Today’s Reader Spotlight is from Mel, who has an amazing story on how she responded to her family’s financial hardship. Thank you so much for your kind words –remember it’s all the work that you guys actually do that really makes the difference. Keep up the great work.
Take it away, Mel!
October 1st 2013 my husband lost his job. Like many others it put us in a rough financial situation and forced some changes in our household. Until that point, I was spending $150-$200 a week at Walmart (trust me, I know) thinking I was getting the best deal. I had friends who couponed but it was never anything I was interested in.
Knowing that my family’s well-being was at stake I decided to become interested and that’s when I stumbled upon my favorite site, I heart Publix! I was hooked! You made it so easy to understand and execute on! I started small so I wouldn’t get too overwhelmed and immediately started saving! I added in Kroger to my routine and was thrilled how I would come home with more but was spending less than I ever had! In the beginning of the year I started using cash back apps and doing mail in rebates.
Here I am, over a year later and I have come further than I thought ever possible. I never have to go to Walmart, I shop only at Publix, Target and Kroger now. I have a wonderful coupon binder and several apps that keep my lists and pricing organized and easy to pull my deals together. I also get to donate freebies and money makers to local shelters and charities!
My husband is working again, making about the same amount he was prior to losing his job after a bumpy year, and we’ve learned some very valuable personal and financial lessons. The most amazing part of this whole experience happened this morning. Christmas is looming and the season of free flowing money and high credit card bills is upon us, but not for me! Thanks to you and your sites my kids large Christmas gifts are already paid for, roughly $350 worth! How? Coupons, cash back apps and rebates have allowed me to save enough over this past year to walk in and buy them with no impact on my bank account! (after price matching of course)
It’s likely we’ll never meet, though I am from Atlanta, but you and your dedication have been instrumental in keeping my family from suffering what likely could have been a terrible situation. Thank you for everything you’ve done and everything you do, it means more to us faceless internet groupies out here than we could ever tell you!
By the way…I love you guys too! I love having a huge group of friends that I get to “talk” to every single day!! Thanks so much for sharing, Mel!
Ok guys…I am still very low on stories —I NEED YOUR STORIES!! If you have a story to share PLEASE SEND IT IN –pretty please with a cherry on top??
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 @ gmail.com.This is one of my favorite features on the site! Be sure and check out all the past Reader Spotlights HERE.