Reader Question – Where are my shopping trip post pictures?
Posted at 3:17 PM by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
I have been receiving emails from people wondering why I haven’t been posting my shopping trip pictures the past few month, and it prompted me to think about it and then I really wanted to share with you my struggles over the past year with grocery shopping.
I got diagnosed with a gluten-sensitivity almost 15 months ago and it changed the way I shopped! I had been spending $50 – $75 on groceries for my family for almost 4 years, so the thought of having to pay $3.00 for a box of pasta was very overwhelming to me. I learned how to save money and eat gluten-free by eating a lot of naturally gluten-free foods like fruits, veggies, rice, and meat and we upped our weekly budget to $100. I was able to stick to that amount for a few months but recently we have been spending more in the area of $150 – $200 per week on groceries because I have learned that I need quick and easy gluten-free foods during the day so that I am taking good care of myself.
So – that being said my grocery shopping trips probably look like many Americans, I spend on average $150 per week and still save around $80.00 every week. These aren’t the kind of shopping trips that are typically posts on, I am not sure that I can show you those GREAT deals that you are looking for because I can’t buy them most of the time….
I am still couponing and saving where I can – but just wanted to share my struggles. Am I alone on this? So many people just post on the best deals every week in their shopping trips, but I just want to encourage you that I am just like everyone else, we are all in this couponing thing together. I just wanted to put myself out there because many times people feel like they have ‘failed’ at couponing or saving money, and there really is no such thing as failure in grocery shopping. Failure to me means that I don’t take care of myself nutritionally and eat Wendy’s French Fries everyday , failure does not mean that I get the healthy foods that my familiy loves but have to pay more money. Just another example of what Couponing is not a competition – what one family spends may not be what another should try to spend, we each have our budgets and dietary needs and therefore have to mold our budgets around what we are currently going through.
Can anyone else relate? Have you ever had any struggles using coupons and budgeting?