I think one of the most common misconceptions about couponers is that all we eat is processed food. One of my goals for 2012, is to debunk the myth. People who use coupons, do in fact Eat.Real.Food. We don’t all park our fannies at McDonalds nor do we eat Hamburger Helper 5 nights a week just because we were able to pick up a couple of boxes for free.
Since I began couponing heavily we hardly eat out at restaurants anymore. Not that we did a whole lot before, but we eat out even less now. I have a seriously hard time paying $50 for 4 people to eat a meal which will be consumed in 1 hour. I’d much rather buy a light fixture or underwear than spend money at a restaurant. Unless of course I’m using a gift card someone has given me… to let’s say Panera. Then that is a whole different story all together.
This is why each night around dinner time here on One Hundred Dollars a Month you’ll find a recipe. A recipe from a real, honest to goodness meal I made using items from my stockpile. As we get into the gardening season you’ll start to see more and more seasonal recipes. I’ll give you pointers as to how to forage for food and how to preserve it once you bring it home.
Sure, it’s true I bring home a lot of free food periodically. But I don’t actually eat all of it. I donate. I share. I do not clear shelves but instead pre-order groceries I know will be on sale and have coupons for. Saving money on food is not rocket science. Buy when the prices are low and live off your stockpile when the prices are high. Grow a garden in the summer and live off your bounty all year long. It really is that simple.
Here is a recap of the recipes/meals I made over the last few weeks:
How often does YOUR family go out to eat?
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