I normally grocery shop at a mega mart, with a meal plan for the week, a list of basics that might be on sale and my cash. A method that works really well for us. But sometimes I watch these couponing shows and feel I am missing out by not leveraging the sales and coupons to stock up my pantry and get the best deals.
So this Friday after work I went in armed with four weeks of coupon flyers, my ad, printable coupons and even some store coupons I had mailed to me. I got some good deals because my store adds a bit to the coupon as a match (50% up to $.50.) My pantry is loaded with named brand soups, pasta, sauces, refried beans and the freezer has frozen pizza, garlic bread, etc.
1. I spent $42 over my budget - but I did get a lot of stuff. I was in the store for over 2 hours, looking through coupons, checking deals, etc.!!
2. Some of the stuff included 8 bags of Halloween candy - well I got $1 off three bags, they were on sale, they had an instance $.75 on each bag and the store matched the coupon by $.50 - So $3 in coupons minus the sale price for three bags. Then I had more coupons and more sales, so I am good for Halloween, wow, what a deal. BUT we have never had Halloween at this house and we are on a dirt road back in the woods - if we get 10 kids I will be shocked. So who will eat all that candy??? HMMMmmm (I did buy things I like!)
3. I am making DH lunch this morning and had enough lunchmeat for one sandwich - his 2nd sandwich was a PBJ. I forgot to get his lunchmeat!! I didn't stick to my routine so I forgot and have to run out today for a few things that were not on my coupon list.
4. I have no idea what the meal plan is for this week!! DH wants chicken marsala and I have the chicken, linguine, but no mushrooms!! So back I go.
Lesson learned: I do better if I stick to a menu plan created by scanning the ads, and by all means WRITE A LIST and carry cash!
Oh, and then I felt so good about my grocery hall, I went out clothes shopping and spend $223!! Ok, I needed some nicer things for work, and it was buy one top, get one half off, and $25 off over $100 as well. Arggghhh!
Sales and coupons - KEEP ME AWAY!!