Food on a Budget: Want to Save your Money?

Betcha didn't know...

I made my first 3 cents on HubPages after only six days and let me tell you…I am ecstatic! Okay, I know it’s not much, but it’s my first time seeing earned money from other than a 9-5 job. (Don’t bust my bubble, okay? Just let me have this moment.) So, for you others out there that are not quite bringing in the income you had hoped for yet from your Hub because you’re new like me or just not reaching the right readers yet…here are some ways to save on food. Hey, you gotta eat, right?

I have five children (four live with me), so I have learned to be very resourceful over the years on making ends meet. But I am also disabled, so I don’t always feel like cooking. It’s important to me to make sure my family has quality, healthy food without shattering my wallet.

So, as the go-to person in my family, I thought it would be vitally important to share these tips with the world. Hey, we’re in a recession and there are a lot of people out there that are in financial situations that they’ve never been in before. I hope this helps someone who reads it. Be sure to pass it on to someone you think needs it…pay it forward.

Fast Food

Everyone loves fast food. And while it may not always be the healthiest choice, it is convenient. And the best part is, no dishes to clean! I keep all my receipts because some restaurants offer free food just for giving your opinion on your dining experience.

For instance, Church’s Chicken, if you look on the back of the receipt will give you 2 FREE PIECES OF CHICKEN (with the purchase of a side and a drink), just for calling the 800-number and telling them about your experience.

Burger King is another one. On the back of their receipt you will get free food for giving your opinions as well. You can choose between a Free WHOPPER or Originial CHICKEN SANDWICH (just buy a side and a drink).

Subway will give you a free cookie for you input. Red Lobster will give you free food on your birthday when you join their Seafood lovers club: http://www.redlobster.com/club/. So will Red Robin: http://www.redrobin.com/eclub/default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1 and so will Denny’s: http://assets.fbmta.com/clt/dnny/lp/join/join_ent.asp.

Check out your favorite restaurant online and see what kinds of clubs or free offers they have.

Digital Coupons

I absolutely love this! Sometimes even though I do clip coupons, I will forget to take them with me to the grocery store. These two sites offer digital coupons not only on food, but pet supplies, laundry, etc.

Procter & Gamble, or P&G, offer digital coupons on their many, many products that they sell. You simply sign up here: http://www.pgeverydaysolutions.com/pgeds/index.jsp and then add your local grocery store card and they will show you what’s available at that chain of stores (see below). Then you just click on the coupons that you want and add them to your card. It’s that simple. Sometimes I will go and buy something that I forgot I had a digital coupon for and I will get a nice surprise at the end of my order.

Another one is Shortcuts.com. It’s the same concept, except that it doesn’t just focus on one manufacturer’s products. Apply here: http://shortcuts.com/ and get started saving!

Utilize the dollar store

Yes, the dollar store sells food also. Many chains also except Food Stamps too. Now, I wouldn’t buy everything from the dollar store, but there are some VERY good deals there. Jarred gravies, toilet paper, canned vegetables, crackers, cookies, and so on. At Dollar Tree (in my city-you will have to check yours), they even sell milk, bread and frozen food like chicken and hamburger. Who’d of thought you would be grocery shopping at the dollar store?!?

You can go online to Dollar Tree – yes, you can even order online – most items are in bulk, but there are items that do not require you to order so much. They have over 600 items that you don’t need to order large quantities of so if you’re a scrapbooker, teacher, mom with a large family…this is the greatest deal ever! Check out their website here and see what they have this week in their ad: DollarTree

Okay, that’s it for now. Please let me know if you have further questions about anything I have posted here or suggestions.

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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona Author

Haha! I know, they just can't seem to get good people in there!


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Rachelle Williams 5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

I love Church's, but the kids who work at that location are completely clueless... everytime I go, there's always a new kid who has no idea how to work the cash register.

Once, I went there with a $12 order, and because the guy didn't know how to ring up my jalepenos, he tried to let me go without paying. He was like "nevermind, it's ok. . . just take it."

I couldn't leave him hanging like that though, because I didn't want his drawer to be messed up at the end of the night.


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona Author

That's so funny....that's the same one I go to! We've probably seen each other there and didn't know it! lol!!


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Rachelle Williams 5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

OMG! Thanks for the Church's Chicken Tip, now I'm going to be known by the folks who work at the Church's location on Baseline & Rural for bringing in coupons every other day... GRRREAT HUB!


