Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Why We Coupon: Part 3

Last time I was telling y'all about how I thought I was doing a good job of spending money on groceries and other necessities in our house only to learn I was a complete failure.  Purchasing the same thing every week and using it up during that week doesn't allow you to build up stock in any one product.  It also doesn't allow you freedom to be very creative when deciding a meal plan for your family.  Dinners become boring since you are eating the same thing week after week.  But then when you don't have the money to do your weekly grocery shopping, you find your cupboards bare and wondering how in the world you are going to feed your family.

This is when Donna stepped in.  She lovingly brought me some groceries.  Things like peanut butter, tuna fish, soup, crackers...I can't even remember everything she brought over.  I was so grateful and yet I felt humiliated.  I'm a proud person and felt like I couldn't accept charity.  When I explained this to her she just laughed and said, "Don't worry, I got most of this stuff for FREE or pennies, practically."  I was dumbfounded.  When I asked her how she was able to do this, she said, "coupons".

She had me right there, hook-line-and-sinker.  I asked her what I needed to do, how I needed to get started.  She suggested buying 2 Sunday editions of the newspaper to get coupon inserts.  Then she told me about Cut Out Hunger and Coupon Mom.  Unfortunately, I got completely overwhelmed with all the information provided on the websites.  She gives you everything and is very thorough.  Something I didn't appreciate then, but completely appreciate now...

Part 4.


hannah said...

That's it exactly! I got overwhelmed with all the info and so gave up trying. I still keep a grocery budget of $200 for 6 people every 2 weeks by shopping at Aldi and stocking up on sales. I would love to learn the coupon thing though!

Candi said...

Hannah, it really can overwhelm a person. Especially since there is a plethora of information out there. Stay tuned because I've got s "Basic Couponing 101 Series" coming up in a week or so.

sunnymum said...

I think I've finally found my comfortable niche in couponing: being successful without being obsessed. I think there's always more to learn though! Thanks for tackling the topic!


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