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: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!
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