Monday: save money locally and today’s rad events!

Oh what an exhausting weekend.  I hosted a sleepover for my daughter and her friend, worked through the weekend and  then tried to get some sleep. Of course i did make time to be serenaded by a friend, brush up on my wiz-war knowledge for some future nerd battles and  make delicious food for my tot. There is absolutely no excuse for not making dinner from scratch around here, my #1 rule: never ever make crap for dinner.

As someone who grew up on hamburger helper and ramen ( even though my dad is a fantastic chef! hay , there were 5 kids and he was in the military)  i just can not stand the idea of making little miss eat that nightly. Luckily i am one money savvy mama and i managed to  design a system of grocery shopping and preparing meals that only costs me about $300 a month for a family of 3. Yeah that’s right!  And since i am feeling especially generous i am going to share some tips with you. This week i have 3 tips that are guaranteed to save you money!

#1- coupons yea remember those? The things you hated your parents to use ? yeah those things are worth money and can save you a ton. You don’t even have to scour sales ads for them, some of the best are online that you can print on your own. HERE is a great list of coupon sites. Also it never hurts to email your fave companies and rave about their products, they will probably send you great coupon’s that you would never find anywhere.

#2- buy in bulk! There are some great places to buy in bulk here in Ogden. It saves money, it creates less garbage waste and in case of disaster it pays to have bulk foods. My fave bulk store is a little place i recently stumbled upon when looking for cake dye called “kitchen kneads’. They have everything you can imagine; baking goods, local dairy products, kitchen supplies, essential oils and of course bulk food items.

#3- Farmers markets! Ok i know what you are thinking, fresh produce is expensive! Well, it can be if you don’t shop around and make nice with the farmers. A great family activity and a great way to save money is to make friends with local farmers and volunteer to help during harvest season or ask about their “pick your own” deals. HERE is a great list of pick your own farms here in Utah!

Eating whole foods is not only great for your health, it is also great for you community too!

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    All day 
Exhibits: Wildlife and Western Art: Bob Child, Pottery Jim Simister – Eccles Community Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Avenue, Ogden, Utah 84401 This event has reminders.
Art house cinema movies-Ogden’s premier art house cinema showing first run films from art movies to foreign to documentaries to local shorts along with far-from-center features at our weekend late night screenings. Join us for candy, popcorn, and a cold Coke in our small intimate theater with limited seating with a personal touch on historic 25th Street in Ogden.


Wild Things -From forests to fields the Ogden Nature Center is teeming with life. Journey through the ecosystems that make up this 152-acre nature preserve and take a peak at their inhabitants. Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th Street, Ogden, UT 84404

9:00am – 11:00am  
Flu Vaccinations for Seniors available at Golden Hours Senior Center -One of the most vulnerable age groups that suffer from complications due to the common flu is the senior community. We want to make sure that all seniors in our area receive their flu and pneumonia shots to help protect themselves from these potentially life-threatening viruses. he Golden Hours Senior Center will be hosting CNS who will be prepared to administer flu and pneumonia vaccinations to Ogden senior citizens.  The clinic will be held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Monday September 19th at the center located at 650 25th Street.

9:30am – 10:30am    and 1:00pm-2:00pm
Preschool Discovery Days – Things with Wings -Learn that bats, birds and even seeds that fly as you explore nature’s winged wonders.  Net insects; enjoy high-flying songs, stories, games and a craft as you learn through hands-on discovery about things with wings.  The Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th Street, Ogden, UT 84403

WSU’s Anthropology Club will present an evening of Greek culture as part of the WSU Greek Festival, 1:30 p.m., Social Science Room 103, free, 801-626-6431.

5:15pm – 6:00pm  
Health & Happiness: Restorative Yoga with Jill Sjoblom – Eccles Community Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Avenue, Ogden, Utah 84401 This event has reminders.

WSU’s Executive Lecture Series presents Kym Buttschardt, CPA, founder and owner of Roosters Brewing Company and Restaurant, 5:30-6:30 p.m., WSU Davis Room 110 (2750 N. University Park Blvd., Layton), free, 801-395-3482 or

 7:00pm – 9:00pm    
Wasatch Archery Programs Meetup: details at

7:30pm – 9:00pm    
Performing Arts: Soul Meets Body: AMoving Meditation through Dance – Eccles Community Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Avenue, Ogden, Utah 84401 This event has reminders.

About mikaela shafer

Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband, 2 kiddos and fur baby and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.


  1. I keep clipping coupons and forgetting to put them in my purse for spontaneous stops at Walmart. What to do, what to do…

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