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How to Save Money on Monthly Food Bills without Depriving You or Your Family

When you think about the bills you pay every month, you probably think about the mortgage/rent, car payments, utilities and maybe even your cable TV bill. People often forget about how much they pay to simply stay nourished. Yep, you need to consider your expenses at the grocery store to be a monthly bill, even if the amount varies from one month to the next. This is true for everyone who wants to save money. Lots of people will refinance their homes, purchase lower priced cars or even go without certain luxuries in order to save money. But very few people ever consider enacting an action plan to save money on groceries/food each month.Wheatland_Iowa_Grocery_Store

Just thinking about cutting back on food costs often causes people to panic. Food is not just something that we eat to survive; we have hard wired emotional ties to the foods that we eat. As such, people often think that if they try to cut corners on their grocery bills they will wind up depriving their families. No worries, though, there are some very simple things you can do to save money on food costs without feeling deprived or feeling like you are not providing your family with the foods they need and enjoy.

Replace Soda and Junk Food with Healthier Options

A soda every now and then is good, but drinking soda every day is expensive, and may also lead to health problems. Water is a much better choice, more affordable (especially if you drink tap water) and should be your primary source for hydration. Even if you buy just a 12 pack of soda each week, you could save close to $20 a month by cutting it from your shopping list. And you can replace cookies, chips and other junk food with healthier alternatives. Some say that it costs more to buy produce, but you can purchase a bunch of bananas for less than $2.00, while a package of cookies can cost upwards of $5.00. You don’t have to cut out all junk food, but eliminating it from your weekly shopping list can help you to save quite a bit of money on groceries.

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This is a no-brainer, but people seem to ignore it – stop eating out at restaurants (even fast food joints) and start preparing more meals at home. You can purchase a lot of staple food items in bulk at stores, like Sam’s or Costco. By doing so, you pay less per serving, and are able to prepare lots of great recipes at home. YouTube is filled with great, affordable recipes that you can use to start cooking more at home. And if you have a family, make it a joint effort. You’ll be able to reduce the workload and spend some time together. Save those restaurant trips for special occasions, and you’ll be able to enjoy those expensive meals more; knowing that you’ve been stashing away money that you used to blow on eating out.

Save the Money – Actually Save it!

If you follow these tips and save money on food expenses be sure to actually save it. Don’t blow the extra cash that you have on other things. Instead, put that money directly into your emergency savings fund. And if you haven’t started a fund yet, a month’s worth of using these tips to save money at the grocery store is a great way to save up a “seed” amount of money to get your savings going full steam ahead!

Safety Tips for Women Who Are Walking Alone In a Parking Lot

There are times where women cannot avoid walking alone. Whether it is to or from the car while at work, or at the grocery store, or even at the mall, there are times when a woman walks alone and needs some safety tips just in case. Here are some tips that every woman should know for when she is in a situation where she has to walk alone.

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It may feel like paranoia, but when there is someone walking behind you sometimes you may feel like they are following you. They may be on their way to their own car which happens to be near yours, or they may actually be following you, you do not know. If you feel like they may be following you, turn around and ask a question or make a statement. You could ask directions to another location, or ask them what time it is, or even talk about the weather. The point of this is you are getting a good look at their face, if they were planning on attacking you in any way they may change their mind now that you have gotten a good look at their face and would be able to pick them out in a line up.

If that does not seem to make the person want to leave you alone and they are more intent on coming after you make sure to put your hand up and yell, do not say, stop. If you have pepper spray, yell that at them too. Do not say it, yell it. You need to use your voice and body language to let the criminal know that you are going to put up a fight. Many criminals do not want to fight with someone; they want an easy target, if they know that you are going to put up a fight they are more likely to move on.

Always be aware of the vehicle parked next to yours. Is it empty? Is there someone in the vehicle? Sometimes criminals will wait on the passenger side of the vehicle trying to look as though they are waiting for someone to come back out to the car only to grab a woman when get tries to get into the car next to them. If you are suspicious of someone, simply get in on the passenger’s side. Always lock the doors as soon as you get in and shut the door.

You also need to pay attention to the type of vehicle that is parked next to yours. Is it a normal car with normal windows or is it a large van with no back windows? This is another sign that you should get in on the passenger’s side. There are criminals who own these large vans without windows and open the door and grab women when they are trying to get into their car. So remember when in doubt, get in on the passenger’s side, or go in and request a security guard walk you to your car and wait for you to get in, and always lock your doors immediately.

As a woman you should try to prepare for anything that you can. Knowing these things will help you to prepare to protect yourself should you have to. Remember to remain calm and strong. You may be viewed as weak, but you are strong and you can show it!