Money Saving Mini-Series: Discount Food Stores

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The final post I have for this mini-series is on discount food stores. I have to say that I am very thankful that I have some of these in my area. They don’t accept coupons but the prices there are low enough that it isn’t really necessary. One is Deal Mart and it’s almost a chain around here. There are several in the surrounding cities. However, we didn’t go to Deal Mart this month. Instead we went to Bargains Food Outlet.

Bargains is much bigger, close to a large Wal-Mart in size. They have pallets of food stacked up in addition to the aisles you see in normal stores.

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Pallets of canned goods (Sorry that it’s blurry!)

When we are low on funds, we like to shop here or Deal Mart first because of their low prices. Not all of their goods are cheapest however. Near me, the milk at Aldi is under $2 while at Bargains it was over $2. You just have to become familiar with the stores and their prices around you to help you save extra money.

The reason their prices are so low is because they have damaged and sometimes expired goods. I read once online that the expiration date is more for the stores to know when to swap something out. Just be careful when buying expired and damaged goods, like this corn. I saw worse ones but didn’t want to step in front of someone looking at a shelf to take a pic. 😉

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Bargains_3 A couple damaged products. Not all of the goods are damaged as you can see. Some are fine. Sorry for the 2nd blurry one. I thought it had taken it fine so I started walking. 😀

One of the best things about these stores is taking advantage of some damage. Like the boxed rice is fine as long as it doesn’t have any holes. Holes in something could let bugs in so we avoid those. Food that isn’t pretty enough to make it to the big box stores like Wal-Mart are sold cheaper here.

On a side note, even Wal-Mart lowers their prices for their ‘ugly’ goods. Hubby and  I have found messed up cakes and other baked goods for cheap because the icing was ruined or it was about to go out of date. Like on the ‘We Made Too Much!’ cart. Or even in the bakery itself, which is where we found this cake.

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Just because it isn’t pretty doesn’t mean it won’t be delicious! Yum!!

One of the best deals hubby likes at Bargains is their chicken tenders. They are larger than nuggets but not as big as regular chicken tenders but for a 10 lb box, you pay only $6 or $7!! Depending on their prices when we go. Since we don’t have a deep freezer, it takes up a lot of room in our little side by side fridge freezer so we don’t get it very often. They have plenty of other meat deals in boxes like this and while there is a sign  up preventing us from opening the boxes (by law apparently) that also means no one else has messed with what we want to buy. 😉

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Hubby loves their chicken tenders!!

Here is a few more things we got at Bargains besides a box of chicken. Some of the items are ‘expired’ of course but they will be eaten up fairly quickly.

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Some cheese crackers for hubby to take to work. Brand name and 2/$1!
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Haven’t tried these yet but they look yummy!

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The produce there isn’t the best but hubby found a decent bunch of bananas there that were too bruised on the bottom to eat alone but they made some delicious and filling muffins!

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Hubby loves this cereal!

As you can see, this cereal was expired technically, but we bought strawberry and blueberry. I haven’t had any from this box but the blueberry didn’t taste stale at all.

We also found some puffs for a good price! Now, I don’t normally buy baby stuff there because the pouches could be hiding mold. I have seen too many stories online of moldy pouches to wear I check each one before I give it to my daughter. But these puffs were fine. I shook them to make sure they weren’t stale and clumped together and these have a clear plastic wrap on the inside I found later that will help me to decide whether to buy them again or not. But so far they look fine and she loves them!

If you have a discount food store near you, then I recommend checking it out! Hopefully it will help you as much as it has helped us!

Did you enjoy this mini-series? Learn anything new? If you have anything to add, please share it in the comments section below!!

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Money Saving Mini-Series: Meal Planning

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When you make your meal plan, try to create as many meals around an ingredient as you can. This way, you buy less food and then less food will go to waste. Like crockpot salsa chicken for my enchiladas (see pic below) can be mixed into refried bean burritos or top nachos with cheese, sour cream or guac, and salsa. All of those are delicious options that go together and can use up leftover ingredients.

