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So I watched some of those “Extreme Couponing” shows. Part of me was listing all the reasons I don’t coupon like these people, and the other part of me was second guessing myself and wondering if I should be couponing more. I mentioned a little about couponing in my Smart Shopping post, but here’s more details on my humble little opinion on coupons:
Here’s a quote from Amy Dacyczyn in her “The Tightwad Gazette”:
“Readers frequently send me sales slips to demonstrate how much they save using coupons. With bold sweeps of colored markers they circle the figure that shows how much the coupons used added up to. They’re circling the wrong figure. The most important figure on your sales slip is how much you spend on groceries…not how much you save using coupons.” And this is coming from a lady who fed a family of 8 with $180 a month!
I don’t want people to think I’m against the show or people couponing, not at all. The show has just got me wondering and I want your opinion now! So all that said, I have to admit the show did inspire me to check out coupons a little more often, and maybe see if I could combine them with sales, but I don’t have plans of becoming as extreme as them. But now I want YOUR opinion! Do you use coupons? If so, how extreme are you? How much do you save? Where do you get your coupons? What tips would you give us “non-extremists”?
Oh! I almost forgot! If you’re interested here’s another bloggers opinion.
Of course there’s many ways to use a whole chicken, oven roasting, cuting it up to use the various parts in different ways, but here’s how I have started cooking my chickens. I got the basic recipe (I varied it a little) from my Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook. It’s easy and you get broth from it too. Around here whole chickens usually run at about 88 cents a pound, but my last 2 I got for 79 cents a pound at Sams Club (reduced for quick sale).
So here’s how I do it:
The last chicken I did made about 5 cups shredded chicken and honestly I can’t remember how much broth, I think 3-5 cups.
Here’s a few random tips:
Sorry all the pictures are blurry! I didn’t notice the blurriness until I loaded them onto the computer today.
Wanna know a great way to get some rock bottom prices on food? Check out any clearances at your local grocery store! I’m not talking about the weekly sales, although that is a great way to save on groceries. I’m talking about things being sold because something’s wrong with them. The store I do a lot of my shopping at has a “Blowout Clearance” section and I try to always check it out, just in case I see something I want. This last week I was able to get 3 boxes of cereal for 50 cents each (I rarely buy cereal, but with that price, how could I pass it up?). I also got some wheat crackers for a buck, because the box was a little bent up, and a bag of mini chocolate chips for 75 cents. I don’t buy chocolate chips very often either, but thought they’d be a nice addition to some muffins. Some stores will sell produce when it’s starting to get ugly. I’ve bought browning bananas before and froze them. Also see if your store has a “day old bread” section (it might not be in the bakery section). A lot of times there will be bread, donuts, pies and all kinds of things there that are still fine to eat. And as I’ve talked about before “Reduced for Quick Sale Meats“ are a great deal too! Just make sure to cook or freeze them right away.
And in case anyone wants to know I spent $37.10 on groceries this week. This should allow me to make it through until April. And it brings my month’s total for groceries up to $258.47, which I’m okay with. My main goal is to keep it under $300, but lately I’ve been trying to lower it to $250 a month. This is just for food items.
Here’s how I saved this week:
My total savings was $6.22. And I feel like I got a good amount of food for $37.10.
There are many strategies to lowering your grocery bill. I’ll share mine with you. For my husband, me and my 2 year old girl we’ve been spending about $300 a month on groceries. This month I was able to decrease it to about $255, and I wanna see if I can keep that up. This does NOT include nonfood items like shampoo, paper towels, detergent, etc… It also does not include eating out, which this month was over $100 (I know, that wasn’t very frugal!).
So here’s how I do it:
But on t he occasion that I find a coupon for something that I usually buy and in a brand I usually buy it in, I’ll use it. The other day I printed off a coupon from the Tabasco website and saved 50 cents.