Is it REALLLLLY worth shopping with coupons!?
I'm convinced of it!
My grandmother sits and clips every single coupon that comes in the Sunday paper and throws them in a bowl on her kitchen table. I'm not sure she ever takes them with her to the store. I know she reads the sales papers so why would she not try. When I told her I was coupon shopping she said, "It's not really worth it if you have to drive all over town, all day."...With head down...I slowly raised my hand and said "GUILTY". BUT NO MORE! I'm learning!
When I was pregnant with Cooper 7 years ago, someone sent me a HUGE pile of Huggies coupons and I mean HUGE! So, what did I do? I waited for Huggies to go on sale at CVS and I bought them on sale with my coupons and I was pretty well stocked with diapers by the time he arrived...I think he was officially potty trained and I still had packs of them. I didn't buy them all at once but over a period of several months for $3 and $4 a pack.
So! Why didn't I think of this new fad going around now, EXTREME COUPONING. I attended a seminar today that cost me $10. I was happy to hand over my $10 because just by following the speakers website before hand, I saved over 50% on my grocery bill at our local grocery store. The website is Southern Savers and I'm hooked!
.I want to give Jenny a virtual pat on the back for being the genius that does all the work for me. For that matter, I need to send her Lilies or Roses on a regular basis.
I'm sitting here in bed with my coupon book organized and my Publix list with my coupons for that list ready to go and the number of coupons for each item that I have and I have no idea how much money I'll actually save but I'm excited about my 59 cent All Purpose Lysol and my profit on buying Thermacare!
What does all this mean to me? It means so much more to me than the thrill of sticking it to the man and saying...HA! I'm in control of my grocery bill now! NO! It's much deeper than that because that is pretty shallow.
It means that I will be able to:
Honor the money my husband makes.
Stock our pantries on a budget.
Give my family the security of having food and necessities in the house.
Share with my friends/family when I have more than enough.
so much more!
I feel like that when I honor my husband and his hard work, I am honoring what God does for us. I'm proud to say that we hit finical struggles before the economy when for a nose dive into an abyss. Sorry, I know it's not that bad. But you know what I mean. We got our heads on straight and started focusing on paying off bills long ago and we are grateful that God has given us the opportunity to do so. We firmly believe that everything we have, we have because of God's grace. He allows us to have what we need and on occasion, what we want.
God does NOT want us to struggle for a good laugh. NO! He does not want us to struggle at all. He simply wants us to honor him and worship him and give him our hearts struggles so that He can be in control because we all know that when He's in control, He does amazing works. I'm so thankful for our lives.
I'm extremely tired and barely awake so I should probably put away my laptop now and get sleep. Tomorrow is coming at me like a freight train. It's going to be a busy day but we are going to love every minute of it!
I'm excited about the prospects of saving money and I'm doing my best to figure out how we can budget our income to support my shopping every week but I'm betting it'll be easy since I don't plan on spending more thatn $50 on groceries! I'm going to do this! I have to! Plus, let me say..."IF I HAVE TIME, YOU HAVE TIME!" Anyone can take 20 minutes to get a shopping list and coupons together once a week. I mean, give yourself the gift of time on morning and get up 30 minutes early if you have too.
There are SO many good sites out there that can help you save money on all sorts of things. I have a small list I check in on from time to time and some I visit often. Do you have a favorite money saving website??