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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I love a bargain! And especially since I'm a full time housewife and mother, I get great joy in finding a good deal. I enjoy clipping coupons and seeing how much I can reduce my grocery totals. I hate having to throw away a coupon that has expired because it feels like I'm throwing away money...the really add up!

My favorite thing to find a bargain on is cereal. I never buy any cereal unless it's on sale for under $2, then I match up my coupons. Usually I can get a box of cereal for 98cents! WOW...that's a deal!!! The problem with this is finding cereal on sale that my family will eat. Sometimes I'll go shopping and won't get any cereal because none of our choices are on sale. While other times I'll go and hit the jackpot and will stock up! It's just kind of a hit or miss situation.

Lately I've been hitting the jackpot with all our favorites!!! In fact, I'm thinking that I have a cereal fetish. What do you think?

Yesterday I counted how many boxes of cereal I have stockpiled. Let's see, there's 6 in the kitchen cupboard and 24 in my bedroom closet. Oh my gosh...that's 30 boxes of cereal in my little house!!! I'd say, that in the event of a long period power outage, that we've got it covered. Or, should I decide to open a "cereal" store, I already have the inventory!

I don't know...do you think I have a cereal fetish? emoticon
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  • COOKWITHME65
    I buy in bulk also when things are on sale and I have coupons to match. Cereal is so expensive. So 98 cents is great. You should keep an inventory of what uou have with expirations and then you can use accordingly. We have a rule in our house that only two boxes can be opened at a time. I have to see it going to waste.
    3702 days ago
  • CBAILEYC
    You're cracking me up here! I understand your reasoning, and the joy of a good coupon and bargain! I'm afraid, though, I'd have to tell you the same thing I've told my husband.

    He is now no longer allowed to buy crackers. Why's that, you ask? Because we have two giant boxes of Saltines, one Costco sized box of Wheat Thins, numerous packages of obscure brand crackers, and several bags of odd snacks/chips stuffed into the cupboard. He's not allowed to buy any more crackers until what we have on hand has all been used LOL

    At least you'll always be prepared!
    C~
    3702 days ago
  • ACTIVEGRANDMAP
    Hey, glad to know I'm not the only one with boxes of cereal is her bedroom closet! Pam
    3702 days ago
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  • LJR4HEALTH
    Wow that's alot of cereal to have on hand but if nothing else you won't go hungry in a power outage emoticon I use coupons as well they really do help to reduce the grocery bill
    3702 days ago
  • BLESSEDMAZARS
    30 boxes, just 30. I probably have 50 or more, but then again, I do have 7 children. :) And oatmeal. They love that. I was able to stock on all the Special K cereals, Grape-Nut Flakes and Shredded Wheat a couple of weeks ago and yes, I used coupons. It came to about $1.25 a box. Around here, that's good. I have the same rule of thumb, I normally don't spend more than $2 a box.

    As you probably know, that's not all I stock up on.... :)
    3702 days ago
  • LYON77
    This blog reminds me of this TV show I saw on Sunday. Its about extreme coupon people. I watched this lady and her husband go to the grocery store and and buy $2,000 worth of food and only pay $56!!! She had 9 carts filled and they needed 2 cars to take all of the food home. She bought 30 boxes of pasta, 200 candy bars, 30 microwave meals, etc. It was so insane. Another guy bought $5,000 worth of food and paid $200. He converted his 2 car garage into a a small store. He has enough deoderant to last him and his wife 140 years. My only problem with all of this is that eventually food expires. Cereal is so expensive but I love it. I usually eat it for breakfast. I have about 4 boxes at any given time. I know I pay way too much for groceries, so no judgement here! I think you are probably being smart!
    3702 days ago
  • HIPPIECHIC68
    I stock up on everything I can when it is on sale. I live in the mountains and you never know in winter how long you could possibly be snowed in. We have a plow but you never know...

    Besides, it depends on how fast your family eats the cereal. Mine goes through about 1-2 boxes a week. I don't eat it but the other 3 have it for an evening snack almost daily. Well, maybe a bit less now since my daughter gave up milk.

    Anyway...have a super cereally kind of day! emoticon
    3702 days ago
  • JBINAUSTIN
    Uh, it might be time to quit clipping cereal coupons... Or, you could send them to me emoticon
    3702 days ago
  • DIANE7786
    The thing I don't like about buying extras is the expiration dates on food. The cereal in my pantry expires next December. We couldn't eat 30 boxes in that time period.

    My girlfriend is in a coupon club. Her basement looks like a grocery store. She has garage sales twice a year. Everything she buys is less than 50 cents and she sells them for $1. It's a deal for the buyers and she makes a nice profit.
    3702 days ago
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