Example # 2: Unit Price $1.66 per 100 count

Frugal Living: Do You Shop by Unit Price?

Do you check the unit price before you purchase your items at the grocery store?  Knowing the value of your purchase will help you maximize your savings while shopping.  A few years ago, a read an article about how the sale price isn’t always the best deal, so make sure you are checking the unit price to compare items.  This came in handy a few days later when I almost got suckered into purchasing Christmas themed tissues because they were on sale a few days after Christmas.  Since it was a few years ago, I do not remember the exact price, but I do remember they were only a few cents off compared to some regular priced items I was comparing.  The unit price was actually more for the Christmas themed tissue boxes because the box had fewer tissues.  Till this day I shop by unit price for items that I am not so brand sensitive about.

If you are not sure what the unit price is, it is the price of an item divided by the unit of measurement.  There is no need to pull out your handy dandy calculator in the toilet paper aisle, because it is normally printed right next to the sales price; most people just never pay attention to it.  Here are a few examples with the unit price highlighted in orange:

Example # 1: Unit Price 79.6 cents per 100 count

Example # 2: Unit Price $1.66 per 100 count

Example # 2: Unit Price $1.66 per 100 count

Example # 3: Unit Price 82.9 cents per 100 count

Example # 3: Unit Price 82.9 cents per 100 count

As you can see the unit of measurement is per 100 tissues for each box.  So can you tell which is the best deal? If you said Example #1 you would be correct.  Not only does it have the cheapest unit price, it also has the most tissues.  In the long run you are paying less compared to buying the cheaper box in example #3.

So the next time you are in the store shopping, think about this article to help you maximize your savings potential for your household.  The cheapest deal is not always the best deal, so check the unit price.

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Oatmeal Pumpkin Waffles

Oatmeal Pumpkin Waffles

Oatmeal Pumpkin Waffles

Who doesn’t like Pumpkin!?!?

In the spirit of enjoying everything pumpkin this fall season, I came up with a recipe for Oatmeal Pumpkin Waffles.  They were awesome and the little ones loved them.  I came up with the following recipe derived from a basic Oatmeal Waffle recipe I have been using from allrecipes.com.  So here are the details:

  • 1 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Quick Cooking Oats
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Allspice
  • 3 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Milk
  • 6 tablespoons Melted Butter
  • 2 cups Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

Step 1-Get your waffle iron ready to go and do not forget to grease it so the waffles do not stick.  If you do not have a waffle iron, you can easily use this same batter to make pancakes on the stove top or griddle.

Step 2-Mix all dry ingredients into a bowl (flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, brown sugar, and salt).

Step 3- Beat eggs and add to the dry mixture along with all the rest of the ingredients (milk, butter, pumpkin puree, and vanilla).

For a family of four, this Oatmeal Pumpkin Waffle batter is normally enough to last us two days; unless we have guest over.  Let me know how your family likes them.


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Products We Love: Spectrum Naturals Organic Coconut Oil


The health benefits of real coconut oil are endless. Not the stuff that’s laced with a bunch of other things, but pure coconut oil. In our household we use it for cooking, skin and hair care. Three uses out of one product is a pretty good deal if you ask me. Our brand of choice is Spectrum Naturals Organic Coconut Oil. It is 100% all coconut oil with nothing added or at least that’s what the label says. It is bottled in a facility that also bottles peanut oil as an FYI. The cheapest place I have found it so far is at Walmart for at 6.98 for a 14oz jar.

My initial purchase was for an all natural moisturizer to help with my son’s eczema. So far it has helped keep it under control in combination with other things we use for his skin care regime. I also use it for my hair since I made the transition of being a natural beauty instead of using such harsh products. It helps keep our hair and skin very soft and moisturized. Unless you are really into smelling like coconut I highly recommend purchasing the unrefined version of coconut oil. Unrefined coconut oil is pure and has not been altered with bleach or deodorizes to give it that strong smell. Pure coconut oil is light in taste and scent. Because of it not being chemically processed, it is very important to heat before consuming like suggested on the package.

I am not a doctor so please consult a physician, but here are a few more things coconut oil is know to help improve: calcium to help teeth and bones, Alzheimer’s, weight loss, diabetes and heart disease. If you are currently using coconut oil or plan to, please share your story.

This is not a paid sponsor just a product we like to use.

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Our Family Adventure: Shady Brook Farm

For the first time ever, our little family experienced picking pumpkins at Shady Brook Farm in Yardley, PA. It was a fun filled event that took up our entire afternoon. Pumpkin Fest is currently going on from September 28th through October 31st of 2013. This festival is undeniably a place for younger children to enjoy. Keep in mind it is a farm so do not wear good shoes, since we ran into a few muddy spots.

There are multiple blow up bouncy attractions to choose from, but no shoes allowed on these play things so bring an extra pair of socks; unless you are ok with your child going bare foot. Other cool attractions are petting zoo stations, corn maze, Tryke Track, live entertainment, fall treats and more. And of course the main attraction, riding the hay ride out to the pumpkin patch to pick your very own pumpkins. The pumpkins are .59/lbs. so don’t get too carried away like we did since it can quickly add up. Oh and last but not least you cannot leave without visiting the market to pick up some pumpkin ice cream, which was amazing.

The cost is $15 per person including children. If your child is big enough to play you gotta pay. Have no fear you can print $7 off coupons from Valpak and yes you can use a coupon for each person. Just make sure you keep clicking reprint so you get a different barcode for each coupon. The coupon is good up until October 31st although it gives dates for September in the heading. We had fun so I recommend it. To read more about Shady Brook Farms and see additional offers please visit www.shadybrookfarm.com.

This is not a paid advertisement, just something we enjoyed.

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