A Week in the Life: Day Five (shopping sales and homemade vs store-bought)

by Melody on February 23, 2013

Welcome to Day Five of my new mini-series: A Week in the Life.

Each day I will give you a brief rundown of how I spend my time related to saving money. This could be grocery shopping, banking, using our time efficiently and effectively, stocking the freezer and so much more. I want to give you an idea of what an average week for me looks like and hopefully realize that saving money does not have to be a full time job.

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Taking advantage of sales – no coupons required!

Now that we don’t shop near as much with coupons, I have had to find different and more creative ways to save money on groceries.  One of the most effective methods I have found is to just know the stock-up prices on items you buy for your household.  This is especially important on whole foods items like produce and meat, as they are sold by ounce and by pound and it can be really hard to tell when you are standing in the store trying to decide.  I do my best in my weekly match ups to highlight my favorite deals and compare per ounce and per pound for you or you can check my extensive Pantry/Household Stock-Up Price List.

2-3 times per month, Yoke’s runs a fantastic Fresh Friday sale, where they have super low prices on select produce, meat and other items.  This week’s sale was no exception.  I picked up bananas for just $.38/lb (cheaper than Costco), whole pineapples for $2.50, boneless chicken breasts for just $1.77/lb and more.  Just by knowing a good stock-up price, I was able to fill our  fridge for less.

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Replacing store-bought with homemade

I made another quick batch of Homemade Chocolate Almond Coffee Creamer last night.  It’s so simple, I just throw the ingredients in a pot while I am cooking dinner and it’s done by the time we are done eating.  Not only does the homemade stuff not full of artificial flavors and preservatives, I estimate each batch costs me about $3 – $3.50 to make.  Super economical and I don’t have to chase down deals.

Don’t miss out on the rest of our Homemade Pantry Staples.

I swear on my life I do other things in my day besides cook.  I do think about food an awful lot and spend too much time on Pinterest dreaming about new recipes, but it’s not all I do.  We just didn’t do much else today that saved us money.  We played some mean board games in the morning, I went to the gym in the afternoon.  I did pay our utility bill, guess that has to do with money?

Welcome to a week in the life.

Please share your favorite money-saving tips with us!  How did you save money or time today?

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Kathryn February 23, 2013 at 8:27 am

Sometimes staying home and “playing mean board games” can be a money saver in it’s self. If you’re not out chasing every deal you’re saving money on gas and you don’t have the temptation of adding extra things to your cart that can ultimately blow your budget. I’m loving this fun series!

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Melody February 23, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I totally agree! I have to force myself to just stay out of the store even if the deals are fantastic. The more trips I make, the more unintentional purchases I make. Some times it is nice to just stay home too, for everyone. :)

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