The financial crisis is all over the news. Doom & Gloom!! With soaring prices in everything from gas at the pump to milk at the grocery store....everyone is feeling the crunch. My family is no exception. Three weeks ago, I went to a friend's house where she educated us all about couponing and how to get things for the cheapest price possible.
I have to tell you, this is very difficult for me for a few reasons.
- #1: I am a recipe cook. I prefer to have my weekly recipes and go shopping for those ingredients. When you are couponing, you need to reshape how you think about things. You don't necessarily buy something because you need it now, you buy it for the future. So in essence you are creating a pantry stockpile. From this stockpile you create your meals. This is the difficult part for me.....because I just simply don't want to think about it!! My friend told me about a site called allrecipes.com. You enter the ingredients that you have and those that you don't want and it creates a recipe for you. O.K. so there goes that excuse!
- #2: I don't have the time! It takes way too long to clip out all the coupons, and then sort through the ads to figure out what I'm going to buy. Here is the answer I was given. It will take a good bit of time in the beginning to get everything cut out and seperated. Once you get a good stockpile (4-5 weeks worth) of coupons it will be much easier to line up your coupons with the sales ads. Plus, my awesome hubby has volunteered to help in anyway he can. Excuse #2 gone!
So, here is where I am in the process. I am in week 4 (if you include the week there were no coupons published for the paper). Every Sunday, I go out an buy 2 copies of the Sunday paper and clip out the coupons. I had quite a few to clip, since I waited until yesterday to do it.
Here is my sweet hubby helping me cut them out.
My clipped out coupons, waiting for to be sorted.
My sorted coupons by category. i.e. Frozen Foods, Dairy, Cleaning Products, Baby Items, etc.
My next step is to purchase a binder, divider pages, and baseball card sleeves to further organize my coupons. I feel that by doing this I will be saving my family a ton of money at the grocery store. This will help free up the money we were spending on food so that we can redirect it to help pay down other debt...and hopefully pay off our mortgage earlier.