Today's reader spotlight comes to us from Salli. She shares how couponing and saving money has allowed her and her husband to enjoy retirement. She reminds us that saving money doesn't stop at the grocery store. Look for ways to save everywhere you shop and you'll have fun and help others in the process!
Take it away, Salli...
With all the awareness regarding coupons, it never ceases to amaze me how many people I see in the supermarket shopping without them. Whenever I have extra coupons that I won’t be able to use, I offer them to someone who looks like they could use them. Would you believe that I have been refused? Even if money is not an issue, why would someone pay full price for anything if they could get it free?
My husband and I are retired and are comfortably living the same as when we were working. That is in large part because of coupons. And I’m not just talking about groceries. Never have your car serviced without checking online for a coupon. We bought new seat covers for the car with a $25 off coupon and always use a coupon for oil changes. Even with clearance prices, many retailers offer extra savings with coupons. Every restaurant and fast food place at one time or another has specials and coupons available.
Stockpiling is great for groceries and toiletries, but also for clothing. Sales on underwear, t-shirts, socks, shoes – purchase on sale with coupons and put away for future use. Publix sells items other than groceries. I’ve gotten free pens, pencils, light bulbs, baby bottles and knee-highs there by matching coupons with their sales. I never wait until October or November to start Christmas shopping. Winter clothing goes on sale during spring and summer and makes perfect gifts in December. Some online department stores offer rewards programs and free shipping or local pick-up. This past year I got several pairs of shoes, a couple of blouses, a bunch of kitchen gadgets, even a large stock pot – all free!
I could go on and on, but I must give credit where credit is due. It started with iheartpublix which led me to other sites and other wonderful people like you Michelle who work so hard to make our lives easier. I’ve signed up with several sites, and every morning and evening I check my emails for the day’s bargains. I especially love that you post Publix upcoming sales with match-ups on Monday morning and the Happy Report on Wednesday. Since our new circular goes into effect on Thursday, it gives me several days to work on my list and gather all my coupons.
Not only is it fun, but we're able to share with our family and to donate to charity. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time, just the desire to save money.
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