Sunday, January 17, 2010

And why don't you use coupons, again?

A frugal blogger...that's me.

When people ask me about my blog site and hear how much money I save when shopping, they immediately have question after question after question. Of course, I LOVE that. I love being able to share what I know about saving money if it helps THEM live a happier lifestyle. Why, I'm not sure, but it amazes me that some people have not the first clue about using a coupon or shopping sales. So, I'm even HAPPIER to share with them...ya know, kind of like taking them to the light. *wink*

One of the most common statements I hear is:

"I never use coupons because we don't eat the kind of food that coupons are printed for."

The kind of food? What? You mean...THIS kind of food?


So, like yogurt, brown rice, oatmeal, fruit, chicken broth, soup...you don't eat THAT kind of food? All of the items above were bought at Kroger last week using coupons. I saved $21.70. Coupons are like free money.
USE.THEM.

In all actuality, I do understand what they mean. Back in the day, coupons were mainly printed for "new" products or for many "processed" items. Often, they were found to be very low in value for expensive or un-needed items. I mean, who really needs $.25 off of 5 liver & onion frozen tv dinners?

Couponing is different these days. More and more you will find them for "regular" food items - eggs, meats, cheese, cereal, etc. Also, there is a coupon out there for practically every household and cleaning item imaginable; you should never be paying full price for paper towels, toilet paper, laundry soap or Lysol!

Except for one or two items, everything else in this grocery trip was bought on sale.
Had I not combined sale shopping with coupon usage, my total would have been:
$107.97

Instead, I paid: $61.44.

I would MUCH rather have a sixty dollar weekly grocery bill than a hundred dollar one.

Would you agree?

As a little bonus, here are a few of the printable coupon links:
$1.00 off 6 Dannon Yogurts, $.50 off Old El Paso
$1.00 Wholly Guacamole or Salsa
$1.00 on 8 Yoplaits (& others)

1 comment:

Moderate Means said...

I agree! Coupons aren't just for processed food. I have a baking powder coupon in hand, and I've used them on eggs and sugar and other basics.

And having the lowest shopping bill possible feels great!

Stacy