will last a couple of week so I will be using them for next week’s menu as well.)

Total with tax: $22.13

Total for all stores: $57.62 (PLUS $1.25 back in rebate cash!)

Menu Plan for This Week


Cereal x 2, Scrambled Eggs & Juice x 2, Smoothies, Oatmeal


Cheese Quesadillas, Quiche, Mac & Cheese, Apples & Peanut Butter with Carrot Sticks, Peanut Butter & Jelly on Rice Cakes


Hawaiian Haystacks, Homemade Applesauce

Leftover Chili from last week’s cooking, 30 Minute Rolls, Veggies

Savory Crescent Chicken Pockets, Steamed Peas, Grapefruit

Salad Bar, Homemade Bread

Homemade Pizza, Tossed Salad

Dinner with friends (we are bringing a salad)

Dinner with family


Share This:

Huge Multi-Year Magazine Sale! All You, Real Simple and MORE!

MulitYear Magazine Sale 2Woohoo! DiscountMags.com is back with another really fantastic weekend sale!

This huge magazine sale is a great opportunity to get a deal on your favorite magazine subscriptions PLUS you will save even more when you add additional years to your subscription!

If you’re already thinking ahead to Christmas gifts, be sure to see if there are any magazines that would be a fit for someone on your list. I’m especially excited that there’s a deal on ALL YOU magazine as we rarely see deals on that title!

There are over 100+ titles to choose from, go here to see all of the titles included in this sale! Some of my favorite deals include:

And so many more wonderful titles, go here to see them all!

Screen Shot 2013-12-29 at 2.09.55 PMYou can purchase magazine subscriptions as gifts, for yourself or even to renew existing subscriptions!

This sale will end Sunday night, September 21, 2014, at midnight EST.

(Note: The links in this post are my referral links. Read my disclosure policy here.)

Share This: