A slightly boring week in the life of a fairly average couponer

by Melody on February 5, 2012

Each week I will be sharing a round-up of all the different ways I saved our family money.  The purpose of this series is to highlight the fact that there are SO many different methods you can use to lower your overall budget that don’t involve mad-crazy coupon shopping.

I will even be mentioning those methods that may seem insignificant to you.  I truly feel that anything that saves time is saving money in some form or another.

The boys and I spent almost the whole week at my parents, where there are no grocery stores.  There aren’t any stores at all, so zero chance to spend money.  I’m going to say being there saved our family money, since we couldn’t buy anything, ate all my parents food and actually came home with food for the pantry.  My parents have a pantry that looks like a bomb shelter and they are trying to pare down.  My husband was the recipient of two enormous jars of pepperoncinis.  Doesn’t take much to make him happy.

No vegetable left behind

I bought a few bell peppers last week at Fred Meyer when they were pretty cheap, but since we were gone, I came home to one that was starting to look a little sad and wrinkled.  I wasn’t going to be able to use it that night, so I quickly chopped it up, flash froze it on a baking sheet and then threw the diced pepper in a freezer bag.  I can now easily add it to a soup or casserole later on.

“Prettying Up” my spaces

My friend Sarah made this fabulous sign for me as a Christmas gift and after much consideration, I decided to hang it in the laundry room.  While you may think that I’m just trying to hide it, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  I decided if I have to spend time in the “Land of the Ugliest Paneling in the World”, I might as well have something wonderful to look at while I’m back there.  I’d love to someday have a lovely laundry room, but for now, I make do. Every time I go to switch over the laundry, I read this verse and feel inspired.

While this may not necessarily be a money-saving tip, it’s a “good for the soul” tip.  Which I think is just as important.

I would LOVE to hear how you saved your family money this week.  What methods do you find are the most efficient and effective?

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