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@hlmiller69 74718 wrote:

Hi,
I somehow stumbled upon this website from a pin on Pinterest. I am glad I did! My family is spending at least $900 a month on groceries and toiletries, and I try to watch every penny we spend! Ridiculous!

Welcome to the site! :twirl:

I just finished reading the 2012 Family guide to Groceries Under $250 a month last night but still am not seeing how we can get the cost down that low. I’m going to try to start with baby steps. I have been a fairly big user of coupons for the past 2 years (and saved almost $3000 last year) but quite frankly I’m getting tired of it.

When you did the grocery receipt challenge, what were your results?

I have a 12 year old, 5 year old, and 2 year old, am a partner of a home business, I homeschool, and work 5 nights a week outside the house. It’s very time consuming to do the coupons and I do not think the sales have been very good this year. I am definitely NOT saving what I did last year. I almost don’t save enough to cover the cost of the coupons some weeks.

I’m having to go to 2-3 different stores over 2 days time with 3 children. Very tiring!

We completely understand! Coupons definitely have their place and can be a big help, but the amount of time and energy that it takes to cut, organize and then seek out the best deals can be extremely time consuming.
Generally speaking we now rarely use coupons. It was becoming increasingly difficult to find local stores that would still accept them without ridiculous boundaries such as no more than 3 of the same item, no more than 40 total, no doubling, no free items, no IP’s, etc etc. The list goes on and on.

One question I have is what do you do about toiletries? Toilet paper and paper towels are so expensive! I am trying to use less paper towels by reusing and washing rags instead. I just don’t think the bulk prices at Sam’s are that good.

On sale at Kroger with a coupon I usually pay about $5.49 for 12 rolls of TP. But if I stop couponing, it will be more.

Well, as you’ve seen in the eBook- the majority of our groceries are purchased around $50 weekly, which leaves $50 for the rest of the month for other items such as toiletries, cosmetics (which is what coupons are Great for!), etc. Paper towels are a notorious waste of money, imho, although I do buy a case of them about once a year for traveling or when we have company. We bought “bar rags” which are just white cotton hand towels and keep a full drawer of them on hand always. Dh keeps a basket of them in the garage as well.

TP I buy at Walmart or Sam’s club, the brand we use (Scotts) NEVER has coupons. In the 20 years I’ve been buying it, I don’t think I’ve EVER found coupons for it. I loathe most of the other brands- particularly Charmin which is notorious for clogging toilets and septic systems (another massive expense!).

Any suggestions would be great! I’m willing to try different things. Just not sure where is the first place to start.

Start where you spend the most money. Take the grocery receipt challenge in the book and figure out WHAT & WHERE you spend the most, Then figure out ways to reduce that amount. ­čÖé

Also, we buy a lot of convenience foods and snacks at my house. I’m thinking of trying to make some mixes to have on hand at least for healthier cookies, gravies, etc. Where can I find the list of mix recipes that was suggested in the book?

All of the Links in the book (with the list of mix recipes) should be “Clickable” and take you directly to the pages listed.

However, in the event that they don’t you can find all of the mix recipes here:

  1. Beverage Mixes

  2. Bread Mixes
  3. Breakfast Mixes
  4. Cake in a Mug
  5. Cake Mixes
  6. Condiments
  7. Cone Mixes
  8. Convenience Mixes
  9. Copycat & Clone Recipes
  10. Cookie & Bar Mixes
  11. Dips & Dressing Mixes
  12. Diabetic Mixes
  13. Dehydrated/ Dried Food Mixes
  14. Easy Bake Oven Mixes
  15. Gift Basket Meal Mixes
  16. Gluten Free Mixes
  17. Household Cleaner, etc Recipes
  18. Jar Gift Mixes
  19. Kids Oven Mixes– Easy Bake, Queasy Bake, etc.
  20. Muffin Mixes
  21. Mug & Cup Mixes
  22. MYO: Make your Own (Items that you often purchase but can easily make yourself)
  23. OAMC Recipes – Once a Month Cooking Recipes
  24. Popcorn Mixes
  25. Pudding Mixes
  26. Ramen Noodle Recipes
  27. Sauce Mixes
  28. Seasoning Mixes
  29. Side Dish Mixes
  30. Soup Mixes

There are also MYO (Make Your Own) Recipes for items that you would normally purchase at the store than you can Make for pennies – like Hersheys chocolate syrup, yogurt, etc.

Copycat/Clone Recipes– for reproducing the flavor of your favorite restaurants and store bought brands

http://www.budget101.com/frugal/recipes-117/

Have a great Weekend and a lovely 4th!