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Grocery Savings and Rebates

January 6th, 2007 at 12:20 pm

I've got to say our grocery bill has really gone down a lot, and this month it should be even lower. I'm finding decreases in regular supplies like toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo. I attribute this to actually starting to keep a price book and using coupons. So far only whole wheat grains (flour, cousous) and fresh produce have been pretty hard to save any money on. The produce should hopefully decrease in the upcoming months when I start planting seeds for some fruits and veggies.

Speaking of that -- wish I could give away some pears for free in the fall. I can never collect them all (from our one tree) -- any one have any recipies besides pear butter? I wish yearly it was an apple tree, but Smile since I didn't plant it...

We have a lot of stores around us (Rite-aid, Walgreens, Weis, CVS) that do rebates. I'm going to start taking advantage of rebates that I find this month to get items for free. If it results in any savings -- I'll have some money to add to my $20 challenge.

4 Responses to “Grocery Savings and Rebates”

  1. denisentexas Says:

    I don't know what kind of pears you have but we have two trees that produce large and rock hard pears. We're pretty sure they're Kieffer pears. Regardless, I end up with boxes and boxes of these things in the Autumn and I let them sit in the boxes til they soften for use.

    They're excellent for preserves and for stewing and for pear butter. Here's the recipe I use for crockpot pear butter:

    7 or 8 large pears, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
    1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
    1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and stir. Cook on high until pears are very tender. Mash or beat with an electric mixer until the consistency of apple sauce. If the mixture is not thick enough, simply cook it a little longer to thicken.

    Makes about 1 1/2 pints.

  2. Cheetahwoman7 Says:

    I'd put an ad on Craigslist under Barter. See if another gardener has something you want and is willing to trade for the pears. Smile

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    You can can pears the same way you would peaches. They hold up well.

    I always have a ton of pears as we have two trees and I trade a couple boxes with a neighbor who has too many apples. Works out great for both of us.

  4. crazyliblady Says:

    Hey, here's an idea that might be worth $0.12. Find out if the area you live in has a farmer's market or outdoor market type thing where you can sell stuff. There is a directory online at http://www.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/map.htm. If you don't want to sell them, try listing them on freecycle. You can find a local freecycle group at http://www.freecycle.org/. Either way, you could get rid of stuff you don't need and help someone else out. Hope this helps.

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