I was 4 months pregnant. Bored. My husband works a billion hours a week and usually most nights. I worked a 9-5. There was a lot of downtime/alonetime/boredoutofmypregnantmindtime. It was January 2011.
Before then I was a spendaholic. Whatever-whenever. $100.00 for dinner on a Tuesday. Is it a special occasion? No? Who cares.. $100+++ at the grocery store. Whatever. Don’t get me wrong, I always loved a bargain. Always. I would look at the BOGO’s in the grocery store and grab a few, but still spend a million dollars on oreos. I digress.
Back to being pregnant and bored. I googled couponing one night. For the love of god I do not know what made me do this. I call it fate. I stumbled upon a site called The Krazy Coupon Lady. Now there are a ton of coupon sites. However, these 2 girls just struck me. Their story made sense. Why spend the money if you don’t have to? I immediately bought the book. Trust me, I made the $11.99 back in one trip to the store. Heather and Joanie taught me the basics. And I loved their story.
If you use dish soap..and you better, why spend $1.69/bottle. Wait for a $0.50/1 (50 cents off of 1 bottle) coupon to come around. Wait for a sale making them $0.99 and score it for $0.49! You save over a dollar on each bottle. Buy 5 bottles and you saved over $5.00. Plus you wont need to buy dish soap after the sale ends and they return to full price. You will probably have plenty to get you through to the next sale!
The idea is to create a stockpile. Buy larger quantities of the items that your family goes through on a regular basis or items that don’t expire when they are on sale and you will never have to pay full price again.
It’s not rocket science people.
When I first started couponing I was a touch skeptical. I averaged $75.00 in the grocery store weekly. For a family of 2. That’s a lot in my opinion. PLUS I bought all my beauty/cleaning/paper products at store like Target, CVS and Walgreens. Spending roughly an extra $100.00 weekly. However, after learning the couponing ropes I found that I was still spending roughly $75.00 in the grocery store. However, I was getting double or triple the products that I would usually get. I built quite a nice stockpile throughout my pregnancy.
Yes I weighed 191lbs and waddled through the stores with my coupon binder scouring sales. Make fun of me. I don’t give a shit. I laugh every time you wipe your pompous butt with overpriced toilet paper.
Follow my lead. Coupon your little heart out. And never pay full price for toilet paper again.