The other day I wrote about the possibility of eating healthy on a budget. There were lots of great responses to that blog post and I hope that you will read it if you missed it. Also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a $25 gift card from Subway!
If you search the web for how to save money, you will inevitably run into a lot of sites that recommend using coupons to save money. In fact some websites tell you that you can cut your grocery bill in half by using coupons.
I have not found that to be true in my case. Last week, I pulled out the coupons from my local newspaper and from the entire bunch, I found about four or five that I might use. They were for toothpaste, deodorant, dog treat, other toiletries, canned fruit, and one cereal coupon. That was it.
It seemed that about 98 percent of the food coupons in the paper were for processed foods that we really don’t eat. Coupons for Hot Pockets, Lean Cuisine, boxed salad fixings, Mexican dinner in a box, or ice cream really do not help me save money because I’m not going to buy those foods just to use a $1.00 coupon.
Coupons for toiletries sometimes save me money because with certain coupons, I do pay less for the name brand item than I would the store brand or less common brand. I’ve gotten toothpaste for free sometimes and paid just a few cents for razors and other non-food products – and that makes me happy.
As you can imagine, with a family of nine, our food budget is quite high. In fact, we spend almost as much on food as we do on our mortgage. That really pains me to write that, but it is true! I know I do save a substantial amount money (and improve our health) by making most of our food from scratch, not buying a lot of processed foods, and taking advantage of sales on chicken and produce. That being said, I’m always looking for ideas to help me save even more money.
I’d love to know if any of you have successfully saved money on your food budget by using coupons. Please share! Diane