I read in The Dallas Morning News today this article about the cost of groceries rising. As anyone who does the grocery shopping has probably noticed, this wasn't exactly news, but it does offer a clear explanation as to why costs are rising.
Reading this really affirmed my shopping strategies. I've become diligent about reading the grocery ads that come in the paper on Wednesdays and cutting the coupons that arrive on Sundays. As a result, I have a nice little number of loss leaders stocked up out in the garage.
I've been a SAHW for over 8 years now, but it's only in the last year or so that I started doing this. Saving money on groceries frees up extra cash to save or spend on something fun. It also ensures that I can spend freely on special things, such as really good fish, crab, or whatever. Several months ago, I spent a ridiculous $22 on all the ingredients for a supposed-copycat recipe of Pappadeaux's crawfish bisque. (Part of the high cost was having to buy a bottle of brandy.) The recipe was a total dud, but because I saved money elsewhere on groceries, I didn't lament the loss of that $22 too much.
We don't have to cut coupons or shop sales, but I think it would just be a waste of Ruf's hard-earned money not to do so. And now that I'm in the habit of it, it won't hit us so hard as grocery prices continue to rise.