Posted by: thesavinghabit | March 17, 2011

Home Gardening for Savings

I keep seeing all these articles about growing your own food. I will be the first to admit that we did try planting a garden once and we didn’t as well as we hoped. However, we live in a townhouse with a cement patio. We created a container on the patio, filled it with soil and attempted a container garden. We quickly learned that our patio is facing the wrong direction and we don’t get enough sun for most of the items we tried to grow! So, before you go investing any money in gardening supplies, make sure your space has adequate sun exposure!

There are several types of gardens to consider. If you have enough yard space, you can till some of the ground and create a traditional garden. If not, consider the various types of container gardens available and decide what might be viable for you. There are all types of containers. I’ve seen various planters that hang and stack. There is hydroponic gardening, which doesn’t require soil. Many people prefer to use small containers that can be brought inside in the event of unexpected poor weather conditions. 

Before starting you also want to consider what types of items you will be most likely to use that are a good option for the climate where you live. And, remember that optimal planting times may be different based on where you live. For example, we can grow some crops in Florida during the winter that most places grow during summer months. Be sure to do your research before starting!

Obviously, during the first season of gardening, you may end up spending a little extra in supplies to get started. However, once you get your garden growing, you can have fresh, better-tasting produce that will cost you less in the long-run. And, you’ll know that it’s been grown without the use of harmful sprays and chemicals.

I won’t pretend to be a gardening expert…far from it! But it is something to consider to reduce grocery costs.  And, if you know others who have gardens, consider doing some bartering with them and trade produce to get more variety. If you do an internet search, you’ll come up with plenty of websites with tips to get started. However, here are a few places to start:

Vegetable Gardening in Containers

Container Gardening Guide

Container Gardening Guide (different one)

Container Gardening with Herbs and Vegetables

Hydroponic Gardening Guide

Gardening with The Helpful Gardener

Herb Gardening

Growing Vegetables

Fruits in the Garden

Starting a Vegetable Garden: Five S’s to Success

Vegetable Gardening, Herbs, Fruits & More

Now for some other good stuff!

All You Magazine April Coupon List  – ClipperGirl has been kind enough to provide us a list of coupons that will be in Walmart’s All You Magazine that hits the newsstands on Friday, March 25.  You can check it out here to see if you want to stop by and pick up a copy. Last time I purchased one off the newsstand, it was less than $2.

Walmart Deals  – KrazyCouponLady has some good Walmart Deals posted. You can go check those out here.

New club for pet owners!  Publix has started a new Pet Club. Register now to receive tips, valuable coupons and advance notice of special events.  And, if you register before March 31, 2011, you will be entered into a sweepstakes to win free food for you and your pet. You can find all the details and/or register here.  And don’t forget they have other clubs and programs that can save you money. You can find all of them here.

For local calendar events:

For Delray Beach, click here.

For Boynton Beach, click here.

For Boca Raton, click here.

Now, on to the deals this week!

Know the Lingo
BOGO – Buy one, get one free
SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores
Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off
Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles
All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

Whole Foods:  Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.

Publix Greenwise:  Click here for their weekly ads.

Many thanks to IHeartPublix.com for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

For Publix “Super Deals” for 3/17-3/23/11, please click here.

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups for 3/17-3/23/11, please click here.

For Publix Advantage Buy Flyer sales, please click here.

Renita’s Favorite Money-Saving Sites

http://www.simplycvsshopping.com/

http://www.specials.publix.com

http://www.iheartpublix.com

http://www.iheartwags.com

http://www.iheartcvs.com

http://www.cvsdeals.gather.com

http://publixpennypincher.blogspot.com

http://www.southernsavers.com

http://frugalityisfree.com

http://getadealdude.com

http://claimsqueen.com/

http://www.thesimpledollar.com

http://www.iheartthemart.com

E-Book now available!

I’m excited to tell you that my book is now available as an e-book! So, you can save money while you learn to save even more money by purchasing an e-book instead of a traditionally bound book! For more information, please click here

Kindle book now available!

My book is now available for the Kindle! Please click here!

Renita is a resident of Palm Beach County, and author of “Wow! You Saved How Much?” For more information, visit her website at http://wowyousavedhowmuch.com.

 “Copyright © Renita R. Perrone All rights reserved. Permission granted to reprint this article on your website without alteration (excluding the weekly deals)  if you include this copyright statement and leave the hyperlinks live and in place.” http://wowyousavedhowmuch.com

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