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How Gardening and Preserving Can Save You Money (Guest Post and a Giveaway)

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Guest Post by Laura from HeavenlyHomemakers.com

People often ask me how I am able to afford feeding my family of six such a wholesome diet of mostly organic foods on a limited budget. My answer: I make almost all of our food from scratch and I grow and preserve as much of our food as possible.

I don’t claim to be an expert at gardening; in fact, I often tell people that my garden grows in spite of me. I also don’t have the yard space to grow as much food as I need for my family.

How I Preserve As Much Organic Produce As Possible Each Year:

  • Grow what I can, making the best use of my garden space.
  • Utilize my farmer’s market and learn which vendors grow their produce organically and which ones are willing to “give me a deal” when I buy a large quantity.
  • Talk to people. Many people have more apples on their trees and strawberries in their patch than they know what to do with.  They are often happy to give me their excess for free.
  • Trade. If I have an abundance of potatoes, I’ll trade it for a bunch of green beans. Or, if I don’t have an abundance of any produce, most people are happy to accept a couple loaves of fresh bread in trade!

During the Summer and Fall seasons while fresh produce is readily available, we eat as much as possible. Any extra goes into the freezer or into my jars (and oh wow is there usually extra!).

By the middle of October, I have usually put away enough potatoes, corn, green beans, peaches, pears, applesauce, strawberries, tomato sauce and tomato soup to last us for the entire year.

Also by the middle of October, I am so sick of looking at tomatoes I don’t care if I ever see another one as long as I live!  I soon get over it and begin to realize the fruit of my labor as all throughout the coming months I am able to pull delicious organic foods out of my freezer and pantry for our meals.

How Gardening and Preserving Benefits Our Family:

  • Our family has saved hundreds of dollars on groceries.
  • I know exactly the kind of food going into our pantry and freezers and then into our bodies. I know what I put into my sauces. I know what soil my food came from. I know I can trust the food to be healthy for my family.
  • Our family gets to work hard together. Planting, weeding, and picking all becomes a family affair. We are a family with dirt under our fingernails!
  • The food is delicious! In my opinion, nothing is better than home grown organic produce!

Be on the lookout now for deals on garage sales on jars and other canning and preserving needs! Brand new jars can be pricey, but at yard sales, you can find them for almost nothing!

Gardening and preserving your own food is a wonderful way to help provide your family with great quality, delicious, inexpensive produce all year round!

Laura Coppinger and her husband have four sons ages 5-12.  She blogs at HeavenlyHomemakers.com encouraging women daily in the areas of healthy eating, gardening, parenting, homemaking, faith and fun.

Would you like some help getting started with gardening and preserving? Well, Laura has graciously offered to give away 10 copies of her ebook, Heavenly Homemaker’s Guide to Gardening and Preserving, here today. To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post in the next 24 hours. Winners will be chosen and posted on Monday.

I won! Really, I did!

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I posted back in October about Little Debbie giving away 125,000 boxes of cupcakes. Well guess what arrived in my mailbox yesterday? A coupon for a free box of Little Debbie Cupcakes!

Now, for some of you who win stuff all the time (like my friend Amy who seems to win something just about every single week!), this might not seem too exciting. But for me–a person who has pretty much never won a giveaway of any sort in her life–it was very exciting! (We won't mention the fact that there were 125,000 winners so the odds were a little in my favor!)

It's only a free box of Little Debbie Cupcakes and I'll just be buying them and sharing them with friends, but the fact that I won, inspired me to consider trying my hand at more giveaways.

Maybe, just maybe, the tide is going to start turning. Probably not, but I'm going to be paying a lot closer attention to the giveaways posted over at Sweetie's Sweeps regardless.

Who knows? Maybe I'll win a truck next!

24-Hour Giveaway: 2 sets of 3 Bottombumper cloth diapers

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Are you interested in trying out some cloth diapers for yourself now that we've discussed them at length? Well, here's your chance to win a set of three Bottombumpers cloth diapers!

Bottombumpers are All-in-One cloth diapers made of organic materials by moms in the USA. These trim-fitting absorbent diapers come in four different sizes and a variety of colors.

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The outer layer of these diapers is constructed of water PUL knit materials. The inner lining is certified 100% Organic cotton and snap-in soaker material. The soakers are also topped with a very soft Bamboo Velour.

And did I mention how absorbent these diapers are? They've been tested and a well-used diaper will withstand over 16 oz. before leaking!

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Today, two different readers here have the opportunity to win a set of three Bottombumpers diapers in your choice of either small, medium, or large. To enter to win one of these sets, all you need to do is leave a comment with your name and email address. I'll randomly choose two winners on Saturday afternoon and will post them shortly thereafter.

Also, for anyone interested in ordering a starter package of Bottombumper diapers, for the next week, you can save 10% on your order by using the coupon code MONEYSAVING when you check out.

24-Hour Giveaway: 5 copies of Celebrate Simply

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My friend and author, Nancy Twigg, who writes on simplifying our lives, frugality, and focusing on what’s most important in her newsletter, has generously offered to give away five copies of her book, Celebrate Simply, to my readers here.

Have you ever dreamed of family celebrations that leave you exhilarated
rather than exhausted? Overjoyed instead of overwhelmed? Well, then
you’ll want to get a copy of Nancy’s book!

Celebrate Simply
is your guide to simpler, more meaningful holidays. It’s a small book that is jam-packed with encouragement and practical help to allow you to take the stress and expense out of special occasions.

Dave Ramsey says, "…Not only will Celebrate Simply teach you how to save money, it will also show you how to enrich and add meaning to your celebrations as well."

To enter to win one of the five copies I’m giving away, just leave a comment on this post in the next 24 hours. Include your name and a valid email address in the spaces provided. I’ll randomly choose and post five winners Thursday evening.

What’s your best Frugal Father’s Day idea?

Father’s Day is this Sunday and while I’m pretty sure I know what I’m doing for my dad and my husband, I’m sure there are many others who are still looking for some great ideas.

My dad is very easy to please. He doesn’t like gifts, he likes handmade cards and letters so that’s what he normally gets and that’s what he’s getting again this year. It’s always so good to sit down and write out my thoughts of gratitude and appreciation to him for all he has done for me.

My husband is also easy to please. Up until this year, he always received a card and a special home-cooked dinner. This year, since we have more wiggle room in the budget, I’m actually buying him something. But it’s not anything fancy or extravagant. Instead, he’s getting dress clothes, thanks to Sears. And I know he’ll be happy as a lark since, unlike most men, he likes to shop and buy clothes!

What are you doing to bless and show appreciation for the special father(s) in your life? Tell us about it in the comments section in the next 24 hours and you’ll also be entered to win one of two $20 gift cards from Boston Market.
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Our family loves Boston Market; it’s like enjoying delicious home-cooking without the work and effort! I especially enjoy their rotisserie chicken and mashed potatoes–Yum!

To enter to win one of these two $20 gift cards:

::Leave a comment telling us your best frugal idea for celebrating Father’s Day and blessing a special guy in your life.

::Tomorrow evening, I’ll randomly choose two winners and post them.