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It isn't food people!!!

May 1st, 2011 at 01:15 am

Got in line behind a lady complaining she couldn't get her grocery bill down, and she was going to try and "extreme coupon" the next time she shopped.....

Since I coupon, that perked my interested, as I watched her be rung up I understood her problem.

Her "food items" consisted of booze, cigarettes, chips, candy, gum, paper plates, paper towels, Styrofoam cups, 409, laundry soap, dog food, cat food, a music CD, wrapping paper, card, and soda.

Meanwhile, my cart was $69 before coupons, $30 something after, and had milk, 5 lbs of rice, 10 lbs of potatoes, salt, meat, fruit, veggies, oatmeal, cereal, tea bags, and frozen bread dough.

I'd rather eat whats in my cart than hers....

Why do people call their pet food, papergoods, and cleaning supplies part of their food budget?? You don't eat them, AND the grocery store is the most expensive place to buy those items.

At the $1 store, I can get a 14 ounce bottle of arm and hammer laundry soap for $1. Minus the $1 coupon, its free. The grocery store doesn't have 14 ounce bottles, but they have the 32 ounce one for $8.99. Do the math....

Dollar General has colgate toothpaste for 75 cents, less the 75 cent coupon from the paper, is FREE. grocery store price for the same tube, is $3.09...Do the math.

Shop, compare, and complain about your food budget when you are buying nonfood items!!


3 Responses to “It isn't food people!!!”

  1. jewels3 Says:

    Sometimes those items are cheaper at the grocery store. And sometimes I do buy non-food items at the grocery store. Yes, they're more expensive there, but it's still cheaper than driving across town to Walmart and being tempted by everything there. But I agree, a lot of non-food items in her cart, and she would save a lot of money if she would quit the bad habits.

  2. marvholly Says:

    My ONLY local dollar store chain does NOT take coupons. However, sometimes it is still cheaper to buy certain items there: Lime A Way, Spic n Span, wrapping paper & cards

    Chips & paper goods are generally cheaper at Aldi unless there is a GREAT sale + coupns elsewhere.

    pet food is generally cheaper at Petsmart or Petco.

    Potatoes, fruit & veg I get at any of my 5 fruit/veg markets WAAAAY cheaper then any of our grocery stores.

  3. Jerry Says:

    Just paying attention to the prices can lead to a big savings, but people tend to stop thinking when they are shopping! (Obviously, based on the woman you saw, especially.) There are plenty of places and opportunities that offer some insurance of cheaper prices, but people can be very lazy sometimes. I am with you, your cart sounds a lot better and more appetizing! Smile Jerry

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