Friday, May 27, 2011

A New Hobby (obsession, job, passion....you decide!)...

Ok...I have to come clean...I have gotten a little (a lot) obsessed with  couponing.  Like many families we here at RBM are on a budget and every penny saved counts.  I like to think I have always been a smart shopper but I recently reevaluated my spending particularly at places like the grocery store,Wal-Mart and Target.  I was horrified.  I had stopped using coupons and gotten in the habit of rushing through the shopping often with all three kids in tow which resulted in impulse buys and forgotten items (leading to more quick and spendy trips later).  Something had to change. 

I started off slowly and began to use a few coupons here and there.  I then stopped bringing the kids (hello party time...sad to say how blissful solo grocery shopping can be!).  Finally, I started to match my coupons up to what was on sale.  My savings has been staggering.  I won't bore you with the details right now (trust me, I really want to but laundry is beckoning!) but last week my total grocery bill was whittled down by $90.25 by smart shopping and coupons. Imagine saving almost $100 every week...that is pretty remarkable. 

I have begun scouring the internet for deals and will share them here with you when I can.  I hope we can all manage to keep a few (or hundreds of!!) extra dollars in our own pockets.  I know many of you readers are frugal and thrifty as well so feel free to share tips or ideas....let's all save up for a dream vacation shall we?  You can always comment here or feel free to e-mail me at reviewedbymom@hotmail.com.  Meanwhile, stay tuned as I try and coupon my kids to a college education!

4 comments:

Jan J. said...

You can buy coupons on ebay very reasonably. I am a struggling single mom but want to feed our pets premium foods. I can do it now thanks to deals like 20 $5-off coupons for 99 cents! I stock up before the expiration date and save so much money. I just run searches on the products we love - especially if there is a good coupon in the sunday paper - and then I can do some stockpiling. This is probably common knowledge but I did not even think to look for coupons on ebay until recently!

Modern Wivelyhood said...

I had no idea you could buy coupons on ebay! Love this post! I would love to save up for a fun family vacation! Following you now from Making Friends Monday. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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Mom said...

Thanks for the follows all! Jan...thanks for the ebay tip! What a great idea. I am still figuring out all the basics but am having fun doing it and loving being able to save money. I had a great trip to the grocery store last night that I will post details on later. Yup, I am obsessed LOL!