Since becoming a serious coupon shopper a few years ago, this is the first time I have really seen the tides completely shift. My friend and I used to meet up to do our Rite Aid shopping in the middle of the week or casually drop into Albertsons for some Twice the Value deals. There was never any issue with finding items in stock and definitely no pre-orders, midnight coupon runs or arguments about “who is clearing the shelf”.
There seems to be this mentality lately that the only way you can save money on your grocery budget is to get all your items for free. I can almost guarantee you if an item is 50 cents, even if that is a FABULOUS price, I will find it on the shelf. I think for some, couponing has turned into a competition, more so than just a way to save money for your family. Coupon shopping is a means to an end, not a full time job.
This post series is for those of you who want to learn to save money, but can’t imagine yourself going shopping at midnight just to snag a few free rolls of toilet paper. The vast majority of us are just average, everyday folks who are trying to stretch our budget and help our families live a better life for less.
Starting Monday 5/23, I am going to give you a daily breakdown of everything I do related to couponing, grocery shopping or trying to save my family money in general. I won’t add in what I do on the blog for the most part, as that would probably bore you to tears.
This won’t be some lengthy, drawn-out post about what I’m doing every minute of every day, but I just want you to get a general idea of what an average week for me looks like. How much time do I spend planning a grocery trip? How often do I actually go to the grocery store? Does my life have to revolve around couponing just to feed my family? What other methods do I use to save money?
I know we are all in different stages of life, but here’s a quick bio on me just so you know where I’m at:
- I’m a married, stay-at-home Mom to two boys, ages 1 and 3
- My husband works full time Monday through Friday (gets home around 4:30 PM)
- I work on the blog early mornings and evenings and try to never be on the computer when my kids are awake (including planning shopping trips)
- I take care of our entire family budget and pay all the household bills
- I clean, cook, shop, visit with friends, play, cook, clean, do laundry, manage a blog, manage our family calendar and cook some more. Did I mention I have a blog?
After this week is up, I will give you a general recap on how much money I spent and how much TIME I spent trying to save my family money. I want you to get a glimpse of the non-glamorous, totally average life of a coupon shopper.
This will be the launch to a weekly series that will explore different ways to save your family money, including eating out and entertainment, travel, clothes shopping, buying gifts for everyone in your family and much more.
There is SO much more you can do to save money that doesn’t require Black Friday trips to the grocery store.
Leave a comment if there is anything you’d like more information on or if you have any ideas on how to save your family money outside of the grocery store.
Welcome to a week in the life..
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