Last weekend we had a garage sale. It was super overdue (I plan to continue my garage sale series next week) and we got rid of a TON of stuff, even with it
raining pouring off and on. Our goal was not only to clean out our house – but to earn enough cash from the sale to pay for the construction of a chicken coop. We did it!
As things currently stand we are building a chicken coop similar to the one on NW Edible’s Website – it’s pretty sweet. I priced out buying a chicken coop on Craigslist, but frankly they are in high demand, don’t quite fit our needs and range from $300-$800. We calculate that we can build a better, custom coop for about $600 (hopefully less!) – and we earned enough from our garage sale to do just this!
We had planned to buy our chicken coop supplies at Lowe’s in the next few weeks. Knowing this, I took full advantage of Albertson’s gift card promotion this week – spend $100 on gift cards, get $20 to spend on groceries! Included in the promotion are: iTunes, Lowe’s, Sears, Applebees, Kohl’s, Cabelas, Bass Pro Shops and JCPenney. It’s one $20 voucher per transaction. This is the PERFECT promotion if you plan on spending money at one of these stores to begin with. If you don’t need anything from these places, it’s obviously not a good idea to buy a $100 gift card just for $20 worth of groceries.
I brought my garage sale earnings to Albertsons and did five transactions and purchased five $100 gift cards. Thus, ending up with five (5) $20 catalinas to spend on groceries at Albertsons. BONUS! Plus, I received TWO $5 Albertsons rewards for a total of $110 worth of groceries.
Then I went shopping. I’ve only spent two of my $20 catalinas so far because I want to hold off and see what sales they have going next week. The $20 catalinas are good until June 21, 2012 – so my plan is to scope out the ad on Tuesday and decide if I want to go shopping again with the current ad or if I want to use my catalinas on the ad that starts next Wednesday.
I was able to get all the groceries pictured above for $4.79 out of pocket using two of the $20 catalinas! Some of the highlights include:
Everyday Essentials Pasta – $1
$1/1 Essential Everyday item from the Sizzlin Summer Giveaway Game Guide coupon booklet (in stores, 1 per transaction) EXPIRES 06/16/2012
Final price = FREE
Ken’s dressing – $1.25
$1/1 Ken’s Marinade, any 05/06/2012 SS Insert (exp 06/30/2012)
Final price = $0.25 cents each
Red peppers – $0.50 cents
Tillamook yogurt – $0.50 cents
Green peppers – $0.79 cents
Thomas Whole Grain english muffins – $1.99
Shrimp – $5.99 a pound
$110 worth of “free” groceries – earned on something we would have been doing anyway. I feel like I’ve found the golden egg promotion helping us re-coop (haha) some of crazy costs to get a chicken coop set up.
I’ll keep you posted on the coop construction. We are still in the beginning stages.
p.s. For those of you who are tempted to scoff at my lack of frugalness in building a $600 chicken coop, I’ll just say – I’m not doing this the cheapest way. I don’t want a traveling tractor on my lawn, I want a permanent, predator-proof, sturdy coop, 6 x 12 feet, that will hold 5-7 chickens and stand up to the constant rain. I realize my eggs are going to cost more than if I bought them at the store. But I’m honestly not doing this for the “cheep” factor. I’m doing it so we can “homestead” of sorts, have home fresh eggs for my kid’s breakfasts in the morning and teach my kids about raising chickens. Can’t put a price tag on that. Besides, it was paid for by crap sitting in our garage – so I’m a happy hen.
If you’re looking to get chickens, these are the books I’ve used as resources – check your local library for copies!
- The Joy of Keeping Chickens: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit (The Joy of Series) – Amazon, $10.17
- Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens, 3rd Edition – Amazon, $12.12
- Chickens In Your Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide – Amazon, $9.89
Follow my gardening journey, I’m learning as I
- First I built the raised beds
- Then I added dirt
- Then I added plants
- and for fun, we created a DIY Worm Compost Bin
- and then Mavis came and gave me some advice – um, give your plants some room
- Our first harvest. “Lettuce” rejoice and be glad.
What do you think of this promotion? Are you going to purchase a gift card for a FREE $20 Albertsons voucher? Have you build a chicken coop before? I’d love to hear if you have!