Coupon clipping is a necessity for families on a strict grocery budget!
This is how our “Crazy Coffee Drinking, Coupon Clipping Moms” club came to be. My local mom friends, including two of my best friends who live further away, meet at my home during the week and we share, clip and plan our coupons. Today’s meeting was very eventful and I felt compelled to share our experience with you all.
To start, let me say that couponing is not simple, it’s not easy and it can be downright frustrating. However, when you walk out of the store knowing you saved half off of your groceries to take care of your family, it feels really good.
We spent 5 hours this morning clipping coupons, matching the weekly ad at Publix and other stores to determine where the best deals were and what coupons we had to go along with it. We decided that Publix was going to be our maximum savings and went for it. With our lists and coupons in hand, we went off for our first big coupon adventure in Venice.
We searched the aisles, grabbed our coupon deals (which I will tell you all about below.) and made our way through the very crowded store. We were extremely disheartened to hear the comments being made around the three of us as we shopped.
“Look how fat they are, must be why they are buying so many groceries!”
“That’s what’s wrong with this country, bet they are using food stamps too!”
Your comments linger longer than you think.
The stares, snickers and straight out rude comments made me cringe. First of all, between the three of us married women, there are 3 families with 6 children between us, that is a lot of mouths to feed!
Second of all, I have been fat my entire life, trust me, I know what my body shape is and what assumptions you make based off of that. My health issues are something I have dealt with for a long time and I do not need you or anyone else to remind me of that. My worth as a human being is not dictated by my body type.
Finally, what does it matter if someone is using benefits or not? We are three hard working parents. Regardless if all, one or none of us are receiving benefits, how much does that truly affect your life enough to make a backhanded remark in public about it? You don’t get to judge someone’s story based on the chapter you walked in on.
To the employees at the Venice Publix on Jacaranda and 41, those of you who were kind, respectful and even encouraging as we checked out today, I thank you. A manager, Kyle, went out of his way to address our concerns with how we were treated and I truly appreciated that.
Time to get off my soapbox and tell you about the coupon deals! I will be writing more about how to coupon to save more on your groceries. In addition, future posts will have various deals that I find while on our coupon adventures.
My Shopping Trip:
- 2 bags of 50 ct Totino’s Pizza Rolls
- 2 Atkins shrimp scampi meals
- 2 packs ramen noodles
- Small Slice of Brie Cheese
- 4 large frozen pizzas
- 4 boxes of Cheerios
- 4 boxes Lucky Charms
- 2 boxes Cascadian Farms Cereal
- 2 bags Armour Meatballs
- 2 bottles (2 Liter) of Pepsi Zero
- 4 bags of Rana Raviolis
- 4 containers Rana Alfredo sauce
- 2 pints of Halo ice cream
- 1 box honey buns
- 4 cans of veggies
- 4 bags of shredded cheese
- 4 bags diced potatoes
- 2 packs of hot dogs
- 2 boxes animal crackers
- 2 boxes beef broth
- 8 cans chef boyardee
- 2 boxes of little muffins
- 4 jars of Bertolli pasta sauce
- 1 box Kelloggs fruit snacks
- 1 package of Italian deli meats
- 3 – 12 packs of Pepsi cherry zero
- 2 packages of Clairol Hair Color Root-Touchup
For a total out of pocket cost of $124!
As for my friends? They were able to get a 50% savings across the board on their trip which including diapers, pet food, groceries, cleaning supplies and household goods. After the five hours of work we put in planning, clipping, sorting and making coupon lists along with the 3 hours in the grocery store shopping saved us over half of our grocery bill.
If your family is on a budget, doesn’t it make sense to save as much as possible? I would say we did a great job!
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