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New Year’s Eve Weekend

Posted on Sunday, January 1st, 2012 at 6:12 am
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When your friends find out you are a couponer and how much money you save doing it you end up assuming certain responsibilities.  My husband, our friends and I are going to a cabin for three nights over New Years.  Not only was I put in charge of the food but I was also in charge of the cabin.  Luckily I love a challenge.  I am used to couponing for groceries but what about getting a cabin?  After doing a great deal of research, I cheated!  I realized very quickly that cabins are expensive no matter how you slice it.  I found a few deals for 40% off which was great but nothing pays off like good old fashioned southern hospitality and kindness!  My family has always made it a point to be kind to people.  Everyone knows they are always welcome to barrow our things, drop in and always get a home cooked meal.  We love that lifestyle!  It is fun and always makes us happy!  Thankfully we have friends that are the same way.  Some of our family friends own a rental cabin that they are letting us stay in for only the cleaning fee and bills for the three days!  This was a huge expense off of our shoulders.

 

Our next endeavor was groceries for eight people for eight meals plus drinks and snacks!

2 Packs of Sausage

3 Packs Bacon

Pancake Mix

4 Boxes of Crackers

6 Bags of Chips

24 Rolls

2 Cans of Corn

2 Cans of Black Beans

2 Cans of Kidney Beans

2 Cans Stewed Tomatoes

2 Cans Olives

2 Cans Tomato Sauce

1 Bag of Rice

8 Servings Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Chicken Broth

Taco Seasoning

3 Jugs of Juice

5 2Liter bottles of soda

2 Bags of Cheese

Mayo

Mustard

Broccoli Slaw

2 Packs Cream Cheese

3 Lunch Meats

Peanut Butter

Jelly

Salad Dressing

Milk

Coffee

BBQ sauce

Syrup

Butter

Oil

2 Dozen Eggs

Salsa

2 Loaves of Bread

Goat Cheese

10 Avocados

3 Packs of Lettuce

Sour Cream

2 Cans Cream of Mushroom Soup

3 Bags Hash Browns

8 Large Top Sirloin Steaks

9lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast

Most of the fruit and veggies are coming form a farmer friend of ours that I traded for toiletries that I had purchased with coupons.

The total cost of the groceries was $101.26

The total cost of the cabin was $300.00

The total for each person was $50.15

The total for each person per meal was $1.58

With all of that complete I was the hero of the trip! This vacation is going to cost us all next to nothing and we are going to have an awesome time!  Being a couponer in your group of friends may take some extra work but it is a great way to do a nice thing for the people you love!  It also makes for more vacations because you can stretch your money. Now get out there and give back with your couponing talents!

 

 

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