A Week in the Life: Saving on alcohol, markdown produce and rocks

by Melody on May 12, 2013

Welcome to a Week in the Life.  Each week I will be sharing a round-up of all the different ways I saved our family money or time.  Or both.  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.


A little online shopping

Tropical Traditions was running a free shipping promotion and I desperately NEEDED more of their organic raw honey, so I decided to poke around a little bit and check out some of their other products.  I found that they have surprisingly good prices on organic spices and extracts, good quality unsweetened shredded coconut, super dark chocolate and more.  Not everything on their site is the best deal, but the quality is fantastic!

Trust me, you need some honey too.  This stuff is out of control.


Spring/Summer rebates on alcohol

A few weeks before Memorial Day, if you pay attention, you will see tons of different rebates and promotions for beer and alcohol at your local grocery store and drugstore.  I have seen rebates for all kinds of beer brands, combined with the purchase of ice, snacks, meat and more.

I wanted to make up a big batch of margaritas so picked up some Sauza tequila at Rite Aid.  Right next to the tequila was a huge display with Corona and these great rebate forms: Save $10 on the purchase of both Sauza and Corona.  Since the Corona was only $12.99, the rebate makes that purchase almost free!  Saving money on alcohol doesn’t happen all that often, so finding these extra rebates is a huge plus.

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Produce markdowns

One of my favorite ways to save money on produce is to keep an eye out for markdowns.  Some stores will have a separate shelf or bin with produce that is slightly bruised, misshapen or overly ripe marked with a clearance sticker or tape.  Other stores will mark down a large display of produce to move it quickly.  I found these strawberries for just $.99 per pound at Winco and snagged up a few of the better looking containers.

If I had picked up more than two, I would have frozen them for later use, but we were able to go through them pretty quickly.  We just sliced them up and ate them with meals, but I also threw several in our morning smoothies with spinach, almond milk, frozen pineapple core and a little coconut oil.


Using what we have on hand

We bought our house brand new and the side and back yards were not landscaped, but full of boulders the size of Texas.  We will eventually have to get rid of all these rocks, but in the meantime I’ve been loading them up in the wheelbarrow and filling up the bottom of my planters with them.  From what I’ve read, this helps with drainage and helps save the amount the potting soil I need to use.

Please know that I’m not very good at shopping for deals on potting soil, containers or even plants, but I can sure as heck use some free rocks.

Question of the Week: How do you save money when planting spring flowers?  We reuse containers of course, but do sometimes end up spending a fortune on potting soil.

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