coupons de mayo
i snacked on some more cornbread w/ jam in the afternoon.
dinner was a sad attempt to celebrate cinco de mayo… i made a big plate of nachos with ground turkey for tommy and i to share. you can see most of the ingredients below in the grocery pic…
here are the groceries!
i used my coupons to get $2 each off the snyder’s multi-grain tortilla chips, ronzoni smart taste pasta (this ended up being free- yay!), deli creations sandwiches (to eat on the bus to new york), and sorrento mozarella.
a lot of you commented on my coupon clipping, so i’ll elaborate on my personal “approach.” i don’t have a full-time job (ugh!), so of course i have more motivation and time to do this…but i’ve always been a big coupon person. it combines two of my favorite things: food and shopping (especially for good deals).
as much as i love clipping coupons, i’m not very organized about it! i usually remember to pick up a sunday paper about once a month, and quickly snip and divide the coupons i like into three envelopes: me/ healthy food, tommy/ snack food, and toiletries.
if i have a coupon for something i need or eat regularly, i’ll use it right away but the rest i just leave in the envelopes that i always store in my purse. then every week, i go through the weekly grocery flyers and see if any of my coupons match up with any of the sales- i then pull those and put them in yet another envelope that i write my grocery list on (this way i’m not one of those crazy ladies rummaging through ten gazillion coupons while blocking the aisle!). usually sales match up to coupons 2 or 3 weeks after they’ve been clipped from the sunday paper…so it’s good to hold on to them for the best deals. coupons are pretty pointless if you’re buying extra things or stocking up, just because you can get .50 cents off a product. also i don’t necessarily buy everything that’s on sale and matches up to coupons, i usually go through my grocery list first, and will then flip through the pulled coupon envelope and pick from those according to my mood/ leftover budget.
for example, the sorrento mozzarella i bought is regularly $5.29, and i had a dollar off coupon. if i used it last week, i would have spent $4.29 for a hunk of mozarella that i don’t even need (that’s like 4 chobanis!). this week however, the cheese is on sale for 3.49…a dollar off that would have been nice enough, but with my coupon doubler the final price was 1.49 (yay!). even when something’s a great deal, i like to make sure i can work it into my meals in the coming week- preferably mixed with anything leftover from the previous week. i already had canned tomatoes and riccotta at home, so we’ll be eating veggie pizzas and a baked pasta soon and freezing the leftovers. this works out even better this week, because i’m able to use up some perishables in the fridge before we leave for new york as well as have some quick meals waiting for us in the freezer when we get back.
lastly, check out the coupons i found in the store today! this lone sheet was just sitting on a display, so i quickly grabbed it. they’re for a dollar off all these kashi products! plus, i can use them with my coupon doubler- for $2 off! YAY! the doubler expires this week, so i’m totally heading back to stop and shop and stocking up on all these kashi goodies that i don’t need and basically ignoring all the advice i just gave above. haha!