Before becoming a Stay at Home Mom, I spent 9 years in the wine industry. I have had the pleasure of tasting some of the world’s greatest wines and have also had the pleasure of discovering hidden gems that were surprisingly affordable. Hopefully some of these tips will help you to navigate the world of wine and find the best value for your dollar.
1 Explore the world. To truly find the most amazing deals, you have to break out of your comfort zone. Napa Valley Cabernet and French Champagne is always going to be fairly expensive. To really find an incredible value why not try something new from a lesser known region- like Vinho Verde from Portugal. This white is perfect for spring and summer and is slightly spritzy and refreshing and can easily be found for $5 or less. I love Champagne- really love Champagne- but I can’t always justify $25-35 for one bottle. I can however find great deals on sparkling wines made outside of Champagne, like Alsatian Cremant, Italian Prosecco, or Spanish Cava. You can find a huge variety of bubbles for less than $10 that are very well made.
A few more tips to keep the bottles tasting great after all that bother picking them out:
How do the weeks keep going by so fast? Now that I am 800 weeks pregnant getting dinner on the table every night seems like more of a challenge. Good thing Safeway has been giving me groceries the last few week’s as we are stuffed to the brim! We have 5 people staying with us this week and thank goodness for coupons as I am happy we have an abundance of food to serve.
Here is what I have planned:
MONDAY: Kashi Frozen Pizzas (they were .57 each at Sfwy!)
TUESDAY: Calzones– Homemade pizza dough- regular has marinara, cheese, pepperoni and veggie version substitutes vegetarian sausage w/ steamed veggies
WEDNESDAY: Tacos- regular version uses ground beef, veggie version has Boca burgers chopped up and sauteed with taco seasoning
THURSDAY: Mushroom spaghetti w/ homemade meatballs & Caesar salad
FRIDAY: Grilled burgers and shoestring fries w/ corn on the cob (veggie version uses Boca burger)
SATURDAY: Cuban Chicken Wraps w/ steamed veggies
SUNDAY: Easter! No cooking for me. I will likely take a dessert- I might try to bake a carrot cake cheesecake recipe that looks incredible.
For more great ideas to plan your menu this week, check out Organizing Junkie.
And be sure to check back here on Wednesday for my Bargain Meal of the Week featuring a recipe for 4- under $5 using items from Safeway’s ad.
And then come back again on Thursday for Try This Thursday where I make a recipe from something fantastic I found on the web. This week I am going to try a recipe from a reader to use some of the free cereal in our pantry.
There are tons of great giveaways from frugal bloggers every week. So I ask the readers- would you like a weekly round up of some of my favorites?
Here is a great one from Thrifty & Chic Mom- enter here to win a Pikkolo Baby Carrier and another one here to win a cute Mutsy booster seat.
Click here to enter for a blog makeover from Roof with a View!
The 2pks of Women’s One a Day drink mix are FAR this month at Walgreens. Pay $1.49 and submit rebate for a full refund. You can turn this into a moneymaker by using the $1/1 any One A Day in the 3/22 SS. Pay .49 and receive $1.49 back. I used it this morning and had no problems.
There is also a $4/2 coupon that can be used from the same insert, however it will beep unless you purchase 3 drink mixes. 3x $1.49= $4.47, pay $.47 and get a full rebate of $1.49. You get the extra 2 boxes of drink mix but might have issues with your cashier accepting the coupon.
Check out more Walgreens deals here.