Grocery Shopping, Coupons, and a Bit of Craziness
I have this sweet friend from church who spends $20 a week to feed her family of 6. I can’t even tell you what I spend because it’s too embarrassing. My friend uses coupons – lots and lots of coupons. Last week I went to a couponing class she hosted. She was inspiring. I was very excited when I left. I’m determined to decrease the millions of dollars I spend on groceries! Unfortunately, when I sat down with all the coupons, store flyers and my notebook, I was instantly lost, but I refuse to give up!
My kids and I watched that show about super couponers. The lady we watched bought $900 worth of groceries for under $100. It was amazing, but she bought 50 boxes of candy and a bunch of other stuff I can’t imagine purchasing. I have to admit even if I could buy 50 boxes of candy for $.33 each, I wouldn’t. I have 5 children – I’m not crazy – well, not THAT crazy!
I am going to do this! I am going to get my grocery bill down. I just don’t know if I can wrap my brain around the whole coupon using shopper thingy. I want to. More than that, I want desperately to feed my family well. Honestly, if I just took more time to plan meals that would be half the battle.
I’m inspired to use coupons which I will say wasn’t high on my list prior to attending the class. Today was my first shopping trip post class. I went with a list and a gazillion coupons. Unfortunately, I still spent more than $20. I’ve got to say – it was so cool hearing that cute little beep each time my coupons went through! I am hooked!
Tonight at a ridiculously late hour, I’m going to inventory my stuff and plan my menu! I think if I’m smart I can probably feed my family for two weeks with what I already have. Just need to have a plan!! Oh, I wish I was an organized person! I wish I was better prepared in this area. Golly, I wish I was better prepared in every area!
I’m so thankful for my dear friend who was willing to do so much to inspire us to save money. Maybe if I shadowed her for a day or ten, I’d grasp this whole concept. How cool would it be if I could purchase $900 of groceries for $100? Honestly, it has been ages since I went to a store and ONLY spent $100. I could go in for milk and spend $200.
So if you see a crazy woman at the store with her list in one hand, coupons in the other, and a slew of kids all around her – that’d be me! Be sure to say, “Hi!” I’ll have plenty of coupons to share.
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