A slightly boring week in the life of a fairly average couponer (Produce, more produce, crazy Goldfish + more!)

by Melody on July 2, 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.

Produce coming out our ears

We get our weekly produce from our Community Supported Agriculture program and a weekly pick-up from Fresh Picks WA, but you can never have enough, right?

This was just one of the mini-harvests I got from our garden this week.  The tomatoes are taking off like gang busters and we are on our second round of strawberries!

My boys and I like to spend Wednesday mornings at the Pasco farmer’s market and I swear I only went for fruit.  We ended up with cucumbers, 4 zucchinis for just $1, crookneck squash and rhubarb!  I used the zucchini and squash for these amazing enchiladas I served some friends at a morning playdate and made Raspberry Rhubarb Muffins (obviously made the raspberry swap, but also used almond milk and coconut oil with brown sugar in the crumble instead of white).

Homemade enchilada sauce

For the most part, we have purged our pantry of all boxed and canned foods, so when a recipe calls for enchilada sauce, I have to be creative.  I found this amazing recipe for Homemade Enchilada Sauce that blows the canned stuff out of the water.  If you aren’t quite as crazy about spicy stuff, I would recommend cutting the chili powder in half.

I have honestly found that anything that comes pre-made can be made in your own kitchen, with not much more work.  And the taste difference?  Outrageous on all accounts.

Doing some serious stocking up

We have narrowed down our pantry to what we really eat and really use all the time, regardless of what is “free” or “super cheap”.  When a deal pops up on something we buy all the time no matter what, I jump on it.  I made two trips to Costco this month to pick up my limit on Goldfish crackers.  We buy these at shelf price either way, so buying them with a coupon is fantastic!  These are one of the few prepared snacks we keep in the house, so I’m excited that my pantry looks like this.

This week’s edition of “What Not To Do”

Do NOT under any circumstances, put your beloved salad spinner and colander in the oven.  Seem obvious?

We are in the process of trying to sell our house, which means it needs to be ready to show at any time.  I didn’t have time to wash the dishes before we left, so I threw them in the oven just KNOWING I would remember them.  Here comes dinner time and I’m preheating the oven for dinner.  What is that horrid smell?  OH NO.

Word of advice.  Melted plastic is not the smell that will entice buyers.

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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Trina July 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Oh, no! I read on a blog recently about a lady who used a bath towel to wrap up her washed greens, then went outside and twirled them around her head like crazy – homemade salad spinner! Haven’t tried this yet, but I just think you might, Melody! 😉


Kari July 9, 2012 at 6:46 am

Use a flour sack kitchen towel. Works great!


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