Last fall I begrudgingly began shopping at other stores. I was very clear that I was unwilling to compromise on quality just to save money. I still wanted fresh food without a bunch of funny ingredients. I immediately began seeing a 35-45% drop in my grocery bill. Ok, I had to admit that this was working. I began digging a bit deeper. I browsed the sales flyers and also did some price matching. In my web search attempt to get the Shaw's flyer a few days early so that I could plan my shopping trips I came across this wonderful lady: Darlene. She was my introduction to couponing.
I admit that not only did I believe that using coupons was a waste of time but I also thought that they were only for packaged junk food that people shouldn't be buying anyway. I firmly believed (as many people do) that you could just buy a generic product and get the same savings without all of the work. Well, I must say that I was wrong on both counts. Very wrong. It's impossible to count my savings or highlight all the amazing deals that I've gotten but I am most definitely hooked.
I've been able to stay true to myself in only buying high quality foods that I would have bought even if they were full price. I've been able to spend a bit of time planning and I've reaped so many rewards. It extends so far beyond saving on my grocery bill. I feel like I finally have gained control back of my financial world. I didn't achieve that simply by changing how I buy food but it is a big piece of the puzzle. I hope to fill you in soon on other things I've done.
So, without further adieu here is just a very small sampling of things that I have very recently gotten for free or very cheap.
|FREE organic grape tomatoes (they were in produce clearance and I had a coupon. Technically I made .02 cents!)|
|.66 cents each. I've been making a lot of my cleaning products homemade but soap hasn't made that list. These were on sale at Target. I combined a Target coupon with a Manufacturer coupon for this great deal on natural hand soap and dish soap.|
|Both FREE! I got the last of these rice mixes but I have coupons left for a couple more so I'll be heading back to the store. I've been using tons of non-dairy milk in smoothies so the rice milk is a huge score!|