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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Round 1

Let's be honest. Couponing takes a lot of time. And occasionally sucks the sanity from you (what little we have left). While the main reason I coupon is for my family, it is also trying to juggle my family responsibilities while planning, clipping, printing and searching that makes it so difficult.

When I started couponing I dove in head first and didn't look back. I went from oblivious shopper one day, to die-hard couponer the next. And for months I slashed hundred of dollars off of my grocery budget. But then life got in the way and I began to feel overwhelmed. Inserts began piling up. I began to ignore major sales. I stopped contributing to this blog. I put my couponing ways on pause.

And that is completely okay. Sometimes you have to take a breather. Walk away if you will. It can be stressful and difficult, and a few months away might be just what the doctor ordered. But you want to know the best part about my couponing vacation? Because of my adequate stockpile, I was able to just purchase meat and produce and essentially live on what I had in my pantry. That is the beauty of couponing. Creating a food storage for a fraction of what it would have cost in my former non-coupon life, allowed me to maintain my newly trimmed budget. But...

Breaks over. I'm back. And what a sale to come back to. Here is what my first trip looked like tonight:

32 Boxes of cereal
3 boxes of pancake mix
5 bottles of syrup
$42 after sale discount
-$24 (8) $3/5 Quaker coupons purchased on ebay

I saved $156.40.

Now that's just fabulous!!

It's good to be back! And it's just day 1!

ps. No, I do not plan on keeping all of the cereal for my family. My kids would be on a perpetual sugar high and mommy might lose her mind. I'm sharing it. No, I did not clear shelves. I special ordered- but honestly they are so well stocked there was no need to. And yes, my daughter is wearing panties under her leo. It's what I get for leaving my husband in charge of dressing her before gymnastics.

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Julee said...


Cathy said...

I love you Amber! That is totally awesome and I'm glad you're back in the ring with us! ;)

Coupon Monster Girl said...

Your girls are adorable!

Coupon Crazies said...

Great Savings! I went into our store today, and someone went in at 6am and CLEARED the entire shelf of the dipped granola bars. Our stockman said she bought over 100 boxes! Crazy, and rude! : ) Ohwell, mine are ordered!