3 Ways We Eat Healthier and Save

3 ways we we eat healthier

Guest post from Alex of Good Steward Club

Two goals my husband and I are always working on are saving money and eating healthier At a glance, it appears these two goals are at odds. But our use of coupons has actually enabled us to meet both of those goals in an unexpected way.

Here’s what we do:

1. Clip coupons for all toiletries and household expenses.

I watch for deals at CVS and Target on paper products and stock up when I can get them below my price points. CVS will often send me coupons that I can add to my card for dollars off my entire purchase, such as $5 off $15 or $10 off $30. This sweetens the deal when I already needed toilet paper! Using Target’s Cartwheel app often results in further savings on cleaning products as well (and just about anything else you can think of).

I’ve found that while there is sticker shock when you look at the price tags for cosmetics and personal care items at drugstores, they are the absolute best place to shop for toiletries. Between the cashback programs (ExtraBucks at CVS, +Up Rewards at Rite Aid, etc.) and the store coupons that can be added to your card or printed to stack with manufacturer coupons, I have walked out of the store with countless free and moneymaker shampoos, body washes, and facial care products. Yes, please!

2. Use discounted gift cards.

This is one of my favorite savings methods because it doesn’t require much work at all. Gift Card Granny is a great search engine for available gift cards at discounted prices. Because grocery store gift card discounts are on the lower end (1-2% off), I like to purchase drugstore gift cards to further save on toiletries and household expenses.

At the time of this writing, CVS cards are selling at more than a 17% discount!

3. Shop the manager’s special section.

Meats are some of the most expensive products you can buy. Even as we have removed grains from our diet and begun purchasing more meats, our grocery budget is lower than it has ever been because I load up on the manager’s special meat cuts and plan our meals accordingly.

I’ve gotten grass-fed beef, steak, seafood and more for 30-50% off the lowest price marked. Since meat coupons are few and far between, this is the best way for me to use coupons on your actual food purchases.

We have cut out all processed foods (with the exception of an occasional carton of ice cream when we have company), and I’ve been amazed to see that our grocery expenses have actually gone down.

Even though I’m no longer using coupons on most of our food purchases, I’m saving so much money by using coupons and discounted gift cards, that I’ve been able to allocate more of our budget toward eating whole, healthy foods. Our wallets and our waistlines thank us!

How have you been able to save on healthier food choices?

Alex is a full-time homemaker and blogger at Good Steward Club. She is passionate about educating others on the many ways to save money as an act of good stewardship out of love for God.

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Cents of Style: Fall Transition Cardigan for just $14.95 shipped (today only!)

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Cents of Style is offering this Whitney Heathered Fall Transition Cardigan for $14.95 shipped today when you use coupon code MIXEDSEASONS at checkout.

This cardigan is light enough to wear now with shorts and sandals, but it’s warm enough to wear during the cooler fall months with leggings and boots. It’s a perfect fall transition piece.

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There are a couple other fall transition styles included in this sale, like this Jae Bird Print Infinity Scarf for $7.95 shipped after coupon code.

This deal is valid today only (Monday, August 31, 2015).

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Subscribe to Boys’ Life magazine for $5.99 per year

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 11.35.53 AMI am so happy to see this one back as it was one of your favorite magazine deals last year! My kids get this magazine and they really enjoy it (yes, the girls do, too!)

Order a 1 year subscription to Boys’ Life magazine for only $5.99 with coupon code MONEYSAVING at checkout. You can order up to 3 years at this price.

This coupon code is valid through September 1st, 2015.

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Educational Deals & Freebies Round-Up

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Here are some of the best educational deals and freebies available right now from Katie who writes at Cincinnati Cents:

LEGO Crazy Action Contraptions Kit by Klutz for $13.10: Amazon has their Lego Crazy Action Contraptions Kit by Klutz on sale for $13.10. This set comes with over 100 Lego bricks that can be used to construct 16 different Lego contraptions. Our son received this kit for Christmas, and he’s had a blast constructing everything from a speedster to squeeze claw grabber.

40% Off Violin Starter Set: Educents is featuring an additional 10% off their Violin Starter Set when you enter the promotional code FLASH10 at checkout. That’s 40% off the original price! Perfect for beginners, this Violin Starter Set contains everything your child needs to play the violin. Available in 3 different sizes, this set ensures that children as young as 5 years old can learn to play the violin. This set includes a quality violin with bow, carrying case, rosin, cloth, and an eMedia My Violin CD-ROM (compatible with Windows or Mac). The additional 10% off is valid through August 31st.

18 Different LEGO Sets for $10 or Less: Any LEGO fans out there? Now is great time to pick up a bargain on a LEGO Set because Amazon has 18 different LEGO City Sets and LEGO Friends Sets on sale for $10 or less! These interactive sets come with a variety of LEGO pieces and accessories for hours of imaginative fun.

Free Kindle eBooks for Kids: Amazon has several free Kindle eBooks for kids available for download including The Bees Down in the Garden, Franky the Frog, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Coloring Minds, How Oakley Lost His Spots, and more. You can find all the titles that are free today here.

No Stress Chess for $13.59: Amazon has their No Stress Chess Game on sale for $13.59. This game includes a 2-sided game board (one side with hints, one side without), 16 Staunton chess pieces (ivory & black), 56 action cards, card tray and rules that help children learn the rules of chess as they play.

VeggieTales DVDs for $5: Family Christian Store has several of their VeggieTales DVDs on sale for $5 each. The following titles are included in this sale – VeggieTales: LarryBoy & the Fib from Outer Space, VeggieTales: LarryBoy & the Rumor Weed, VeggieTales: League of Incredible Vegetables, and VeggieTales: Pistachio. Plus, if you choose in-store pick up, you’ll receive free shipping as well.

