Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I am a coupon diva

I would bet money right now that if you know me, you're laughing. I have never been a coupon clipper or a sale watcher. I have always bought what I wanted when I wanted it. Since we're trying to tighten up on our budget and the economy is a bit scary these days, I've decided to see how far I can stretch a dollar.

And boy........can I stretch it. Thanks to the Grocery Game (www.thegrocerygame.com) I am feeding my family a bigger variety of items for so much less money it is amazing. I have been doing this for almost 3 months and I've saved over $2,000 on my grocery bill. Now my cabinets (and closets, and drawers, and garage, and new chest freezer, and under the bed) are all bursting open with food, household supplies, medications, personal care items and drinks.

I actually went to Target yesterday and bought a shelving unit to store items out in the garage. It's already full of sodas, beers, paper towels, gatorades and dish detergents and soap.

Last night was a great example of how to save money. I went to CVS and with my coupons and their Extra Care Bucks program (ECB'S) I got 5 bottles of body wash, 3 bottles of pain reliever, 4 bottles of conditioner, 4 bottles of shampoo, a men's deoderant, a 2 cases of bottled water for about $6.00 out of my pocket. The body washes, shampoo and pain reliever are all being donated to the food pantry at our church. I love that I can stay within my budget, but still be able to have so much abundance in my life that I can pay it forward to someone who needs it.

Just to give you an idea on the amount of items I'm talking about - here is my stockpile - this is after only 12 weeks of shopping.

Personal care items

Household cleaners

Pet snacks, hand soaps, foil, coffee, ziplock bags and a glucose monitor

Snacks - chips, snack mixes, pretzels

Dish soap and dishwasher detergent

Drinks, cat litter and paper products

The "food closet" in the guest room. There is so much food in there it isn't even funny. I'm going going to even try and list it all. LOL

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