Take it away, Sharon!
Shortly after getting married I found out I was pregnant, Oh Boy! I decided to quit my good paying full time job and my husband had just started his educational career so our income was cut by 60%! I realized very quickly that I would have to adjust my spending or we’d be broke and homeless in 3 months.
I started selling some of our stuff on eBay to make extra money and stumbled upon an auction for coupons. I started doing research and low and behold, people actually saved tons of money using these things!
I found several blogs, and I Heart Publix quickly became a favorite of mine. I started saving money right away. I took it slow and just shopped Publix for the first month, learning their rules and the stores “coupon quarks.” Then I expanded into CVS, Walgreens, and the other stores in my small town. I recommend that new couponers take their time and learn the system of each store.
We went from spending $400-$500 a month on groceries and household items to spending less than $200 a month on the exact same items. I also have an impressive stock pile that my husband calls our Hutchmart.
I feel like couponing gave me the financial freedom to choose to be a stay at home mom until our son went to school. Those first 5 years of his life were such a joy…He’s now 10 years old and I am in a full time job that I absolutely love. I still coupon and bargain hunt…it’s in my blood forever!
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