My Groceries Overfloweth
The last several months have been pretty busy around here and I've had a hard time finding time to clip and organize coupons, so I just haven't used them much at all. My last real coupon shopping trip was in February. Returning to using coupons is of course one of the things on my "list", so last night I sat down and printed and cut internet coupons and clipped newspaper coupons, made my shopping list, tried to plan a few meals for this weeks menu (peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches are sadly still on the menu) and planned a 5 am shopping trip for this morning.
I love it when someone comments on how much I have in my cart. They usually inquire about the size of my family and I get to say there are 10 of us (Julia counts right now!) It is fun to use buying groceries as a positive testimony for the blessing of having a big family. "That's a lot of bags" the bagger said regarding my pile of 18 reuseable bags. "There are a lot of groceries", I said. The chatter continued between myself, the checker and the bagger. "Really? Seven kids? Do you have to shop like this all the time?" "Generally." "Wow, you're really busy!" "Yes, I am. I love it!" "Will you have help with these when you get home?" "Of course. My kids are really great helpers!" "This is the longest receipt I've ever seen", said the checker. "I've had many that are longer" I replied, smiling. I think I may leave a positive impression about having a bunch of kids...grocery shopping could be a pain, but I enjoy that people can see my joy in doing it. I got frozen juice for $.74 each, 64 oz Minute Maid OJ for $3.00 (less than 1/2 price) and 1# of deli sliced turkey for $.99. It wasn't my biggest savings, but I did have coupons and discounts that saved my $42.67! The two gentlemen helping me were impressed. I'm sure I've given them something to talk about for a while today..."this crazy lady who was shopping at 5:30 this morning had a huge cart full of groceries for seven kids and then she pulled out 42 coupons!" LOL. Glad I enjoy this so much!