One thing I have learned within the past year in all my days of saving money and paying off bills is to treat a coupon like cash. Everyone knows how to use a coupon, but do you know how to make the most out of it?
Since I am continuing my pantry challenge this month, I needed to stop by the store and get a few fresh fruits and veggies along with some coupon freebies. Here is the lowdown on what I got:
4 - Cheeses
2 - Melons
2 - Cucumbers
Some fresh green beans
Some cherry tomatoes
Guacamole dip (my weakness)
4 - Muffin Mixes
6 - Pillsbury Pie Crusts
2 - Pastas
I think that is everything. The cost of this before store card and coupons was $88.77. After coupons, my total was (drum roll please...) $22.32. Anything that you see in the picture above that was not a fresh fruit or vegetable was FREE after coupon with the exception of the cheese which I paid $1.00 each and the guacamole I paid .79 for. I saved $66.45. If you have done any pricing on fruits and veggies this time of year, you will know that they are expensive. I splurged a little on this trip outside of the normal bananas, oranges and apples this time of the year. I took a risk on a couple of melons and it was worth it, they were very tasty!
Keep in mind, you can't really make a meal out of anything I bought, but if you buy things when they are cheap and with a coupon, you can create a nice stash of things that can be combined to make a super dinner.
I hope I have inspired you to grab your scissors and the Sunday morning paper and start clipping.
On a not so good note, I have spurged on a couple things for my house which will add another month or so onto my van payment goals. I bought 4 gallons of paint for various rooms in the house and some new carpet for the living room. If it is any consolation, everything looks great!
The positive thing I did this month, was ran my credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com (thanks Pat!). I highly recommend everyone do this at least every couple of years.