This morning I went to my local grocery store to stock up on less than 20 items and guess what the bill was when I finished checking out? $100! I was disgusted, shocked and financially sick. I know that I used to be able to go into a grocery store and with $100 get at least a basket full of groceries. Sadly, that is not the case anymore. Sure I have two more children and this recession has sent grocery items skyrocketing but that is no excuse for prices to be steadily increasing!
For example, two years ago I could have gotten a container of 4 oz. Yoplait yogurt for $.50..now I pay $.08 more! While this may seem petty, for a household of 5 increases can seriously hurt our pockets. So am I going to stop contributing to my children’s college fund? NEGATIVE. Am I going to stop buying groceries? DOUBLE NEGATIVE. This is what I decided I am going to do from this point on…I am going to become a Coupon Diva. Yes, I have been catching glimpses of TLC’s Extreme Couponing but I just thought it was too much but the more I think about it the more I realize this is right up my alley. I am off for the entire summer so this will help me make my time more productive.
So here is my plan to becoming a Couponing Diva….
- Collect all of the coupons I can think get my hands on. If you are reading this blog, please inbox me and send me all of your current COUPONS.
- Organize these coupons by grocery aisle (cereal, dairy, dry goods,etc) and put them in a huge photo album with plastic sleeves. This will make the process painless when I go to the grocery store.
- Plan my monthly grocery list and STICK to it. THat means if it is not on the list, DO NOT BUY IT. I am bad about just throwing things in a basket but I must do better.
- Start to stalk the grocery/drug store sales ads and couponing blogs. This is the key.. to getting super deals.