The coupon resolution is going well, despite some hiccups related to the learning curve. Here is my first receipt showing my accomplishments. **disclaimer** as mentioned before I am not aiming for title of "extreme couponer" and hoarding a bunch of things I can't possible use. I was tempted to buy 20 pounds of Uncle Ben's brown rice this week, but I controlled myself and put it back on the shelf.
This receipt claims that I saved $45.27, $11.75 of this being directly from coupons. Not bad for my first week, AND I am most proud of the fact that these are all things I would have bought anyway. Except the Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese by Kraft. Aquaman lives for Velveeta shells and cheese, and I thought I could fool him, but he was not fooled. He ate absolutely nothing for dinner last night because these noodles had a "bumpy" texture that he was not ok with. He is, however, none the worse for wear this morning.
JT and The Dude loved the macaroni. Not that The Dude has a very discerning palate. This is the child who, on a recent trip to Jason's Deli, barked his orders at the salad bar by yelling "DAT, DAT, DAT" at the fresh dirt-flavored beets. He also ate cold mushroom barley pilaf for lunch two days in a row. Oh, and he likes to pick food out of the garbage can when I'm not looking. I don't think JT is above this either.
I have decided, after a lot of wasted time and few false starts combined with research, to focus my couponing energy on Publix with the help of the I Heart Publix blog. As I get more efficient, I may branch out to some drug stores as these seem small and manageable. Wal-Mart was too overwhelming for me. I did get 12 rolls of Bounty Basic for $9 at Target last week, so that was a pretty good score. I'll keep an eye out there as well.
For the mid-week grocery trip, I went to Aldis for milk, eggs, and some more produce. All in all, we did save a total of $45 this week from our usual food budget. Nevermind that poor Aquaman went to bed hungry one night. He drank his berry/veggie smoothie at least.
This stuff can get a little addictive, so I am definitely going to have to use self control. It defeats the whole purpose to save money if I am missing out on playing with my kids, or if I am barking at The Dude for trying to eat my coupons. I've surprisingly found it to be a bonding experience with Aquaman though, as he likes to help with just about anything. And I even managed to do my shopping and checking out with both boys in tow. Having 2 shrieking redheads in the cart makes that awkward moment of pulling out 10 coupons a little more bearable.