Extreme Couponing: It Doesn't (Have to) Mean Living on Soda and Candy Bars
It Is Possible to Save Big Bucks and Feed Your Family Healthy Meals
We've all noticed it: on episodes of TLC's Extreme Couponing, we see the devoted coupon clippers saving hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars, but they seem to do it by buying dozens of cases of soda, sugary sports drinks, chips and candy bars -- not giant pounder bags of spinach and jugs of wheat grass juice.
So, is it possible to save big bucks and put together healthy family meals with extreme couponing habits?
Mommyish.com, happily, says yes.
A Mommyish.com writer interviewed several real-life mom/couponers and got the scoop on how to buy delicious and nutritious treats while also padding their bank account.
A few of their best tips:
-- Don't buy junk food just because it's on sale. Sounds simple, but the lure of a sale (or freebies) is a powerful one. Bottom line: don't buy something with a coupon that you would not otherwise buy;
-- Frozen fruit is your friend -- it's tough (read: impossible) to find coupons for fresh fruit, but frozen fruit savings pop up frequently, and since frozen fruit is not loaded with preservatives, it's a great thing to have on hand;
-- Buy in bulk, but only of the products you'll actually use. Sure, getting a zillion boxes of sugary cereal free makes for a great donation to your local food pantry or other charity, but if you're talking about what you can use to feed your own family healthy meals, think about the ingredients you'll use again and again and try to stockpile those when you find the right coupons.
Check out Mommyish.com for the rest of the story, but the bottom line, as with most things, is to use common sense. Just because you have coupons that will net you 259 free Snickers candy bars doesn't mean you should stock your cupboards with 259 Snickers bars …