I love coupons! I used to swear by them. I’d spend all day cutting and clipping, organizing each and every one by category. All were perfectly labeled inside my bright purple binder. I had a stockpile of dried goods and a huge selection of cat foods in every brand. This would have been great if I had a cat. No joke, he ran away a year prior. Truth is, I bought anything and everything just because it was on sale, or even better….FREE!
Life was good. Both my time and storage space were plentiful.
And then it happened….
My third child!
Now that binder is tucked somewhere deep inside my daughter’s room. (Probably under her bed.)
Every room is filled with toys and I’m lucky to have time to brush my teeth. (Gross, but sadly true.)
Lets face it. Coupons are great, but they take a lot of time and effort.
These days I’m lucky to remember my debit card while going to the store.
I started worrying less about coupons (I still love them) and started focusing more on sale cycles. These are the yearly cycles in which stores put certain items on sale. Yes, there is a method to their madness. For example: hot dogs, mustard, ketchup, etc., go on sale around the Fourth of July. Eggs on Easter. Turkey on Thanksgiving. You get the point. But, there are other things that probably aren’t as obvious. Everything goes on markdown at some point throughout the year. It’s just a matter of when.
If you buy and store up at the right times, then you can accumulate a whole stockpile of dried foods, canned good, meats, cheeses, and enough frozen veggies to feed your child’s school for a week. Most wouldn’t eat the veggies anyway. Unlike, most of the coupon deals, this isn’t just about razors, deodorant, and dried Ramen noodles. This is the real deal, folks. I’m talking about the good stuff – nutritious food at its lowest cost.
This months biggest steals are going to be anything related to Thanksgiving. Turkey, stuffing mix, sugar, evaporated milk, cake mixes, and, of course, canned pumpkin!!!