I spend countless hours each day finding deals and coupons but never really talked about the meaning of Couponing Away Debt and where it came from. For the next few weeks I will go over tips and experiences I have learned along the way trying to get out of debt. You can catch up on last weeks post HERE.
The Start Of Couponing and How It Changed My LIFE
A few months before I gave birth to my 3rd child I was searching the internet and found a couponing website. It was a Target match up top 5 deals or something. I thought there is no way this actually happens! That night I was off to Target and bought $20 worth of health and beauty items for less than $5. I came home to show my husband he just gave me a look. Once I showed him what I paid he was floored. I’ve been hooked ever since. With the help of couponing to lower our out of pocket costs and consolidate our bills we were able to save enough money to put down on our first home that same year! We finally saw a light at the end of the tunnel.
Start Saving Out Of Pocket Expenses
Couponing came very easy to me. A simple concept use a coupon and pair it with a sale so you spend almost nothing out of pocket. Easy right? Well not so much. There is a thing called coupon overload. Been there, done that! Start small dont go out buying 10 newspapers and try to hit every deal you see. You need to buy what fits for you and your family. If you do not like a certain toothpaste just because its cheap or free dont buy it. Those extra cents add up, if you cant afford it right now.
Just my opinion but everyone should use coupons. Why not? Well alot of people claim they dont have time to clip, sort, match blah blah. Well I TRUTHFULLY spend 1 hour a week doing all of those things. My average savings in one trip usually is $75 bucks. Do you make $75 a hour I do :). Another reason why people do not coupon is they say only junk food or poor quality food is a good deal with coupons. Not true! There is a coupon for EVERYTHING you just need to know where to find it. Along with many blogs out there, I use AFULLCUP if I am looking for a specific coupon. Its a website with a database with every coupon available. If you dont see it ask. You would be surprised what just a simple email to the company would do. Many times Ive received free coupons just from a 2 minute email telling them how much I like their product.
To Be Continued Next Week…
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