What I've been up to

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Lately I've been really into couponing. It's my new hobby. I feel very blessed to be able to stay home with Lydia, but it isn't easy monetarily, so I've been looking for different ways I can help cut back expenses. I discovered that there is this entire online world of people who research coupons and sales and let you know how to get things for a fraction of the price. I've really enjoyed looking into these things and have found a few really awesome sources. My favorite is probably www.moneysavingmom.com. She posts deals and links to printable coupons that she can find and also that her readers lets her know about. The other is www.freebies4mom.com. This one is more for fun, because it lets me know about free samples that are available to sign up for. I've decided to keep track of how much I save every week. A few weeks ago, I actually made a little bit of money with a purchase worth $12. This week, I saved 6.50 when I went grocery shopping. When I figure that up, I don't figure the face value of the coupons, I figure up how much I would have spent on a similar product. For example, I bought ziploc bags because I had a great coupon. Usually I buy the store brand. So I didn't save $1.50, I actually only saves 24 cents, because with the coupon, they cost 25 cents less than the store brand.

Anyways, I know this is totally nerdy, but I've really, really enjoyed doing it lately and just wanted to share.


Becky said...

I think you just called me a nerd because I do this all the time. My favorite site is www.pinchingyourpennies.com because they send you an email every week with the best prices and links to printable coupons. Have you tried the beer rebates?? Bush Beer just bought me 15$ of free lunch meat this week (no beer purchase required.)

Brigette Little said...

I used to coupon a lot when we were first starting out - saved us a ton of money!

Casi Bludorn said...

If you go to the Procter and Gamble website, you can sign up to receive samples. P&G handles all sorts of household products from laundry detergent to diapers so you'll get all sorts of useful samples! My father in law works for them and tells everyone to do this. We haven't yet, but I think it's a great idea.