I was filling out a questionaire the other day for a yarn swap and one question was, "what are your hobbies?" Well, of course I wrote knitting. But then I couldn't think of anything else!! I tried thinking about what I do during the day that is relaxing and I find enjoyable... And then I realized...

Confession: i am a coupon-er. Not to the extreme that I am sure many of you have seen on T.V., it's nearly impossible to be that good in my area of the country. But, one is still able to find great deals and save at least 50%.

So I decided to challenge myself to keep my weekly grocery spending to under $50. I decided that items that are considered "normal" purchases (food, cleaning products, laundry detergent) would count towards the $5o budget but items that are not "normal" purchases (softner salt, etc) would not count. I will try to post a picture and my before and after coupons spending every Friday.

Here is how I did this week:
(also included, but not pictured, are 4 more gourmet meals, another hormel sausage, grapes, cantaloupe and sweet corn).

You are probably thinking "This seems like a strange picture depicting "groceries". I have been doing this for a few months and items that are on a typical grocery trip, I likely already have in my stockpile or pantry. :0)

Before coupons: $60.24
After coupons: $35.20

$35.20 for the above-mentioned items. Not my best week but not bad either!

Come back next week! Do you coupon? How extreme are you? Do you stockpile? Leave me a comment!


  1. Seems I can't even FIND coupons for food anymore! :(

  2. Where do you get your coupons from? I do think this is interesting and was something that came up in a recent conversation with friends. I think it is a great hobby because you save money! Way to go!

  3. I try to buy two sunday papers which usually has 2+ coupon inserts. I also go to www.coupons.com and a few other websites. I try to only shop sales and match my coupons with sales accordingly. of course, there are the items I get weekly that do not usually have coupons, like meats and produce. but when i save in other areas, we are able to choose more healthier items more often bc of the savings! it is so much fun, i just love it. www.krazycouponlady.com is where i got started!

  4. Thanks for the info Shateen. I can't try this in Saipan because they don't do coupons here...:( but I look forward to trying to save money when i get back to the states. Way to go on saving money:)