Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Can't afford groceries lately? There might be help just around the corner.

We hear about financial hardships all over the place. I used to think that a family of 4 would have to spend $200 a week in order to have all the food, clothing, and other essentials. I found out a couple of years ago that I was way off. There is actually lots of help out there if you are looking for it. Our site is one of many that supports the mom who wants to be financially responsible. The truth is that all three of us are quite frugal, and each of us does the best we know to do to keep our family in a good financial state. This entry is for the mommas out there who feel like they cannot make it from week to week, or for the person who knows somebody who could use a little help financially, in order to make ends meet. Here are just a few resources that are just a click away, or a short drive away:

COUPON help sites:
Moneysavingmom.com is one of many sites out there that is designed to help a mom learn the tricks of using coupons, and the places to use those coupons. Crystal Paine is the author of this site, and she is very inspirational because she shows by example that moms can do something about their financial state. She is very self-disciplined and is a great model of financial discipline and the blessings that follow when you exercise that discipline. Check it out.

WIC (women, infant, children)
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Help for moms or moms-to-be. Specifically, "low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five". Offers "checks" that are good for food such as eggs, cheese, produce, juice, milk, and peanut butter, amongst other things. It is very easy to see if you are eligible. Take a peak and see if this can help you. If it can, contact the WIC office close to you.

FOOD STAMPS:
Food stamps aren't really stamps at all. They are actually a card that looks just like any other credit or debit card! Money is put on the card for you to buy your food with. Check out the site for more info, and to see if you qualify.

ANGEL FOOD MINISTRIES:
Once a month you can pick up one weeks worth of food for just $30, and there are many other food packages offered that you can choose from. Check out the site to see if there is a church hosting this ministry near you.
Anybody else know of any other great resources out there for moms who are struggling to feed their sweethearts?

3 comments:

Joy Chantry said...

For years I had to spend hours shaving down every single non-necessity off my list every time I went to the grocery store. It was very stressful. We had no food storage and would have to get pretty creative to put meals together. I have been actively couponing for over a year now and have found a few things out:

1. I am amazed at the resources out there. There are web sites (pinchingyourpennies.com, savvyshopperdeals.com) that tell you exactly what coupon to use with what killer sale.

2. It's definitely worth my time. We have a family of 4 and a dog and spend $175 a month on everything at the grocery store: diapers, food, health/beauty, dog food. I am living WAY better than I used to with name brand products. You should see my food storage! We are on WIC too but my budget was $200 a month before we started that.

I have a blog where I document everything I buy to keep me on track. If your interested, check it out at joysdumbdeals.blogspot.com.

Sorry this is so long! Hope it helps.

gin said...

another one we have found, similar to angel food ministries, is the Treasure Box ministry. it is also a once a month food box designed to feed a family of four lunch/dinner for one week. although we never thought in a million years that we would be needing it, we have been utilizing both in the last few months, and it has been a huge help.

~Angela~ said...

There are also SHARE food programs where you volunteer a little bit and then you can buy a package of food at a discounted price. I think each area/state has a specific program. Iowa's is Shareiowa.com