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        03-24-2013, 05:59 PM
      #51
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    I second the big freezer idea! Mine is stuffed full of garden veggies, meat, some overstocks of clearance items, and bags of premade meals.
    When I make soups or casseroles (which is often) I make a big pot/dish and put away several portions of it for later, which saves money and effort.
    Whenever I need to, I can get a meal out of the freezer and dinner is served!
    Speaking of stocking up... I also have the big delux dehydrator. It is amazing what type of veggies you can dry and they last a long time. My Swiss Chard grew like weeds last year and instead of letting the overflow go to waste, I dried it all. I had so much I gave tons of it away and still have enough for several years and can devote that space to something else in the garden this year. Same with tomatoes. I don't have to even grow any this year.
    Gotta love bumper crop years.
         
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        03-24-2013, 08:20 PM
      #52
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    Since I don't buy anything prepared and eat butter and lard, coupons do not cater to my type of shopping. My bathroom cupboard isn't full of products because they are full of chemicals so it's toothpaste, zinc oxide, and coconut oil.My cleaning products are vinegar and there's rarely a coupon for that. I save a bundle by making my own acv. I'm not a great pop drinker but I make my own which is called Tibicos or Water Kefir. And I love my green tea Kombucha. No coupons there either. Veggies are either fresh or fresh frozen, no canned stuff. Even my salsa and saurkraut is homemade. No coupons there either.
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        03-24-2013, 08:37 PM
      #53
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    Since I don't buy anything prepared and eat butter and lard, coupons do not cater to my type of shopping. My bathroom cupboard isn't full of products because they are full of chemicals so it's toothpaste, zinc oxide, and coconut oil.My cleaning products are vinegar and there's rarely a coupon for that. I save a bundle by making my own acv. I'm not a great pop drinker but I make my own which is called Tibicos or Water Kefir. And I love my green tea Kombucha. No coupons there either. Veggies are either fresh or fresh frozen, no canned stuff. Even my salsa and saurkraut is homemade. No coupons there either.
    We also make our own Salsa here, because the store bought is often a rip off, and not as good as homemade. As is often the case! We also buy flour in bulk and use a bread machine or our own hard work to bake our own bread, which is much cheaper that way, and does not contain HFCS as do many of the premade breads.

    That being said, not everyone has the time to make everything from scratch. It's one of those pick and choose your battles. Coupons for fresh produce and milk are rare, but they do exist. But why bother if you have your own garden or cow? I know I wouldn't!

    In any case, I'm ok with chemicals for some things, like lotion. I LOVE LOVE LOVE lotion it's kept me wrinkle free so far! And on top of that, I get it for free with couponing ;)
         
        03-25-2013, 04:44 PM
      #54
    Yearling
    Saw this one today, thought I'd repost for those who are concerned about fresh/non processed food and couponing:

    "Extreme Couponing Tip: Couponing to Eat Healthy



    ďIt seems that I canít eat healthy, balanced meals with the kinds of foods that couponers stockpile.Ē

    Itís a common misconception that you can only get processed foods for free or cheap with coupons. It is true that many of the items we receive for free are processed foods: pasta, granola bars, juice, cereal, etc. But weíve also purchased many other items with coupons at super low prices, such as bagged salads, spices, baking staples like sugar and oats, canned and frozen fruits and veggies, yogurt, cheese, bread, and much more.

    If you donít want your family to eat something, donít buy it just because itís cheap or free. When dietary restrictions are a factor, you can still find great deals and coupons for sugar-free, gluten-free, and organic products. Visit these sites below and safely print coupons that can be redeemed at many stores! Also, consider writing your favorite healthy manufacturer to thank them for their product (then, at the end, ask politely for coupons).

    Earthís Best coupons
    Stonyfield coupons
    Mambo Sprouts coupons
    Newmanís Own Organic coupons
    Organic Valley coupons
    Whole Foods coupons

    A big portion of a Krazy Couponerís savings comes from non-food items at the national drugstores, where you can get many items for free or at rock bottom prices by taking advantage of the reward programs. When youíre not paying over $0.50 for razors, deodorant, and body wash, your savings really add up. A great advantage to saving money overall is that it creates wiggle room in your budget! Because my cereal only costs me $0.50 a box, I can afford to buy organic blueberries to go on top. Remember, when it comes down to it, itís okay to spend money on produce, protein, milk, and bread. Buy in season, on sale, and pair with a coupon whenever possible. What matters is saving where you can.

    Helpful Links:
    Saving on Organic Produce
    How to Save on Dairy
    How to Save on Meat
    How to Save on Produce"

    Extreme Couponing Tip: Couponing to Eat Healthy | | The Krazy Coupon Lady
         
        03-25-2013, 05:12 PM
      #55
    Yearling
    I really like that you put the healthy food part in here! I try to have a good diet and healthy food can get expensive so this is a good pick-me-up for being able to eat healthier on a safer budget
         
        03-28-2013, 01:14 AM
      #56
    Yearling
    I bought a cart full of groceries and home goods and saved $50 between the MVP sale and the coupons I had gathered.

    I didn't even come close to $200.
    Getting things like the Washington post are worth it for that polypak of coupons and sales ads in it. And remember it's cheaper with home delivery.
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        03-28-2013, 10:39 AM
      #57
    Green Broke
    But, don't forget to use up the things in your freezer & rotate also.
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