Here are just a few things I am learning about myself:
1. I didn’t really understand couponing (and even made fun of it!)
I am so thankful Carrie from Grocery University had pity on me and let me know about her program! I can’t help but think it is a God-thing that I ran across something that made this couponing thing crystal clear. And to those who took the brunt of my skepticism for all these years…a humble apology.
2. Saving money at the grocery store motivates me to save money in all areas of my life.
I was so surprised how that first shopping experience lit a fire under me to find other ways I could save money. In addition to that, I was less likely to want to go back to the store for something extra because I did not want to mess with my successes.
3. I don’t utilize my pantry like I should.
Honestly, some of the biggest savings for me in this whole venture has come from shopping my pantry and using what I have on hand wisely. Often, just the addition of one or two ingredients creates an entire meal from my pantry alone. In fact, I am usually able to pull 2-3 meals per week from my pantry. That creates significant savings overall.
4. I must be getting older (and wiser), because I’m not being obsessive.
Once upon a time I was all or nothing. Couponing felt like an all or nothing thing to me prior to listening to the GroceryUniversity audios. However, once I dug in, I realized it didn’t have to be. I may never be the gal who walks away from the grocery store with $80 worth of groceries for $5, but I can do a little bit and be light years ahead of where I was.
5. I am not alone in my couponing hesitation.
I have had MANY conversations with other moms (some of you even here on the blog) who have the same hesitations as I had about couponing. Many of you are raising larger-than-average families and just don’t feel as if couponing is for you.
It is because of these questions and concerns, I want to introduce you to Holly from iGoBoGo.com. She is a Christian mommy of 6 little blessings, so she knows what she is talking about when it comes to managing a large household AND couponing.
So, what are your concerns about couponing? What keeps you from jumping in? What specific questions do you have when it comes to using coupons for your family’s grocery needs? Have you tried before and found reason to quit? What couponing questions keep you up at night?
Ask away! Holly will answer!