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

by Melody on April 22, 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.

Freezer Cooking

I have done just about every form of freezer cooking there is: Full days, half days, meal swaps, doubling recipes, you name it.  Since it is so close to a Zaycon Foods pick-up date, I decided to work up a VERY basic and easy freezer cooking session using primarily chicken.  I made four fairly simple recipes that should be an easy jump start to your chicken prep.  All the recipes took me about an hour and a half of prep time and I ended up with about 6 dinners and 2 lunches for my husband to take to work.

Homemade Protein Bars

We have approximately one zillion granola bars in our pantry that we bought before our official decision to give up high fructose corn syrup.  We are half-heartedly attempting to go through them, but it’s not working that well.  I have been looking into easy high-protein breakfast options for my husband and myself.

My friend Sarah sent me this fantastic recipe for Clean Eating Protein Bars and they are a hit.  I used maple syrup instead of honey, coconut oil instead of applesauce, flax seeds instead of chia and cinnamon chips instead of chocolate.  They are dense and chewy and have crazy good flavor.  I found a great combination for Overnight Steel Cut Oats (almond milk, yogurt and steel cut oats in the fridge overnight) and with one of these protein bars crumbled over top?  Heaven.  With the ingredients that go in these, I’m pretty sure they aren’t saving us money, but they are better for us and more filling than your traditional breakfast option.

Why does my mind do these things?

We have been living in the House of Snot the past two weeks and I ran out of travel-sized Kleenex.  Even though I have 72 full-sized boxes in our linen closet, I immediately decided I needed to run to the store to buy a travel-sized pack. What?  It took me about 30 seconds before realizing I could just shove some Kleenex from the big box in a sandwich bag to carry in my purse.  Better yet, I used one of these reusable Re-pac snack bags.

I guess I think that as long as I’ve been attempting a frugal lifestyle and watching our pennies, that my mind would have instantly gone to the least expensive option.  Why do I still rely so heavily on things that are packaged for me?

In case you missed it, we also bid adieu to our dear microwave and decided not to replace it.  Extra counter space, check.  Freedom from just one more appliance, check.  Money saved, check.

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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Miss Jay April 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

We got invited to a BBQ at the last minute this afternoon. Instead of stopping at the store on the way and buying $10 – $20 worth of chips and soda I brought fresh asparagus to steam (I picked up 20 pounds in Yakima on Friday when I was visiting family) and icee cups that were on sale at Safeway a few weeks back.


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