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

by Melody on June 25, 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.

Saving the cheese!

I bought a 2 lb brick of cheddar cheese at Costco a month or so ago and noticed this weekend that it was growing a little bit of mold.  It is well within the expiration date, so I’m not sure what happened.  Mold freaks me out a little, but food waste freaks me out even more.

I opened the package, cut off all the edges, top and bottom and shredded the whole brick.

After all the cheese was shredded, I divided it between 3 quart size freezer bags and threw it in the freezer.  Problem solved.  Shredded cheese freezes really well.  If you freeze it in a full block, it will get super crumbly when you defrost.

Homemade popsicles

We were having friends over for a BBQ last weekend, so I decided to pick up some popsicles for the kids at the store.  I’ve never been compelled to look at the ingredients of those “treats” before until now.  Approximately 17,324 ingredients, most of which I could not pronounce.  What?  Why does an ice pop need all that extra junk?

So I got to work.

I macerated some sliced strawberries with a teaspoon of sugar and then blended with about two tablespoons of yogurt.  I froze them in small Tupperware containers with a baby spoon stuck in the middle.

Did my kids enjoy them?  You tell me.

I also tried blending some Greek yogurt, a nectarine and a frozen banana.  These didn’t turn out quite as sweet, but my kids didn’t seem to notice the difference.  A little honey would be good added in as well.

I’m thinking there are a zillion options, recipes, freezing tricks, combinations, you name it.  No Red #40 needed in our house, how about some strawberries for color?  Share your favorite methods or recipes, I’d love to hear!

How did you save your family money or time this week?

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