Week Six – Thoughts And Fears

Six Weeks. How am I doing on this journey to stop shopping and use up the stockpile? Getting off coupons and boxed, bagged and frozen foods?

Did I go buy newspapers this past Sunday? Yes I did not. I was not proud of myself either and about the only thing I need with coupons is the toilet paper and I could have probably bought “just” those from a clipping service, there were no dog food coupons so I am paying full price for that at the moment.

My problem is not just providing for me, I can live in the produce isle, its I have to feed others and they do not like change.

The only things I bought using a coupon this week was one five pound bag of self rising flour and a can of Pam.

The flour was on sale at Publix for two dollars and the coupon was for twenty five cents, that doubled so I paid one dollar and fifty cents for the flour, this will last me a long time. The Pam was buy one get one free, at Publix they split the price so nothing rings up as free, just half price, making it just one dollar and fifty cents. I used a thirty cent coupon that doubled and it was just ninety cents. No stockpiling I was out of both.

Now what I did buy was produce and at Aldi`s but no coupons and no stockpiling.
Here is what I got this week:

Navel oranges- two ninety nine a bag

Roma tomatoes- one sixty nine – six tomatoes

Strawberries- one forty nine per sixteen ounces

Four cucumbers – forty nine cents each

Celery – sixty nine cents per pack

Cabbage – one thirty nine per head

Iceberg lettuce – eighty nine cents each head

Mushrooms – one thirty nine per eight pounces

Green beans – one eighty nine per large carton

Russet potatoes -one fifty nine per ten pounds

Red Delicious Apples – three forty nine per bag

Total : $19.46

This will last two people one week. Although I have cabbage I grew and put away in the deep freezer we still like fresh cole slaw and the frozen will not do.

So if I stick with just buying fresh and using up all the vegetables in the freezer then I will be only spending $80 to $100 per month on fresh produce per month. Well until I am growing all of this in the summer.

BUT as I break this addiction, I do feel the pain, I think about what day it is and how many days till the current sale will be over at each store. This may take a while!

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry

Stockpile Sunday

February 14,2016

2016 Resolution number one – Stop shopping and use stockpile.

I did not stockpile shop last week at all. I bought twenty dollars worth fresh produce at Aldi`s and that was it.

I would like to say that there is a thing that most know as shopping addiction. I am not really addicted to shopping but I am addicted to shopping with coupons and getting things free or dirt cheap.

Over the years I have built a nice but small stockpile of just about anything a person can use to run a household. From body and hair products to cleaners and can goods.

I am down to four cans of tomatoes, I have not bought any canned tomatoes in three years. I am not sure of I will stock as many as I did before but most were free or no more than fifteen cents a can, all name brands too. Maybe I will grow and can my own this year.

I am sure I would have a three to four month supply of food if I did not leave this house or buy anything.

My problem is, I want to stop shopping altogether, with or without coupons and live on what I can grow and can myself.

Now this presents another problem, Sunday newspaper. I am used to buying several each week just for the coupons. I know I have to have dog food and toilet paper so do I go pay full price or buy those newspapers for the coupons and the opportunity to get it half price or less and stock it? But be tempted to buy more because I can get it for pennies with coupons.

The battle is one. On one shoulder sits the little red devil and on the other sits the little white angel. Who or what do I pick?

Will this stockpile Sunday cease to exist?

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry