I just finished my weekly grocery list, (See Making a Grocery List), and decided I don’t have to be an extreme couponer.
I do use coupons, but only on the items I use regularly. So I use one or two coupons a week.
Here are the reasons I will not be an “Extreme Couponer”:
1. My time is worth money.
2. Many of the items I see coupons for are not items on my grocery list.
3. I can make things much less expensively than buying prepackaged food.
4. I refuse to buy several newspapers just for the coupons.
5. The grocery stores in my town do not have “double coupon days”.
6. I don’t buy junk food and most coupons are for unhealthy options.
7. I don’t have room to store ten boxes of anything.
8. I hate to throw food away and eventually, it will become outdated.
Over the last three years, I have spent less than $100.00 per week for four adults. That includes toiletries, cleaning supplies, paper products and over the counter medications.
I buy items that are on sale and use a price list faithfully. I make my menus from the sale items. If there is a good sale, I might buy two or three, but I don’t have a deep freeze so food must be moved through regularly.
I’m sorry, but I just can’t make a menu using “Crunch and Munch”.
It’s not how much you save that is important. It’s how much you spent. Besides, if you didn’t put the difference in a savings account, you didn’t save at all.