“A Week in the Life” update: Day Five

by Melody on May 28, 2011







Welcome to Day Five of my new series: A slightly boring week in the life of a fairly average couponer.  You can read my initial post here or catch up on days you may have missed here.

I’m basically going to give you a brief rundown of how I spend my time each day related to coupons, grocery shopping and searching for deals.  I’m also going to include anything I do that involves saving money for my family, as there are so many ways this can be done.  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.

My husband is off work every other Friday, so today was filled to the brim with appointments and other busy-work.  We spent all morning at the dentist and eye doctor, so not much else got accomplished.

Frugal tip of the day: Get your cavities filled at a dentist who has a free espresso bar and will make you a coffee as you are leaving.  No need for a Starbucks run today!









I drove right by a Rite Aid on my way home from the dentist so I ran in quickly.  When I ran in the other day to check out some prices, I picked up an 18-pack of beer for my husband and noticed a great rebate form: Buy any Budweiser family product and $5 worth of “salty snacks”, get $5 rebate.  My local Rite Aid has a customer appreciation event running through 5/28 with great prices on chips.  I spent $5.50 on all three bags and will submit for the $5 rebate!

Notice what happens when I drop off chips with two boys and head to the eye doctor?

I don’t mention too many alcohol deals on the blog, because there really aren’t that many “great” deals.  Two ways I save: Watch for these rebate forms around Memorial Day and 4th of July and shop at Rite Aid.  They have very decent prices on beer and wine.

Yes, we are beer drinkers.  Now it’s out in the open.  Phew.





I usually wait to plan my Sunday shopping trips until the night before.  I really have so much to think about during the day and SO much more on my to-do list, I just put my shopping out of my mind until I absolutely have to.  Otherwise, I’m afraid my brain might melt.

I did post about this new Kraft Deli Deluxe coupon this afternoon and I’m a sucker for a good cheese deal, so I printed it right away.  I’d say about 30 seconds spent on couponing.  I didn’t want to miss out on the cheese!

That’s it for the day.  Nothing earth-shattering.  I’m not even entirely sure I saved any money today.  Besides that free coffee that I thoroughly enjoyed, drinking out of a straw with the side of my mouth I could actually feel.

I hope you are all enjoying the start to your Memorial Day weekend!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Renee D. May 28, 2011 at 5:13 am

I think I need to go to your dentist! Who is it?


Melody May 28, 2011 at 5:14 am

I go to Henager & Black in Kennewick. Not only do they have free coffee, but they are really fantastic. Their customer service is just above and beyond and they are REALLY good with young kids.


Trina May 28, 2011 at 5:55 am

I’m tickled to know that you felt funny outing yourselves as alcohol drinkers. We are too, and I love the beer / wine rebates! I got some good ones around the SuperBowl too…


Annie May 28, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I recently found a $4 rebate on pyramid and I thought I won the lottery! the 12 back was on sale for $14.99 (which is decent for beer of this nature that we like) and with the $4 rebate It went down to like a $1 a bottle..

Glad to hear I might see more if I keep my eyes open!


Meghan May 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Deschutes brewery has a rebate out there too (I found mine at Albertsons). It is save $3 on a 12 pack or $1 on a 6 pack, you can send the form in only once but can get up to $10 back total. I grabbed (2) 12 packs on sale last week at Albertsons for $11.54 each, so after rebate $8.54. The Deschutes is $11.99 at Fred Meyer through today, but I have not found the actual rebate form there.


suzanne May 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm

You might want to check online for home brewing supplies. U tube has some good tutorials. A 22 0z. bottle runs @ 80 cents to a buck with the kit you cook on top of the stove. This is the good stuff, not water with alc. added. Like yogurt, it makes itself after you throw everything together. It’s also a hobby that brings men into the kitchen.


Melody May 28, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Welcome to This Beautiful Frugal Life, all my fellow beer drinkers! 🙂

“It’s also a hobby that brings men into the kitchen” Ha! Comment of the day, love it.


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