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona Author

Thanks, Nexusx2! Now I'm up to $7.00....yeah, I'm excited by $7.00


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Nexusx2 5 years ago

Congrats on the earnings. When I wrote an article that hit the top of Bing I became addicted to writing articles. Getting traffic is the key to a nice income.


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona Author

Times are REALLY tight. I know, I'm glad it was of some use to you!


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AllSuretyBonds 5 years ago

These are times where money is tight! It is always nice to read and learn new tips! Thank you for sharing.


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona Author

Thanks, Riley!! Shortcuts is a GREAT website and I use it so much. It really does save time from clipping coupons--and the coupon is always there for you, even if you forget you have it loaded on your card.


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Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

I've never heard of short cuts. Thanks for the tip. I like your focus on saving money to take care of your family. I feel the same way. I wrote a hub about couponing because we've cut our food budget over 50% since I learned how to do it. Congrats on making money!


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona Author

Yep!! Also check inside the boxes on frozen food, boxed food and soda 12-packs. Most times they have cents-off coupons!


ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

I had no idea about the free stuff on the back of the receipts from Burger King, etc. Thanks for the great tips!


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glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

Congrats on making your first moneys with HubPages! I totally will go to the dollar store for food, like for cereal and canned foods.


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jean2011 5 years ago from Canada

I find your hub funny and useful. I like your practical and down to earth approach to budgeting! I have voted it useful and funny.


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona Author

I am so happy that everyone finds these tips useful! Thanks for reading!


seacap 5 years ago

There are a LOT of resources available.

They sometines are hiding in plain sight and you just need to get some pointers. The Public library also has BOOKS of where help may be obtained...


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona Author

Thanks so much! Please let me know if any of these tips work for you!


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lsin82 5 years ago from Houston

Great tips and right on time for me. I've really been on a budget this year and I have been looking for ways to save. My two biggest expenses are food and fuel. I have to eat and and I have to drive so any way I can save money on either is a plus. Thanks


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audreyjane66 5 years ago from Flint, Michigan

Very good, interesting ideas. I had no idea about the free stuff you could get from restaurants!


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona Author

Thanks! That means a lot to me!


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livelonger 5 years ago from San Francisco

Excellent, really easy-to-follow tips. Had no idea these resources were literally at our fingertips. Hope this gets into the hands of people who really need this kind of information.


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shauneagle 5 years ago from Westerville, OH

Hey moma, fantastic article. At first I wasn't agreeing with you about the fast food bit because I thought this entire article was trying to convince me that fast food is the best way to go (I do like FF and am trying to cut back), you went into how to make home cooked meals at amazing prices. Nice turnaround, well done! I will check out these websites, I had no idea these things existed. We have dollar stores here in Ohio but I had no idea they had groceries.


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Discover2020 5 years ago from Florida, USA

Great article! And super funny too :) I love to read articles about saving money or how to get free stuff. I will have to use the BK one for my daughter. I will have to remember to turn my receipts over before dumping them. awesome thanks!


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona Author

Really? Do you have any suggestions? Thanks for the advice!


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ibbarkingmad 5 years ago from Utah

I love the hub, but you may want to change the name to get more traffic. Also, I think you make some points that would benefit many people so changing the name would also be good for those who find the info. Just a suggestion mind you. You can do what you feel is best.


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona Author

Thanks, seamist!! I genuinely appreciate your comments!!


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seamist 5 years ago from Northern Minnesota

Hi Stayingalivemoma

I like your laid back style of writing. I've read both of your hubs. They have good tips. I am sure many people will find these helpful. Keep up the good work!


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shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

you go! people always complain about the price of a gallon of gas, but never about the price of a gallon of milk. i don't get it.

good hub


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catsimmons 5 years ago from Mission BC Canada

This is great, very useful hub and well written.

You're doing well with your earnings with those two hubs!

I've made 31 cents so far after 8 days and that's WITH a 'hub of the day' which brought a lot of views (and I have 14 hubs..lol)


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warsh101 5 years ago from West Palm Beach

LOL, I Just made my first $.01, It only took, 4 hubs and 8 months =) I guess i have a lot of work to do! I also enjoyed reading your HUB =)


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona Author

Thanks, Victoria! Be sure and let me know if you try any of these and how they worked for you!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Good tips! Every bit helps. I'm all about saving money and am always looking for new ways. Thanks! Happy hubbing. Welcome to hubpages. I remember how excited I was when a few cents suddenly showed up in my account, too. Hopefully, with some hard work, that will grow!

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