Being a widow is hard work. You may have to be mom, dad, chauffeur and maid all rolled into one.

Here are a few of the things I’ve found that make my life a little easier. I’ll add to this list as I find more.

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Groceries

Local HarvestRight after my husband died, we spent a couple years living off McDonalds and delivery pizza. Last year, I decided it was time to get back to whole eating, and I joined a CSA — otherwise known as Community Supported Agriculture. I get a bag full of fresh veggies from an area farm each week, and I’ve found that it has greatly improved our diets. It’s a hefty upfront cost and some of it went to waste last year, but I found it forced me to add in more greens and fresh foods to our diet. Since I had already paid, the frugal zealot in me felt compelled to use everything I got. If you live in West Michigan, I recommend Chimney Creek Farm, but for my other readers, you can find a CSA through Local Harvest.

Zaycon: Buying a half hog or a quarter cow locally is, in my experience, one of the most inexpensive ways to buy meat per pound. However, you need a lot of freezer space and a lot of money upfront. What’s more, not everyone lives in an area where this option is readily available. In that case, Zaycon Fresh is my next preferred way to buy meat. You’re still buying in bulk so the upfront cost is more than what you’d pay if you were picking up a few packages at the store. The chicken breasts are HUGE (although the company is adamant they are all-natural) and the beef comes in a tube (and I’m always a little skeptical of meat that comes in a tube), but we’ve always been very satisfied with the quality. To get your meat, you pay in advance and then there is a two hour delivery window where you pull up to a refrigerated truck, and a worker loads up your order for you. I’m trying the shrimp for my next order and am hoping it’s as good as the other meat we’ve had.

Clothing

Stitch Fix Since I work from home, I could probably get away with wearing yoga pants and t-shirts most days, but I find I feel better when I look more put together. However, who has time to go shopping when you’re a single mom? I used Stitch Fix for a few months and was able to pick up some nicer clothes as a result. You fill out an online survey of your style preferences, and then a Stitch Fix stylist selects five items to send you to try. There is a $20 styling fee which is credited toward the price of anything you buy. If purchase all five items, you receive a discount as well. I picked up some nice items from Stitch Fix, but they don’t cater to XL women and once I put on a little weight (probably from all that McDonalds and pizza), I found most of their items no longer fit me

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