I had a great shopping trip to Harris Teeter this week and wanted to share it with you. I like this example for a few reasons:
- Within Budget- My budget is $75 per week and I spent $74 on all the stuff above.
- We still love saving- Even after three years of couponing my husband still acts like it’s Christmas when I get home. He’s actually the one that suggested we line up the items to take a picture. Not sure about his pose…I think he somehow feels responsible for the savings. See some of the small ways we love to save.
- Yummy, Healthy Food- There is a misconception that when you use coupons you end up with mismatched items (from which you can’t make dinner) and that you eat junk. Let me just point out a few items: 2 packs of chicken, ground beef, greek yogurt, bananas, cantaloupe, grapes, deli turkey and ham.
- Food Pantry- I always try to get a couple free/cheap items, gradually collect the items in a bag, and then take the loot to our church food pantry. The toothpaste and Ragu are my items from this trip.
- Stockpile- Thinking ahead is key to saving money. The soda (which we generally don’t buy) is for family visiting for the holidays. My dining room table has turned into my “Thanksgiving, Do Not Touch” stockpile where I’m stocking up on bottled water, snacks, chips, etc. Buying now will prevent me from paying full price to host our visitors.
You can find step-by-step instructions on how to plan your shopping trip or contact me to host an Ultimate Savings Workshop to learn in person!
Did you have a good trip this week?