Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Save more, give more, LIVE MORE!

This should be subtitled....Saving is Sexy! heehee! Lots of folks ask why I bother to induge in my coupon hobby. Isn't it time consuming, confusing, they wonder? I can't be bothered.....no not me! I wouldn't know what to do, they say. And....for the most part...I get it.

I put the B in Busy. Great job, wonderful team, long commute....I mean...LONG commute, family, MIL....oh yeah....MIL....ha! Very busy! But the truth is a few years ago my husband found himself out of work with the housing crash. Thankfully we really didn't skip a beat. Lil' bending but no breaks. But the one thing that was missing is something I love to do............GIVE! Kinda hard to give when there isn't much wiggle room....so I stumbled into this crazy hobby of mine. And even though that crisis is over in my life (and I hope not to revisit it) couponing has become part of my weekly routine. Last year I saved over $13,000. I was able to give loads away to friends, $3500 to charity and use some $$ from what most folks spend on everyday items for splurge items I would have put off. Even if you dont want to make it into a full time hobby consider a few small changes to your shopping routine..........you could net a nice little ching!
A few tips:
  • match coupons to weekly sales
  • buy as much as you can of an item you use when the price is right!! (laundry detergent, toothpaste,etc)
  • Use a web page/blog to help match deals and save money (I love afullcup.com)
  • Don't stress if you fall off the saving wagon.....stress is well.....stress.. and def not sexy)
Finally, I think it is such a hoot. I do a happy dance when I really score big like in the pic below from Sunday....$122 saved. $4.50 spent $25 toward next week! And....that excitement...well it's sexy. I dont mind the cost of a bottle of wine....or ordering another cocktail while out.....because I know what I saved.....see, sexy! I'm not stockpiling for the end of the world and if my husband wants Tide.....who am I to complain...I mean, he IS doing the laundry. But....always in the back of my mind is the next great deal.....my "freemoney" in my purse....that little extra PEP in my step. Go ahead.......clip those coupons....I dare ya!

1 comment:

  1. Get out. I still don't get it!!! How is it even possible! You have a gift.

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