Y’all are emailing and commenting and I’m loving it. There is joy in sharing the journey. The truth remains that we are all trying to eat well – eat healthy – ALL within a budget. It sounds crazy right? I’m still perfecting buying organic while capitalizing on coupons. Eeep.
From Stacey: How do you shop so well with coupons WHILE eating healthy? Coupons, coupons, coupons. In order to acquire healthy coupons, or for healthy brands, one must shop at health food stores. Normally there will be books, or stacks of coupons just lying near the bagging area, or in the vestibule of the store. The best way to receive coupons is to do a bunch of initial legwork in contacting the companies themselves. Many healthy, organic companies are JUST now jumping on the bandwagon and so don’t have opportunities. At BEST I will go to the store with two coupons from actual healthy brands. So what do I do? Let’s pretend that we are planning for August.
- Plan one MONTH in advance of healthy eating, with the idea of 3 to 4 meals a week. Choose a few big meals like lasagna that will have leftovers. Include some meals that children, like Gooner, will enjoy being as a Mediterranean salad is not quite within her two teeth chewing capabilities.
- Throughout the month of July I add items to a notebook that we are running out of like snacks for Gooner, the amount of diapers that we will need for the next month, laundry soap, tooth paste…. Things that one needs from a place like Wal-Mart or Target.
- I then take my list of meals and begin creating shopping lists. Normally I will have four separate weeks on four separate sheets. Produce is always purchased on a weekly basis. Most pantry items can be purchased at Wal-Mart cheaper than at a store like Whole Foods. Add a coupon and you can save upwards of 2 to 4 dollars PER item on something as simple as pasta.
- I then match coupons to the items on my list.
Making a monthly grocery list takes planning, but this way we can eat healthy and still save. How do you shop? Monthly? Weekly? With coupons?
This was Q and I 3 years ago in DC. It’s just a token pic, blast from the past.