Put your Money Where Your Mouth is... or NOT!
I'm taking a couponing class.
I have tried doing coupons in the past to help with my grocery bill, but I've given up because of the time commitment or because I don't want to buy things like Glade Plug-ins and Totino's Pizza rolls all of the time....or kitty litter...boy are there coupons out there for kitty litter!
My friend Tiffany is teaching a class at my church and I feel so inspired to maximize my savings when she's talking. To get $238 worth of groceries for $87 makes me so excited...but I haven't done that yet. Not even close.
In fact, I spent over 2 hours yesterday just clipping and sorting the stupid coupons, and then another hour and a half trying to figure out how to get more online coupons only to realize that if I want to save all that money, I first need to go to the store and buy $70 dollars worth of printer cartridges to even print them all.
I haven't found a coupon for printer cartridges yet either.
You guys all know how I like to cook...I post the recipes on here for crying out loud! I want to figure out how to buy all of that stuff and save. I plant my own fresh herbs in the summer so that I don't have to buy them, and I am pretty good about eating things that are in season to help cut down on some costs, but I have to be honest and say... I think there are a LOT of other things I'd rather be doing.
Mostly, I think I'd rather spend 4 hours painting a dresser like the one I did last week and showed you. Or I'd rather go on a walk outside. Or I'd rather get in and out of the grocery store in 35 minutes because I soar through the aisles and get the things on my list. And I don't know that I want to have to stockpile 6 boxes of cereal (and find room to store them) that I may or may not be in the mood to eat over the next 6 week couponing cycle. And I don't think that I want to spend the small pockets of time without my kids going to the grocery store just so I can spend 2 hours of uninterrupted shopping and couponing. The truth is...I just don't know that I'm cut out for cutting out... coupons.
But the fact of the matter is that around this house, we "eat our money" if you know what I mean.
If I can figure out how to play this couponing game, I might have more money leftover for things like buying more of Annie Sloan's chalk paint and refinishing more furniture. Or maybe I'll get my laundry room done sooner because it'll be easier to save since I will be spending less. Somewhere in all this dastardly couponing business, I KNOW there has to be something good....or else, why would people do it?! And I wish I could say that just saving would be enough for me...but the truth is, if I save it...it's because I'm planning to do something else more fun with it.
Dave Ramsey would hate me...but I do really wish I was more financially organized.
So if you're here because you think I might ever have great tips for couponing...you better start praying for my sorry unsaving little tookis right now...and maybe, just maybe I'll get the hang of this thing eventually!
Here's to hoping that I can stop "putting my money where my mouth is" in this case and become more of the Savvy Spender that my class is trying so hard to teach me how to be!