Newbie and have Questions

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Registered: 06-02-2007
Newbie and have Questions
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Mon, 05-23-2011 - 8:59pm

Hi, I'm new to this group and was wondering if you frugal families stock up on grocery items for months ahead or if you just buy things as you need them.

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Registered: 02-18-2003
Tue, 05-24-2011 - 10:09am
I try and stock enough food to last at least a month and buy as needed but I deal with many food allergies so those type of food gets stocked less like every three months or so because I buy in bulk and it is cheaper
also found the local meat/butcher has meat packages so I buy that

Becky
I use coupons when I can
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 05-24-2011 - 12:14pm
Welcome to the group!
I haven't watched the extreme couponing show, but I doubt if any of us here shop like that.
What I try to do is match a coupon up with a sale, and buy as much of that item that I need until the next sale (usually about 4-6 weeks worth). For example: picnic stuff is on sale for Memorial weekend, so I will buy enough mustard, ketchup etc to last until July 4th when there will be another sale.
Pets are expensive...but we have always adopted from the humane society. so it is cheaper that way, and we have some wonderful pets..
Again welcome to the board.
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Registered: 06-25-2005
Tue, 05-24-2011 - 12:35pm

While I think it's a good idea to stock up as much as you're able, some of the extreme couponing shows I've seen seem like stunningly huge wastes of food.

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Registered: 10-15-2001
Tue, 05-24-2011 - 2:20pm

Welcome!

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Registered: 10-05-2009
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 11:48am
"We have a big dog but fotunately she doesn't eat a lot. We probably only spend about $200/year on dry food (medium quality food), "

WOW!! I spent about $50 a month on dry dog food! I have a big dog (rottie/sharpei/heeler) who is still a puppy, and most days he eats close to 4 cups of food a day. But I buy high quality food that is grain free because my "free" dog is allergic to grains. Who knew! Oh, and we buy absolutely NO treats at all, or any wet food. I do all his immunizations myself and will only mess with flea control if there are fleas to control. Free dogs are the most expensive ones! I am considering switching over to a raw diet for him, because I think it will be healthier for him and I think it will be cheaper for me.
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Registered: 10-05-2009
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 11:49am
ug, you have a houdini! Those are spendy dogs!
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Registered: 10-15-2001
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 2:47pm
LOL yes he is. I'm guessing that is he ended up a stray because he clearly has had some training.
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Registered: 10-05-2009
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 3:00pm
maybe he's just a "free spirit' Seems like once they get a taste of freedom, that's all they want. I had a dog work really hard to figure out how to get out of my yard. UP and over, yep, that works. So, we doubled the height of our fence. He figured out another way, so we blocked that. He found another way, we blocked that. He would spend all his time outside trying to find a new way to get out of the yard. We looked like fort knox! In the end, we rehomed him to a farm, where he could run and was "free to be me" He loved out of the yard more than he loved us! LOL
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Registered: 07-26-1997
Sat, 05-28-2011 - 12:27pm

I don't stock up like they do on Extreme Couponing.

 

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Registered: 10-15-2001
Sat, 05-28-2011 - 3:01pm
That is crazy! I'm glad you found a home that works for him. I don't think that is our issue, he has become friends with the next door neighbors dog so they work together to tunnel under the fence. We put partially buried cement blocks all along the fence yesterday so I'm hoping that will discourage the digging along there.
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