Daily Archives: January 28, 2009

Choosy Mom turned Cheap Mom

glamour Malia“Choosy Moms choose Jif!” Or so the commercial always told us and I was a proud choosy Mom! Nothing but the best for me my family.

I never really thought I was a brand snob until I decided to try and be more frugal. It’s amazing how blind we can be to our own faults. I was so sure that I only bought a few “brand name” food products and that “for the most part” I picked up off brand or store brand items. Then I took a good hard look into my cabinets and realized how brand name heavy my purchases really were.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that! But like I said, I’m trying to be more frugal and reality is, brand name costs more.

My most recent grocery list included peanut butter, smooth and chunky, because that’s how we roll around here. I usually buy the large jars of it so that it lasts more than a week (seriously, the GMan practically eats his weight in peanut butter each week). I’d never paid attention to how much those jars of Jif were costing. Two jars come to $13! Thirteen dollars worth of peanut butter? The store brand cost almost $2 less. Two jars come to around $9. So I put the store brand in my cart and you know what? It’s good! I think I can used to this letting go of stuff and making some different choices.

And with the four dollar savings (four dollars!), I can still get my favorite coffee creamer. Because Coffee-mate is  your coffee’s perfect mate!

What? So, I still have a ways to go!


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