Did you see any of the TLC Extreme Couponing shows where the couponers talked about sharing items from their stockpile with friends or family? There was one episode where a couponer's daughter-in-law came over and "shopped her stockpile" -- I thought that was awesome, and it made me kind of sad that my grown kids live so far away. The would LOVE to shop my stockpile and I'd love to let them do it.
I was worried about blowing our $125 a week grocery budget, but I thought we'd blow it because of our first farmers market trip of the year. Well, we definitely blew the budget, but we blew it because I didn't stick to the plan. And because I had a bad plan to start with. Let me show you what happened....more
About 24 hours after I wrote that post about my grocery budget, I found myself panicking because we'd already spent almost $50. I totally freaked myself out -- who knew budgets were so stressful?...more
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I can’t coupon. I’m too stupid to coupon. It’s true. Any time I try to save myself some money - be it by using discount codes or signing up for junk mail to get a special deal - I mess it up, end up paying at least full price, and wasting hours of my time. Then I get the glorious after-effects, which usually involve five emails a day trying to entice me to buy more crap I don’t need for prices I won’t get.I even managed to mess up Groupon. Somehow I signed up for Orlando Groupon. I don’t live in Orlando....more
Last week I was getting excited about my vacation to South Carolina, where I'd be able to visit a grocery store that doubles coupons. Today, a week after my very first double couponing trip, I'm still excited. In fact, I'm finding it a little bit difficult to shop at grocery stores that don't double coupons -- that's not good, since I'm back in the land of no doubles. Once you get a taste of doubling, it's hard to go back.
[Editor's Note: Alanna Kellogg wrote this brilliant strategy post for saving money on food in 2008, predicting food prices would only get worse. Even though the post is a few years old, her tips are still spot-on, and I'm using them as I try to squeeze more out of my family's combined income. -Rita]
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