Thursday, June 7, 2007

The Hassle of Coupons?

I have many people tell me they don't use coupons because it's too much work or it's a hassle to find sales. I know that feeling. There have been times in the past I have felt like that; during a family emergency or a move across the country. But I've always started using coupons again.


Because the money I can save is well worth the small amount of time I spend cutting coupons.

I spend about 15 minutes on Sundays cutting the coupons that come in the weekend paper. I log in to The Grocery Game , print out my grocery list (which already has the good sales matched up to the coupons for me), and spend a few minutes pulling the coupons I'm going to use. Then I'm ready for my grocery trip on Monday or Tuesday.

I'm a stay at home mom and I do not work outside the home. One of the ways I can contribute to the household is by saving money and watching what we spend as a family. One of the largest expenses (besides the mortgage) that we have is our food budget.

I could save 30 minutes of time a week and spend $900 a month on food and toiletries for our family of five. Or, with a little meal planning and coupon cutting I could spend $400.

Here's a copy of a receipt from a recent trip to Target. I spent $61.08. The entire receipt wouldn't fit on my scanner, so I shortened it to show you parts of it and the total.

For $61.08 I got:
11 packages of Pampers diapers
14 tubs of Pampers wipes
6 small packages of Pampers wipes
1/2 watermelon
1/2 gallon organic milk
2 pkgs hot dogs
2 cans frozen lemonade
hot dog buns
salsa con queso

Yeah, I think I'll deal with the hassle of coupons.

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1 comment:

Crystal said...

I LOVE the Grocery Game!