1. Make a thorough menu plan each week and stick to it. This will reduce your temptation to impulse buy. If you’re an impulsive person, you might want to order your groceries on-line. Do a pick-up rather than wander the aisles and test your resolve. Groceries
  2. If you shop at a Publix or a store where they do BOGO, buy one get one free, then take advantage of it! Freeze the second item for another day. If you don’t want what’s on sale, buy only what you do. Time to check your grocery list to see if the items are on it first.
  3. If you have small independent grocery stores near you, like we have in Florida, you will find the prices are nearly cut in half, especially for vegetables and fruit—not to mention the price of Wine. Trust me, by the end of the week you’ll be ready for a bottle or two.
  4. Next is going generic. No more high end food for you unless you spend a dollar to buy a lottery ticket and win big, like over twenty dollars or so!
  5. When creating your list each week be sure to add your children’s and husband’s favorite treats. We all can’t just live on love, and believe the Beatles that love is all we need.
  6. It would be a good idea to make the planned food for six days. Then, order in pizza or Chinese dinner on the seventh.
  7. Have you ever had a veggie smoothie? They are delicious and don’t taste like carrots and celery at all. Yummy, creamy, I thought I was drinking fruit through a straw.

You’re all probably rolling your eyes right now. So I’ll send you to Allrecipes who has more than 160 vegetable smoothie recipes with reviews and tips!

Ladies, one more tip. As you wait for your children to come home from school, sample a few delicious smoothies and read a good book. The Authors’ Billboard (ABB) has over thirty boxsets with multiple books from NYTimes and USAT today bestselling authors—for only $.99!!

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About Patrice Wilton

Patrice Wilton knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to write books that would take the reader to faraway places. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, and had a great need to see the world that she had read about. Patrice became a flight attendant for seventeen years and traveled the world. At the age of forty she sat down to write her first book—in longhand! Her interests include tennis, golf, and writing stories for women of all ages. She is a mother of two, has four lovely grand-daughters, and a wonderful man at her side. They live in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he teaches her golf, and she teaches him patience. Her best selling books are the CANDY BAR series, SERENDIPITY FALLS series, and most recently PARADISE COVE and A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION series. She is a New York Times best selling author.  View website


  1. Great tips to keep us all on track. I’ll have to check out those smoothy recipes. I like apple and celery with spinach. Or carrot, apple. I’m noticing that I tend to mix fruit with veggies so I’ll have to see if I can find some pure veggie ones.

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