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Book Review: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half


One of the ways we live frugally is by sticking to a tight grocery budget. Our budget is $160 a month for our family and after 4 years of living on a tight grocery budget, I’ve gotten the knack of saving money on groceries…without a lot of coupons!

Of course I’m always excited to learn ways to stretch those dollars through grocery shopping tips and recipes!

I was very excited to read Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half by Steve and Anette Economides. The 306 pages of the book are full of money saving tips to help anyone save money. There are also a few recipes at the back of the book!

Since I am already on a small grocery budget, I have been applying a lot of the advice they gave such as sticking to your list, avoiding impulse buys, looking at the price per unit and how having an additional freezer saves money. However, I am going to start using some of their methods such as monthly meal planning to help save money (I will begin by attempting a 2 week menu!)

I really believe anyone can glean money saving ideas from Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half. If your grocery spending is out of control, applying just a few suggestions in this book will result in grocery savings!

I plan on re-reading my copy and know that I will find other ways to save money! And I’m anxious to try some of their recipes!

Disclosure: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own.

Comfy Rumps Diaper

*This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to commenter #11, Sammy and #17, Caroline!

Cloth diapering definitely saves money over disposables (not to mention they are so much cuter!) Most mamas (and daddies too) think they are a great idea but can’t get over the fact that some diapers cost $17-20 each.

Comfy Rumps is a parent owned Canadian cloth diaper company that offers quality pocket diapers at an affordable price – starting at $8.75CAD!

Paxton’s new orange PUL snap Comfy Rumps diaper! This one-size pocket diaper only costs $8.75! (They come in orange, yellow, purple, pink, red, green, blue and white and they also offer a velcro version!)

What about the quality?

When I received my diaper, it was in a simple plastic bag with no packaging and there were no brand tags on the diaper. I was surprised about the lack of packaging but it really makes sense – it helps keep the cost of the diaper down plus there is less waste!

When I pulled it out of the bag I was immediately impressed by the diaper. The lining was very soft and the diaper was easy to stuff – in fact when my husband was on diaper stuffing duty the first time after our Comfy Rumps was added to the stash, he commented how it was the easiest diaper for him to stuff!

The pocket diaper and insert. The insert is not as thick as some of our other inserts but it’s worked well so far!

One of my favorite features of this diaper is the snaps that allow the diaper to be in an extra small setting! Even on the extra small setting, the diaper is not really bulky.

Here is the diaper in the large setting (notice the snaps on the right wing that allow for an extra small fit!)

We’ve been using our Comfy Rumps diaper for almost a month in our stash that we wash every other day. This diaper has been tested and so far has stood up to heavy wetting, a rather large poo which it contained and has also been worn a few times overnight with no leaking!

I’ve been very pleased with this diaper! If you are looking for an affordable one-size pocket diaper alternative, Comfy Rumps is a great option!

Paxton is quite comfy (and cute) in his Comfy Rumps!

Purchase:

Comfy Rumps sells PUL Diapers in snaps and velcro, Minky Diapers in cute animal prints and Organic Bamboo Diapers!

They are currently running a special through September 20 – Buy 15 diapers get 3 free diapers, 1 free wet bag and 3 free soakers!

Giveaway:

Two winners will receive a Comfy Rumps diaper of their choice!

Mandatory Entry:

Visit Comfy Rumps and tell me which diaper you would choose if you won!

Additional Entries (leave separate comment for each):

1. Tell me which diaper color or print is your favorite!

2. Like Comfy Rumps on Facebook!

Giveaway ends Monday, September 20 at 12:00 pm CST.

Disclaimer: I was provided a Comfy Rumps diaper to review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

 

Book Review: The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews is a book that I will read to my son and hopefully future children and grandchildren for years to come!

It a wonderful tale of the impact one person can have on millions (or billions) of people and illustrates to children how investing in just one other person can go on to changes lives for years to come.

It traces the lives of Norman Borlaug, Henry Wallace, George Washington Carver and Moses Carver and shares how they impacted two billion people!

Another reason this book will be a family favorite, the impact was through agriculture. Since I was privileged to grow up on a farm and have a BS in agriculture, I believe it is important to teach future generations about agriculture and The Boy Who Changed the World is a great book to do that.

It ends by telling the child that they can change the world!

I believe this is a timeless book that will be read to children for years and highly recommend purchasing a copy for the little boy (or girl) in your life!

Disclosure: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own.

Seventh Generation Natural Baby Starter Kit Giveaway

*This giveaway is now closed, congratulations to commenter #3, Tara!

As a cloth diapering mama, I’ve found that I can’t always cloth diaper my baby. There are times that it is easier to use disposables (like overnight trips!)

In the first few weeks, we used disposable diapers before we started cloth diapering. Once he started wearing cloth diapers full time at home and only wearing disposables when we were on the go, I noticed that the disposables had a smell! The “diaper smell”scent it made his soiled diapers smell just horrible! I knew there had to be an unscented disposable diaper!

Then I was introduced to Seventh Generation Diapers:

  • Wood pulp processed without chemicals containing chlorine
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance and latex free
  • Premium fit and absorbency

The light tan diapers make them look different than other diapers. One of my favorite features is the stretchy tabs and the fit of these diapers is great.

With a breastfeed baby (and the explosions and blowouts that come with that) how did they do? They were great! They had a high rise on the back and contained messes. He did have a little poop up the back one time but it was only a little bit and it was a huge dirty diaper! Other than that I never had any problems and never had any leaks with the wet diapers! (Other brands…let’s just say when he has to wear disposables I’m super prepared with tons of wipes and extra clothes!)

Looking cute in his diaper!

I also tried out the Seventh Generation Baby Wipes. They were okay wipes, they were a little thin and I found that I needed to use 2 or 3 wipes to clean up most dirty diapers. However, the fact that they are also hypoallergenic and unscented makes them a great option for babies with really sensitive skin.

Giveaway:

Win a Seventh Generation Natural Baby Starter Kit including Chlorine Free Diapers (in the size you need), Chlorine Free Wipes, Baby Laundry Liquid, Disinfecting Wipes, All Purpose Cleaner and a few more products (I’ll let you enjoy a surprise when the package arrives!)

Mandatory Entry:

Leave a comment telling me why you want to try out Seventh Generation Diapers!

Additional Entries: (leave a separate comment for each)

1. Tell me who the diapers would be for!

2. Tweet about this giveaway.

Giveaway ends Saturday, August 28 at 12:00 pm CST.

Disclaimer: I was provided a Seventh Generation Natural Baby Starter Kit to review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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