- "Why in the world are you clipping coupons? This seems a bit pathetic." Two years ago, I probably just would have thought that coupons couldn't actually save you more than a couple of dollars, at best. Over the last month, I have cut our spending over 50%.
- "So, do you actually use a detailed budget?" No, not really. But, I'm able to keep numbers in my head pretty easily. I have been more aware of our spending now that I am a stay-at-home-mom and I kissed my wonderful salary goodbye.
- "Where do you get your coupons?" I always get at least two sets of the Sunday newspaper coupons, and I also print coupons I want from the coupon links on the right.
- "How did this start?" When I was pregnant, I realized we were going to need A LOT of diapers and wipes. Babies need 8-10 diaper changes per day. I started stocking up on diapers when I was pregnant in order to get a head start. I began using diaper coupons immediately. There are in the Sunday paper or you can print them. Once I started buying them, HEB would print Catalina diaper coupons (the coupons they give you with your receipt) for Pampers and Huggies, so I began using those too. Since then, I've figured out ways to save tons on diapers, considering diapers can cost around 25 cents each. For the record, I will probably try cloth diapers if we have any more children.
- "It seems like you buy a lot of diapers and toothpaste." Very true. Toothpaste has a long shelf life. Just so you know, you never have to buy toothpaste. You can always get it free. Same with deodorant. Other stuff too. When you find stuff for free, go ahead and stock up on it, and you can take it off your grocery list for the next year. When you get stuff free, it is also a great opportunity to donate items to the less fortunate through various charities.
- "Where do you put this stuff?" Well, luckily, I'm not planning one of these giant stockpiles that some of those Extreme Couponers accumulate. I keep baby items in the baby's closet. I keep pantry items in the pantry. I keep toiletries in our bathroom cabinet.
- "What about fresh produce and other perishable items?" These are items that I don't use coupons for, because I don't really ever find coupons for these things. I buy these things weekly at the grocery store.
- "Are you poor?" We are very blessed. I am just trying to stay one step ahead because I like planning ahead.
- "You seem like you're REALLY into this. What's up with that?" Couponing is ADDICTIVE. I love a good challenge, and I love being strategic, and I love planning. So, it makes it fun.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Questions you've been asking
Two years ago, I would have thought I was crazy too.