Many people use the excuse that healthy food is too expensive. Many think this is a logical excuse to eat poorly. Not necessarily. It's true that most healthy foods are over priced, but there are 2 ways to go about this.
- You could really search hard for the low priced healthy items.
- OR you could do couponing
Some people are so dedicated to couponing, they could go grocery shopping with a $200 list, and only spend about $70. But it takes time and patience to get up to the big leagues. Everyone has got to start somewhere though. Next time you have the newspaper handy; take a look at the loose papers everyone always throws away. Something may catch your eye. It helps to have your grocery list next to you so you know what you can or can't use. Here's your guide to success with couponing:
- Check the expiration date when couponing. One of the most embarrassing things to happen is to have the cashier ring up everything in your cart, then have all of your coupons expired. You are then left counting your change and trying to scrounge up money to pay for everything.
- Next, check where the coupon is eligible for. Some stores may not take coupons but if you find that the coupon says your store, you are in the clear. If the cashier tries to give you a hard time, have proof to back it up then talk to the manager if the problem persists.
- Know your sources. Coupons aren't just in the paper, they can be found everywhere. Some stores have them hanging in isles, while others you receive coupons when you cash out. These coupons however, are to be used the next time you go shopping.
- Coupons.com is a great source for 'couponers'. Again, be careful when printing off the coupons. Make sure you can use them in your area. Wal-Mart even has some coupons on that site. Which there is a Wal-Mart nearly everywhere nowadays. Do your research because coupons.com is not the only couponing site out there. You may find a site you like even more than coupons.com.
- Always bring extra money just in case. You never know, you may not need the extra money but just in case you did your math wrong, you may need an extra dollar or two.
- Lastly, stay organized. People have their own way of staying organized. Some ideas may include keeping a binder sectioned out with what foods/products are where with the coupon taped next to the food/product. Some people find it easier just to keep them in their purse or wallet. While others carry a notebook while shopping so they don't lose any valuable coupons.
Couponing is not rocket science though it does require some patience and organization to become a true couponer. If you think you've got what it takes to be a couponer, then all the power to you. Just as a reminder, this would make not eating healthy inexcusable if you were a couponer.
Though even if you aren't a couponer, not eating healthy is still inexcusable. Everyone can eat healthy whether they have all the money in the world, or they are on a tight budget; whether they are a couponer or not. Snack foods just seem more affordable because the mind desires that food. Eating bad foods can sometimes be as bad as doing drugs. Try to steer away from the fatty, sugary good stuff for the most part and focus on the healthy crisp organics. Your body will thank you.