I'm a diligent couponer and spend $50-$60/week for 2 adults and 1 cat. I know it's weird that I included the cat, but he eats grain-free raw food and it's pretty expensive. I did not include the horse because he eats more/better than all of us. Combined.
If I had a crazy amount of money, I would probably pursue owning a Gericault. Am I awful for admitting that?
One of my closest friends has celiac disease. Her favorite gluten-free snack is hummus and apples. It sounds so strange, I know, but it really is delicious! Also, gluten-free beer is revolting.
I like entertaining at my place for brunch. When I know I will have overnight guests, I prepare a frittata the day before and just pop it in the oven the next morning. It's a great way to use up leftovers/veggies from the week that are about to be discarded. Just add eggs and stale bread! It's great because my friends think I'm the best hostess ever and I'm essentially using them as human garbage disposals.
@Jobeans I think manufacturers are definitely moving to combat these concerns. There are more and more coupons available for organic items and even fresh produce, you just have to know where to look. Admittedly, the majority of my savings with coupons comes from purchases of health/personal care items and cleaning supplies. But really, you can save A LOT! Promise.
FINALLY! It's about time The Billfold addressed couponers. I may shell out for some pretty ridiculous stuff, but I'll be damned if I ever pay more than $1.00 for toothpaste!
For shower gifts, I tend to buy from the registry. As far as the actual wedding is concerned, I have frequently found what Mike said to be true: most of the registry items have already been purchased. Consequently, I almost always write people a check for their wedding present. As gauche as it might seem to other generations, things are definitely different now. A lot of couples live together before marriage and need money more than they need a third set of coffee mugs.
So they make "riding pants" for bicyles?! Simply fascinating! Based on your preference in toilet paper alone, I predict you will be fine. Last time I got dumped, I ultimately decided adult ballet lessons were way more helpful than visiting the therapist, and decidedly less expensive. Keep on keeping busy!