June 22, 2011

Dear 16 year old me.

Thanks to my friend Katie who posted this video on her blog at . It is entitled Dear 16 year old me.


I decided to give couponing a chance. I have been inspired by my sisters' efforts and all the money she is saving. The toppling moment came when she was visiting last weekend and said she never pays more than .70 cents for a box of cereal. Hello, I am going broke keeping my kids in cereal. I love cereal. I could eat cereal three meals a day and be content. So to support our cereal habit here at the Marcelain house I decided to give it a try. We do have some nationwide stores here in our mediocre sized town with a big heart. Target, CVS, Walgreens and Albertsons. So the couponing was possible. Becky gave me some great helpful hints and I came across two popular couponing blogs at:

The Krazy Coupon Lady

Coupon Mom (I love this blog because it gives regional deals, such as HEB)

Both blogs have a couponing 101 feature to help beginners like me.
Both of these blogs are helpful in the way that they tell you what current ad matches with a coupon in the paper. And, the best part is you don't sit down every Sunday and cut coupons out, one of the methods is to just get a bin and put your ads in it each Sunday, then about 3 weeks later there will be a sale on the item that you have in your bin. These blogs list those sales so you just grab the right edition, cut the coupons that match the weekly ads and voila...go to the store. This sounded much more doable to me. I might just stick to the weekly paper ads, but they also give links to the vendors who have ads on their websites once you register. I did follow the links and register on some sites that I thought would be beneficial...such as Kellogg's for the cereal. There is a learning curve, and it does take a bit of time, but the money saved could be worth it. I thought I would try it over the summer and re-evaluate once school starts in the fall.


I am finishing up my first required reading for the Growing Deeper Program at the Institute for Christian Spirituality at Lipscomb. The book is called...Living God's Love, An Invitation to Christian Spirituality, written by Holloway and Lavender. This book has been a great read. It really is set up more for a small group to work through together, which I highly recommend for the most benefit. But, I have enjoyed reading it on my own, too. This book is very well written and does a great job of leading the readers through ways to open up space in their lives for devotion to God and service.

I have a day at home today...so it is time to get to work. Have a blessed day!!


Holly said...

I've never been able to match the coupon up with the sales,but just using coupons I did save $40 last time I went to the grocery store.

Amber Joy said...

Thanks for sharing those links. I just subscribed to the Sunday paper for the coupons, so I'm beginning that journey too.
I used to be a loyal CVS extra-care bucks collector, and there's a helpful site for this at: iheartcvs.com.