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Coupon Haul

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about couponing. Tonight I feel even more accomplished than normal, because my husband and I have started Dave Ramsey’s program for budgeting/dealing with finances. So, suddenly I find myself being very very aware of what I spend. But, I love food. I don’t want to eat garbage just because it’s less expensive. And let’s face it. Good (“real”) food is spendy! Especially things like cheese & produce – which are two things I will not sacrifice for cost savings. I spent an hour or so clipping coupons and headed out to my local Albertson’s (where, they have the nicest employees on EARTH!). Here’s my haul:

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WinCo Heaven

Are you kidding me right now?

I have been hearing about WinCo from my couponing websites for a while now, but there isn’t one near my house. One opened about 15 minutes away last weekend. I waited for the opening week craziness to die down before heading out this morning. Holy cow.

I love this place. For starters, their prices are amazing. Second, they sent me coupons in the mail that made the deals even more amazing. Third, they will stack a manufactures coupon on their store coupon. Finally, they do not accept credit cards – which makes me feel proud of them for encouraging people to use the money in their checking account…instead of borrowing for groceries.

A couple of the deals I snagged:

10 lb bag of russet potatoes – $ .68
Bananas – $ .19 per pound
Swanson Chicken & Beef Broth – $ .43 can
Cheese Nips – $ .38 per box (on sale there for $ .88 and had a coupon for $1/2)
Canned Green Beans (hello green bean casserole!) – $ .38 can
2 lb block cheddar cheese – $3.98

I also got crazy cheap cereal, apple juice, toilet paper, gorgeous pork chops, and some potato chips for the hubsters lunch. It was awesome. I want to go back right now.

Couponing 101

A couple weeks ago, one of the gals at my MOPS table invited me to a couponing class with her. She is a self-proclaimed “crazy coupon lady” who doesn’t purchase things without a coupon. She gets most of her groceries at a huge discount, free – or sometimes even makes money back on the deal. I have never used coupons. Just kind of figured I didn’t have time for it…or, I guess that my time was worth more than the coupons were going to save me. I really haven’t even ever shopped the local ads. If I’m feeling really on top of things, I make a list of meals I’m planning to prepare for the week and then go get the stuff. Usually though, I hit the grocery store on my way home from the gym – pick up a few things for dinner and then repeat a couple times a week. I know this is not the best way to run my grocery shopping, and as a stay-at-home mom, feel like a total underachiever in this area. [Read more…]

One t-r-i-l-l-i-o-n dollars…mwah, ha, ha.

I talked to my mom this morning regarding the “tea parties” going on today to protest the massive government spending plan. Americans are joining together in cities all across the country to take a stand against their growing tax burden and out of control government spending. Both sides of the aisle are guilty of reaching far too deeply into our pockets to fund their own issues – and lately, to “bail out” many many many companies. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the President’s new plan will tally up a 1 trillion dollar deficit per year for the next decade. Now, I’ve never really sat down to think about how much money 1 trillion dollars is. Actually, I’ve never thought about one trillion anything. But I realized when talking to my mom that maybe the reason our politicians get away with throwing HUGE numbers around like they do is that Americans have no concept of how big those numbers really are. [Read more…]

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