Reader Spotlight: Financial Relief…and an Overflowing Pantry

Today we're going to hear from Dawn, who started couponing about a year ago and had a nice full pantry by April. Couponing has really made a difference in her life!

 I started couponing in November last year.  Before I couponed, I would buy only what I needed and my pantry had very little extras in it besides common staples.  Now, not only is my pantry overflowing but I donate some food here and there to groups within my own church as well as to the local homeless shelter.  My grocery bill has dropped from around $150 per week (for a family of four) to around $60 per week.  I also often play "coupon fairy" as I shop leaving behind a coupon or two or three for items that are currently on sale but I have decided not to purchase for one reason or another.
I currently work part-time at a local grocery store, am a full-time mom, wife, cook, maid, etc.  My husband and I will be tracking our spending this year to determine if I can quit work at the end of the year. We have already seen a huge reduction in our debt thanks to the money that I save on groceries, as well as my husband's bonuses from work.
Thanks to this website and a few others, I have been able to save 56% on average each week. I typically shop only Publix for everything including personal items (toothpaste, shampoo, etc), household supplies (paper towels, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, etc) as well as groceries.  After just a few short months, this is my full to overflowing pantry:
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My husband told me the other day that he was tempted to tell me to stop shopping because our pantry, freezer and refrigerator were so full, but he was afraid that if he told me to stop that I would....and that I wouldn't start back again. :)  I am sure that I can slow down at any point and all of the excess will help carry us through that "break".
I love to tell people about how much I spent and saved - I often call my mom on my way home from the grocery and tell her my totals for the week.  I also share couponing tips and tricks with as many people as I can (and who are interested).  Couponing and saving money has brought a joy and sense of financial relief that I have not had for many years!

Thanks for sharing your story, Dawn! 

I could really use a few new volunteers for the Reader Spotlight – so please write in if you have a story to tell! Your post can be about almost anything to do with couponing. You can tell us about a particularly good or bad situation you’ve dealt with as a couponer, about how you got into couponing or how couponing has impacted the rest of your life, you can make a list of things every new couponer should know…just about anything, really! If you think it’s interesting and it has to do with couponing, email me with your idea at contactiheartpublix @!

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  1. Ang says

    Sing it, sister. I started couponing maybe 2 or 3 years ago and we have very similar stories. We could only afford the necessities and now, thankfully, we are fortunate enough to have more than enough. It feels good to be able to give and share.
    For half of what I used to spend, I’m overstocking our pantry AND my daughter’s who is in college, AND I share with family and friends.
    I do want to thank “I Heart Publix”. You’re putting cash in so many people’s pockets. You have no idea how many extras we can do for our family because you run this website the way you do. You bring us such good information and give us the chance to pass it on to others.
    Thank you so much and thank you for the time you put in to this. :)

  2. says

    Dawns story is me “exactly”, I love the emails I get from I heart publix, I save alot of money at publix and brag to my friends and family and teach them how to do it.

  3. Kat says

    Dawn mentioned being able to slow down at some point. My modest stockpile allowed me to “slow down” during soccer season. I work full-time, and in Sept. & Oct. I have soemwhere to be every weeknight and every Saturday. I had to give myself permission to back off on couponing and shopping, and just enjoy what we had. During this time I only bought fresh fruits, vegtables, bread & milk regularly. I picked up a few super deals here and there, but didn’t feel the need to do a full, planned-out excursion every week. It’s so nice that when something’s gotta give, I can cross grocery shopping off my list because I have a stockpile that makes it something I can skip if need be. For me it was soccer, but you never know when it may be illness, job change, or some other emergency that makes you need to take a break, and you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that your previous hard work will see you through. Now that the rec soccer season is over, I’m back to my previous level, but when high school soccer starts in January, all bets are off!

  4. Amie says

    Couponing can really change lives. My husband and I both work full-time, but we were accumulating debt and didn’t know how to make it through a month without pulling out a credit card. I honestly didn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. I thought that one of us would have to get a second job and we’d never be able to afford a second child. I began researching ways to save money and stumbled upon couponing. Almost 4 years later, we’ve had a second child, no longer use credit cards, have an emergency fund, have paid down thousands in debt, and have a plentiful stockpile. Sometimes I want to kick myself for how I mismanaged my money in the past, but mostly I focus on how fortunate we are.

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