Amazing moms have gotten $100 worth of groceries for under $10. Some of these crafty coupon clippers even boast they have gotten the food for free!
Here’s the catch – every one of these incredible stories of how moms got an amazing amount of food for nothing has a bunch of work going into it. They scan for hours and hours for coupons, clipping, filing, making sure to catch the latest sale at Wal-mart or the local grocer.
Many of the coupons clipped are for name brand items and junk food. Medicine, paper products, school supplies, juices, candy and other items are usually something you don’t need right now or ever but look like a “deal.”
Considering what my time is worth, it really doesn’t seem like the full-time job of clipping coupons is really worth it for me. In order to evaluate if the time is worth the effort, you have to calculate how much time it takes to clip those coupons, how much your time is worth and how much money you’re saving. It could be your actually spending more time on the hunt than the value of the savings.
I’ve looked through the papers, located sales online, went to the manufacturer for coupons and normally, I get a better deal when I buy the store brand therefore negating the reason for the coupon in the first place.
After careful consideration of the grocery shopping wars, I’ve found the best way to save money on groceries is to follow a list. We budget $100 a week for groceries and sometimes spend way less because we still have food left over from the week before.
I don’t like rotten vegetables and freezer burned foods so I don’t keep a bunch of stuff on-hand to spoil. We have snacks in the cupboard, ice cream in the freezer and plenty of paper towels and toilet paper. Our meals are simple and easy, full of vegetables and meats along with home baked breads and great desserts. We don’t drink a lot of pop or have a bunch of junk foods on hand but we will bake some cookies or brownies.
We have a really huge kitchen and every shelf seems to have something on it so I know we’re not hurting at all. I don’t live on welfare or even go to the food bank. We’re not rich by any means and we don’t over work ourselves although we like to work.
I calculate my budget for a family of four although there are only three of us usually. However, since our daughter is a teenager, we have other kids constantly eating dinner with us or eating snacks watching movies and having fun. We’re also able to take dishes to our church potlucks and have company over once in a while without hurting our budget.
We’re not lacking for food and I’m not spending my entire day chasing down coupons to match my food. I do look for sales at the store, find deals at the day-old bakery area, ½ price meats, look on the discontinued and dented shelves, but as far as coupons – they are useless most of the time and I’ve got better things to do.
Of course, the few brand name items I use such as Campbell’s soup, Heinz or Hunt’s ketchup or Ghirardelli brownie mix – I print out an online coupon and take that to the store. If I see there is a lower price at a different store, I will call attention to it at the counter.
If you love playing the coupon game, it’s a fun way to see if you can win. Otherwise, live a little, look for sales and go to the discount bakery stores every now and then, but there’s more to life than clipping coupons!