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she can, rather than shopping at grocery chains. She patronizes
local farm stands and butcher shops near her home for convenience
"I haven't purchased eggs from the grocery store in years," Stephanie
said. "I buy eggs year-round at a nearby farm. They cost between
$2.50 and $3.25 a dozen depending on the time of year."
She gets her meats from Christman's Meat Market in Oley, shops
at the farmer's market in West Reading, and buys milk from a dairy
near her home.
Second, Stephanie has a large vegetable garden that provides a
bounty from April to October, saving her hundreds of dollars at
the store. She has two 8' x 2' and two 8' x 4' raised bed gardens
and grows lettuce, kale, carrots, beets, eggplant, zucchini, potatoes, asparagus, tomatoes, and herbs. She has two 12' fig trees
which rewarded her with about 40 figs a day last season. And
she has a lemon tree that she keeps indoors during the winter.
Considering it takes about a year to grow one lemon, she was
pleased to get three.
"I will pay to get my house cleaned because I don't like doing it.
But I don't mind spending the time on couponing," Michele said.
"It's fun and I find it a challenge."
Michele gets her coupons from local and regional newspapers,
particularly the Sunday editions. She also employs the help of family
and friends who give her their coupon inserts.
After a few years of extreme couponing, Michele has a stockpile
of supplies at the ready for her family's use. She is already thinking
ahead to what she can do with that abundant inventory when her
children go to college. She plans on giving back to the community
by donating to organizations that can use household products and
personal hygiene supplies. And yes, there is a YouTube video on
extreme donating to show her how.
As with household supplies, there are many different approaches
to saving time and money on groceries depending on your time,
motivation, and personal situation.
Stephanie Davis, tour operator at EPN Travel Services in
Douglassville, tackles it two ways. First, she buys locally whenever