I know this is hot on the heels of my post about Week 1, but as I am all out of money for Week 2, I’ll go ahead and post. I made my own menu this week, so I’ll just show you pictures of what I bought and tell you about each purchase in the caption. How’s that sound? (I know . . . why didn’t I think to do that with the last one.) At the end of the post, I’ll give you couponers some tips that helped me this week.
Our grand total for this week was $98 dollars, meaning that we just squeaked under budget. I will say, we are eating great and feeling great. I’m a little concerned what will happen when I have to start buying meat instead of relying on what is in our freezer, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Thankfully, couponing poorganically is not as bad as I expected.
For you couponers who are thinking of trying to Shop Poorganically, I’ll give you a couple hints.
1. Wipe out the “usual” buy price list. Just focus on sticking to your weekly budget overall.
2. Try to do a scouting trip either on foot or with an online shopping service to see what your store’s prices are for poorganic items. See if any of them are on sale. (I used Harris Teeter’s Express Lane where there is a tab that says “organic”. That made it REALLY easy.) Earthfare’s sales run monthly instead of weekly, which is kind of nice.
3. Use a coupon database to search for coupons for the organic or poorganic items you’re looking at. (I used My Coupon Teacher’s database.) There were organic milk, egg, cheese, and meat coupons, which surprised me. See for yourself!
4. Then check your favorite coupon blogger to see if the weekly match-ups include any Poorganic items. (Also, you will probably continue checking your blogger for your non-food items.) Frugally Farming Family is a blog that does Earthfare match-ups, although I haven’t seen a list for the August sales yet.
5. Be patient with yourself. It took me a long time this first week because I’m still unfamiliar with the brands. Plus it takes longer to decide whether I want to buy the “certified organic” item or The Low Ryder approved “poorganic” version, but I’m sure it will get faster each week–just like “normal” couponing did.
6. Don’t compare your results with quantities of food you would have gotten “normally.” Poorganic shopping means that you are trying to balance quality with quantity–not put one over the other.
Be encouraged! We’re in this together, right? Any questions?