Jacqueline's 2 Cents Feed

Thank you for 9 years!

Anniversary

Volusia County Moms was launched 9 years ago today! Thank you for helping to make it the most popular family friendly website in the county!

As I've shared many times before, VCM was an idea I had for two years before I ever started. Having two toddlers at the the time, I longed for a place where I could go each week and find all kinds of information for local families. I knew there were things going on in the county that I'd love to do with my children, but it was difficult trying to find them. I waited for two years for someone else to start something like that before I finally realized that I was the one who needed to do it. I launched the site and grew it into the resource that I wanted as a local parent. Along the way I've tried to make it into a resource that the parents in this community will use time and again to find the information they need on events, activities, classes, sports, and more. The website continues to grow each year in terms of the number of page views and users. The website has had great success over the years and I'm grateful that the community has embraced it so much! 

VCM By the Numbers:

  • Almost 4 million page views since it was started.
  • Nearly 6,000 pages of content.
  • Roughly 23,000 unique users per month.
  • Over 30,000 Facebook fans.
  • Over 730,000 page views in 2017.
  • 80,000+ page views in the last 30 days.

Volusia County Moms has grown each year and is the number one resource that families turn to in the county to get information for their family fun. The site has many local advertisers who help make the site possible and are able to reach their target market with affordable advertising options. VCM is a valuable resource for families, businesses, and tourists. Not only is there an events calendar that is used routinely by people as a resource, but there is also a local business directory, reviews, parenting articles, special event and camp guides, and information on hiking, camping, and biking in the area. 

Thank you for the last 9 years. I look forward to many more!

- Jacqueline

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Aldi produce haul - eating healthy on a budget

Produce

Are you looking to feed your family healthier meals? How about get more fruits and vegetables into your diet? I personally love to go to the local farmer's markets to score big on produce. But I often can't make the day/time that they are open. Lately I've been really happy with going to Aldi for produce. There is one in Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach. The one in New Smyrna Beach is closer to me, so we usually go there. 

Aldi has a nice produce department. Their store is smaller than most others, but they still have plenty to offer. You can find a lot of good deals on produce there, including on organic products. Beyond the produce department they have a lot of other good deals as well.

Here's the produce haul I got today (some of the items are organic):

pineapple $1.69
spinach $1.19
organic apples $5.49
organic pears $2.89
2 bunches organic bananas $2.48
potatoes $2.99
sweet potatoes $1.99
acorn squash $2.46
butternut squash $2.60
peaches $2.78
strawberries $2.19
grape tomatoes $.99
white mushrooms $1.69
zucchini (3) $1.99
yellow squash (3) $1.99
cabbage $1.49

Total spent on all that produce: $36.90

If you can't make it to farmer's markets to get some good deals on produce, give Aldi a try. You will find some great prices, a good selection, and will be able to make some healthier meals on a budget.  We eat a lot of produce (we are a vegetarian family), so Aldi provides us with a great way to get lots of fruits and veggies and not break the bank.

- Jacqueline

 

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