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Budget Boot Camp Challenge #3



Challenge #3 was to try Generics.  Clair had some great tips and ideas.  I am not going to lie this is the HARDEST part for me.  In fact one of the main reasons I started coupon shopping to begin with was because I could get my name-brand stuff for a better deal and still buy the products I LOVE.  


I am going to have to say I probably failed this challenge.  I mean there are some things I just won't budge on.  I know have I mentioned I am stubborn?  


You will all be pleased to know that I did still make a list and followed it based on my menu planning.  Hooray for small victories.  I went to Smiths they are having a big sale on some things that I needed.  I mostly bought fresh vegetables I stocked up on toilet paper and mayo.  I just won't budge on TP sorry I have tried and it is one of those products I just can't buy the store brand.  I did however buy the brand that was on sale and I used a coupon.  I price matched the mayo and with the sale and my coupon it was cheaper to buy the name brand than the store brand so I stuck with my plan there.  I also got a great deal on some snacks and lunch items for my kids. 


Anyway I spent less this shopping trip around $78 and I saved just over $30.  I felt good about that considering I got all the food we will need for the week and stocked up on some items.


Items I will buy generic:  butter, some cheeses, cream cheese, milk (if the store brand is cheaper), garbage and storage bags.


Items I just won't budge on:  frozen and canned veggies I have tried the generic and I just can't eat them sorry, cleaning products and laundry detergent, and as I already mentioned toilet paper.  


I have found that a lot of generic items are just as good as the name-brand I have tried them and I still use them if I am out and my favorite brand is NOT on sale.  I do love getting name-brand stuff cheaper than generic though.  That is my favorite part of coupon shopping.


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