Monday, April 16, 2012

i *HEART* Q-pons!

As most of you know, my life is crazy insane busy. So, just finding time to go to the grocery store sometimes is ridiculous. Other than saving money, this is probably one of my biggest reasons on why I love coupons- Stockpiles. I no longer have a NEED to go to the grocery store. There is always something in our pantry, cabinet, fridge, or freezer that will provide a nutritious yummy and quick dinner for the family that not only *I* can make, but so can my husband!

I just recently started reading the Kindle edition of Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey and while I do like the book and strategies, I don't always agree with a lot of people on how they stockpile. This isn't the first time I've been through this- some couponers teach to stockpile for 6-8 weeks, others for 6 months, and others still for a year. I simply say- stockpile where you are not cleaning the shelves. I have a family of 5 and we have a grocery budget of less than $350 a month. Our toiletry/household needs budget- well, let's just say it needs to be as small as possible. Living solely on my husband's disability check leaves us with no other choices- we never stay out of the red at the end of the month. So, stockpiling can be limiting for us- but like a said, it's just nice knowing we have food to eat, soap and toilet paper to keep our butts clean, and the other necessities. We even occasionally get to splurge on a few things. I'm not one of those couponers that ONLY buys the sale items with coupons. *GASP* For instance, my husband likes John Derst bread and Snapple juice drinks. I very rarely buy them when they aren't on sale, but I don't think I've ever seen a John Derst bread coupon, and no one carries Snapple Apple & Snapple Fruit Punch in the 6-packs, so I buy them without coupons...*GASP* again. But, on a serious note, I think that's why I coupon- to have the luxury of knowing my family has food & necessities even if I don't go to the grocery store every week and so we can afford those few things that don't always have a coupon.

Okay, so I'm rambling on like usual. Here's the totals:

Bi-Lo (Week 4/11-4/17)

Subtotal $144.96
Savings/Coupons $97.90

TOOP $47.06
Savings of 67.5%

Walgreens (Week of 4/15-4/21)

(3 Transactions)
Started out with $16 RR's.

Subtotal $91.72
Savings/Coupons $86.79
TOOP $4.93
Savings of 95%

Left with $14.99 RR's.
(plus 2 more Catalina coupons!)

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