Sunday, October 12, 2008

I'm Cheap and Proud of It

The economic crisis is causing a lot of people to want to be better prepared. I'd like to be one of those people. Utah probably isn't the only place in the U.S. making a huge point to stock up on emergency supplies and beef up their food storage supplies.  For the last several months (before losing my jobs), one of my priorities was to shop more at Costco, buying larger essential items, and stock up slowly on different necessities when I saw them on sale at the stores. As a result, when I lost my jobs and money, I was in a good place with food and several toiletry items. I really haven't had to spend much money at all on buying groceries over the last few months. But now it has been about two months, and... yeah. I'm down to the stuff I really don't want to eat or just wasn't very useful to start with. For instance, cans of mushrooms. What the heck did I buy 10 cans of sliced mushrooms for? If I remember correctly it was because I like to add them to spaghetti sauce, and I got them for $0.20 a piece. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
So now here we are entering a potential economic crisis, I have little in the way of funds, and I just depleted my emergency supplies! Uh oh. But on the bright side, I did have the supplies!
Today I returned to my old ways of coupon cutting. But I took it one step further than usual! I even pulled out the weekly ads for the two local grocery stores and compared who had better prices and where my coupons will be doubled. I've made my menu for the next few weeks around the coupons and options. If my math is right, I'm going to save over 40% on groceries this week. I'm actually kind of excited to go shopping, just to see how much I can save!
I'd love to get more pointers on ways to save money on essentials. I cut coupons, comparison shop, and frequent the double coupon days. I find buying bulk for just one person usually means a lot of my food goes bad before I can get to it. So what do you do? Got any suggestions?

5 comments:

  1. www.myfoodstoragedeals.com

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  2. Oooh, I LOVE this topic! If there's anything I like more than spending money, it's saving it as I spend it!
    Groceries have gone crazy this year. I used to be able to feed my family of 4 on $350/month but just about everything we use has gone up at least 30% (some have doubled) in the past year. Now there are 5 of us (granted 3 of them are little girls, but they are growing like crazy and they expect me to clothe them as well as feed them! Can you believe it?) and a bigger house payment so I'm really scrimping. My favorite is The Grocery Game. In a nutshell, it's clipping coupons and matching them to ads (just as you did) but the great part is I don't have to think about it. I just go to their website, mark the things I want to buy that week, and it prints out my shopping list for me. They have a database where they track the sale trends and tell me when the price for a particular item is the best it's going to get. The hardest part is clipping the coupons each week and filing them to use later. Here's the website: http://www.thegrocerygame.com. You do have to pay for the service (something like $5/month), but I save at the least 45% (sometimes as much as 60%) every time I shop so it pays for itself.
    I also am so grateful we moved within 2 miles of an outlet mall. I shop the end of season sales (shirts and shorts for 99 cents each) and save the clothes for next season. I know, they won't be in the latest fashion but we care more about function than form, anyway, right? :)

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  3. Freeze your food. When we buy or cook things in bulk, we freeze what we're not going to eat right away, that way it doesn't go bad. Or you could can things--get a small pressure canner and some jars--you could can things in small quantities (canning doesn't necessarily mean a whole day and putting up 49 jars of something, you can can 1-2 jars at a time if you want).

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  4. Hi, I found your blog when I was googling food storage. If you ever need some food storage tips, or recipes that use food storage food, feel free to check out our blog! I'm sure it can help you out.

    Good luck!
    Hannah @
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  5. www.pinchingyourpennies.com is an AWESOME website that matches up the store ads with coupons. Best part it is FREE!

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