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Coupon Shopping and Cooking 
 
Oct. 22, 2012 1:31 pm 
I've recently been introduced to the wonderful world of coupons.  I've known of them for quite a while, but was turned off from them by my more... obsessed acquaintances.  As I now have access to the coupon sections of my local newspaper, via both my work and having a relative who works in management for the paper, I decided to try using them.

I rather like them, as long as I'm actually getting things I will be using.  That's the hard part of digging for the savings; many items are unnecessary for my home.  I don't have infants or children, so those aren't what I aim for.  I look for items that I use regularly (milk, eggs, butter, flour, sugar, etc), along with items that I normally wouldn't buy unless they were on sale (meat, exotic, etc.). 

Since I've started finding coupons for my local grocer, I've noticed a change in my cooking.  I have more variety, as those 'exotic' items I wouldn't want to experiment with are now at a reasonable price to do so.  I have tried many new recipes, and found my diet balancing out more.  As I only have $80 every month for groceries, I'm pleased with the outcome of this.

As for the extra coupons I'm not using, I've been talking with some of the less-obsessed couponers in my area to see about swapping.  I figure they have children who could benefit from the savings, and I could benefit from coupons they have no interest in that I do.  Then I get more for my money :)
 
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Mhend

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About Me
I'm a full time university student who loves the simple things in life. Good food, good company, and good entertainment. I'm easy to please, and easily entertained as well!
My favorite things to cook
My favourite things to cook are Asian dishes. I also like making my own pasta sauces, and even made a tomato-based sauce that was sweet. I just like experimenting in general!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family cooks, and cooks, and cooks. I grew up learning that food is company's best friend, and so food was always available to offer to guests. For birthdays we make a Chocolate cake that has a secret ingredient that is always a hit. Kielbasa is also a staple 'comfort' food, always served with vinegar.
My cooking triumphs
When my older brother developed an allergy to soy products, I helped adapt many recipes to become soy-free so he could eat them. It was a lot harder than I first thought it would be - especially the more I discovered how many products have some type of soy in them!
My cooking tragedies
My most memorable cooking experience has to be the first time I made apple pie. The instructor said to add 'as much brown sugar as you want.' I took that a bit too literally (horrid sweet tooth, I admit!) and ended up making what is now called "Apple Soup in a Pie Crust."
 
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