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Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Buy a cow and a pig and have them slaughtered. It’s a lot of money up front, but in the long run, the dollar cost averaging is HUGE. We eat steak all the time. It costs us $3.90 a pound for local, organic, free range NY Strips. I look at the meat at the grocers and it’s nasty. No thank you, plus, they are charging tons more than I pay for my fantastic beef cut as I need to suit my family’s needs that’s grown locally and organically. Next. Shop less. I shop every 10 – 14 days. I do swing by the dairy for our milk weekly, but otherwise, unless I’m going to the farmer’s market (which is still a better deal than the grocers), I’m only walking into our grocery store very 10 – 14 days. Your kids are old enough to start baking cakes and cookies as snack food for the family. This is a cheaper option than buying store bought. I bought a gnormous bag of popcorn from Sams along with a huge bottle of oil. Popcorn popped on the stove top is our normal “snack food”, and it’s definitely a better and cheaper option than chips. Lsstly, double up on meals when you’re cooking. You can make two batches of spaghetti sauce, two batches of meatballs, two batches of meatloaf, tow batches of taco meat, etc., etc. when you’re cooking, and you’ll have fast and easy meals already prepped when you need one rather than depending upon a fast food meal on a crazy night. Our newest gig is to mix up a batch of pizza dough in our bread machine just before we leave for Mass. When we get home, it’s already prepared, along with the sauce and the cheese I’ve grated from a two pound block (when 2 pound blocks are on sale for $4 or less per pound, buy 12 blocks until the next sale. Do this with butter too. When you can buy it for less than $2 for one of those 4 stick packages, but 12 of them). There’s lots of little ways to save money on groceries, but it’s a huge budget buster if you’re not paying attention. It’s actually the easiest place I can think of to save money, but you have to be thoughtful, and probably glean some additional info you hadn’t thought of .

No, these weren’t mystery shops dining out these were lucky coupon finds

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

The first was on Tuesday. I’ve often wrote about being on mailing lists for fast food joints and restaurants to get discounts. Well this meal was a great example of why. I received an email that contained a one day only coupon for a regular Arby’s roast beef sandwich for $.63, limit one per visit. I printed it twice and had dh print it twice at work. He and ds had drove in separately that day due to appointments. Ds went in late, due to his appointment. So he took the two coupons I had printed with him.
There are 2 Arby’s directly on their route home from work. They went less than a block out of their way total to do this. Each went through the drive-thru at each location and got 1 regular roast beef sandwich for a total of 4 sandwiches. Technically the 2 restaurants, although only 2 miles apart, are in different towns and so the total with tax at one was $.69 and $.70 at the other. For a total f $2.78 for four Arby’s regular sized roast beef sandwiches.
Meanwhile at home I turned two potatoes into potato chips and brewed ice tea. The grand total to feed three healthy adult appetites was far less than I could cook a from scratch meal for.
On Thursday I received from a freebies list I am on a $5 off coupon off of a purchase of $5 or more from Smashburger—one of our favorite places to eat. Limit 1 per person. While we could have done the homemade chips and tea again the guys could have only got 2 burgers because of the coupon limitation. So we opted for me to meet them there. Technically we could have eaten for nearly free again if we’d decided on no sides and drank water. But we all decided to get 3 different sides, one each, and share them and a beverage. So that meal did cost us around $5 total, because we had coupons for two of the sides as well. Still cheaper than I could have made the meal at home.
A coupon and a meal deal at Subway fed dh and I lunch on Friday for under $5.
All three of these meals had surveys on their receipts. These surveys will be completed and we will get additional coupons for free items as well.
We had two opportunities to eat free meals for 2 from mystery shopping over the weekend, but those would have required us to pay up front and be re-imbursed later, plus considerable fuel to go to the restaurant. So we stayed home and did major chores instead. Fewer calories consumed that way too.
The point of this post is to show that you can eat out, occasionally for free or near free if you just watch for coupons and specials, then take the time, usually less than 5 minutes to do the surveys. When we cash in te coupons we always try to make it where we are not going out of the way to do so, because fuel cost needs to be factored into the cost.
The rest of the meals for the week were all out of our food storage (week #5). Other than doing home repairs and clean-up with what we had on hand that is pretty much our budget news for the week.
Oh I did my first true snowball payment on BB, so that made me smile big time. We now have officially paid, so far this billing cycle, the equivalent of 4 months minimum payments on BB and we still have a couple of days to go on it so I may be able to do a little more.