This mom lives off 40K with no coupons!

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Mommyin0406080912's picture
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This mom lives off 40K with no coupons!

http://financiallyfit.yahoo.com/finance/article-113818-11718-3-dallas-mom-how-we-live-on-40k-a-year-without-coupons?ywaad=ad0035

It can be done so they say! No matter what I will always use coupons! Even people that are rich should use coupons 25 cents is 25 cents! Smile

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I didn't find that very helpful. Came off as "We do this, so can you" without any real tips. And yes, I'll keep using coupons too! lol.

Joined: 01/28/03
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Yeah, I agree, not very helpful. If she's so smart, why ISN'T she using coupons so she doesn't have to watch her pennies so closely at the consignment shop? Wink And aside from that, she is feeding 1 baby. It cost us next to nothing to feed our kids when they were babies. Now as they have multiplied and grown, they have become more expensive to feed! Still, with careful planning around sales, coupons and menus, I generally only spend about $100 a week (so proud, I've been able to shave $50 a week off of our grocery bill over the last month or so!) to feed a family of 5.

Soooo...I'm not impressed. Smile I get much better info here!

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I know I'm in the minority, but I rarely use coupons. Most of what I buy, you can't get coupons for. I use Aldi for 90% of my groceries, and they have their own brands. I use the occasional toilet paper or laundry detergent coupon, but since I use almost no paper products and make my own cleaning solution, I have no need for coupons there either.

I think she had a few good things to say, like budgeting a small amount each month for the things that you "want" but don't "need" and saving up for bigger items you want. And I'm a huge fan of shopping at second-hand stores. In fact, I took Thomas Christmas shopping at the Salvation Army this year because he missed the "Santa workshop" at school. He got the coolest gifts of anybody and only spent $16 on gifts for all 7 of us (including a gift for himself). I was so impressed that I decided I need to take all 5 of the kids shopping there next year and skip Santa's workshop or the Dollar Tree.

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Deb, Aldi is awesome! I wish they could be found more places! I just moved to a new city 2 weeks and this is the first time since I left home over 5 years ago where I've lived someplace that has one. $1.99 for gallon milk, 70 cents for eggs. I went yesterday and felt like I was in heaven again! lol! Aldi is how I fed myself during college!

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There wasn't too much info but I wanted to share, I was trying to look for more videos like this but there are not that many. Most people are using coupons and find it's the best way to go. I agree I think a board like this is better for info!

I love second hand but I buy a lot new at the store but off the clearance rack with a coupon! I go to the Goodwill in the nice area of a big rich town and get Gymbo for 1.00! Size 0 to 4t everything is 1.00 and 5 to 16 kids everything is 2.00 but they have 2 colors a week on sale and blah blah you can get lots of things for almost nothing! It's great!

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I don't use coupons because they aren't really around here, every now and again you can get something but not often.

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I don't often use coupons. I find a lot of the coupons here (in Canada) are for junk I don't use or just stuff I don't need. There are rarely coupons for milk, eggs and other staples. I have never ever seen coupons for fruits and veggies. Every coupon out there is for processed stuff or toiletries. I think the best way to save money is to not buy stuff you don't need.

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I use coupons from my Chinook Book & Greensprouts but don't find the coupons in mailers, etc very helpful b/c they tend to not be for organic/natural foods & for brand names that I don't agree with b/c of company practices. Occasionally I see coupon for Seventh Generation come with newspaper. The co-op I shop at has member discount days on the 15th & 16th of every month & they send me a 10% off whole bill coupon each month (sometimes two around the holidays). I'm trying to find balance between being frugal but also organic and eco-friendly minded.

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I have found this past year coupons for fish (not breaded, fried, or anything), chicken, ground turkey, produce (it was a general 50 cent coupon when you bought any meat), oatmeal canisters, whole wheat flour, cheese blocks, butter, eggs, milk, Kashi cereal (DH loves that stuff), diced tomatoes, whole wheat pasta, and more. While you don't see these coupons as much as you do for sugary cereal and pillsbury biscuits, they do still exist. I just stock up as much as possible when I do run across them! Though I agree that unhealthy product coupons are seen much more often and it turns people off of using any coupons.

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We have a local grocery store that will put $1, $2 or $3 coupons on meats that are about to reach their sell-by date. I can often get meats really cheap and grill them up or freeze them for later. The other day, I got boneless Angus strip steaks for about $6/lb, chuck steak for about $3/lb, and turkey Italian sausages for 50 cents apiece.

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It am always amazed at how differently every family runs their money. I try to use coupons as much as I can, but we have few stores here and they have all been taken over by inconsiderate couponers who leave NOTHING for other people so I have had a hard time taking advantage of great deals with coupons. However, I am still able to stick to my budget of $150/wk for a family of 8 for grocery, paper goods, health & beauty, and Costco. Some months I even have left over money.