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How I Save on Groceries

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So with the comments that I have gotten in my last post, I wanted to write about how I do some of my groceries, and in particular how I get some of my meat.

One of the biggest chunks of my food budget, is meat.  Unless you are a non-meat eater, I bet you’re in the same predicament.  Yes you can shop the sales and the mark downs, but one of the tested and proven ways is to simply buy in bulk.  In the past, I have split costs on buying cows and pigs with a few people.  Last year I wasn’t able to find anyone interested, that is where Zaycon Foods comes in.  Zaycon is my favorite/ goto company to buy bulk meat from.  They sell high quality meat at incredible prices.  

Downside of this, you are left with a huge amount of meat to process and prepare at once.  But I have gotten it down to a science and pretty much get down in about 2-4 hours depending on what the meat is.  Back in January I got 40 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.89.  I have also done this for ground beef.  Now I could easily do all this with my account at the restaurant my buddy owns, and sometimes I help co-operate.  But one thing that Zaycon has a referral program (all links that point to Zaycon) and a couple times I was able to get a case for free.  

Right now I easily have 20 lbs of ground beef by itself and the same amount of chicken.  I have over 60 different freezer meals that I have ready at my disposal as well.  When other meats go on sale at my local grocery store or even the butcher store I stock up on it.  I also stock up on other things, and like some of you pointed out in an earlier post… Some of these are items I don’t even need.  

Today, for instance, I bought 16 Scunci Hair Ties at $.49/piece.  There were part of a gas deal, where if I bought 4 of them at a time I would get $.30 off per gallon of gas, up to 30 gallons.  That makes it a $7 moneymaker.  I did this four times so I actually got $1.20 off, and made $28.  Plus I have Scunci’s for a while.  My wife and daughter lose their scrunci’s all the time.  I chalk that up as a win in my book.

So there is just a few ways I save some money.  Hit me up with what you all do to stretch out your dollars!

Oh by the way, if you are interested check if Zaycon is coming to your area in the near future.  Here is what they have on sale currently:

  • Boneless, Skinless Jumbo Chicken Thigh Fillets
  • Fresh Boneless Skinlees Chicken Breasts
  • Fresh Jumbo Chicken Wings
  • Fresh Premium Hickory Smoked Bacon
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Natural Non-Homogenized Whole Milk
  • Orchard Peaches
  • Pork Sausage Links
  • Premium Choice Angus Sirloin Steaks
  • Raw Wildflower Honey
  • Rotisserie Seasoned Turkey Breast Roast
  • Smoked Pulled Pork

Two Week Anniversary of being Paper Towel Free!

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A few months back there was a discussion about the great reusable towels offered on flylady.net.  I went and checked them out after that discussion but then made myself a promise.  I would not buy the towels–in spite of their great reviews–until I could say with confidence that we could indeed survive without paper towels.  So after the last coupon purchased paper towels…I didn’t buy anymore.  That was two weeks ago today and I am here to report…we have adjusted!

The first few days were spent just undoing the habit of grabbing a paper towel.  I didn’t tell the kids of this experiment initially instead just letting them think we were out and I had not gotten around to restocking.  I heard a few comments but they were minimal since I placed towels to use in easy to find places.  I had a good stash of towels/rags that were suitable for kitchen duty and in no time at all, we all grew accustomed to using them!  Steve and I agree the only time we miss them at this point is when we are cooking but that too can be overcome and unlearned.  I’ve been attaching a towel to my apron when I do my major cooking and that is perfect.

While this sounds like a small step…I see it as so much more!  Had you asked us 6 months ago if we could do without papertowels…I would have defended our decision to use them!  Now here we are doing just fine without them.  SO EXCITING!!!  This gives me confidence that we can continue to make behavior adjustments and chip away at our basic living expenses to help with debt payoff!

And I’m not sure I really need those flylady towels b/c what we have now is doing the trick.  Maybe I’ll put those on the gift list!  🙂  If you people get me to rinse and reuse ziploc bags…that might make the evening news!