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Make a grocery list and stick with it, taking into consideration what you have in the pantry (#4 on the basics post – must add link) when making your list and meal plan. I look on Pinterest all the time for meal ideas when I’m bored of our staples. We usually stick with easy and filling meals that produce leftovers for the next day to give mama a break from cooking. 😉

Keeping your pantry stocked with staples will also help when funds are low or deals aren’t what you normally eat. It’s also helpful on a last minute trip out or to the park. Fix some sandwiches, fill up some water bottles and throw some sides into a lunchbox with the sandwiches. When we do this, we like to take applesauce pouches (not just for the baby. 😉 ) and something like cheese crackers or veggie straws. Non-perishable snacks like these keep in the pantry for a long time and help fill everyone up.

Some of our dinner staples are: my chicken enchiladas, tacos (made with ground turkey or beef depending on which is on sale/cheaper at that time), homemade pepperoni pizza, egg fried rice (with and without orange or teryaki chicken), chili, lentil quesadillas, potato soup with corn and spinach (still working on tweaking this recipe just right), refried bean burritos and hot dogs. Some of the sides we use a lot are mashed potatoes, various fruits or veggies, mac n cheese and tater tots or fries.

My hubby usually takes lemon pepper chicken or BBQ chicken sandwiches for lunch. PB&J, grilled cheese, ham & cheese-grilled and regular are easy, quick, and cheap lunches. He’ll take a couple of sandwiches sometimes as well. Lentil quesadillas, bean burritos and hot dogs double as lunch some days as well.

A great way to stretch food is to add in rice. Rice will go with the tacos, in the enchiladas and burritos, with the lentils if we run out of tortillas and hubby takes rice with his lemon pepper chicken. I add in refried beans to the taco meat as well to help stretch it. Doing this I can get several meals out of the taco meat instead of just a few.

Our breakfast meals are usually frozen sandwiches for him to eat on his way to work, oatmeal, cereal, toast, yogurt, and homemade pancakes. Breakfast tends to be quick and easy.

Snacks are usually peanut butter and apples, carrots and hummus, cheese sticks, and fruit. One of the best ways to save money on produce is to buy frozen if you don’t need fresh (like with hummus). You can mix frozen fruit into smoothies for a snack or to go with sandwiches for lunch.

When we have a little extra money, we like to try a couple of new recipes so if you have any favorite recipes, share them in the comments below!

Money Saving Mini-Series: Couponing & Apps

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In my opinion, the best way to coupon is to use only the ones you really need and double them when and where you can. When you start couponing, it’s best to become familiar with store policies as well as the rules on couponing.

Always be polite to your cashiers. And remember that not everyone will be familiar with their coupon policy so if you think it may be a problem when you go shopping with a lot of coupons, print a copy of the store’s policy to take with you. Remember, they’re just doing their job. 🙂

However, one of my favorite stores doesn’t take coupons and that is Aldi. Their prices are extremely cheap for their store brand so they don’t really need the coupons. They do have national brand items such as Pop-Tarts but those are usually just as expensive as Wal-Mart.

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Here is a short list of stores that accept coupons, a bit on their policies as well as links to their full policies if you click on their names.

Wal-Mart: You’ll have to scroll down a bit to read Wal-Mart’s coupon policy. They accept coupons printed at home, manufacturer’s coupons, soft drink container caps, coupons printed off at the registers( aka Catalinas) and competitors’ coupons (with some stipulations).

Target: They accept manufacturer, Target, print-at-home, and coupons off of their Cartwheel app (which I definitely recommend!) Become familiar with Target’s sales and the Cartwheel app to make the most of your savings! You can also get a Target RedCard and save 5% on all purchases! And it can be a debit card so you don’t have to run your credit to get a credit card. All you need is a blank check! 🙂

Publix: My local Publix accepts some coupons from competitors, so be sure to check your local Publix! The online policy says this too so ask you local Publix to be sure. They also accept manufacturer coupons, Publix coupons, and Internet coupons which I’m assuming are the print-at-home variety. I once used a sale, combined with a Publix coupon and manufacturer coupons printed from coupons.com to save big on organic Gerber baby food pouches!!

Bi-Lo: The policy says they accept competitor coupons and a sign is hanging in store so be sure to check your local Bi-Lo when you go! They also accept manufacturers, Bi-Lo’s, and Internet coupons. Bi-Lo does double coupons with some restrictions: up to 5 coupons on like items, 60 cents or less unless posted in store, and only of the manufacturer variety.

Winn-Dixie: They accept manufacturer coupons, Winn-Dixie coupons and Internet coupons. I don’t shop here so I’m not sure on their sales and how well coupons save money here.

