Couponing is intense, and you have to be strategic, and not an impulse shopper. Hummm...already seeing some red flags. Well, this week I spent an hour and half, on two different day's, checking out couponing websites and whatnot. Guess how many online coupons I printed? Yep, you guessed it- NONE! I'm a bit of a researcher and a bit of a skeptic. Can I really save money, neurotically couponing or will I end up purchasing a bunch of processed junk I wouldn't normally buy? Humm... Can I really save money if my husband likes to eat fairly gourmet food and I like to buy lots of fresh fruits and vegetables?
I wrestled with this idea all week. The lady that led the class has a family of eight and spends around $200.00 a month on groceries! Insane! We spend....well, significantly more. I did a little research, and if I couponed and spent $200.00 a month on groceries, and saved the rest of the money I usually spend on groceries for a year, my family of five could go on a trip to Maui for 14 days, including hotel, airfare, car rental and $1500.00 spending cash. Humm...couponing is sounding slightly better, slightly.
So, here's what I'm going to do. I going to "attempt" to start couponing, but I am not going to change the way we eat. If I save any money, I will put the extra cash I save in our saving account. Hopefully this time next year we'll be taking a sweet vacation or at the very least I'll have a sweet new wardrobe. I'll let you know what happens.
In the mean time I'm going to be dreaming of:
Here are a few sites you might want to checkout if you plan to start couponing:
Blessings to you and yours!