Extreme Couponing

A few days ago, I was talking with a dear friend about Extreme Couponing. I’ve never seen the show, but I’ve heard it’s about people who are so good at couponing, they can save hundreds of dollars on a trip to the grocery store.

I would just love to see what’ s in these Extreme Couponing cupboards. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I doubt it’s real food.

Years ago I used to clip coupons, thinking that was one way I could save our family some money. In the end, I gave it up. All it did was consume precious time and save me a few
bucks.

It seems like so many people are interested in saving money at the grocery store.   Over the  past year, I’ve been thinking a lot about food and have read many books on the subject. I’m convinced that buying real, whole foods is money well spent. Here’s what food writer Michael Pollan has to say about food and health:

Although “real” food is often more expensive,  you either pay for real food now—or pay the doctor later. In 1960,  18 percent of our national income was spent on food, and only 5 percent on healthcare. Today,  9 percent of our income is spent on food and a whopping 17 percent on healthcare. The less we spend on food, the more we spend on healthcare.

Another great quote from Michael Pollan is “shake the hand that feeds you.”  We like to buy our produce from a local farm and I have to tell you, once you have the taste of fresh and get to know the people who lovingly grow your food, you will never want to go back to buying supermarket produce.

Eating real food can be expensive but it’s also an investment in our future. And I believe that when we cut out all of the processed “food-like substances” (Michael Pollan) in the aisles of the supermarket & if we take the time to make our own food, it all balances out. I don’t like to skimp when it comes to good, healthy food, but I am a still a frugal mom.  In the next few posts, I’ll share with you some of my favorite frugal family meals.  I promise they will be good for your waistline. And your wallet.

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