It is said that you can cut your grocery bill by over half, just by redeeming discount coupons and checking the weekly flyers. That reason alone should be enough to get anyone to open-up that weekly specials bag that’s delivered to our doors, no? Well, I believe in this figure. I haven’t hit that percentage yet, but in this household, we do love the feeling of presenting coupons at the checkout. We feel zero embarrassment, or shame in doing so. Nope. We actually feel really smart and savvy. Although the flyers in the bags don’t contain nearly as many coupons as the weekend newspapers do, we do sit down and go though them to find the best deals for the things we need and it’s mainly food. There are a few supermarkets in our area and so going to 2 or 3 to get the best deals is sometimes simply a matter of walking across a parking lot.
The bag contains flyers for more than just supermarket specials, obviously. These come in handy when shopping for the girls, home, or for gifts. I’d normally add “for myself” too, but I haven’t gone for some good ol’ retail therapy in a long, long time. To be perfectly honest, I only started doing some hardcore bargain hunting since we had kids. We had to. Every penny counts. They counted before too, but I guess I just wasn’t as conscientious about where my money went as I am today (the upside to this new reality). It was kind of weird at first but now, it’s a full-blown habit. And because it is so worth doing, it’s become something fun to do while sipping a coffee or sitting on the living room floor with the girls playing around us. The idea is not to make you spend more money, but to stretch every dollar.
Another reason why I look forward to getting my weekly bag of goodies is because of the paper. We always need newsprint paper for crafts! So much of the paper gets reused at least once before we put it in the recycling bin. I just wish that everyone would systematically recycle and that the printers would always use recycled paper or make sure that their end-products were recyclable. My dream would be that they would use soy-based ink on recycled paper so I could compost the paper… THAT would be awesome as we always need “dry” materials in our compost bin, especially in the middle of summer…
What about you? Do you find yourself spending more time looking over your weekly flyer-bag? Do you still have a “no junk mail” sticker on your mailbox?
Don’t forget your reusable shopping bags when you go out!