As I slowly try to wean my family away from sugar and processed foods (Don't ask me how that's going...), it's been a tough year using coupons to save money. One of my children put on some unhealthy weight. I had to work out like a fiend to control mine. The truth is, the majority of food coupons are for processed food and snacks which are nothing but calories and fat. It's hard to find offers for fresh produce and fresh lean meat. Because I am gluten and dairy intolerant, that makes picking and choosing products even more difficult! The only solution I have found is to avoid the great deals and spend a little more on healthy choices. Has it been worth it? I think so.
|Two free boxes of cereal. Both came with high fructose corn syrup.|
These days I still coupon for cereal and other groceries that offer healthy choices. I save lots of money couponing on personal hygiene products. My focus, though, is on healthy eating, so if I have to buy fruits and vegetables and pay full price, so be it. That also includes fresh meat, beans and lots of yogurt.
Our bodies are great temporal and spiritual gifts that we are responsible for. As I get older, I realize the importance of taking care of this old machine. Yoga and spin class keep me mobile, but diet is one major factor that will determine how long I live and how I resist disease. So for now, I'm satisfied my grocery bill has wandered back up to around $125 a week. It may be a little higher, but we're eating less calories and feeling great.
My advice? Never pass up a coupon for a product you need, but skip the junk food! Free isn't worth the fat!
Want to learn more about couponing?
Read my Couponing 101 article here.
Check out my interview with coupon guru, Rudy R., from Fun2BFrugal.com here!