This series is for all those comments many of us couponers get from the non-coupon users out there. If you missed the first post of this series you can read it still.
- Confronting the Myth’s of Couponing: Myth #1: Couponing is a Waste of Time.
Coupon Myth #2:“I Wouldn’t Benefit from using Coupons, Because I like to Cook from Scratch.”
— Guest post by Bonnie H.
The other day, after dinner, my kids and I made banana bread. From (gasp!) scratch. The next morning I made my kids whole wheat waffles for breakfast. From scratch. The syrup I put on top of the waffles was some that I had made. From scratch. And that night with dinner, we had bread that I had made. From scratch.
It irritates me to no end that people associate couponers with lousy, heavy-on-the-carbs, high-in-fat diets. I grew up in a home where my mother took great care to see that we all had completely balanced diets, and yet she was a savvy, frugal, couponing woman. I have tried to do the same. Many, many times as we are sitting down to an entirely homemade or even almost-entirely-homemade meal, I’ll go through each food and tell my husband which ingredients were bought with coupons. The list is usually pretty long.
There are a lot of things that I have used coupons on that may or may not surprise you. Such items include (but are not limited to) Canned beans, underwear for my son, Pam or Crisco, Flour, cooking oil, Chocolate Chips, Taco Seasoning, Tomato Soup, canned chicken, ketchup, Toilet bowl cleaner, canned fruits and vegetables, Vanilla extract, protein bars and sports drinks (as a runner and coach, these have helped a lot!).
Couponers — do you agree?
What kinds of foods do you cook from scratch?