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I think that the Meredith Brooks' song, "Bitch," summarizes me rather nicely. Or, if you prefer, X. dell says I'm a life-smart literary scholar with a low BS tolerance...that also works!

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Food, Or What I Buy

I love saving money with coupons and sales. I cook at home a lot, and I know that saves money (we eat out maybe twice a month, period). But the fact of the matter is, I'll never ever be one of those women who consistently every week buys $200 worth of groceries for $20. Let me tell you why.

1) I won't buy stuff like Hamburger Helper or any other pre-made, convenience stuff. Have you seen the chemicals list in that crap???? No.

2) I like to use fresh, local ingredients. So, this means I actually buy produce, often from a farmer's market or whatnot.

3) In addition to number 2, we also in this family get in our daily requirement of fruits and veggies, and only some of them come from frozen packs/boxes.

4) Milk isn't free. I can get really cheap other dairy products, but milk is at best on sale. There are four of us. I also cook with milk.

5) Part of how I don't get bored with cooking is by trying new recipes, and I am not limited to one or two ethnic cuisines. So, this means I have to buy spices sometimes that I do not have on hand. Thank goodness for World Market.

6) Meat can be on sale--and I only buy meat when it's on sale--but it's rarely free with coupons, too.

But when I look at how much I buy compared to what I spend, I know I am saving a buttload of money. We eat like kings in this house. We stay within our budget. And, additionally, the meals I prepare are typically totally from scratch. So, we have this "minimal crap in our food" effect that makes me happy. I'm quite content with the results, and I leave the true coupon ladies with their tables full of "LOOK what I BOUGHT for this amount of money!!!" to themselves. When I stare at what they've brought home, I often realize...ew. I wouldn't eat that Hamburger Helper for all the money in the world. Yup, very happy with where we're at right now!


Blogger Jadedprimadonna said...

I think you just effectively explained why I don't get into the whole coupon bit that much. I mean, most of them just don't fit my needs. I will use the ones that work for me, but as far as buying random things only because I have a coupon - no, won't do it. Of course, I have one friend who knows how to read the bar codes on the coupon and use them for other things or something like that - I don't fully understand how that works (or if you're exactly supposed to do it... like using $5.00 off Crest Whitening Strips to get Downey almost for free). It doesn't even work that well for cat food because our cats are so picky - they only like the certain kinds, and the coupons are almost always for the wrong kind. That being said, if it IS for something I need, I'm not above buying two newspapers and going to the store twice to stock up on a needed item that I can get for cheap.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Kira said...

Well, I regularly through sales and coupons cut my grocery bill in half (as an average--sometimes it's less than half, but then Harris Teeter has super double coupon week and boom, I'm back to half as an average). So, I know they do their job. But yes, I won't buy stuff just to buy stuff. Now, I WILL sometimes get free items I have no intention of using for whatever reason and then use them to donate. Just because I won't be buying some box pasta dish doesn't mean that a food pantry can't use it somehow! But it pretty much has to be free for me to do it that way. As far as Firepaw goes, well, he won't eat anything except dry food, but there are three different brands of dry food he likes. So, I do buy from that short list, and of course I'll get whatever is on sale or I have a coupon for.

3:00 PM  
Blogger April said...

I'm not much of a coupon person because most of the times, I can't find coupons for the things I actually buy. When there IS a coupon for it, I feel like I struck gold. Like you, I won't buy something just because it's on sale or I have a coupon for it.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Joseph H. said...

I kind of wish I could kick my Harris Teeter addiction. They're probably the 2nd most expensive grocery store in the area. It's all about the selection, I guess.

The GF & I have recently succumbed to Costco for some things. But, you know, I really don't need 15 pounds of oranges at once.

12:30 PM  
Blogger X. Dell said...

Like Jaded says, the coupons I see are typically for what I would, either because of the foodstuff or because of the required quantity.

Eating out is definitely expensive. Probably not too healthy, either--unless you want to spend lots of money.

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