I work at a grocery store, so needless to say I come across a lot of "extreme couponors". I also pick up a lot of dropped or forgotten coupons.
I take the usual issues with extreme couponers - they buy too much junk food, they buy things they don't need, it takes up too much time, etc. But every once in a while, there's some logic in it.
Food last month was very tight - I had about $60 to spend to feed four people for an entire month, and whatever I could scrounge up at the local food bank. So this month, with a little more to spend, I'm being very careful about what I buy.
So Friday, I'm going to the Five Dollar Friday event at my local Safeway with a few coupons and some of the online coupons Safeway offers. I'm not going crazy, and I'm not buying things I won't use. My budget is $75, and I'm taking advantage of the reduced for quick-sale items, which are marked down 50% because they're close dated or damaged.
I think shopping smart and avoiding waste is always important. With that, I feel that couponing in moderation is a good idea. This is a big trip, and I'll let you know how I did. As you can see, some of my items are just on sale, not even using any coupons.
Here's my list, and how much I think I'll spend:
Lucerne Shredded Parmesian Cheese, 6 to 8oz - $2.12 (Personalized J4U price)
Snack Artist Pistachios - $5 (Sale price)
2-liter of Refreshe soda x2 - $1.51 (Sale price and employee discount)
Progresso Rich and Hearty Soups x4 - $2.00 (Buy 1 get 1 free sale, Manufacturers coupon, Safeway coupon doubler, and J4U coupon)
Icecream - $5.00 (Sale price)
Safeway frozen broccoli, 16oz. - $1.29
Lucerne coffee creamer x2 - $5.00
Bananas - $0.54/lb (Personalized J4U price)
Oreo's x2 - $6.00 (Sale price)
1 Gallon whole organic milk - Free (Free with Oreo's, coupon from Safeway ad)
Safeway Farms Bacon, 3 lbs - $9.99 (Safeway Ad coupon)
Yuban Coffee, 28 to 31oz - $3.25 (Sale price, manufacturers coupon and J4U coupon)
Nutella 13oz x2 - $4.29 (Buy 1 get 1 free sale)
Spam x3 - $3.50 (2 J4U coupons and sale price)
Lucerne 24oz Sour Cream - $2.29 (Personalized J4U price)
Celestial Green Tea - $1.30 (Manufacturers coupon, Safeway coupon doubler, and J4U coupon)
Celestial Wellness Tea - $1.30 (Manufacturers coupon, Safeway coupon doubler, and J4U coupon)
Quaker Instant Oatmeal x2 - $3.00 (Buy 1 get 1 free sale and J4U coupon)
Brussel Sprouts, 16oz - $0.50 off (J4U price)
Rice or Pasta Roni x5 - $4.04 (Buy 5, get them for 88 cents sale in ad)
Strawberries, 1 lb - $3.99 (Sale price)
Total: (I've got a $10 off $50 coupon) - $60.87
I'll take pictures of what I bring home for you, and let you know what the receipt says I paid for each item. Wish me luck!