Boys’ Life Magazine for $5.99: Purchase a one-year subscription to Boys’ Life Magazine for $5.99 when you enter the promotional code 2215 at checkout. Boys’ Life magazine is intended for American boys between the ages of 6 and 18 years old. In each issue, there are many features that boys will love, including great jokes and games that will keep them entertained both indoors and outdoors. You can purchase up to 3 years at this promotional pricing.

Free UNO Style Multiplication Game: Educents has their UNO-Style Multiplication Game available from Teaching Momster for FREE! This game can help students practice their multiplication skills through facts and number cards. You can find more great freebies from Educents here.

Step2 Dishes Set for $7.99: Amazon has their Step2 Lifestyle Pots & Pans Set on sale for $7.99. This 22-piece set includes 2 plates, 2 bowls, 2 tumblers, 2 knives, 2 forks, 2 spoons, a serving spoon, spatula, salt and pepper shakers, pitcher, pouring pot, fry pan, boiling pot, and 2 lids.

6-Foot Chalkboard or Whiteboard Decal for $7.89 Shipped: Tanga has my favorite sale available again! Purchase a 6-foot chalkboard or whiteboard wall decal for just $7.89 today. This is such a simple and inexpensive way to turn an ordinary wall into a fun writing surface. Perfect for kids’ drawings, grocery lists, calendars, weekly menus, and more, this decal can be cut into any shape and size. The decal sticks to any wall and peels off without any residue. Plus, this offer includes free shipping.

Eureka Tub of Word Tiles for $8.01: Amazon has their Eureka Tub of Word Tiles on sale for $8.01. This set includes 160 word tiles, which are color-coded by parts of speech -55 nouns (blue), 35 verbs (red), 31 adjectives (green), and 39 miscellaneous, such as pronouns and punctuation (yellow). These tiles come in a reusable plastic tub with screw-top lid.

Free Backpack from Walmart after Cash Back: Walmart is selling a Mountain Edge 17″ bungee front pocket backpack for $6.88. TopCashback is offering $8 cashback on the purchase of one backpack, effectively making this must-have back to school item FREE. This tough and stylish backpack is available in six different colors. The side mesh pockets are ideal for carrying your water bottles, small items, and accessories, and the bungee on the front is perfect for holding towels or t-shirts, and it even has a zippered storage pocket. The main compartment is spacious enough to hold plenty of books ans supplies. You can find more details regarding this promotion here.

Shopkins Backpack & Lunchbox Set for $9.99: Amazon has their matching Shopkins Backpack & Lunchbox Set on sale for $9.99. This set typically retails for $29.99, and it includes a detachable insulated lunch bag, adjustable shoulder straps, side mesh pockets, and a locker loop. The lunch bag attaches to backpack with velcro straps.

50% Off Kids’ Sale at Dayspring: DaySpring is featuring a 50% Off Kids’ Flash Sale! With this promotion, you’ll be able to pick up some phenomenal bargains – Crayola Color Wonder Bible Stories Coloring Pad – $2.49, U-Neeks Spiral Notebook – $1.49, Noah’s Ark Model Magic Set – $3.49, U-Neeks Alliebird Backpack – $6.49, U-Neeks Backpack Clip – $2.99, and U-Neeks Magnetic Page Clips (Set of 6) – $2.99. You can find all the items included in this sale here.

Bic Round Stic Pens (60 ct.) for $4.79: Amazon has their BIC Round Stic Pens (60 ct.) on sale for $4.79. At this price, you’ll be paying just $0.08 per pen! These pens are available in either blue ink or black ink.

Free Admission to National Parks for 4th Graders: Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, 4th graders and their families will receive free admission to America’s national parks, federal lands, and waters. Made possible by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation, the objective of this initiative is to introduce kids to outdoor recreation. Students will need to sign up online starting on September 1st, and they’ll receive a voucher that grants entrance to the student as well as a carload of passengers to federal recreation areas for one year.

LEGO Juniors Fire Suitcase Set for $15.99: Amazon has their LEGO Juniors Fire Suitcase Set on sale for $15.99. This set typically retails for $19.99, and it includes an easy-to-build fire helicopter, fire motorbike and a base station as well as a water hose, map, barrier, fire and lights. The set comes with easy instructions, quick start elements, and 2 firefighter mini figures.

Spirograph Deluxe Design Set for $18.99: Purchase the Spirograph Deluxe Design Set on sale for just $18.99. With Spirograph’s distinctive interlocking gears and wheels, kids and adults alike can draw elegant, spiraling designs. The 45-piece set includes 19 wheels, 2 rings, 1 rack, spiro-putty, 3 pens, a 14-page guide book, design paper, and a carry-along storage case.

ALEX Toys Ready, Set, Write Book for for $9.39: Amazon has their ALEX Toys Ready, Set, Write Book on sale for $9.39. This book features 38 wipe-clean pages, enabling your child to practice their letters and numbers again and again. This set is perfect for in the car and on the go, and it includes a wipe-away marker as well.

Free Customized Notepad from Shutterfly: Shutterfly is offering customers a free customized notepad when you enter the promotional code NCNOTE at checkout. This offer is valid through September 1st.

Katie is a wife and homeschooling mother of four who writes at Cincinnati Cents about saving money and having fun as a family without breaking the bank. She enjoys sharing new recipes, ideas for frugal family fun, and tips for spending less at the grocery store.

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