There’s a big misconception going around: You can only save money on junk food with coupons. This is a falsehood, and a cryin’ shame that people think this.
Let’s start with how this falsehood got started:
Harry decided he was going to start clipping coupons, but when he looked in the inserts and saw that the majority of coupons were for junk, he cringed. Still, he took his few clipped coupons into the store, got what he had coupons for and checked out. Looking at his receipt he was dismayed that he only saved $6.
Still, he saw so many bloggers paying so little for this junk, he knew he had to try again. He followed some deals someone posted online, and tried it again. This time he saved$32, but still only had junk food. Feeling discouraged, he stopped clipping coupons and went back to how he had always shopped before. Granted, he still got junk (like most people do anyways), but bought himself some good things too (Harry secretly curls up into a ball and cries himself to sleep at night because of his grocery bills).
Okay, so I totally just made that up, but you get the idea.
Many people don’t want to just eat junk food, so they usually give up on couponing altogether. Rather than beat a dead horse and tell you guys over and over that you CAN eat healthy and use coupons, I’ll show you some evidence you should check out (please file this evidence under Case File “Mission Organic”, and ensure the Jury has opportune time to examine all aspects of the evidence and witness statements):
I Bought Kashi Products, Organic Pasta Sauce, Artisan Bread and Goat Cheese.
Total I would have spent had I not used coupons combined with a sale: $97.04
Total I actually spent after coupons and sale: $25.87
Exhibit # 2:
I Bought Organic teas, Organic Macaroni and Cheese, Organic Chicken, Organic Apples, Organic Beans, Organic Bread and More.
Total I would have spent had I not used coupons combined with a sale: $100.90
Total I actually spent after coupons and sale: $38.80
Exhibit # 3:
My Blogging Friend Susan Bought Organic Jelly, Organic Teas and Juice, Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent, Organic Meats, Flour and More!
Total she would have spent had she not used coupons combined with a sale: $119.27
Total she actually spent after coupons and sale: $80.43
Well there you have it. If we buy healthier things, will we save as much as other people that buy junk? Probably Not. Most likely I won’t be able to go to the store, buy exclusive organic and walk out paying $5 like Jane Doe did with her cart full of junk. But I have the peace that comes with knowing I’m feeding my family healthier AND STILL saving money.
Disclaimer: I don’t buy exclusive organic, but I do my best to ensure that most all of my deals are healthy for my family.
So what can you do to change your couponing and buying habits? I’ll follow up in the coming weeks with some great tips for you guys that I hope will help and encourage you to start buying and eating healthier food.