2.19.2012

Glimpse

Over the weekend John said to me, "I can't wait until you're a mom and can stay home and do this all day..." 'Do this' referring to saving money, the extreme way. See, once upon a time, I used to be semi into couponing. I'd take my coupons to work, cut them out, plan my attack, and off to the store I'd go to try my darndest to score some mega deals...or just any deal in general. Not like the extreme couponing way, but extreme enough that I'd walk out of the store calling everyone else sucka's for paying full price for things. And well, then I got pregnant, and the mere thought of couponing, let alone grocery shopping, made me ill. Like sick to my stomach ill, and I never even wanted to look at coupons again. Period.

Somewhere in the week of 20's of pregnancy, I decided it was time to have at it again. Nothing extreme, just on simple things here and there to save a buck or two. Ok, more than that, but nothing too out of control. I wasn't ready for that just yet. Plus, I'm just not that good at couponing, plain and simple.

But then this weekend rolled around, and something in me snapped and I realize, dang, saving money feel's good. And I mean real good. Like so good that I woke up for three days straight, far earlier than I ever do for work, just so I could go stand in line at a grand opening of JoAnn's to get free money. Saving money doesn't stop at the grocery store, I save it anywhere and everywhere I can.
I walked out of there on Saturday morning with six yards of fabric in tow, only having spent $1.59!

And that's on top of leaving the grocery store this week with all of this, having only spent $2.90. It would sound even more impressive if I told you, minus the M&M's and Quaker Oats, I only spent $1.11! Yes, you read that correctly, all of that only cost me $1.11!

And really, just to see receipts like this, where it tells me I saved 100% or more on my groceries, feels kinda good. 

Not to mention, at one point the cash register was saying it owed me money. But, I assured them their store doesn't do that, gave them a few pennies, and walked out, head held high, thinking, it's good to be back in business.

7 comments:

Brittany said...

Way to go Amy, way to go!!! :) It also took me a long time to get back into couponing after being pregnant. It was like I had an aversion to it, just like you described.

If I had access to more coupons I could save a whole lot more. I wish I lived in your neighborhood! :)

Lovell Family said...

I've been doing a little couponing lately too. But watch out...those medical bills down the road as a result of eating that "free" food could end up costing you in the end. :) Just feed the junk to john! When I was really into couponing back in the day, I got free food, but then ended up throwing a lot of it out cause I realized i was getting stuff that I don't eat. Very impressive though! And those fabrics...is that for baby? Love them.

Joy said...

So so PROUD!

Cynthia Lovell said...

So Clever!!! Love your new furniture!!! I always enjoyed doing projects. Still do. Congratulations on your couponing! Good Job!

Stephy said...

AWESOME! how do you do it?

Colie said...

What the? 101% off? That...is...awesome!

Monica said...

Please pass on tips! I really have NO idea where to begin on this. The one time I tried, I ended up spending more than normal...