About Me

Hi there and welcome to Kosher on a Budget! My name is Mara, and I’m glad you are here.

So, a little about me… well, I am a mom, a wife, and a bit of a freak about saving money. Over the last two years, I’ve become rather addicted committed to saving my family money through coupon shopping. (And yes, I have the stockpile of shampoo, razors, diapers and toothpaste to prove it!)

But unlike so many of the bargain bloggers already out there, I am an Orthodox Jewish woman, raising a strictly kosher-keeping family of five. If you are reading this, you probably know what I’m talking about when I say that keeping kosher is far from a money saving plan. In fact, if you are a follower of the coupon blogs, you have probably wept right along with me over the sweet deals that won’t work since they don’t have a hechsher!

No, we can’t save big on non-kosher chicken cutlets or Kraft cheddar cheese, but when it comes to staples like cereal, rice, pasta, condiments, eggs, cottage cheese, yogurt, produce and, of course, toiletries, we can still make our dollars weep from frugality. For my family of five, I spend a maximum of $600 per month, which includes a good deal of organic produce; grass-fed, free range kosher beef (special ordered); plus all our household goods, like laundry detergent, shampoo and toilet paper.

Whether it’s combining coupons with sales, cooking from a monthly menu plan or baking from scratch, I want to show you how I keep our budget to a minimum while still living a rich, full, kosher life! I’m glad you are here and I can’t wait to learn more about YOU! (To read more about Kosher on a Budget, check out my first post.)

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