Hey guys! Did you miss me? Kidding.
Anyway, did you see that new show that aired last night on TLC?
Extreme Couponing goes into the lives of people who go to extreme lengths to get a deal or shall I say steal. On the show last night, one families’ grocery total amounted to over one thousand dollars. They paid $30 for the entire bill. Yes, thirty dollars on a thousand dollars worth of purchases. That just amazes me! How does one go about saving $970 on his or her grocery bill?
I have a lot to learn in that department. I generally pay little to no mind at the cost of items when grocery shopping. Well, I take that back, I do compare the different prices for tomatoes, for example, and go with the cheaper variety. However, I do not go with the store brand mustard just because it is cheaper.
After watching the show, I can’t wait to learn more. I wanted to start clipping coupons immediately–if only I could save a fraction of the money the shoppers saved. Though I do worry I won’t be able to save all that much because most of the shoppers on the program appeared to be purchasing a lot of boxed goods. I do have some staples that come in boxes like pasta, rice, cereal, but for the most part my shopping time is spent around the perimeters of the store. I hope I learn some useful tips on Saturday and if so I’ll definitely share with you.
Now for the regularly scheduled program—the food.
Breakfast Smoothie in a Bowl:
~1 frozen banana
~handful frozen strawberries
~cup lowfat milk
~scoop vanilla whey protein powder
~teaspoon blueberry flaxseed meal
All blended in the blender.
My meat free lunch hit the spot. I had a salad with greens, a roma tomato, a tablespoon of goat cheese, a few sesame almonds, and 2 tbsp. of light raspberry vinaigrette.
I enjoyed a Chobani Peach Yogurt for some protein and sweetness.
On my way to the gym I had a Cinnamon Roll. Larabar that is. My energy bar fueled me through 33 minutes on the elliptical and some strength training that went something like the following with very little resting between sets to keep the heart rate up.
|Torso Twists||Bodyweight||25 per side/1|
|Hamstring Curl||50 lbs.||12/3|
|Leg Press||60 lbs.||10/3|
|Low row||40 lbs.||10/3|
|Lunges||Bodyweight||25 per leg/2|
I ordered a 9” veggie pizza with onions, bells, mushrooms, olives, and jalapenos. I ate about 1/3 of it plus I had half of an Italian salad and two of the hub’s mozzarella sticks. Underneath all of that cheese on the salad is an olive salad which has lots of flavor and some oil to coat the entire salad so no extra dressing is needed.
I still have not satisfied my cupcake craving, but I did come across this several.month.old. cookie in the back of the pantry cabinet to satisfy my need for something sweet.
Big Question of the Night: How do you pronounce coupon? Do you say cue-pon or coo-pon? I say the latter, coo-pon. My friend from AL says cue-pon. I’m thinking cue-pon is more of a southern country accent. If you reply, please let me know where you’re from as well. Just curious if the phonetics of the word is dependent upon region of the country in which people reside.