Lifestyles Of The Fabulessly Frugal…
When people who are new to couponing hear that I’m only spending $100 a month on all our grocery, toiletry and dinners out this year… the first question is always…”What do you eat?”
Sometimes I wonder if they think all we eat is prepackaged processed food.
Take this taco for instance. Last winter I was able to pick up a bunch of free Mission tortillas at Albertsons with the help of double coupons… When I brought the tortillas home… I simply placed each package of flour tortillas in a gallon sized zip baggie and tossed them into the freezer to use later as needed (you’d be amazed at how many product freeze well). I picked up the salsa for .33 cents a jar 2 weeks ago at Albertsons with a double coupon, the Wholly Guacamole was free a few months ago with double coupons as well… and knowing we wouldn’t eat all 6 packages at once… I froze those, along with the free Birds Eye Stem Fresh Whole Grain Rice, and the free Kraft cheese (Money maker last fall summer @ QFC). I did have to pay for the tomatoes though… they were .99 lb at Fred Meyer and I also paid .49 cents a bag Fresh Express Salad (Safeway last week). Oh and the beef… I did a little bartering with my neighbor who’s a hunter for that 🙂
I believe the key to feeding your family for the least amount of money possible… is learning the art of building a stockpile.
Once you’ve mastered that… You can switch gears and head into maintenance mode… and simply pick up fresh produce, meat and dairy each week while keeping your eyes peeled for stockpile bargains. Some weeks you’ll be able to pick up free pasta, some weeks it will be free oatmeal. The key for me is to pick up as many different foods items I can each week for free or next to nothing to keep our pantry filled.
So, if you’re new to this whole coupon thing… keep working at it… over time it will get easier and with the help of free websites like this one… you’ll make progress in cutting your grocery budget in no time.
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