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.