Saving on Saturday

Sam’s Membership Rewards/Points
Thrive Membership
Amazon Membership

United Rewards/Points
Natural Grocers Rewards/Points
World Market Rewards/Points

Not to mention all the other little stores I go to from time to time that I have a rewards/points scan card that I am supposedly collecting points.

My Thrive membership is about to renew automatically unless I “say” otherwise.

This has had me really thinking and pondering…..which memberships do I REALLY need?   And which ones do I get the most bang for my buck?

It was cool when I received the notification from THRIVE how I had saved over $500 this year with my membership.  But the question I have to ask myself is…..how much of the stuff was stuff we really needed?!  Now there are some staples I truly do get and are huge savings…..but then there is some “eye candy”…..some “ooh I wander if my family would like that!”…..kind of buys.   But truly most (80-90% was pantry stuff)…..but again I ponder…..and this is what I ponder……

My ponder is: what if we had to shop only locally like in the “good old days”?  

Memberships like Thrive and Amazon are handy because we can have things delivered straight to our home.  We never have to leave the comforts of our living room.  And there are some deals that cannot be matched any where else.

BUT…..

What does it do to the local shops?  The local vendors?  The mom and pop shops?

Even chains like Natural Grocers or United get cut out when we go online.  And I personally would just cry if I lost our Natural Grocers!!!

I have actually not been going to SAMS as much because I have found (despite what many think)…..I can save A LOT doing most of my shopping at Natural Grocers and United.  I just have to be purposeful and comb what I am looking for…..AND ONLY SHOP SALES!!  

Which brings me back to “in the good old days”…..if there wasn’t access to something…..if something wasn’t in season….well you lived without it.  You made a different plan.  You managed.  And you probably thrived even better because you weren’t caught up in trying to get everything just the way you wanted.

I don’t know…this is just stuff I have been thinking about recently.  I am wondering if I really “need” all these memberships……or are they just “wants”.  Do they end up creating an environment to spend.  Because after all if you have a membership, you can’t let it go to waste…..right!?!!

How many memberships do you have?  Do they truly save you money?  Or does it breed the desire to spend?  What are all these huge mega stores and on-line shopping truly doing to our economy? Our true value of the dollar?  

Would love to hear your take on ALL of this?  And how do you save?  Leave a comment below and lets learn from each other!

Blessings and hugs as always,
~Kelly

BOOK OF THE DAY:  The Adrenal Reset Diet by Dr. Christianson has been a HUGE blessing for me with my ADRENAL issues.  I love his podcast as well.  But the biggest thing is he helps the reader understand how “carbs” (the really good resistant starch, high fiber, plant based carbs) have been getting a bad rap…..and how these carbs can be VERY healing for the adrenals…..and stabilizing for the insulin levels.  And this is the big thing…..I HAVE NOT GAINED ANY WEIGHT because of adding these starches back into my meals.  I have been adhering to his recommendation for about 4 months now….and if anything I am stronger, leaner, and better rested because of it! And personally the REST is much more important to me than anything!

WORK OUT OF THE DAY:
It is Saturday!  My handsome hubby and I usually go for a very long walk/hike on Saturdays.  Usually about 1 1/2 hours.  But it has ranged from one hour to 2 1/2 hours.  I love these walks.  I really feel my system reset as Dr. Christianson talks about in his book.  Today is going to be lovely.  So I am sure once I am done here off we will go! 🙂

But I still did do 10 minutes on the mini tramp…It is just so good for the lymphatic system….I can’t encourage it enough to everyone!

2016: Simple, Skills, Saving

I have been reflecting A LOT this Advent season on what I would like to focus on this upcoming year.   One of the biggies has been wanting to help my family understand on the next level of nutrition and health is how a treat shouldn’t be convenient.  It should be something we make from scratch and take the time to do ourselves thus giving us the opportunity to appreciate it even more.  After all a treat should be just that….a TREAT….not a “hey lets just go to the store and get a dairy free ice cream….it’s still healthy mom!”

But….this is what I have been really reflecting on this last year…..

The food industry is starting to really pick up on the fact there are real conditions and situations and people need to be avoiding different inflammatory foods.  They have also noticed how it has become fashionable the last several years to avoid gluten….dairy…etc…..   I say fashionable because some are just doing it for vanity or because everyone else they know are doing it (I know total judgement on my part!)…..but there are also those who truly understand the health concerns and would like to avoid conditions, illnesses, diseases, compromised immune systems….kudos to them!!

BUT…..

A box is still a box!!  Processed is still processed!

So…..just because it says GLUTEN FREE….DAIRY FREE….NUT FREE….SUGAR FREE….etc……and it comes in a nice little package like:

cake mix
crackers
bread
snack bars
ice cream

IT IS STILL PROCESSED!  There is still the tendency to over indulge in an item that shouldn’t even be thought of but OCCASIONALLY……

And I am guilty too of giving into some of these ready made, boxed, processed “healthier” choices.  I have a sweet daughter who gives me this “life isn’t fair” look…..or I am having a really bad brain fog, low energy thyroid week, and I just don’t feel like doing something from scratch.

But I get frustrated at myself because I know if I am not willing to eat these processed “healthier” choices why am I willing to feed them to my family.

Thus I had this BRILLIANT idea for 2016!

EVERYTHING MUST BE MADE FROM SCRATCH!

I even thought….ah-ha I am going to even start getting back to being consistent about making my own laundry soap….etc.

I started to game plan and make a list of all the foods and things that must be made by scratch this upcoming year:
bread
ice cream
snack bars
crackers
cake

Then I started to think about what is a treat to me that I should be probably making instead of buying:

Kombucha
sauerkraut
pickles

I then started thinking even more about ALL the different things that we buy….sauces, tea, granola, yogurt, coconut milk…..

And where do I draw the line?!

That’s when I realized that what I really want to teach my daughter for 2016 is:

SIMPLICITY
SKILLS
SAVING

I don’t want to get so caught up in doing everything from scratch that it becomes complicated for our life thus taking out the simplicity of living.

I want my daughter to continue to learn skills in the kitchen, garden, house, etc…..

And I want us to continue to fine tune our savings.

Thus if there is truly a significant difference in making my own bath salts….heck ya I’m making them!

And a treat like ice cream or bread truly needs to be made in order to value the skill it took as well as savor the hard work.

But if buying my sauerkraut, which I go through a jar a week, will keep things simple as I learn how to make my own….then maybe it is what I need to make sure I find it on great SALE!!!

I am excited about my 2016 goals, challenges, and adventures for myself and my family.

Therefore, I have decided that this upcoming year my blogging will be more day to day…more updates on how I am doing with this lofty ambition of keeping 2016 SIMPLE with learned SKILLS and hopefully lots of SAVINGS!!!

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