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

by Melody on June 27, 2011







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.





The day my husband announced we were out of jam, I ran to Fred Meyer and stumbled upon a huge display of clearance strawberries.  2 pounds for $1.89 each or $.95 per pound!

I had one sad box of Sure Jell pectin in the pantry and turned most of the strawberries into jam.  I thought I would freeze some of the rest, but my kids ate through them like candy before I even had a chance.  If you have never made jam this way, it is SO easy and SO delicious!

Making the most of our money

I took advantage of the fabulous gift card promotion at Albertsons last week.  For every $100 you spent on select gift cards, you received a $20 Albertsons catalina coupon to use on groceries.  I took $200 of our allocated Christmas money and bought an Amazon gift card and two Cabela’s gift cards to give as gifts.  Basically, I had $40 in “free” money to spend at Albertsons.  Easy way to stretch our grocery budget!







    For some reason, our area hasn’t gotten many of the high value barbecue sauce coupons and we don’t eat that much of it, so I haven’t really been paying attention to the deals.

    Or the stock in my pantry apparently.  We ran out this week and I refuse to pay full price for something that we don’t use that often.

    I did have extra ketchup in the pantry and found a yummy recipe for homemade barbecue sauce out of one of my parenting magazines.  There were just a few ingredients that I already had in the pantry and it took me 20 minutes tops to combine them all and let it simmer.  Trust me, this stuff is GOOD.  And easy.

    Planning ahead

    We are going on a weekend camping trip in a few weeks, which I have found generally requires a little creative shopping.  I try to do my best to shop from our pantry, but there are some things I usually need to pick up.  Part of our trip will be floating a river all day outside of Leavenworth and it will be HOT.  Bottled water is a must.  I never buy this, so I have been trying to scout out deals.

    I found a great deal at Rite Aid last week and was able to use my +UP Rewards to get a 24-pack for next to nothing.  Just by doing a little planning and thinking ahead, instead of running out at the last minute and paying an astronomical price.

          A laundry epiphany

          This might seem like common sense to most of you, but I had a revelation about laundry last week.

          Why in the world was I washing my kid’s pajamas every day?  There are definitely days that washing is needed for various smelly reasons, but most days they are not even dirty.  I think it felt easier to just throw them in the laundry basket instead of refolding and putting them away.  My kid’s are pretty small and so are their pajamas, but I feel like this will help cut down a little on the amount of laundry I do, the amount of folding I do and the amount of water we are using.

          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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          Amber June 27, 2011 at 11:06 pm

          In the summer, I adore making home made pico de gayo, we actually make a staple food in our home during the hot season, but cost of buying tomatoes, onions, cilantro, limes, and jalapenos, really adds up. So this summer, I am growing all the ingredients that I can, which only leaves me buying limes. (although i have two of those trees growing, but I’m not sure I’ll actually ever see limes on them as my region isn’t ideal). For the season, rather than spending hundreds of dollars for these ingredients, I will only pay the price of the plants, which was less than $20!


          Melody June 27, 2011 at 11:08 pm

          That is such a great example of planning. We have a garden as well, but definitely were not as intentional as you in what we planted.


          Trina June 28, 2011 at 5:10 am

          I love the laundry epiphany! And am interested to hear how you do the Mommy Dance (another post).


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