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

by Melody on July 17, 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.

My best tip for this week: Get a really awful head cold so you don’t feel like leaving the house.

In all seriousness, I did get sick and had zero desire to go to the store.  Between the big bag of oranges my mom sent home, the few extra gallons of milk I had frozen and all the fabulous freezer meals I made a few weeks ago, we were set.  It’s truly such a blessing to be “prepared” for anything.  On top of being sick, I didn’t have to worry that my family wasn’t going to be eating well or that we were going to run out of Kleenex.

My husband did swing by and pick up our weekly produce from our CSA, so we did have extra vegetables and I grabbed some delicious raspberries and zucchini from the farmer’s market once I was finally feeling better.

A few additional things I did this week:

Having fun on a budget

My husband and I have set up an Entertainment fund as part of our Dave Ramsey “cash only” budget.  This covers eating out, going to the movies and any other fun outings we decide to take.  We don’t allocate very much money every month, so I really have to work to make it stretch.

A few days ago on Seize the Deal, a local daily deal site, they were offering half-price tickets to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels put on by our local community college.  This is not something we would normally go to (at least my husband wouldn’t), so I was really excited to get to try something different and save some money!

Thank goodness for the gift list

Several months ago, I stumbled across this totally random deal on Gaggle of Chicks.  You could buy any of the DVD packs through the deal for half price.  I noticed that they had several war documentaries and mini-series and my Dad is a total sucker for these.  He is also kind of hard to shop for, so I snagged the deal as an after thought.

Here we are in July, just a few weeks from his birthday, and guess who already has a gift planned?  I have a gift list written out at the beginning of each year with birthdays, anniversaries and all holidays.  The plan is that I can buy ahead of time instead of wracking my brain at the last minute and paying an outrageous price for something that the person probably doesn’t even need or want.

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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Chrissa July 17, 2011 at 6:58 am

I will be honest here. I saved 50% off a pair of high end jeans at nordstroms rack. They were a total splurge item. But I was super excited to see Target offering the micro knit tank tops for $6.00.
They are the absolute best and almost never go on sale, I scooped up 5 of them in colors I did not have. I wear one every day of the year so adding some new ones is worth it. The micro rib ones do not shrink like the long and lean tanks they sell in the juniors section, or lose their color. I LOVE them. And wished I had grabbed a few more in the oatmeal color.

I also saved a few bucks by not washing my car…just kidding, I never wash my car.


Melody July 17, 2011 at 7:02 am

That is hilarious, I’m totally saying I save money by not washing my car. It drives my husband nuts because I let it get totally filthy and really couldn’t care less. I’m saving water, good for the environment! 🙂

I need tank tops so badly and I can only wear the longer styles. I’m definitely going to have to pick up some of those Target tanks. I have such a hard time finding styles that don’t shrink. I’m headed to Target today to check them out, thanks!

I should do a post about “splurges”. I splurge on jeans, sunglasses and getting my hair foiled. To name a few. I can’t wear the cheaper style jeans, they just don’t fit me correctly and don’t seem to last as long.


Emilie McFarlane July 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I think I’m going to save money by not washing my car this week also. Can I also save money by not cleaning my house? That would save a bundle on cleaning supplies. Right?


Trina July 17, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Thanks for continuing to post this every week, Melody – I love reading each and every update!


Lora July 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I’m so excited about my back to school clothes savings!! I have a newborn so I have to (or choose to!) shop at home right now.
I sign up for email lists with my favorite stores (GAP, Crazy 8 and Children’s Place are fav’s because their clothes last longer…). Then I wait it out. Eventually I get an email with at least a 35% off or higher code from GAP and at least a 25% off code for Children’s Place. Then I shop the clearance items and SCORE. I just saved $101 on a GAP purchase and $49 on a Children’s Place purchase. Yea!! They are having great sales right now because they are starting to switch out summer stuff for fall. Woo-hoo!! (Clothes get me excited…)


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