Honestly, I had every excuse in the world NOT to use them. We€™re a large family. We don€™t buy name brand. We eat a lot of organic. Plus, who has the time??? Like I need one more thing to do.
So, I didn€™t coupon. I didn€™t even look at coupons.
Several people in my life were coupon people. They kept telling me about their savings. I kept telling them why I didn€™t really want to mess with coupons, but how I was happy for them. Now, don€™t get me wrong, give me a coupon for a free item, and I€™ll gladly go snatch that up, but no way, no how am I going to spend copious amounts of time clipping and sorting coupons I will forget to use for products I don’t buy anyway.
Yet, I continued to be intrigued.
I knew my way of shopping was fairly efficient. But, could I do better?
I was also well aware of how the city had changed me. I was living a life of convenience. Long gone were my days of tight budgets and true frugal living. Because it was no longer a “have to”, I was less careful. Because of this, we were putting very little money away in savings…something I kept telling myself we should be doing. We really wanted to be doing the 10/10/80 thing, but we never quite got around to it. Plus, we were determined to remain debt-free. Could saving at the grocery store be the thing that kickstarted our savings plan?
I knew my own trepidation over couponing had a lot to do with my own ignorance of how the whole process worked. So, rather than live in ignorance, I put a shout out on Twitter for help for couponing dummies€¦namely ME.
I received several shouts back and one offer from another blogger I couldn€™t refuse.
Carrie at GroceryUniversity.com sent me a copy of her brand new audio series on learning how to coupon. The thing that caught my attention was the AUDIO part. So often, I get lost amongst the myriad of couponing blogs. My brain shuts down after about 50 words, and I end up walking away, disheartened and confused. Audio seemed like a good alternative. Plus, she was touting her series as being different from the information you usually find on couponing.
Different was what I needed.
I downloaded the series and sat and listened to it every chance I got. I was captivated. She was engaging and interesting. The information spelled things out for me easily and completely. She told me things I had never heard before. I was energized to try my hand at this, but not in an overzealous-soon-to-be-burned-out sort of way. What she said made me believe I really could save money couponing and I wanted to try it!
As I shared my new find with a friend a few days later, I realized I was not the only one who was clueless when it came to coupons. Much of what I was learning was new to her as well! Perhaps I wasn’t the only couponing dummy out there. Perhaps I wasn’t the only one making excuses. That very reason is why I wanted to write this post!
I have so much more to share with you, but it has to be done in babysteps because after all, I’m a newbie at this and babysteps are all I can manage. But suffice it to say, I am excited! I am revved up to save money in all aspects of my life so we can save and give generously, stay debt free, and be better stewards of what God has blessed us with!