“A Week in the Life” update: Day One

by Melody on May 24, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Day One of my new series: A slightly boring week in the life of a fairly average couponer.  You can read my initial post here.

I’m basically going to give you a brief rundown of how I spend my time each day related to coupons, grocery shopping and searching for deals.  I’m also going to include anything I do that involves saving money for my family, as there are so many ways this can be done.  I want to give you an idea of what an average week for me looks like and hopefully realize that saving money does not have to be a full time job.

Get ready for a thrill ride today.

My kids woke up super early and only took about an hour overlapping nap, so not much “free” time for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green bell peppers were on sale last week at Fred Meyer for 33 cents each, which is a fabulous price!  In preparation for our Freezer Cooking Day Extravaganza, I have been looking at tentative meal plans and knew one of the recipes I wanted to add called for diced bell pepper.  Today I spent about 10 minutes dicing and flash freezing two bell peppers.  I’ll throw them in a Ziploc bag tonight and save them for the big day.  Saving money and time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been a REALLY long time since I have dug through my coupon inserts.  I used to clip every coupon from every insert and haul my coupon box around with me to every store, but that took extremely low priority after our second son was born.  I now just clip the coupons I need for a certain trip from a ridiculously disorganized pile of coupon inserts.

I spent about 45 minutes today weeding out the expired coupons and inserts.  I used Happy Money Saver’s list, checked each insert for expired coupons and only kept the inserts that had a significant amount of coupons that were still valid.  If there was an insert with only one or two useable coupons, I just clipped those and got rid of the rest of the insert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My inserts are now filed by month, which should make it easier for me to find a specific insert.  Now instead of digging through my pile and inevitably knocking it over every time, I can just go to the month I need.  I actually made these folders a few years ago, which was really evident when I found a stack of coupon inserts from 2009 stuck inside.

I also put in a quick phone call to a CPA that was recommended to me.  I guess this isn’t really saving money for my family, but it does have to do with money, so I thought I would add it in.

I know, amazingly glamorous right?  No shopping today, I barely even thought about groceries.  For dinner, we had a huge salad with what was left over from our CSA pick-up last week.

All in all, I spent about 55 minutes today on “couponing” and the majority of that was on a task I only do about twice a year.  You were just lucky enough to be included this week.

Welcome to a week in the life..

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Stephanie May 24, 2011 at 3:54 am

Love it! Love the last line of this post, you have a fun writing style that peeks out at just the right time (says a former writing teacher)!

I also spent time organizing coupons today. I suppose I read an old post of yours on how to organize coupons because I still clip every one. However, I really like it. I spend a lot less time looking for coupons with this method. I probably spend 15 minutes a week clipping- just depends on how many inserts there are. I also only clip the ones I know I will use or will make money on. If I clip junk food coupons, we end up eating junk food! =0)
Great Post Melody, Fun Series.

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Tara White May 24, 2011 at 3:55 am

I organize my coupons the same way! I am glad I am not the only one that doesn’t clip every coupon. I have a two and five year old and feel that all my time is with them. Thank you for this post!!

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Kim May 24, 2011 at 4:26 am

I’m not sure which CPA was recommended to you, but Account Sense (where I used to work, and Rachel’s mom Geri still does) has an awesome owner/CPA, Jennifer Mitchell, who I would definitely recommend. They are on Clearwater and have a website and fb page with info.

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Trina May 24, 2011 at 6:20 am

I love the idea of this post, hope to see more of them! I’ve struggle with getting a efficient & effective “system” for planning shopping trips, gathering and organizing coupons and then fitting in the actual shopping trips. Thanks for sharing – this is actually a very interesting topic for me to see what other coupon shoppers really spend their time on. I have found that it can take a significant amount of time if I”m not careful!

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Karrie May 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Really like this post – and did not know you can flash freeze green bell peppers! I have done some freezer cooking but never flash frozen peppers. I too rarely have a lot of time to clip everything so I end up with stacks and stacks. Can’t wait to read more of this series. Thanks Melody, what a fun peek into your world.

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Tania May 25, 2011 at 7:07 am

Your amazing! Thank you so much for this subject, I have only been couponing for 3 months and am trying to find a balance. I think couponconnections talked about coupon burn out and that also gave me great insight. I no longer feel I am missing out when I dont miss the deal.:)

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