We have now the final part in the food and meals (I briefly thought about supplying what a week of meals looks like in this house, but I'm sure you all have your own recipes and meal plans). This will mostly be about where I shop, my take on couponing, and a little money saving. Last time I was telling you about my deep freeze...mark my words, it will save you money in the long run and it's so convenient having meat and other staples on hand!
Couponing. I am a gal that will clip coupons out of the Sunday paper, and every now and then print one off online. I attempted to join a few sites with some prime coupons, but after the third one that wanted me to install some thingy onto my computer just so I could print one off, I gave up. Just too much hub-bub for me to print off one or two coupons. If this is your cuppa tea, hats off to you!!!
You know that show 'Extreme Couponing'? I love to watch it, but I really can't justify having 68 jars of peanut butter, diapers for a small town of 5000, and kitty litter that could fill a dump truck...eeeeven though you don't own a cat. Cool to watch, but not for me. The main reason I'm not a huge couponer is because I am a generic brand buying woman. Now, years ago, I was a name brand snob when it came to food. And don't get me wrong, I still have a few items that I MUST have a certain brand of, but I would say that 85-90% of our groceries are a generic or "off" brand. This has saved my family a lot of money on groceries. My favorite place to start my grocery shopping adventure?
Veggie gardens are a glorious thing to invest your time, a little money and water in to during the summer. While I'm not really the gardening type, I'm thankful my husband and kids are! It's a great way to get fresh produce and save money as well!!!
Our grocery budget not only includes food and consumables, but within this budget is also paper products (tp, paper towels, napkins), toiletries, and cleaning supplies (Hubs makes our laundry detergent). So, to keep a close eye on our food inventory is so helpful. Especially when we know that the grocery bill will be a little expensive (because in our house it always seems like tp, shampoo/conditioner, and dishwasher tabs always need to be purchased on the same trip!), at times like these we try to arrange meals based on what we already have - reducing the cost of consumables to make room for the cost of the other junk!
The one tip that I truly believe in is: STICK TO YOUR LIST! Impulse buys will getcha every time, and Littles (children) will also getcha every time!!! So, there it is. The way I meal plan, shop and try to save money. It works for us, but I know there are many ways to tackle All Things Food and Meals!!!
*Side note: Thanks to one of my good friends, it was just brought to my attention that there is a wonderful Washi tape website that will make you want to spend your life savings. Ok, maybe not THAT much but it's still marvelous! Enjoy:www.cutetape.com