Ingles: Ingles does double coupons, but you must have an Ingles Advantage Card. They are free though. Their doubling doesn’t start until after $10 orders and only 3 coupons will double. Check the policy page for the rest of their doubling info.

Lowe’s Foods: One of these opened up recently near me but I haven’t checked them out yet so let me know if you have and tell me what you think! The policy states that they accept store coupons, manufacturer’s, print-at-home and competitor’s coupons (local and some national stores). They also double, “super double” and “triple” coupons so check their policy page out if you have one near you!

Lidl: Pronounced LEE-dl, this store is similar to Aldi. I’ve been a few times and love it! Their prices are between Aldi and Wal-Mart. The link is to their coupons page. I couldn’t find an official coupon policy online but I know that with their app, you can also ‘clip’ Lidl coupons. Sometimes they will send coupons for an amount off an order in emails such as $5 off of an order of $30 or more you can print off and use. They are new in the United States so if you are lucky enough to have one open near you, definitely check it out!wp-image-734318608.jpg

Now that you now what your stores’ coupon policies are, you need to find some! You can get coupons through emails, in the mail and newspaper inserts, stickers on store items or in little store printers on shelves (yes, that’s still a thing. 😀 ), and pamphlets like from Publix.

One of the most convenient places to get coupons though is online. Then all you have to do is ‘clip’ them and print them off. One of my favorites is Coupons.com. They have a website and an app. One of the best hacks I’ve found is using multiple devices. Since the app is free, you can download it to multiple devices and print 2 per device. I’ve done 2 on my laptop, 2 on my phone, and 2 on my hubby’s tablet to get 6 of the same item! I did this when I was saving money on those Gerber pouches!

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The second best way to find coupons is apps. There are over a dozen apps out their designed to save money but here are a few main apps.

  • Coupons.com: It has only 36 stores with coupons. The only stores I use are Wal-Mart and Target. They have coupons you can ‘clip’ and then a section of printable coupons.
  • Ibotta – couponing and rebates app. Choose the rebates you want to use from the available stores and then scan and send in your receipt. Get cash back.
  • Checkout 51 – same as Ibotta but with less options. Just a list of coupons that change weekly. Get cash back.
  • Berry Cart – This app has coupons on organic items. I don’t buy these often because even with coupons I can’t afford them but if that is your thing then I recommend this app.
  • Southern Savers – This app has many ads for stores in the South from Wal-Mart to Bi-Lo, Publix to Winn-Dixie, Aldi to Dollar General, Earth Fare to Lidl, Staples to CVS. It’s like the Southern Savers website and has national chains along with local-to-the-South stores.
  • Target Cartwheel (which I LOVE): Contains Target sales where you add your deals to your profile, scan the barcode at checkout and you save money! I love that the deals are divided into categories.

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Store apps:

  • Lidl – has the weekly specials and some coupons. Just got one in the area so still figuring out the app.
  • Aldi – Similar to the Aldi site. Has a QR code reader for products and sales ads.
  • Sam’s Club – Similar to the Sam’s Club site with a barcode reader.
  • Walmart – Similar to the Wal-Mart site along with the Savings Catcher to find lower prices and allow you to get the difference on a Wal-Mart egift card or BlueBird card.
  • Target – Similar to the Target site with a barcode scanner

There are also these apps:

  • Saving Star – Save money by adding loyalty cards or scan receipts then you get cash back. I don’t use this one however.
  • MobiSave – Scan the receipts and get paid through PayPal in 24 hours. I don’t have PayPal so I don’t use this one either
  • Flipp – This one has weekly ads in one place
  • Krazy Coupon Lady – Sends daily information about deals, coupons and sales. I get the emails instead of downloading the app.
  • Favado – This app has sales ads so you can look at them all in one place as well.

 

 

Do you have any couponing tips I missed? What about money saving stories like I had with the Gerber pouches? I’d love to read them so be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below!!

Money Saving Mini-Series: Basics First!

Money Saving Mini-Series 2017I got a request to write a blog post on what I knew about saving money. I decided to turn it into a mini-series because I knew what I’ve learned wouldn’t fit in just one blog post.

With that in mind, I typed up what I knew that way I could sort it out for this mini-series. I’ve been researching money saving ever since I first got married and we rented our first apartment several years ago now. Having a baby nearly a year ago now has made money saving even more important.

