Here’s the outline I’m using for my frugal living class tonight, in case anyone is interested. We’re having peanut butter bars made from food storage for refreshments and I’ve got a bunch of garden seeds for people to take home. Other than that, this is about it!
Overview on January’s class:
Goal setting – What goals did you set? Why did you set the goals that you did? Having a better understanding of why you have the goals you do will help you in your quest to achieve them. Now that we have goals, we need to be informed of ways to cut our costs to reach these goals.
*Food/Grocery is one of the quickest, most effective ways that we can lower expenses. How can YOU lower your food expenses?
• Plant a garden and make use of the produce you get.
• Make more food from scratch (Remember supercook.com)
• Use coupons (only if it is cheaper than store brand items)
• Buy store brand items on those you can.
• Buy food when on sale in bulk (ONLY if you will use it!)
• Learn how to use your food storage, and use it!
• Use a price book to keep informed of good deals. (see other handout)
*Entertainment/gifts is another way you can dramatically cut costs, if you are willing to work at it. How can YOU lower your entertainment/gift expenses?
• Use the library for books, movies, and music.
• Use redbox (take advantage of their FREE movie offers) instead of other rental places.
• Go to discount stores or thrift stores for gifts, such as Big Lots, Savers, DI, etc.
• Take advantage of FREE events. The Utah Museum of Natural History has free admission on specific days, as does the Hogle Zoo (only during the off season). Home Depot and Lowe’s both offer free workshops for adults AND children.
• Entertain at home, or close to it.
Websites and resources:
* www.grocerysmarts.com (use the passport g84ckv for Utah) – keep updated on sales for LOCAL stores as well as nationwide chains.
* www.redbox.com – sign up for text messages from them and you’ll receive a code every Monday via text good for a free movie rental on Monday. If you don’t have a cell phone, you can sign up for their emails and get occasional codes for free rentals.
* www.Homedepot.com – See upcoming FREE workshops.
* www.Lowes.com – See upcoming FREE workshops.
* www.slco.lib.ut.us – free activities/crafts/classes for the entire family at your local libraries. Check the website for specific activities on the calendar.
* http://blogs.sltrib.com/cheap/index.htm – Lesley Mitchell, writer for the SL Tribune, shares all sorts of frugal tips and ideas, and every Monday shares the Redbox promo code.
*Utah Museum of Natural History offers FREE admission the first Monday of each month.
*Showcase Cinemas (5400 S Redwood Rd, 957-9032) Dollar admission all day PLUS a free personal size popcorn for every admission purchased all day on Tuesdays!
*Honks (6900 S Redwood Rd) has $0.88 Tuesdays, where all items are $0.88 instead of $1.00. This isn’t year round; it is off and on.
* www.providentliving.com – Information about building food storage, planting gardens, and living self reliantly (Note this is NOT the church’s website. The church website is www.providentliving.ORG)