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