So I decided the first post should be about the basics. These are some things you should put into practice. We are still working on some of these. For a few of the tips, I’ll go into deeper detail in the rest of this series.

Onto the tips!

  1. Creating a budget: First off, find out how much you and your family have to spend and stick to that budget. Eat at home as much as possible and cut costs where you can. The USDA created a chart for families to discover the best budget for them.
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  2. Cut out what you don’t need: Don’t buy the new phones. If you can live without it, turn off the TV and just watch Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Video. Don’t go see movies in theaters but borrow them from Redbox, the library, etc. I’ve read that even turning up the thermostat a few degrees saves money! To cut gas spending, try combining days out during the week when you’re running errands.
  3. Eating out: Don’t do it if you can avoid it. Bring water, snacks, even meals like sandwiches. We do this frequently, even when we don’t go shopping like if we’re going to be out all day.
  4. ‘Shopping’ in the pantry: Check and see what you have in your pantry that you can use while making your list (see #9 & #15). That saves money and prevents buying an item again that you don’t need.
  5. Don’t shop hungry: It will cause you to buy unnecessary and often unhealthy snacks and prepackaged food that you and your family really don’t need. My family brings snacks and water so that we don’t eat out if we know we’re going to be out all day, which happens when we shop. See #3 and #15.
  6. Shop weekly sales: Find the stores you go to most often online and look at when their sales start. Some start on Sunday and others on Wednesday but it depends on the store. Usually, you can sign up for their email list and the ads will be sent to you. When you check sales ads, look for coupons to increase your savings! (#7)
  7. Couponing: With shows on families using coupons to get outrageous savings and even getting paid by the store, I’m sure everyone has at least tried their hand at couponing. But let me tell you that it is not easy. Sometimes, they’ll buy things they don’t need to save money on some items or get paid to shop but that seems like more work than it is worth. Most people I know that are trying to save money do so because they have a family to feed and take care of and it’s hard to do major couponing with young children. I’m not saying it’s impossible but unlikely to be done on a daily or even weekly basis.
    I plan to go into more detail on coupons in following posts in this mini-series. In any case, I generally love couponing! When I can of course. 🙂  There’s a bunch of coupon apps (will also be a separate smaller post). There are also pamphlets and websites you can get coupons from.
  8. Apps: I’ll go into a bit more detail in another post with the coupon apps in the couponing post. Some stores have apps now with the sales ads in them. Like Target has an app in addition to the Target Cartwheel app (which is ah.maz.ing btw.) I don’t use these apps as much though.
  9. Meal planning: Meal planning with the weekly ads is one of the best ways to save money. You find out what is going to be on sale and create your menus around them. It helps by saving on money for meat as well when you buy what’s on sale. You could opt out of meat and go vegetarian at least once a week. We don’t implement that but we do eat a lot of leftovers around here. 🙂 I’ll be making a separate post with a sample of our meal plan later on.
  10. Make what you can to save money: Make as much homemade food as you can and skip processed convenience foods when possible. Homemade pizza, bread, mac n cheese, etc. But, if it’s easier to buy a couple of loaves of bread than make them then do it. Saving time is a consideration too when you go shopping. Like, I can make my own bread but Aldi sells loaves for $0.65-$0.89 a piece so we go with that more often. Also, when you have a large family and it’s not conceivable to make 5 or 6 large pizzas, then just buy some frozen ones! Our favorite frozen pizzas are Sam’s brands at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club. Here they are about the same price as Little Caesar’s and not as greasy. 😉
  11. Price compare: This one goes along with #10 and is a pretty common tip. Check the prices where you go when you can and get what’s cheapest. Check your previous receipts to determine how much you’re spending on various items Buy in bulk if necessary but if it’s cheaper to buy 2 or 3 of the smaller items, then do so.
  12. Buy in bulk: Another major common tip is buy in bulk! But not everything. When you buy in bulk, compare the unit prices to make sure you’re getting the most for your money. Like recently I was at Aldi and saw they had some chocolate chips on sale but I wanted to compare the bigger bag at Sam’s. So I took a picture of the price card with my phone and waited. If it had been cheaper, I would have bought multiples at Aldi but the Sam’s bag is 3 cents cheaper per oz (I believe that was the unit price on that). So not only would it save money to get the big one but also waste because it’s less plastic.
  13. Stock up: When sales happen and you have the extra cash, stock up on dry goods! Like with the back to school season, peanut butter and jelly is on sale so now would be a good time to stock up on it. Around March I believe, frozen food is on sale so then would be a good time to stock up on it, if you have a deep freezer (which we are working towards buying for reasons like that). Same goes for meat. Aldi usually has great prices on meat so then would be a great time to stockpile for lean times and no sales.
  14. Check discount food stores: I will be making a small separate post on discount food stores but here are some quick tips until then. They have damaged and ‘technically’ expired goods. But as long as you are careful and critical of what you buy, you should be fine. Evaluate what you’re buying and check for punctures, cracks, and bugs. Yes, bugs. We were at a discount food store (we don’t often go to anymore) where they had some applesauce pouches and tiny fruit flies were covering a couple of busted boxes. Yes, it was nasty. But we don’t buy pouches from those stores. Aldi is a much better place to buy them from. Also check the expiration dates. Some things are ok a bit past but others…not so much. If you don’t feel comfortable buying something past the expiration date, then don’t. It won’t be worth the few pennies saved if someone gets sick!
  15. Weekly or monthly shopping trips: If possible, go shopping only once a month to save money on gas and impulse buys. If not, try and go only weekly instead of every couple of days. We go shopping every 3 weeks because that works best for us. I check ads when I can and buy what I know is cheap if I can’t, meal plan each time, and ALWAYS make a grocery list! If you sometimes forget your lists at home, try typing them up in a memo on your phone or taking a picture of the completed list as soon as you finish writing it. Not being able to cross things off is better than not having the list and guessing then missing a key ingredient!

