This week is a themed Works for me Wednesday or in the case of this theme, What DOESN'T work for me. What doesn't work for me is couponing.
While I'm a big advocate of finding deals at CVS for our personal hygiene items and health items. I'm not a big fan of cutting coupons at the grocery store. Most of the things they have on sale that I could match a coupon to are not things that I want to serve my family. For instance boxed cereal - yeah, we can get it for under a dollar a box, but it is horrible for you and will end up costing you in the long run. So while I avoid the coupons at the local grocery store, I still enjoy saving the budget.
I typically frequent a local farmers market once a week to stock up on veggies and fruit (sometimes a flower bouquet too!) I frequent Henry's and Trader Joe's for our meat, eggs, and milk and they have better prices that the local grocer. While we aren't yet eating all grass fed meat (our budget isn't there right now - and if food does really skyrocket - we may not be there for a long while!) I do make sure to only buy milk without the added hormones.
So my overall advice is to try to save money on fruits, veggies, meats, and dairy and leave the boxed stuff on the shelf!