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    #16
    Originally posted by jodi View Post
    Anyone notice that she spends almost $1000 per month before coupons, and over $450 per month after coupons? I know a lot of people who do just as good or better without coupons at all. I realize she is feeding five grown men, but I still think you can do better skipping the name brand foods, buying in bulk, and cooking from scratch without the coupons (and save 6+ hours per month).
    I'm not saying anything against coupons - I use them myself for particular name brand items that I prefer - but I don't think the savings are all that spectacular. JMO.
    i agree. I shop aldi's, buy in bulk, cook from scratch, and on a bad month spend maybe $250. I feed 5 kids and 2 adults--but 2 of the kids are 19. Sometimes I feed 3 adults, as a friend of my DH is very often here on DH days off. They trade work on each others farms every other week, and whichever they are working at feeds them.

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      #17
      I could in no way spend $1000 before coupons, and certainly don't spend $450 after. I have three growing boys (18, 15, 11), a hubby, and a cat;all of which eat all the time.

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        #18
        Originally posted by jodi View Post
        Anyone notice that she spends almost $1000 per month before coupons, and over $450 per month after coupons? I know a lot of people who do just as good or better without coupons at all.
        That's my opinion too.

        I spend $400 or less every month for an eight person household including me (pregnant), a blue-collar husband, three teenaged boys, a preteen boy, and two younger children. The lady in the article's older boys don't even live with her, so it's feasible that she isn't providing all of their nourishment, either. Even if she is, she is spending more than me per person and convincing herself it's *really* saving.

        Another thing to consider: Even if I can get cookies for free with a coupon, I will still need to buy fruits, whole grains, etc, right? Cookies are yummy and all, but last I checked most people need actual nutrients. The foods she and other couponers describe getting for these low prices aren't going to contribute anything to your diet.

        Emmie

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