Have any basic tips to share with a beginner? Share them down below in the comment section!

Hosea Chapter 14

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In the final chapter, Hosea opens with a plea to Israel, telling them to return to God.

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Joel 2:13: Let your broken heart show your sorrow; tearing your clothes is not enough.” Come back to the Lord your God. He is kind and full of mercy; he is patient and keeps his promise; he is always ready to forgive and not punish. GNT

Psalm 51:16-17: You do not want sacrifices, or I would offer them; you are not pleased with burnt offerings. My sacrifice is a humble spirit, O God; you will not reject a humble and repentant heart. GNT

God then promises to bring His people back to Him and love them with all of His heart. Despite their sins, He is no longer angry with them and will care for them and they will live and thrive under His protection.

Jeremiah 14:7: My people cry out to me, ‘Even though our sins accuse us, help us, Lord, as you have promised. We have turned away from you many times; we have sinned against you. GNT

He will answer their prayers and shelter them. The Israelites will no longer have anything to do with idols and God will be the source of their blessings.

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Hosea then gives this charge at the end of the chapter: May those who are wise understand what is written here, and may they take it to heart. The Lord’s ways are right, and righteous people live by following them, but sinners stumble and fall because they ignore them.

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Psalm 111:7-8: In all he does he is faithful and just; all his commands are dependable. They last for all time; they were given in truth and righteousness. GNT

I believe Hosea can be summed up like this. God loves His people and will accept them back, even if He’s punished them for their sins. We just need to be faithful and follow Him.

Let me know your thoughts on Hosea in the comments below!

Hosea Chapter 13

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Ephraim was once looked up to in Israel but now they worship Baal and other metal idols. They come up with images to worship, kiss, and offer sacrifices to. So the people of Ephraim and Israel will die because of their idol worship.

Their lives are short and vanish in the heat of the sun, the heat of their sin. ‘Like chaff blown off from a threshing floor’ (vs 3) the Israelites will disappear because of their wickedness.

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God reminds them that He is their Lord and they should have no other God besides Him. He reminds them that He is their Savior alone and only He provided for them.

Isaiah 43:11: “I alone am the Lord, the only one who can save you. GNT

Deut. 2:7: “Remember how the Lord your God has blessed you in everything that you have done. He has taken care of you as you wandered through this vast desert. He has been with you these forty years, and you have had everything you needed. GNT

Through Hosea, He tells them He will destroy them because now they’re proud. They have forgotten how He rescued them and cared for them. So, ‘like a lion’, ‘leopard’ or a ‘bear deprived of her cubs’ (vs 7-8) God says He will tear the Israelites to pieces and will devour them.

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They asked for a king but he cannot save them. None of the kings, princes, or judges God gave them will be able to save them. In His anger, God gave them a king and in His anger He will take the king away. He tells them that help can only come from Him, their true King.

