Using Coupons To Eat for $1 A Day

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Every so often, daytime TV will have someone on who explains how s/he has worked the coupon system to buy groceries for almost free. Usually there will be a scene where the person checks out with a full cart of groceries and ends up paying some ridiculously low amount, like $3, for the entire shopping thing.
I find this baffling. I do use coupons sometimes, but I generally find them to be more trouble than they are worth. It may save me $.25 to buy the major brand of salad dressing, but I save way more than that by making my own or buying the off-brand, so why bother with the coupons?
But Jeffrey from Grocery Coupon Guide saw the value of coupons. He decided to see if he could eat well on $1 a day using only coupons. He tried it for a month, and boy did it work. He spent $31 on groceries with a retail value of $598. In fact, he bought so much food that he had to donate some of it to a food bank to use it all up. And best of all, he takes you through exactly how he did it.
For example, on the first day shopping, he explains how he managed to spend only $4.49 on:

    2 boxes of Quaker Instant oatmeal
    4 packs of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Minis
    1 package of Knudsen Light sour cream
    10 apples
    2 lbs of carrots
    4 boxes (small) of Wheat Thins
    1 jar of Skippy All Natural peanut butter
    2 cans of pork and beans
    1 bag of long grain brown rice
    2 packages of Mission 100% whole wheat tortillas (10 count each)

And also donate to the food bank:

    15 packs of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Minis
    4 boxes (small) of Wheat Thins
    1 Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-A-Clean bathroom cleaner
    1 Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-A-Clean bathroom cleaner refill

He also explains where he gets the coupons from and how to use them to the best advantage.
I learned a lot reading this blog, and I can see pros and cons of his method.
Pros:
* Obviously you save a lot of money. I mean a lot of money.
* You can get a pretty good range of food from the coupons. Including vegetables.
* It is possible to get brand name food for almost free. That is kind of nice to know.
Cons:
* This is a lot of work. You have to print out and organize coupons, research all the deals, and shop at various stores to get the deals.
* You are at the mercy of the coupons. You only get what they offer, which means you have to buy whatever the deal is and plan your menu around that.
* Most of this food is the sort I avoid the most. That is, food loaded with high-fructose corn syrup and preservatives. I am not sure how healthy it is to eat this way.
* Some of the food looks gross:

That said, I am impressed with this blog. I don’t see eating this way personally–I prefer to garden and cook for my food savings–but it does make me want to give coupons a second look. I mean, this guy is hardcore about grocery savings.
Read Eating Well on $1 a Day.

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4 thoughts on “Using Coupons To Eat for $1 A Day”

  1. I coupon, but not this hard core. I’ve gotten stuff for free before, and I go to a local market for my greens since I don’t have a garden. I don’t think I can eat wheat thins and cream cheese for lunch everyday…

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  3. wow In America $1 /day for food,
    there is no concept of “food discounts in INDIA”. Only in America this concept exists.That’s why it became Gr8 country in this world.

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