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Grocery Budget Blunder
Today, I am revisiting my coupon life because my grocery budget needs to tighten up a little bit. A few years ago I was an avid couponer. Yes, that is a word in the coupon world, couponer! That’s what the stores called us. I could go into stores and walk out with half my groceries for free because of coupons. I once spent $10 on ice cream but walked out of the store with $60 worth of coupons. This deal gave me groceries for free for a week! The coupons today aren’t as lucrative, but they are still monies off your purchase.
This is what happened.
A few years ago my husband was unemployed and I was a stay at home Mom. So we didn’t have an income coming in. We thought for sure he would get a job within a few months and weren’t too worried because he had severance for 6 months. It ended up that he was unemployed for more than a year and it forced us to be frugal. Once my husband was employed, we started to
Once my husband was employed, we started to breath again. We started to spend money again. My grocery budget went from $50 a week to where it is now, $150 a week. I KNOW I can do better than that! I KNOW it, because I have done it.
I’m telling you all this because my husband has challenged me to see if I can reduce the amount of monies we spend at the grocery store. We have a few medical bills that we need to pay off and we need the money to come from somewhere. I’m also selling some stuff on a Facebook garage sale site. Our goal is to be able to have them paid off by summer.
Today for coupons, I have been using Ibotta and store related coupon apps, like MPerks for Mejeirs, Cartwheel for Target. I have found that if I combine the app with paper coupons I can save more money and who doesn’t like to save more money?!
I was introduced to Ibotta in the fall of 2015. By September of 2016 I had earned enough monies on Ibotta that it helped me to pay for 1/3 of my Apple watch!!! I saved and saved for my watch. Ibotta will pay you in either gift cards or in cash. I decided to save all my monies on the app until the new watch came out. If you would like to try Ibotta, you can sign up here. Also, if you sign up, you will receive a $10 bonus after you make your first purchase!
My hope is that I will be able to update you monthly on my journey with grocery budgets. I am not be consistent, but that is my hope. There is accountability in sharing the journey with you. Hopefully I’ll be able to inspire you too!When you have bills, how do you pay them off? What do you do to make extra cash? What coupon sites do you use?
Stephanie has been blogging at Sticky Note Mom for 4 years. Before starting her blog she worked in the finance industry working on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade to working for major financial institutions with personal financial planning and the mortgage industry. Now she shares all she has learned about frugal living to help others learn how to stop spending and start saving more.