For many years I’ve had my weekly shopping circulars delivered to my house but, like many, I would discard them without glancing at anything inside the little package. The same went for the Sunday newspaper, I would discard all the inserts, since to me it was all a waste of time, paper and money. As the years went by and I came to be more in control of the family finances, I had to find ways to save money and still be able to feed my family. It was getting harder and harder to feed everyone and pay all the bills which kept rising, while our pay remained the same with no prospect of increasing. I began researching methods on how to save money, live “ghetto fabulous” and still be able to enjoy everything this city has to offer. As I drew up our family budget, I noticed that I was spending around $1,000.00 on groceries and household items for a family of 5 every month. YIKES!!!  I almost fell out of my chair as this outrageous number looked back at me; I was hoping this was an error and the correct, lower number would appear at any moment.

This was a wakeup call for me and I knew I had to find ways to save money on groceries and household items. I was amazed to see their were communities of people that dedicated themselves to blogging on how to use coupons effectively in cutting down spending budgets in half. Knowing that I can get $300.00 worth of groceries for $100 or less got me involved in couponing immediately. The notions of stockpiling at first were daunting but slowly as my stockpile grew, I understood the concept.

Coupons are available for just about everything and can be found everywhere. When learned how to use correctly, coupons can be used to lower the price of an item 50 – 75%, maybe even more! The ultimate goal of a couponer is to use a coupon to purchase an item at rock bottom prices. You don’t have to wait for “Black Friday” sales to get a good deal. More than likely you can get the same sale price or even better throughout the year using coupons without having to stand in line at 2AM.

It’s only been a couple of months, but I have been able to cut down my grocery and household budget down to $450.00 a month and I’m still trying to reduce that number even more.  I know I’m setting the bar real high but with a little penny pinching and planning it can be done.

Please feel free to post your comments on how you started couponing or if you plan to start and need help on how to begin.

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