Let’s talk #Autism and penny pinching

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In the first of hopefully many reader requested #Autism Discussions,  here is today’s topic.

Let’s be honest,  unless you’re independently wealthy, life as a special needs family is a fine balance between paying the bills and desperately trying to meet the needs of unique needs of our children.

My family is no exception.

Over the years, we have learned ways to pinch pennies and cut corners.  These tips and tricks have become essential parts of my family’s survival.



Imagine if we all pooled our tips and tricks together. Imagine if we all share our money saving tricks or tips on how to balance your family’s finances. It could literally make all the difference in the world. When you can worry about money a little less, you can worry about your kids a little more.  🙂

So,  let’s share our money saving,  penny pinching tips. Let’s set our ideas and experience free and allow them to help others.  🙂

 



 

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Rachel Kokosenski
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As a family that eats a gfcf diet, including organic produce, I’ve learned ways to save money. First, I coupon all items that I can (especially household items like toothbrushes, etc). Second, I stockpile specialty gfcf items when they go on sale. Third, I use amazon’s program, Subscribe & Save, to order gfcf items (they give u a price break and free shipping!). Fourth, I follow the Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen list at http://www.Ewg.org to only buy organic for the items that are considered the “most prone to contaminants.” Lastly, I am tallying up all my food receipts this year… Read more »

Rob Gorski
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@Rachel Kokosenski that’s awesome. I never thought of the tax benefits as well. 🙂 Great tip.

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anansison

Suggestions: 1.  Learn to cook in bulk.  If your kids like chicken nuggets or need to have them specially made, learn where to buy chicken breasts cheaply, cut them into various nugget shapes, and then create whatever coating needed based on diet.  You can cook and then freeze whatever you don’t need, saving for a later date.    2. Coupons, coupons, coupons!  If you know the managers at any local grocery stores, stop by close to closing time on a Sunday night.  You may be able to get the coupons from that day’s newspaper because they have to toss/recycle the… Read more »

Rob Gorski
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My wife and I frequently visit the Farmers Market. The fruit and vegetables we buy are all locally grown and significantly cheaper than buying them at the grocery store.

For example, we can typically get a flat of Strawberries for $5 or $6. At the grocery store we couldn’t get two little quarts or however they measure them.

JenniferWhynott
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JenniferWhynott

Our church offers a gift card program for the local grocery store. We charge the card with what we would spend on groceries and the store gives the church 5% for us in an account to use for church related things. We are able to send our 2 kids to summer camp with no money out of pocket. I started making my coffee at home instead of buying it at starbux and dunkin donuts. We sign up for shoe rewards programs at payless so we get 20% off coupons 4 times a yr. Coupons are pointless because I spend more… Read more »

kat13
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kat13

Looking through the coupons on things we buy anyways, helps a little. We also have had a Sam’s club membership that helps a lot in the long run!
 
BTW, our farmer’s market is more expensive than grocery store… This I think has to do with the area and main problem with limited sources of water. 

kat13
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kat13

Also things that I can re-use and get from the Freecycle helps a lot!

Rob Gorski
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 @JenniferWhynott Great advice. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

Brenda Kosky Deskin
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One of my older blogs has some tips in it that people may find helpful…
 
How To Save Money On Autism Therapy Supplies
http://autismbeacon.com/blog/post/how_to_save_money_on_autism_therapy_supplies
 

rmagliozzi
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rmagliozzi

We just found a 99 cent store that sells dry goods like bags of beans, lentils, brown rice, and also has a small refrigerated section with eggs, sausage, milk, and a small produce section. I have started buying some of our staples there (always check the expiration date!). I also get things like toothbrushes there. We are GFCFSF and more due to  food allergies, so I try to make most of our food at home and just buy GFCF bread and milk substitutes for my son, using coupons for them, or buy bulk when they go on sale. We shop… Read more »

Rob Gorski
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 @rmagliozzi thats really cool.  I wish I had one of those stores.

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rmagliozzi

 @JenniferWhynott Jennifer, I love the fact your daughter makes things with duct tape. I have an idea my aspie will be doing that one day as well. Great minds think alike!