$6/lb? Are you kidding Min?
Nope – not kidding.
Last week, I drove 45 minutes and purchased 168 lbs of grass-fed organic beef. The “hanging weight” was $4.10 per pound (that includes bones and yucky stuff…although I DID take the tongue and the liver because they were free and I have 2 different neighbors who told me on Facebook that if I couldn’t figure out what to do with them, they would be happy to take them. But still…ICK!). When you figure out the actual price I paid for the beef that is now in my freezer, it works out to about $6 per pound.
I would hope it would come as no shock to you guys that I don’t take advantage of every deal that I post on this site. My job is to post the best deals at the Grocery Stores as well as the Drug Stores, regardless of if they are on my shopping list for the week. Those of you that have been following this site for more than 6 months know that I have been making a VERY gradual (due to family resistance) move towards more whole and organic foods. This has kicked in to high-gear now that I have a daughter (concerns about hormones in the meat/dairy-related products..an ENTIRELY different post!)
So why am I telling you this? Is it so that I can gloat “HaHa! I had $700 in my account to write a check for a buttload of beef!”? Absolutely not. There is NO gloating here!
But I want you to know this….
Because I haven’t paid for basic toiletries and have been saving 50-95% on my groceries for quite some time, I WAS able to pay for things that truly matter to me….like buying organic pastured meats.
So couponing isn’t just about paying nothing for groceries and toiltries. It’s is about saving money on the things that don’t matter to you, in order for you to be able to spend money on the things that DO matter to you!
Now I just have to break the news to Brad that I want to buy a pig…….
What are you doing with the savings that you are getting from saving on groceries and toiletries (note: saying “being able to pay the rent/mortgage and NOT getting evicted” is still a great response. We all have different situations and I have received enough emails from readers to know that this is EXACTLY the case. There is NO shame in that!)