Why I don’t coupon AND how I still save money!

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Recently I decided to go and do a little couponing. I normally don’t do this because a few years ago, I really tried taking couponing up and I am sure a lot of mom’s with mouths to feed have tried this adventure before too. I found it was like a part time job. So, here is my recent hull from couponing:

I Clipped out the coupons that were sent to me. If you are a couponer WEBSAVER.ca does have an easy way to get coupons.

I Clipped out the coupons that were sent to me. If you are a couponer WEBSAVER.ca does have an easy way to get coupons.

So, this was the hull! The grocery store near to me did not have any of the other items in stock so I ended up with this.

So, this was the hull! The grocery store near to me did not have any of the other items in stock so I ended up with this.

Why I don’t Coupon…

This hull doesn’t work for me and is a small example of why I don’t coupon. Below I go into the two major reasons. But first, here is why this couponing session didn’t go as planned:

One, I actually didn’t need the chocolate. However, I use it now as rewards for my Toddler to go potty. 1 for pee and 2 for poo 😀  Second, that little box of Cheerios fed all the kids cereal for one day. Not sure if the 0.50 off was really worth it and the actual paper towel I wanted, I couldn’t get. Canada watches for these coupon sales and sometimes they won’t have those specific items in stock during the sale time.

It looks so easy with the new Couponing Wars and Reality television shows, as well as money saving blogs that are out there and the fuss over them.

However, I have a large family! It took me a while to get used to this fact and we so badly want to buy a farm. Until then, we need to figure out how to still SAVE & be content with our lot in life!

Another reason couponing is hard for me is–I live in Canada, not in the US! So, this really gets hard. Canada has less population and overall consumerism has to stay strong in order for the country to function. Canada’s coupons have expiry dates and the stores willing to take them have many restrictions. The one store here that will allow overlapping coupons and you end up with a return to really profit from couponing is London Drugs. But, they don’t sell grocery’s! They sell cameras, toiletries, perfume, etc. It is hardly sensible to feed a family of seven off of this. Canadian Tire has amazing deals and coupled with coupons you can almost get your laundry detergent for free! Still, this won’t feed my 4 hungry boys!

That being said, I want to show you how we do save money on grocery’s for a FAMILY OF 7!

& How I Still Save…

We shop our big two week shops at Costco. One really great perk of having a big family is we shop there a lot and if you have their Executive Membership, it ends up paying for itself plus you get money back at the end of the year. Another way we save there is by buying their in-house sales. This really goes along way if you don’t mind not buying your favourite items every week. Plus, it brings diversity to your shopping.

Here is some of the In-House Sales our Costco had lately:

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After our Costco Shop, usually I hit other local stores for Organic produce on sale.

I am very happy to see so much choice now in our stores. Even Costco has been stocking their shelves with Organic items!

I watch for good sales!!

I watch for good sales in other stores!

This cereal, which is one we love buying and is our favourite was at a store near me, 2 for $10. That bag feeds my kids two bowls each. At five kids, that is $1/bowl. Not bad for the bowl sizes they get 😉

For regular produce we go to a local market and save lots of money by choosing that store. We try not to buy produce from any other stores, however bananas and a few things we will pick up at a grocery store that is well stocked in Organic Produce/Meat and is fairly reasonable. Unless the meat is on sale we won’t buy it. My husband hunts and we usually have a stock of venison in the freezer. But, here is some meats we got there:

Make sure you freeze these right away and use the day you take it out of the freezer to ensure freshness and quality when buying marked down items--especially raw meat!

SAVE $10–Make sure you freeze these right away and use the day you take it out of the freezer to ensure freshness and quality when buying marked down items–especially raw meat!

We like to get the double marked-down items for better sales on Organic Meats. If you go in the morning, they usually have the mark-downs from the night previous!

SAVE $7–We like to get the double marked-down items for better sales on Organic Meats. If you go in the morning, they usually have the mark-downs from the night previous!

So, that is it. There is so much more to say about this and there are times I will pull out coupons to get things, but it is rare. How do you do with couponing? Have you tried it before in Canada? Is there a way around the grocery items for couponing? How do you shop for your large family?

Ring in on the conversation below!!

Matthew 25:21 

“His Lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of they lord.” KJV


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Why I don’t go Black Friday Shopping & deals for Cyber Monday!

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all the hub-bub! 

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Confessions of one mom:

I am not a shopper.

I really am not!

I don’t like trying on clothes, or standing in long line ups with kids. We never had Black Fridays in Canada up until recent years. I was glad because Black Friday is out of the question for me in many ways.

  1. I want to keep my salvation! I think I would lose my patience way to quickly and end up doing some major damage to my reputation (as a Pastor’s Wife *yikes* I would never live that one down) But, more importantly my reputation with God. Which is way more important! AND, my reputation with my kids who will be watching and taking out their imaginary note pads, with matching pens, scribbling down every bad choice that I make when under pressure. Internally, I am screaming right now.
  2. I want to love my children; Not be disgruntled with them for every mistake they made in public with me–massively embarrassing me–and causing me to go, as red as a tomato! With 5 children under 9 years of age…this is very easily accomplished for them.

So, when Cyber Monday roles around and online Discounts is beckoning my lack of Christmas shopping, I get excited!

If you are the type of Mom that has everything bought and wrapped in October, or even JULY!

I am super proud of you!

…but for me, I am avoiding my besetting sin and I am sticking to Cyber Mondays 😀

Matt 6:13 | 1 Cor. 10:13 | Matt 26:41

“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

 

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