April 5, 2012
Today we’re going to hear from Trista over at Budget for Baby. Couponing has helped Trista to achieve her ultimate desire as a new mother…being able to stay home with her daughter! Take it away Trista!
Even before I was married, I knew that I wanted to stay at home with my future children at least until they were in school. During college I had a classmate, who was also a mother to two children, who told me about her impressive couponing adventures. It was something I wanted to get into, but was too busy at the time. When I graduated, I was four months pregnant and, with my little bit of extra time, I dove into couponing.
My goal was to save enough money each month to enable me to stay at home with my baby while my husband worked to provide for our family. I was hooked after the first time I used a $1 coupon on a box of BOGO cereal! Within the first month, I shaved over $100 off our grocery bill. I was also delighted that we were still able to eat a wide variety of whole grains, lean meat, and fresh produce. I also learned how to save on other items such as clothing, vitamins and home decor.
Being frugal minded as I am, I had done some research and discovered that on average, baby’s first year would cost over $5,000! There was no way I was going to let that happen. I began looking for good deals on essentials such as diapers and wipes. I shopped sales and used store and manufacturer coupons to save some big bucks. I got a lot of diapers using the reward systems at drug stores too. I was able to build up a decent stockpile of diapers through size 4 which will probably last until my baby is a year old. I also discovered consignment sales which have saved me tons on clothing, toys, and other baby gear.
‘My baby is now almost 7 months old and we have spent under $1,000! I even started my own blog with deals and ideas for raising baby on a budget called Budget for Baby. We have been able to provide my baby with everything she needs and she is extremely happy. Best of all, I’m able to stay home with her. Couponing has allowed me to spend every day with her and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world!
Thanks for sharing your story, Trista!
I could really use a few new volunteers for the Reader Spotlight – so please write in if you have a story to tell! 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!