Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Coupon Learning..

Back in March, I decided to learn more about coupons. I would set a budget each month for groceries but I would always seemed to go over that limit! I needed to do something to help out our budget so I spent some time researching coupons.

The first couple of months I stayed on target with my budget. I was a little disappointed but then I remembered how much I had been going over each month - so this was a small start in savings.

This past month of August was the best month so far in this coupon venture. I tried to be diligent and intentional in my grocery spending and I actually came in $150 under budget!! Couponing does take time and research but they pay-off is totally worth it!

When I decided to start doing coupons, I knew I needed to spend time learning about the whole process. So I spent a couple of months reading other blogs and websites. Here are a few of my favorites:

Mommy Snacks - Her site has great strategies for savings and walks you through step-by-step in how to get started.

Mojo Savings - This site updates all the time with great deals.

Money Saving Mom - Great ideas about savings and living frugally.

There are several more sites I use that I will try and list later. It's easy to get started and to start trimming you budget!

2 comments:

Me said...

I'm paying close attention to you during this coupon adventure. I had surgery shortly after giving birth to Gretchen and my body went into shock, so I was no longer able to breast feed. Adding $120+/mo for formula to our grocery bill that was already over budget has been killer. Hopefully, I'll learn something through all your efforts!

Sophia said...

Jenn,
Thank you for all these posts. I have been doing the same thing, but having a "hit and miss" success. Last month I managed to save $170, but so far this month, I have only really saved $25. I spent hours clipping coupons and circling competitor's ads and went to Walmart only to discover that most of their Great Value brand was cheaper than name brand even with a coupon. But, praise God it is still a savings.

Love you guys
Sophia