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.
Saving my sanity
Our youngest son turned 2 this weekend and we had a fun little party for him at the indoor gymnastics place here in Tri-Cities. Just looking at our busy weekend calendar leading up to the party made me break out into a sweat. We had an open house/showing at our house on Friday, my husband and I ran in our first 5K Mud Run on Saturday morning and then the party was on Sunday. I knew if I didn’t do some things to prep in advance, I’d drive myself nuts.
Wednesday afternoon, I made two batches of cupcakes and froze them. This way, all I would have to do before the party is frost away. This saved me so much time and quite a bit of anxiety, I’m sure. (I was already plenty anxious about the Mud Run!)
Quick Albertsons trip
I very rarely shop with coupons at Albertsons anymore, but they are one of the few places that carry the milk we buy, so I had to plan a trip. I glanced quickly at the match-ups early last week and there were a few deals we would take advantage of. I was able to get the soy sauce for less than $1 each after catalina savings PLUS saved $2 off the steaks with the coupon from the 6/3 SS insert. I found a pack of steaks with a store markdown sticker, saving an additional $3. This made the T-bone steaks just $5.83/lb, perfect for Father’s Day!
The razors were on sale buy one, get one free and Albertsons will accept a buy one, get one free coupon on these types of promos, making both packages free after the coupon from the 6/3 PG insert. I have been hanging on to a few coupons for free Tribe hummus that I received in the mail and those were BOGO as well, making all four free. Perfect for my son’s birthday party with the veggie tray I made!
There aren’t a ton of food coupons from the newspaper inserts that we use anymore, but every once in a while the stars align. We use the soy sauce for this Honey Sauced Chicken that is out of this world. The majority of the coupons we use from the paper are for toiletries and household items, like the razors. Since we were going to the store anyway for milk, it was worth it to briefly scan the match ups. I don’t make special trips anymore to Albertsons for just coupon-shopping, but it makes sense to check what’s out there if you have to go anyway.
Plus, this was the trip that caused the Great Soy Sauce Explosion. Exciting.
More produce from Fresh Picks WA
This is our 3rd week ordering from Fresh Picks WA, a produce delivery service out of Othello. Each week I tell myself I probably don’t need another box and then each week I scramble at the last minute to order another because I don’t want to miss out. This week, I was going to head to the store to pick up some produce on pick-up day anyway, so I decided to go with a box from them instead.
We eat fruit all day long, my husband takes it to work for his snacks and it’s what my boys and I eat for snack. I decided the Lunch Room Box was perfect. It came with 12 lbs of apples, 3 lbs of pears, cherries and strawberries. All for just $22 and no trip to the grocery store.
If you are interested, you can read my initial review here.
I would LOVE to hear how you saved your family money this week. What methods do you find are the most efficient and effective?