Week one and I'm already slacking on the pictures *holds head down* Last year I had a budget of $300 a month for groceries and $160 for couponing/stockpiling for a family of 5 but this year I plan on going LOWER!! the grocery budget is dropped to $200 and couponing is down to $90.
Couponing here in the South is much different than couponing in the Northwest. In my area there are no stores that double and to get to a store that does, you have to drive 45mins+ (I drive the speed limit) and that is something I'm not willing to do.
I have also made $15.50 this weeks using ibotta. It's a smartphone app that gives you money for buying regular groceries. Can't do couponing? You could totally do this!!
I've found myself not buying as much things with coupons as I once did and that's okay I think. I still have a cereal, dishwashing tabs and laundry detergent addiction which couponing helps with but we've been making almost everything we eat from scratch, give or take a few things. I'll admit having a box of instant noodles or mac n cheese comes in handy when I'm dead tired from gardening or baking for people.
I don't really know what changed my thought on food and diets but we are a household and business now focused on locally grown and organic produce for ourselves and clients.
Have your tastes changed over the years?