I do however really miss the income that my job brings into our household so I really try to concentrate on ways to cut back on our expenses even more during the Summer and early Fall while I wait for my next paycheck to arrive.
One of the most overlooked areas in the grocery store where I feel you can save the most money is in the deli section. I have found some great deals there including marked down whole baked chickens, salads, prepared meals like tamales and Chinese style dishes. Within the past few weeks I have found some amazing deals on prepared deli trays. Last week I bought 2 Pretzel Pizza trays for $2.49 each. We had one for dinner when our grandson Bradley spent the night and I froze the other one for a future meal. This week I found fruit trays and meat and cheese trays marked at half off their original price. These I deconstructed and ended up with bags of grapes, fresh pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon for a fraction of the price that I would have paid to by them in the produce section. I also separated and bagged up the deli dry salami, pepper jack, colby jack, cheddar, and Swiss cheese, the lettuce that was used to line the trays (it was still in great shape and perked back up after a rinse in cool water) and set aside the sleeves of crackers. These make for great snacking or a quick lunch. Today I had watermelon, some Swiss cheese and some of the salami for lunch. It was really good and I loved that I was able to save money and have a delicious and varied lunch.