Coupon Chronicles

So yes ladies and has begun.  I should seriously stay off Netflix but I don't, and since they no longer have every episode of The Hills, I branched out to find a new mindless show to occupy my free time.

I landed on Extreme Couponing!

I am completely blown away by this show and the stories these people tell about the money they have saved and the amazing things they have been able to do through couponing.

This couldn't have come at a more perfect time because I tracked all of our spending for last month, and I was blown away but the amount of money we spent on FOOD!  It is too embarrassing to  Anyway...with a new little one on the way, a possible cross-country move coming, and a stack of debt I would love to get rid of...I have decided to dive head first into the world of couponing.

I have always been so overwhelmed by coupons and have never seen the merit in saving .50 on things here and there.  I really wanted to take some time to research (as I do with everything) and try and find out how in the world these people were doing all of this.  I mean to be quite honest some of it seemed a bit sketchy to me. Its funny that the first thing that I learned is that if you follow the example of the "Extreme Couponers" it CAN at times get a bit sketchy.  No wont see me stealing inserts from other people's papers or recycle bin diving any time soon.

I went to my number 1 info source, Pinterest...and searched couponing for normal people.  I found quite a few pins but the one that really stuck out to me was one from the blog Living Well Spending Less, on "Extreme Couponing {For Normal People}".  I really like the way Ruth explained couponing.  She also included a free Ebook, "The Beginner's Guide to Coupons".

This blog really laid out a clear foundation for couponing and helped me to understand how it works and what I need to do to be successful.

As I was reading through the Ebook, I also stumbled upon what I now consider to be my couponing lifeline.  As a mom of a toddler and with a husband who works quite a time can be limited thus I discovered the awesome world of Store/Coupon Match-up Sites.  The one I am currently using is Living Rich with Coupons.  These ladies are amazing and save me tons of time that I can use to spend with the little dude.  They take care of everything!  They have all of the weekly match-ups for my local store.  I just have to get on find what match-ups I like, clip the coupons, and head out!  It is fantastic!

I know that I have a ton to learn and a ton of work ahead but I am excited to delve into the world of couponing.  I will be chronicling my couponing experience here so check back for updates on my experience!

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