I just happened to turn on TLC and that new show called Extreme Couponing was on and caught my eye. In the past I have tried to use coupons to save money, but honestly have found that as far as food – there really is not a lot of nutritious items that have coupons. I find that the majority of coupons is canned soup, boxed meals, cereal, soda, packaged this and that. My husband once challenged me to be able to get a bunch of groceries for a couple dollars like I’ve seen people do on tv (prior to this new show) and I was set out for the challenge, and seriously – it’s all processed food! Sure there is the toothpaste, mouthwash, laundry detergent, etc. But as far as nutrition….nada.
With the economy as it is now, and with gas prices so high, how do you save money? Would you sacrifice your health, the health of your family, and buy processed food with coupons, or will you pay up and get the healthy food? I know what I’m doing – I’m going for the healthy food – shopping the parameter of the grocery store, loading up on veggies, meats, fruits, dairy and avoiding the middle isle’s as much as possible. In exchange – maybe cutting out part of the Direct TV?
In the time it took me to write this blog the lady featured on the Extreme Couponing show went grocery shopping; her total was $638.34 and after coupons it came to $2.64. Wow! She showed how she organizes her food purchases – her garage is lined with shelves and very neat – with tons of boxes and cans of food; but what caught my attention was they mentioned in this last grocery trip she purchased 20 liters of soda. Seriously????