Being frugal always sounded like a hardship to me, dull, lifeless, medieval, but in an effort to see if we can live on less, I’ve decided to pursue using coupons in my shopping. A friend showed me a free e-book at couponmom.com to get me started. I also read blogs on how shoppers purchased $200 worth of groceries and household supplies for $10. I was amazed. But was it something I could do? How much time would this take? Would it work for our family?
After reading how to use coupons effectively I decided to give it a try. I used dealseekingmom.com for pointers and headed off to the store. In my first trip I saved $50 and was inspired! That was five weeks ago. I am not a pro but I am continuing to learn. I am also having to make the choice between a “good deal” and what is needed. I don’t want to be consumed by the pursuit of saving but I do want to use the resources God has provided wisely.
Today I purchased $13.21 of product for $0.26! The trip would have been free but the cashier said the system would not take my last coupon for $1.50. I was ok with that. The picture of my purchase won’t look impressive but to pay $0.05 for five items and no sales tax is pretty cool. It is also items we use and one gift (the candy).
I am rejoicing in God’s kindness in the bargain. He has encouraged me that there is a way to save money and still meet the needs of my family and give gifts.
What an awesome God I serve!