I've found myself interested in this new show called Extreme Couponing. Has anyone else seen it? I really don't think I could ever successfully do what they do, partially because I care too much what others think of me (read: the poor people behind me in line as well as the cashier) and also because I do not have the time nor the coupon saavy that it takes. But thank goodness, I'll never have to worry about that anyway, because I'm 1). diabetic, and 2). celiac.
In general, food coupons are usually for some form of processed food, like cereals, baking mixes, chips or granola bars, none of which I can eat because they are either too high in carbs or, more likely, have gluten in them. Once in a while I'll get excited when I see a coupon for a yogurt (if it's a gluten free brand), or maybe for a frozen vegetable (without any sauces or seasonings on it, all of which contain gluten). But that's about the extent that I can use coupons. Following 2 medical diets sort of squashed those dreams.
Eating healthy isn't as expensive as many have said it to be. My cart is usually filled with fresh fruit, fresh or frozen vegetables, organic meat, tofu, dried beans/lentils, yogurt, eggs, fresh herbs, cheese, brown rice and ingredients to make my infamous low-carb (KILLER) chili. My grocery bill is extremely low compared to most of my friends', even though I have to to follow dietary restrictions. Your grocery bill is substantially reduced when you take the desserts, chocolate covered granola bars, cereals, potato chips and canned soups out of your cart.
I hope that someday there will be coupons for apples, bananas, dried beans and organic chicken. Maybe even some gluten free brands (which are so #$#$&*&#^$*&^! expensive that I usually avoid them altogether). But if you are diabetic and/or celiac, save your money by just sticking with whole foods, avoiding processed foods and put those extreme couponers to shame with your savings! ;) Here's too good eating!