Thinking about throwing in the Scissors Pt. 2Posted: November 2, 2010
Well this weekend I went to Walmart with no coupons in hand. I made a meal plan for the next two weeks… lunch and dinners. I got mine from Motivated Moms for free.
The week prior I had spent $90 and gotten $180 worth of groceries. I went to Publix, Kroger, CVS and Walgreens. I spent at least 10 hours in cutting, filing and researching. I spent at least 3-4 hours shopping. I did save 50 % though…
This week I spent about 2 hours (know my “times” are skewed with a lot of interruptions!) making a 2 week menu. I researched a couple sites. I used my friend Tricia’s site a lot! She has some great EASY recipes on her site. I threw in some of our family’s staples and was set! We spent a horrific hour at Walmart… on Saturday… (I will plan better next time). For two weeks of groceries, I spent $68! I was actually shocked! I thought our total would be much higher! I was very pleased and came home with lots of food!
At first, I thought about throwing away my coupon book and canceling my subscription to Savannah Morning News. However I don’t think that is the answer. For me it is not an either or issue. The $68 I spent at Walmart was completely on food. I was able to do that because I was savvy at buying paper towels, diapers, toilet paper, razors, shampoo ect. with coupons earlier. The biggest question I had was, “is it worth it to match coupons on name brand products verses just buying the Walmart or off brand?” I didn’t want to waste my time on the coupons if that was the issue. I think sometimes that is true. But, for an example last week, I got a box of Pampers diapers and a 124 count wipes refill for $10 (by matching coupons and sales at Publix). I could never do that even at Walmart!
In conclusion, (I feel like I am back in college : ) I think the answer is the be smart, savvy and disciplined and use both methods. For me, I am going to alternate buying food and stocking up alternate weeks. I think I am going to eliminate confusion and stick to just Publix, Rite Aid and Walmart. These are also the three closest grocery stores. I get in over my head when I try to get everybody’s deals!
I enjoyed my experiment! It feels good to have the next two weeks of food on paper! I am always trying to ward off the “fast food monster”! There is so much money that can be saved in the area of groceries and food if you are disciplined and savvy with your time and money!
Happy Shopping : )