Welcome to Day One 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.
My husband was off work for President’s Day, so it wasn’t our typical Monday. We got a few things done around the house, the kids rode bikes in the gorgeous February weather and we both spent some time at the gym.
Feeding the Masses
My brother is a senior in high school this year and had the day off as well, so I invited him and his friend over for breakfast. I’ve seen these boys eat and was out of bacon, so I made a quick early morning trip to Yoke’s. I generally try not to run to the store for just a few items, as this tends to blow my grocery budget, but feeding teenagers is a whole different story.
All I was planning to get was bacon (I was told to make “hella bacon” by my brother), but I quickly scanned this week’s Yoke’s ad match ups to see if there was anything worth grabbing while I was there. While I didn’t NEED cauliflower, it is on a great sale at just $.78/lb, so I picked up a head while I was there. Roasted cauliflower is one of my favorite snacks and this was a great price. Like I mentioned, I try not to make tons of little trips to the store, but if I am going anyway, it’s worth taking a look at the sale prices.
I was a one-woman waffle and bacon assembly line. Bring it, teenage years.
Weekly Grocery Shopping
I have been doing my grocery shopping for the week at Winco, as they have lower prices overall on most of the items we want to buy. However, after going through the Fred Meyer ad this week, they had even lower prices on some things we needed and some excellent prices on produce. I’m never 100% set on the produce we eat for the week, I base our meals around what is on sale.
I picked up three pounds of butter at $2 each, Starbucks coffee for just $4.99 per bag, organic blueberries for just $4.99 per 18-ounce carton and green bell peppers and cucumbers for just $.50 each. As soon as I saw the bell peppers on sale, I knew we would be having these Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers for dinner sometime this week.
On occasion, I will pick up some non-food items at Fred Meyer with coupons, only if I am making a trip. I had a BOGO Glad Food Storage Fred Meyer eCoupon AND there was a $1 Ibotta offer available to redeem, so I paid just $.99 for each package of freezer-ware. I will use these for freezing my homemade chicken broth.
Last but not least, as soon as I saw the Oreo cookies on sale, I knew these Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies would be happening. Don’t judge. My brother is playing in basketball regionals on Saturday, so I promised his team I would make them cookies. I may have one.
My money-saving tip from this one is to plan your meals based around what is on sale, check the full weekly ad match ups before you shop so you don’t miss a deal and improvise. Creating your menu plan and THEN shopping regardless of sale or price will be a budget buster.
As most of you know, we moved into our new house about five months ago. We brought all the furniture from our old house, but this new house is a little bigger and we have some open spaces to fill. I have been on the lookout for the perfect entry way table and found an amazing one at Fred Meyer about two months ago. The price was a little higher than I wanted to pay, so I decided to wait on it.
Every week when I would do my grocery shopping, I would check on the table to see if it was on sale. For two months, we waited. Since nobody really NEEDS an entry way table to survive, all we had to endure was a big empty space. Finally this week, we hit the jackpot. The table was on a great sale PLUS there was an extra bonus coupon, dropping the price lower than I had seen in those two months. Hooray!
My trip to buy the table should have been about 20 minutes in and out, but I had both kids with me. Two trips to the bathroom, two pony rides, one 5-minute span where I actually couldn’t find my 4-year old (he was reading Mickey Mouse books at the front of the store) and one giant panic attack from Mom, we secured the VERY LAST TABLE on the shelf. The kids had to walk because there was no room in the cart and the box is still squeezed into my car because I can’t get it out.
I will enjoy this table.
Welcome to a week in the life.
Please share your favorite money-saving tips with us! How did you save money or time today?