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May 5, 2013

Bad news for couponers; saving money by saving food

ASHLAND — Kroger will no longer be doubling coupons after May 12. They promise lower prices, and you may use a coupon for stated value only. The manager stated that as of May 12, no Kroger on the eastern coast will be doubling. Enjoy doubling coupons 7 more days.

More bad news for couponers. CVS asks that you turn your “green leafs” in, and they will refund you $2 EB bucks. Originally, we paid $1 for them, and we have gained many free EB bucks for them in the last 2 years. They are refunding twice the original price and calling it a “recycle the leaf” plan. The green leaf tallies will no longer appear on your receipt.

Now for the good news. We still, with careful planning, will make out like bandits at the stores. The rules always change in couponing. We still, at this time, have three stores in our area that double coupons. Those are Foodfair, Foodland and Pick N Save. Pick N Save actually does something the other two don’t do, which is double up to 50 cents, and then any coupon over 50 cents automatically becomes a dollar.

Using careful money management where we try not to waste food really pays off. Maximize your money at the store using sales and coupons. Use recipes to match these deals. Freeze the leftovers for a future lunch or dinner and enjoy extra money in your pocket. Waste nothing. All food you throw away represents dollars in the trash can.

It’s easy to say “I need more money.” Its harder to make it work.

Living a frugal lifestyle means you have to make a lifestyle change and be aware constantly of how much you are spending.

Living frugally offers peace of mind. I would never want to go back into debt.

Planting time is here for roses and other trees and bushes. Plant several cloves of garlic around your rose bushes to protect from black spot, rose chafers, cane borers and even Japanese beetles. The garlic works as a knight in shining armor to protect your flower beds.

The new hot item

Essential oils are the new hot topic. When buying therapeutic grade, you can treat most anything effectively. These are natural plant extracts.

My favorite one is tea tree oil. It comes from a native plant of Australia.

Tea tree oil is a topical anti-septic, anti fungal. It treats psoriasis, insect bites, acne and a few drops kills bathroom odor. It can be used as an all purpose cleaner because of its germ-killing qualities and odor control. Fill a spray bottle with 2 tsps. tea tree oil and the rest with warm water. The room is deodorized naturally and safely and food smells in the kitchen are immediately gone . Rub it into your scalp and you will never have dandruff.

Eucalyptus oil can be used in the hot shower to help unstop sinuses. Just put a few drops on the floor of the shower, seal the drain and enjoy the vapors.

Lavender essential oil helps you sleep. Put a few drops in a water bottle, and spray on your pillow cases. I use lavender in my homemade spray starch.

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