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Week 1, Day 2

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

In my attempt to cut the Shannan/LaToya grocery bill, I ordered 6 months of the Sunday paper just so that I could get the weekly coupons. I was inspired by watching an episode (or two) of extreme couponing. So I've had two weeks of Sunday papers so far. I've clipped coupons, maybe about 100. While I was organizing them into an excel spreadsheet, I noticed that most of them were for miscellaneous household items, and not food. Nevertheless, I spent Monday evening running around the grocery store to use my coupons. And regardless, my grocery bill was still $120. You may ask, "How you could have such a bill?" I'm happy to answer that question:

Sunday coupons, and most other coupons I've found online and such, are for foods that I don't want. There is no real reason for me to buy sugary cereals, candy, chips, and frozen pizzas. The only food coupons I could really utilize were for cheese and yogurt. Even the yogurt, however, is a stretch because it is for Yoplait, etc, and I have gotten into Fage and other Greek yogurts because they're more versatile and have high protein. What did I buy? Chicken, fish, and ground turkey. Salad, cheese, broccoli, Special K cereal, raw peanuts, Terra chips, graham crackers, beer (Shannan's of course...yuck), coke zero, potatoes, Fage, and some peanut butter (and a few household supplies...TP and such). This food will last us more than two weeks (except Shannan's beer) so it's worth it considering we spent $100 or more eating out last week alone. But good grief. Some of those women on extreme couponing rack up $1000 grocery bills and pay $50. I guess if I wanted to convert my house back to junk food, I could too. In the meantime, I'll keep the food I bought and keep my house on a healthy path. emoticon
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  • JAMIECITA
    excel spreadsheet! thats hardcore! i was also amazed at the savings i saw on the extreme coupon show but its true, you have little control over what you are getting. the one lady bought 130 boxes of couscous, just cause it was free, she and her family had never even eaten couscous before! i mean really! lol. anyway good choices, toya and sticking to what is going to WORK for your body!! :)
    3268 days ago
  • LEAVES1026
    lol. I just wanted to know what I had. They're all just stacked in a box right now. lol
    3268 days ago
  • MSLADY78
    You're exactly right about the coupons. I find them helpful for non-food items. I found myself nodding to everything you wrote...

    Except the Excel spreadsheet part to which I will respond, "what the fart?!"
    3268 days ago
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