For the mainland folks, unless you've got money, most homes here are nothing like what you get there. Space is limited so we don't all have huge kitchens with islands and a walk in pantry. Most people who do have that kind of beautiful "mainland" style home, usually pay a pretty penny for it.
I have an older, quaint 3 bedroom, 2 bath home that has just enough room for the five of us. Besides, just the thought of having to maintain and keep a home any bigger than this clean, scares me. Thank god for KIDS! They keep my house clean. HA!
Dressing 73 cents
BBQ sauce 35 cents
Salsa 75 cents
Oyster sauce 9 cents
Honey from costco.
Yes, that's fiberwise from Melaleuca. I am a member and when they have another $1 membership month, I'll be sure to alert you. Cause I love their products.
I had to put some boxes back in that I removed so I could show you my "full" pantry.
Baby Mum mum snacks $1
Country time lemonade $1
Spam luncheon meat $1.50 each
Jello 17 cents each
Honey Nut cheerio medley $1.50
Black beans 75 cents
Spam meals $1.09 each (very good btw)
One a day $3.99 each
Snack pack cookies under $2 a bag
Hinode microwave jasmine rice and zesty asian rice 39 cents each
I cant remember how much the soup was.
All the boxed dry goods
Pasta 79 cents each
Suddenly salad 80 cents each
Cake mix, I think it was 50 cents each or so
There are probably some other flavored cake mix and brownie mix back there too. So, there's no shortage of food in my house if we get hit by a hurricane.
Many of you are probably thinking, "oh my god, who uses that many salad dressings?" Well, Romel brings some to work, and I'll leave a bottle at work too for those days where I want to pack a salad or need extra sauce for my chicken nuggets.
In the very first picture is a huge bottle of honey from Costco. THIS is why I'll never shop Costco again. I loved it at the time but hated that we were spending so much money for way too much stuff that ended up going in the trash or down the drain. On average, I estimate every item in Costco to be about $10 each. We were spending $200 - $300 easily in Costco and more than half of the products were bought were getting thrown away. The waste was tremendous and painful to our wallets!
By couponing, you can buy the same amount of product for LESS. You have to change your mindset. Buy smaller containers for less money. But you have to calculate. Figure out your "each" price. Price per each, unit, lb, etc. The numbers may surprise you. People equate size to value. Is this the American method of thinking? Just because that huge bottle of honey costs $10, it seems cheap. How cheap is it, when you use less than 1/3 of it and dump the rest? When you could've bought smaller containers for less money and actually use what you need? My kids LOVE that I no longer shop at Costco. Why? Because NOW they get to eat different cereals every week instead of 10 lbs of frosted flakes for two months. Costco sends out coupons too, but how much money are you REALLY saving? I'll bet your tab at checkout is still in the hundreds unless you ran it to grab ONE item.
Don't get me wrong, Costco is great for new tires. For groceries, unless you're the Duggars, you'll save more money by using coupons and planning your shopping trips better.
Now that I showed you mine, show me yours. Comment below!