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Our Frugal, Clean Couponing Grocery Shopping for Family of Four

We’re all challenged to make ends meet these days, aren’t we?  Yet, we’d be penny wise and pound foolish to pat ourselves on the back for being frugal at the grocery store, with no other values in our shopping cart.  That’s why clean couponing is about being frugal with more than money.

Budget-conscious grocery shopping trip for only $135 for family of four.

It’s common knowledge that good nutrition is the most important single thing we can do for our own health.  So, how do we balance the need for the best nutrition, free of pesticide residues, genetically modified organisms and other suspect additives in our food, without breaking the budget?  Could you feed a family of four all week for $175 or less with mostly organic, non-GMO foods? Continue reading

USDA Average Food Costs for Families

How much is your grocery bill each week?  As you might has guessed, the average price for food has crept up a bit each year, with USDA-estimated costs for feeding your family at least a couple of dollars more each week than it was a couple of years ago.

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The United States Department of Agriculture keeps tabs on average prices for all food categories, then figures this in, along with dietary guidance and consumption patterns, to come up with its food plans. Continue reading

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Boxed Rice Versus Bulk Bin Rice Comparison Shopping

You’ve heard the cliche about thinking outside the box.  Cooking outside the box can save you money as part of your clean couponing strategy.Rice3CleanCouponing

We went shopping to see what sort of value we’d find in a staple like rice.  We located the popular brand of boxed rice product and purchased it for $2.00.  This contained 6 ounces of food inside, with a small part of that being dried seasonings.  Nutrition facts on the box told us it would make 3 servings.  When we did the math, it came out to $5.33 per pound of food. Continue reading

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Fruity Markdowns Fit Your Clean Couponing Style

You’re a smart clean couponing shopper, so when at the grocery store, you start in the produce section, don’t you?  That’s where you’re stocking up on a rainbow of nutrient dense fresh fruits and vegetables.  You don’t need a traditional clipped coupon to find a fresh deal!  Why not start by checking on the produce that’s been marked down the most?

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We recently found this bag of fresh looking oranges and this bag packed with nearly five pounds of bananas, marked down to just 99 cents each!

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The oranges are an easy go-to snack for the kids or an addition to a breakfast plate or dinner salad.

To be sure we didn’t waste any of the overripe bananas, we started by peeling one bunch and placing chunky banana pieces into zipped bags.  Then we stored them in compartments of a no-longer-used breastmilk storage container before placing them in the freezer.

Some of the remaining bananas can be used in banana bread (that could in turn be frozen for later) or pudding, while most will be raw snack food.

Have you ever asked the produce manager for a discount on fruits or vegetables that look like they should be in the markdown bin?  Why not?  Happy Clean Couponing!

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Get Organized for a New Clean Couponing Year with a Mighty Good Giveaway

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“A place for everything, and everything in its place.”

“Waste not, want not.”

“A stitch, in time, saves nine.”

Don’t you love those cliches?  They make sense for our homes today as much as they ever did.  An organized home helps keep some sense of order and calm in the midst of these incredibly busy days that fill our lives!  Planning ahead is a good thing, as is being frugal.

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Ready to Replace Plastic Storage Containers with Glass

No wonder I found three opened boxes of pasta in the pantry during my year-end pantry cleaning. The shelves had gotten so disorganized during the holiday rush that I’d reached for a new package again and again, not realizing what we had.  A bag of nuts had to be thrown away because we hadn’t stored them properly.

Because #CleanCouponing means being frugal with more than money, we’re looking at ways to save time, energy and other valuable resources with the household choices we make.

One ongoing goal for our kitchen and pantry area is to eliminate plastic, per information from top environmental scientists of our day.  While some cleaner versions and recycled versions of plastic do exist, we need non-plastic items especially for use with microwaves and dishwashers.  Ideally, all our pantry storage containers would be converted from plastic to glass.  As we find more value-priced, bulk-bin staples that eliminate packaging waste, those clear storage containers really come in handy. Continue reading

My Cart of FREE Groceries

This story is too good not to share!  I am not an extreme couponer.  But from time to time, the savings on wholesome food can be so good, I have to tell you about it.

I wish I could tell you clean couponing was always this easy or impressive.  These results are not typical. But a few times per year, clean couponing pays me back.

On this shopping trip I did not pay a cent, but instead was paid $1.03 from the store.  My cart was full of 60 different food items.  These were the most wholesome versions I could find of somewhat processed items like crackers and frozen fruit bars, many simple foods like fresh organic apples and frozen vegetables, sprouted grain tortillas, even organic milk.  It was supposed to be $166.07 worth of groceries.  I did not have to pay anything.

Here’s how our household did it:

I printed coupons from the Rock the Lunch Box website for some items.

I used some printed coupons the grocery store had sent me. Continue reading

Clean Couponing for Pennies on the Dollar

My moderate approach to being frugal with money, time, health and more means that I don’t always seek out super-low-priced deals.  But this shopping trip to the grocery store was super-frugal and in line with other family values.

What a great shopping visit for clean couponing!  I brought home groceries, while paying only 11 cents on the dollar for them, tax and all. Continue reading