Have you seen that show, Extreme Couponing? This week I made my first attempt at couponing. In the past 6 months our grocery bill has doubled. Our children have become human garbage disposals! Now, I'm not complaining about the garbage disposal thing. I have a 2 year old who weighs 21 pounds, and a 5 year old on chemo. Them shoving their faces makes me happy! However, it does not make my checkbook happy.
1. I didn't look closely at my coupons, and many of the items I grabbed weren't what was specifically listed on the coupon.
2. I took my kids with me (BIG MISTAKE IF YOU'RE TRYING TO SAVE MONEY).
3. I didn't look closely at the sale ads in the sale paper. For instance, I got two 2 liters of Sprite, because they were listed under a heading of "Assorted Coke Products Buy 1 Get 1 Free". However, the Sprite itself wasn't one of those "assorted" items.
Okay, so I haven't totally given up, and I intend to do better next time. What about you? Do you have any tips to save money at the grocery store? Share them, please!
And on an aside, here is a lovely little commercial that played during the Super Bowl. It made me both happy and sad, and yes I cried.