Being known as the resident “coupon queen” by my friends and neighbors, I hear every excuse in the book for why said friends and family do not coupon and think it is silly. I’d love to divulge a few of these to you guys, tell you my rationale on it and then hear your feedback.
One thing I hear a lot is, “There’s never coupons for the things I want to buy! I end up spending more money using this coupon for $.50 off an item that I wouldn’t normally buy than if I just stick to my normal pantry items.”
What’s funny to me about this comment is that on any given week, my husband and I only buy about 3 items week in and week out that are the same brand or product, because we’ve learned to like the variety we get with using coupons and sales to plan our trip to the grocery. Everything else we buy is a different brand each week. For instance, I know I’m going to buy milk about every other week and a bagged salad every week. So, when I’m looking at the sales flyer, I see that perhaps Organic Valley milk is on sale so that’s the one I buy that particular week, however if the next time I buy milk nothing is on sale I’ll buy Publix brand.
Also, by using the principles of couponing we discussed way back here, by matching coupons with sales I usually end up getting any items I buy at a quarter of the price I would normally spend on a single item not on sale that I bought week in and week out. My husband and I like the variety of the foods and drinks we get to try, we like saving money, and this system works for us. We are always trying new things, which leads us to having what we’ve coined our “rotating pantry.”
Granted, we don’t have kids yet so I’m sure once that is the case in the future it will make it harder to live by this principle, but for now we are glad to be pocketing any extra money we can, giving our taste buds the thrill of adventure and trying to snack healthily while making the coupon game work for us to supplement into our E-mealz plan. These trips to the grocery provide me with lots of staples for my E-Mealz plan and let me have flexibility within my plan to sub in the frozen veggies I stocked up on for free weeks before instead of buying a suggested veggie on the plan.
How about you guys, do you use coupons to supplement your E-Mealz plan?
Are you brand loyal?
Do you coupon like this, with a “rotating pantry?”