This thread is very interesting to me (a little off topic ;) but so interesting) In reading several posts, I realize that much of my desire to remain frugal stems from my own belief that even though our finances are more stable now that it could change at any moment and I need to keep on top of how to manage our resources. Remembering when we couldn't make ends meet is a motivation to stay ahead.
As an aside I couponed aggresively today for the first time in a while and am really happy with some of my deals - not sure if this is stuff everyone on here would eat but in keeping with the goals of MDC and frugality I am really pleased with the following purchases...
I got $1 off enviornmentally friendly tp that was already on sale for $2 off retail
I saved $1.50 on a quart of organic milk
Between a sale and coupons I got 6 bags of veggie based pasta (Wacky Mac) for 50 cents each
I got free sunblock
I saved 75 cents on natural peanut butter
I got my bananas for free
Saved $7 on the total purchase with a Catalina coupon
I got a container of ice tea mix that retails for $6.70 for $3.50
I got a box of wheat based pancake mix for free
I got a tube of toothpaste (the brand we normally buy) for free
I saved $1 on two boxes of cereal (the brand we normally buy that meets my sugar and sodium standards)
Also, a three pack of yeast for 50 cents
There were several other things that I saved on, but these jump out at me as things that I would normally buy but saved on. I spent an extra 15 minutes preparing and an extra 15 minutes shopping. All said - I saved $29 in coupons on a $100 dollar trip - I still bought our normal produce and staples...