Now to prove to you that my cheapness knows no bounds, I will share with you my latest experiment. While at the hardware store with my husband, painful I know, I starting browsing the seeds. Robert gave me “the eye” because he knows how dangerous I can be at a seed display. I can’t seem to buy just one packet I come home with dozens. Well this time he was pleased. I noticed immediately that the seeds were expired. If you flip your current seed packet over you will notice that it usually expires in either October or November. I asked if they would still be willing to sell them, at a discounted rate of course. They had to get a manager but they accepted my offer. $0.25 a packet!!! Game on. I started grabbing seeds like they were going out of style. Other customers were looking at me like I was crazy. As you know a full price seed packet can be anywhere from $1.50 to $2.95. So this was a deep discount. In total I bought 31 vegetable seed packets and 36 flower seed packets for a total of $16.75!!
Here’s my rationale for buying every packet in sight. If only 50% of the seeds came up I was still getting a really good deal. Realistically I think I can expect 75% germination if not more depending on the type of seed. I have read that most seeds last more than one year, in fact most last 3 to 4 years. And besides how many partial seed packets do you have at home? I know I have some seeds remaining from every packet I bought last year. Which means that even if I have to plant to whole packet it’s no big deal. It would be just my luck that none of the tomatoes would germinate and all of the zucchini. I don’t know if I could handle another bumper crop of zucchini. That was exhausting.
Needless to say I was bitten by the seed bargain bug. I went to all the other hardware stores in town. There was one other store that still displayed their expired seeds and I was able to talk the manager down to $0.38 a packet. Still pretty good and I was able to fill in the holes from what the other store didn’t offer.
I found that the smaller hardware stores were the ones with the expired seeds. The big guys Home Depot and Lowes had already started displaying new inventory. You better believe that next year I am going to go earlier and give it a try. One of my favorite nurserys in town said they donate to the local high school FFA, how sweet. I bought some full price seeds from them just to give my support, plus I couldn’t find broccoli raab or parsnips anywhere else.
I am so excited to see how my seeds do. I will try to keep a tally of how many germinate and give you some results at the end of the season. It’s probably not too late though to run out and snatch up some yourselves.
I am ashamed to admit that I even put some seeds in my mom’s stocking and Robert’s stocking.
I’ll post pictures later when my camera batteries are charged.