1 Samuel 8:5-7: and said to him, “Look, you are getting old and your sons don’t follow your example. So then, appoint a king to rule over us, so that we will have a king, as other countries have.” Samuel was displeased with their request for a king; so he prayed to the Lord, and the Lord said, “Listen to everything the people say to you. You are not the one they have rejected; I am the one they have rejected as their king. GNT

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If only the Israelites would turn from their wickedness, and choose love and obedience, then they will be saved. But they are too stubborn and foolish, ‘like a child about to be born, who refuses to come out of the womb.’ (vs 13)

Micah 4:9-10: Why do you cry out so loudly? Why are you suffering like a woman in labor? Is it because you have no king, and your counselors are dead? Twist and groan, people of Jerusalem, like a woman giving birth, for now you will have to leave the city and live in the open country. You will have to go to Babylon, but there the Lord will save you from your enemies. GNT

Samaria and Israel will be punished for their rebellion. God will allow death and destruction and plagues to kill the people. They will die in war, while babies and pregnant women are dashed to the ground and torn open.

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Yikes. That’s a harsh way to end the chapter. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Hosea Chapter 12

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The people of Israel work all day but it’s all useless. Treachery and violence abound as they make treaties with Assyria and Egypt.

God accuses Judah and Israel and will punish them for the way they act and what they’ve done.

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Hosea recounts how Jacob struggled with Esau and fought against God and an angel. He asked for a blessing and spoke with God.

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He tells people to return to God and trust Him and be loyal and just. He tells them to be patient and wait for God to act, something everyone needs to do these days. Sometimes there are times we need to wait for God to act and be patient. His timing is different from ours and we need to be patient and wait for Him and while we wait, be loyal to Him.

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God says that the Israelites are so corrupt, they’re as bad as the Canaanites and cheat customers with scales. They claim they’re rich and got their fortunes honestly. However, God will make them live in tents again just as they did after they were led out of Egypt instead of their fancy houses bought with dishonest gain.

They relied more on their riches and dishonest gain than in God.

Psalm 62:10: Don’t put your trust in violence; don’t hope to gain anything by robbery; even if your riches increase, don’t depend on them. GNT

God should be our number one provider because everything we have, He has blessed us with. He alone gives us what we need and in our desperate times, we must remember that He is always with us and will always give us what we need when we need it.

Matthew 6:31-34: “So do not start worrying: ‘Where will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes?’ (These are the things the pagans are always concerned about.) Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things. So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings. GNT

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God spoke to the prophets and gave them visions. He also sent the Israelites warnings through them. But those in Gilead and Gilgal worshiped and sacrificed to idols instead of the Lord who saved them. They will die and the altars will become piles of stone.

2 Kings 17:13: The Lord had sent his messengers and prophets to warn Israel and Judah: “Abandon your evil ways and obey my commands, which are contained in the Law I gave to your ancestors and which I handed on to you through my servants the prophets.” GNT

So everything they’ve worked for will turn to ruin because they don’t do it for God and they don’t worship Him. They receive their punishment because they don’t obey His commands.

Hosea tells of how Jacob traveled to Mesopotamia and worked for a man to get a wife. He tells how God sent a prophet, Moses, to rescue the slaves in Egypt and care for them. Perhaps he mentions these things because he’s showing how God has moved through the Israelites history to bring them to this moment. Could also be that he is giving these examples of obedience and love. If you love God, you will obey Him, just as Jacob did, who became Israel, and Moses did, who shepherded God’s people out of Egypt and slavery.

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The Israelites have angered the Lord and made him ‘bitterly angry’ (vs 14) through their disobedience. They no longer love Him like they should. Verse 14 also says ‘they deserve death for their crimes’.

Ezekiel 18:10-13: “Then suppose this man has a son who robs and kills, who does any of these things that the father never did. He eats sacrifices offered at forbidden shrines and seduces other men’s wives. He cheats the poor, he robs, he keeps what a borrower gives him as security. He goes to pagan shrines, worships disgusting idols, and lends money for profit. Will he live? No, he will not. He has done all these disgusting things, and so he will die. He will be to blame for his own death. GNT

Through Hosea, God says He will punish them for the disgrace they’ve brought Him.

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What did you think of this chapter? Share your thoughts in the comments below! We’re almost done with Hosea!!