A Week in the Life: Day Four (homemade salsa and mad amounts of sausage)

by Melody on February 21, 2013

Welcome to Day Four 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.

So yesterday was the day that I couldn’t remember a single thing that I accomplished.  Today we have pink eye.  A Mama’s job is ambiguous, to put it lightly.  We spent the entire morning racing from the doctor’s office to the pharmacy, off to run last-minute errands.  I praise the genius who created the drive-thru pharmacy.

IMG_2056Returning and re-spending

My husband has officially titled me “The Girl Who Won’t Try Anything On and Returns Everything”.  While this isn’t entirely true, I do make sure I am careful about keeping receipts for all of our larger purchases and for clothes that we haven’t worn yet.  I bought my 3-year old a pair of snow bibs on clearance a month or so ago at Fred Meyer and we haven’t had one single inch of snow since.  I left the tags on and kept the receipt, so I returned them this morning.  Although this probably means we will be swamped in ten feet of snow tomorrow, the money is back in our pockets, which makes me happy.

While this did save me some money, I am also known as “The Girl Who Can Not Be Trusted In a Grocery Store”.  I have this insatiable need to buy produce every time I shop, like the world is going to end the very next day if I don’t.  I did get some fantastic deals, but need to harness my grocery shopping willpower soon, as our budget is dangerously close to exploding this month.  The organic blueberries were just $4.99 for an 18-ounce package, Starbucks coffee just $3.99 per package and sweet potatoes because I love them.

Be sure to check out your local store produce markdowns.  I snagged a 2.5 pound bag of apples that were “damaged” for just $1.  So far, I have seen one bruise.  Check out this week’s Fred Meyer match ups here.

IMG_2059Homemade salsa

We don’t use store-bought salad dressing anymore, so we need some easy, healthy and economical options.  This roasted jalapeno and garlic salsa fits the bill perfectly.  We use it on salads, on scrambled and fried eggs, on a kale or spinach saute and just about anything else we eat.  SO much flavor for minimal effort.


A ginormous amount of sausage

Today was my pick-up day for my Zaycon Foods sausage order.  About a month ago, I placed an order for sausage links at just $2.69 per pound.  Zaycon makes things super easy, just drive through your pick-up location at your specified time and they load it in your trunk. I was in and out in less than five minutes.

My friend and I split an order, so the sausage shown in the picture is just half!  It looks and smells amazing and the price can’t be beat.  I threw two bags in the fridge and the rest went into the freezer.  My plan is to cook up a few large batches and keep them in the fridge for emergency protein.

Zaycon offers tons of different events throughout the year.  They are currently offering boneless skinless chicken breasts for just $1.79/lb, with delivery in April.  If you aren’t interested in chicken, you can sign up for a free account here to be notified of events in your area.  We have purchased fruit, chicken, bacon and ground beef from them and they have all been wonderful.

Welcome to a week in the life.  Apparently I’m a giant fan of food.  I’m pretty sure I leave the kitchen on occasion.

Please share your favorite money-saving tips with us!  How did you save money or time today?

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachell Newman February 22, 2013 at 6:06 am

This week I went from buying huggies brand to Luvs, I love Luvs brand, they are thin and very absorbent. So I’m saving quite a few bucks in that:)


Melody February 22, 2013 at 6:58 am

We love Luvs! They definitely seemed to work better when our kids got up to size 5 or 6, but we never had any leaks or problems. Great savings!


MissJay February 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm

I’ve discovered swagTV – the easiest way in the world to earn swagbucks. When I am online doing whatever (email, blogs, hulu) I run swagTV on mute off to the side. (It’s kind of like watching video values, but without having to enter the code after). I earn about 20 swagbucks an hour this way while I’m doing what I was already doing! I always redeem SB for amazon gift cards, which saves us a ton of money.


Brenda February 23, 2013 at 5:01 am

Wow, what a simple tip!
I didn’t realize you could let it run on its own, I thought you had to click on each video. Even better if you can open up a new page and do whatever else you want to do. Thanks!


MissJay February 25, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Well you do have to click each ad, but you can have that window open while you do other stuff. I mute the volume, but have gotten really good at noticing the movement of my swagbar from the corner of my eye, letting me know I got credit and can click the next one.

I click on SBTV from the toolbar, and it gives me a tall narrow window I can easily move off to the side. (clicking on SBTV through ‘earn’ from the homepage opens a different much larger viewing tab.)


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