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..