‘Grocery Coupons’ Posts
The term “Retail Therapy” has been around since the ’80s. Media outlets like The Guardian and The New York Times have written about it. It has even been the subject of scientific research studies. But what is it? Is it just a label manufactured by the capitalist retail chains in hopes of justifying unabashed shopping sprees by consumers? Or is it a legitimate form of healing one’s mood?
As the Bible says, “By their fruit ye shall know them” (Matt 7:16). In other words, and as my friend used to explain that verse to me, “The proof is in the pudding” Ok, so maybe Saint Matthew wasn’t talking about shopping, but I believe the principle applies.
There are so many things that we buy over and over and over again. They are on our weekly grocery list or the kids go through them like hot cakes. Then there are things we don’t buy very often but we would like to save on them anyway, like jewelry, vacations, special outings. So how can you maximize the bang for your buck?
Let me share with you 2 secrets to saving.
I absolutely hate buying groceries. It’s one of things I dread most right now in my life. Maybe it’s because I always have to take a 4 year old with me who insists on pushing the cart, which ends up running into everything in her path. Or maybe it’s because I hate fighting crowds and I usually don’t have time to go shopping until 4pm which is when everyone under the sun seems to do their grocery shopping. Or maybe it’s because I really dislike spending money on things that will just go through my body and come out the other end. Whatever the reason is, anything that can make the task easier, or save me money is a good thing.
I have been thinking a lot lately about what goes into my body. I can’t help but think that a lot of health problems people have can be cured by cutting out things from their diet, like soda and fast food. There’s a big trend right now to have everything pre-packaged and pre-made so that it takes you less time to prepare it. However, to get this convenience you sacrifice having additives and preservatives added into your food. I for one don’t know how they make additives and preservatives but I’m fairly sure they’re man made and not from things you find in nature.
Every once in a while I’ll go through my coupon envelopes and I found some that were about to expire. They were for items I was ready to run out of. I used them when I went to the store and saved $16, in addition to the $15 I saved from store ads. I was pretty proud of myself.
I printed up the list of ads combined with coupons for the store I was going to from the Grocery Game site my friend told me about and figured out which coupons I had that would help me get the best deals when combined with the ads. I couldn’t wait to go save some money. I took my shopping list clipped to my coupons and dove in. Between sales and coupons, I saved a whopping $45.00. It took a little longer than it usually does at the store, but that might have something to do with taking a toddler with me. It may end up being worth the bit of time it takes to coordinate my coupons and list.