I use to pay pennies for whole orders of food on a regular basis back "in the day" during the Golden Age of couponing. Of course some of the stuff you can get for free is not the best for your health!lolzNot only do you have to have the planets and stars align with doubling or even tripling Qs + the deals BUT you also have to have access to stores that give back cash overage for your Qs. Very few stores do that.....Publix, some Shoprites(not the ones here)and I have heard that Walmart will give overage. That's the only way you can get items that don't go on sale for cheap, by applying that overage to those goods in your order.That being said, even if you can't get food for pennies on the dollar there are other strategies that anyone who shops, no matter where you live/what stores you use, can adhere to to lower their food bill.Ah, to live in the land of triple Qs and overage. Perhaps that is where I need to retire to? lolz
We don't have coupons here. And obviously miss out. The stores don't though.
They used to double coupons here, but then all the stores stopped, and I have found that I don't use that many coupons anymore. Just not worth the hassle to me. If they went back to doubling then I might use more, but not sure.
sluggy-I think you may have hit on the only important part of your move-COUPONS!!! Yes, you must move to the land of cheap and almost free with coupon!!! I love it.The problem is we just need stuff. Even with coupons, I can't get our spending down. It is making me nuts and then I read about people spending $50 a week and I can't seem to copy their spending habits. I think I need to just let it go. I have managed to get our spending down on every other front.
Elephant's Child-And I think that a land without coupons would be sluggy's hell. That might kill her. LOL
Rachel-My coupon use is way down. When couponing was better, I would cut stacks of them but since every store has cut back, I just can't see wasting the ink and time. I'll print the really good ones but I normally won't print them if they are under $.50.
Yeah, couponing is not as much fun as it used to be. The days of double/triple couponing and super dollar sales is a dream of the past. I sure miss them! I, too, use less coupons than I used to, but I am also doing less shopping. Since having problems with my feet, Hubby does a lot of the shopping. He WILL take any coupons I give him and use them and I put the electronic coupons on my shopping cards so he still gets some savings for us. And he looks for deals and markdowns, so we still spend less money than lots of people on groceries.
Frances-Ahhhhh, the good ol' days. It seemed like it was over before it really even started here. I do the best that I can but it just seems like the price of everything has gone up. I try and keep it at about $100 a week for just the two of us. If the kids came back I think that I would be making a lot of beans and rice to try and keep the costs down. I try and console myself with the fact that we have a full freezer and cabinets so if anything did happen, we could go a while without shopping.
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