Friday, July 16, 2010

Thrifty Thursday: The Sickness Edition

Yep, I realize it's Friday again, but this time I have a real excuse--I was sick!!!

Over the last few days, I've gotten a couple of thrifty ideas for you, though, so I'm calling this "The Sickness Edition"

First, if you have to go to the pharmacy to get medication, look around online or in your flyers for coupons to get a free gift card when you fill a new or transferrred prescription at the pharmacy (Target has them in their flyer fairly often).  Even if you are pretty loyal to your pharmacy, most of them will take competitor's coupons.  I was able to find a coupon for KMart's pharmacy to get a $25 gift card, take it to my CVS, and get a $25 gift card when I filled my $5 prescription. 

My second tip really has very little to do with being sick besides that my head was cloudy and I didn't realize what I'd done until this morning.

I've preached and preached about buying stuff (especially meat) and freezing it.  So I had purchased a huge package of chicken and had 4 different chicken meals planned, so I pulled the package out of the freezer and put it into my sink.  Baby Girl's bedtime was a teeny bit rough, so we didn't get dinner until after she went to bed.  By that time, neither of us felt like cooking so we had leftover pizza.  The Hubby did all the cooking while I ran to the pharmacy.  I thought he would put the chicken in the fridge, but he apparently didn't notice the ginormous package of chicken in the sink.  So the chicken sat out overnight.  You all know what happens when you assume.  And there's $8 (good thing I bought it on sale!) gone.  Wasted. 

So the moral of the story is to USE what you buy!  It's the same thing with produce or anything that can expire.  Think of all the effort you go to to save a few pennies with coupons and think about how many DOLLARS you throw into the trash when you waste your food.  If you aren't going to use it, find a way to freeze it.  Or at least don't leave it in the sink overnight to spoil.

1 comment:

Cassie said...

Man, that sucks about the chicken. I grew up never wasting food, so yeah. If that had happened to me I would have been sick about the $8 I wasted and the chicken I had to throw away.