Thursday, February 21, 2013

Week 4 Food Stamp Shopping

Messy coupon organizing before I hit the store today for the last week of the Food Stamp challenge
One of our local stores was running a double coupon week for coupons valued up to $2.00@. I dug around in my coupons and printed a few more of the high value coupons to score some deals. Total spent $28.73, Total saved $24.88
Next stop was CVS to work some deals. These are not related to the Food Stamp challenge!! Total spent $12.69, Total saved $22.76. In addition I received a $10.00 rewards coupon. I used the $10.00 rewards for the next deal.
The next transaction was 4 cans of Cashews. Total spent $4.32 Total saved $25.96. I also received a $5.00 rewards coupon to use at a later date.
The Total for the day was $45.74 spent, Total saved $73.60

First off THANK YOU for all your kind comments, thoughts and prayers for our Niece!! Also the advice on early retirement are wonderful points that we will be working on over the next few weeks as we (I) map out our game plan.

It's hard to believe this is the last week of shopping on the Food Stamp challenge!! As you can see by the purchases I made today I stocked up on some sweets!! With the high value coupons on each and everything I bought I couldn't pass up such a good deal. If we really were on food stamps I still would have bought the same things. While there is no food value in the M&M's or the chocolate chips there is Happy value in both. Even poor people deserve something special on the table or for a snack. Both of these items could be turned into lots of different fun to eat things, with careful planning they could last a few month's. The cereal is another snack item. We aren't much of cereal eaters but the cereal can also be turned into lots of crunchy snack treats. Two nice size pork roasts will be several meals on down the road.

I will have to do inventory before the month is out on what we have left in the freezer at the end of this challenge. I know for a fact that we have at least 2 weeks worth of "To Go" meals and a couple of other pieces of meat. I will try to put together an additional list of things we have left in the Food Stamp pantry.

Here is the Grand Total of what is left in the Food Stamp challenge bank....Drum roll please....$.13 cents!!! Talk about making it to the end by my chinny chin chin!!

So what have I learned from this very short month on living on a food stamp budget? Lots to say the least. First and foremost it can be done. You don't have to eat crap, however a little crap is good for the mind and soul, it should be included. I am in NO WAY saying this would be easy for most families in this day and time. Our society has lost the skills needed to cook, shop, and get a good meal on the table. SHAME ON US.

I will get a post together later in the week regarding my thoughts on this challenge but please check out this post from Sandra. You won't be disappointed.

Off to TRY and get ahead on tomorrow's to do list. Hubby and wild child Kara will both be around for the day

16 comments:

  1. Wow~ 13 cents. You are right- this is a different generation but you proved that OUR generation could do it if we had to- Great job- xo Diana

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    1. Thanks Nana. Maybe things will turn around some day and families will see how important it is to know how to cook and save. Sitting in the car with a paper bag of food is not real family time

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  2. Things are so different today aren't they? And I honestly believe that it's not that we can't live with lesser stuff, or making do with what we have...I think this generation for the most part chooses not to. It's sad.

    I wish I did coupons, but I think it would all just confuse me so much lol

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    1. I agree Sandra, people want what they want and they want it now no matter the cost. Sad part is that the children seem to always lose :( Couponing can have your head spinning but the savings are worth it for me

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  3. All I can say is that you are the BOMB girl! Well done!! :)

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  5. If I ever had to choose a Team, you would be one of my first Choices, Debby ! *Blush* I haven't even began the Recipe Challenge and the end of the month is only days away...shame on me.

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    1. Aww, thanks Cindy. We could be the Batman and Robin of the kitchen and garden! Ha I can make the cape's

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  6. You did it! And you made it! I think you totally rocked this challenge!

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    1. Thanks lena!! It wasn't really that hard at all except for keeping the secret from hubby! Ha

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