I am sure everyone has by now heard of, if not watched, the “Extreme Couponing” show on TLC. While I find it interesting, there are many reasons why it is not possible (the stores break their own rules/policies for the show) and not necessary (50+ bottles of mustard?? I don’t think I will use that much mustard in my lifetime!)
While I am not about to debate the right or wrong of the show, I do want to share with you that you can be “extreme” in your couponing (by some people’s estimation) and feed your family on a $40-50 weekly budget without installing grocery store shelves in your garage to store your stockpile, clearing shelves at the nearby supermarket, or buying 100 newspapers each week.
I have shared many times before that I strive to stick to a $40 weekly grocery budget for our family (my husband and I). We only eat out 1-2 times a month (usually with coupons!) and eat fast food just a few times per month. 95% of our meals will come from our $40 weekly grocery budget. (I also giveaway/share/donate items to friends and family often, as well as fix meals for church/Sunday school a few times a month out of this budget.)
Striving for a $40 weekly grocery budget with food to share inspires me to have a sensible approach to couponing and try to pay as few “cents'” as possible for my groceries! I enjoy letting coupons pay for my groceries, instead of paying for them myself! :)
Come back Monday as I start a series entitled “Centsible Couponing” where I will share:
- How to coupon to an extreme!
- Is it possible to reduce your grocery budget by 50% or more by using coupons?
- Maximizing your savings by basing your menu on the items you buy on sale in previous weeks
- What is the Buy-ahead principle and how does it save me money?
- How to organize your coupons at home and in the store.
- and much more!
As well as dispel the many myths out there, such as:
- “I don’t have time to coupon.”
- “Coupons are only for foods that I don’t eat.”
- “My stores don’t have as good of sales as your stores do.”
- “I don’t have access to the same coupons or the number of coupons that you do.”
- “Using coupons makes me buy items I don’t need just because they are free or cheap, making me spend more money in the long run.”
This series will run every week for the next six – eight weeks. Read the rest of this series: