The best time to save money when shopping is critical to our budgets. I continue to see grocery prices rise and rise again. It’s getting to the point that I am thinking that families may be paying more for food than possibly their rent or house payments. Mark and I are eating a whole lot less meat than we have ever in our married life. I will not cave into the prices of salmon, expensive beef cuts, or whatever meat is over-priced. I have a few tricks up my sleeve that  I have used for years, and if you have some I want to add them to the list so my readers may benefit from your ideas as well. Today I will address mainly fresh fruit and vegetables in your grocery or supermarkets.

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I wish that when I was in school there had been a course on how to teach the gift of money management. My husband and I both grew up in families with limited finances, although we didn’t know it at the time. When my dates came over to pick me up for the night I always wondered if they could see the pillows under the blanket that covered the hole in the couch. I think we called them davenports back then. Wow, that word just came to my mind. Life is all about memories, right?

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Grocery prices keep going up every time I go to the store. I recently wrote an article about some of the Great Depression Era Meals. Wow, thanks so much to all my readers for giving me even more ideas to add to the list. Here’s the deal, I don’t see the grocery prices coming down anytime soon, so today I decided to put together 100 low budget meals anyone will love. If you are like me I can’t wait until my garden is ready to harvest! I save so much money having a garden! Yep, salads every night, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, etc. I make my own ranch salad dressing, or just use balsamic vinegar with olive oil. Yummy! I watch for the meat in the clearance area or I don’t buy meat at all. I admire people who have access to real grass fed meat without the antibiotics and hormones added.

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Today I want to talk about being prepared financially. Here is a picture of my first home back in 1973 or 1974. We bought the house in 1970 one year after we got married. Mark worked at a bank part time and went to the University of Utah fulltime. He also taught classes once a week at night. Back then there were limited school grants, student loans….I still do not know how we made it financially, but we did….you have to look back and laugh……we were poor…..no doubt about it. But we were happy! We paid $18,500.00 for this home…and the interest rate was 7.75% , of course we were only making $280.00 a month! LOL! Yes, the picture is blurry but consider photography back then with our Brownie Camera.

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