Take it away, Diva!
I am 25 years old and I’ve always been frugal. I’ve had a savings account since I was 9 years old. As a grew up, saving money wasn’t a chore to me. I made do with what little I had while saving for what I want. I started living on my own when I was 18 years old, moving from state to state. At first, when I lived in North Carolina, I would shop at the local Target, using very few store coupons. I didn’t know about manufacturer coupon stacking and Cartwheel wasn’t around yet. I worked full time and I was proud of what I could accomplish with very little effort back then.
Soon I moved to South Carolina where I met the love of my life. We became engaged and moved in together. I was in charge of the food budget. At first, all we did was shop at Walmart and Dollar General, taking advantage of the “low prices.” Publix was always too expensive, but I spent my entertainment money in the deli department. (Anyone else think they make the best subs?) I had no idea there was a much better way to save, though, and my dream of shopping at Publix could become a reality.
In the beginning of 2013, we found out we were going to have a baby. We worked as much as we could and saved as much as possible. We weren’t in debt and only bought anything if we had the cash on hand. One day, I was watching Netflix and saw the show “Extreme Couponers.” I know this show inspired many people, and I was one of them. I realized couponing was a real way to save money and I took the opportunity to research websites. I found various sites including IHeartPublix.com.
My fiance didn’t have a high-paying job and I was laid off from mine. The only way I could be a stay at home mom was through couponing. These websites have been a life-saver for me. I didn’t have to spend a lot of time looking through all the ads and I can easily put together deals based on what we are having for dinner every day. I never wanted to become an extreme couponer, I just wanted to buy what my family needed.
I remember my first shopping trip to Publix with coupons. I was so nervous, but the cashier was so nice and she encouraged me to keep at it especially when I saved over 50% off my bill (this is still my goal today). Now I go there every week (along with CVS for toiletries) and each time it’s an adventure. How much will I save this week? I feel like I’m on the show myself, with everyone looking on during my transaction.
Although, I am no longer with my fiancé, couponing allows me to feed my daughter for cheap. After over a year and a half, I’ve learned that saving money is easy, and I could never go back to paying full price on anything again..
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