Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Couponing 101

I have had tons of people ask me about couponing so I decided I would put my knowledge out there for everyone!

First I wanted to tell you guys a little about why I started couponing. The most obvious reason to save money. But with 3 kids our grocery bill was getting out of hand! We are talking $500-650 a month and being a one income family it was just too much!! Plus because of medical bills and other expenses we needed to cut back somewhere so I decided to give couponing a try and I am so glad I did! I am positive that you will be too!!!

SO the first step to couponing is getting the coupons!
  • The Sunday paper is the most common place to find coupons. You need at least 3-4 copies! Here is a schedule for 2014 for the newspaper inserts: http://couponingtobedebtfree.com/2014/01/12/2014-sunday-newspaper-coupon-insert-schedule/. Most people will tell you to get a subscription but I know that here in my area it is more expensive for me to subscribe then to go down the road and pick a couple of copies up for myself. I also know that Wal-Mart's copies of our local paper are about $0.06- $0.08 cheaper per issue than anywhere else.
  • You can also print the coupons online at several sites, some of my favorites are
    • coupons.com
    • smartsource.com
    • redplum.com
    • hopster.com (you earn points when you redeem their coupons which can help you get higher value coupons the next time)
    • befrugal.com (this website has more of a database of coupons that will send you to different websites to print)
    • Some stores have their own coupons that you can match with manufacturer coupons (called stacking) to save even more. CVS, Walgreens, and Target have these most often. (If you want a run down of all the coupon LINGO here is the link to one of my favorite sites http://thekrazycouponlady.com/beginners/#day5. I can't break it down any better than they do!)
  • Something to remember about printing from the internet is that you are usually limited to 2 copies per computer. If you have more than one computer utilize them all. You can also print from an iPad or iPhone if you have an HP wireless printer.
  • If you aren't opposed to it you can also check your local paper only recycling bin. You will need to check your local laws to make sure this isn't illegal in your area. In Tennessee it isn't illegal unless otherwise posted on the dumpster, the bin is guarded or fenced in, or it's a private bin.
  • Ask your friends and neighbors, if you know someone who gets the paper and doesn't use the coupons, it can't hurt to ask.
I hope this helps everyone get started. Stay tuned they will be more to come. If you have any other inventive ways that you gather coupons please let me know!

I added Casting Crowns-Courageous below. I just love this song and the movie! God bless!


Casting Crowns-Courageous

Friday, January 24, 2014

Oh January

I haven't written in a while. It has been a busy couple of months for us. From getting Zona, then Dalton having surgery, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and now January. Which is also a full month for us with birthday and our wedding anniversary. It's also our diagnosis anniversary this month. It's been 2 years since we received Dalton's diagnosis!

Dalton is doing wonderful at school. His behaviors are decreasing and his work is increasing. He is starting to talk so so much more and the things that he does say are becoming much clearer!

Payson has also had to start speech therapy this year which she is improving too. She just does EVERYTHING Dalton does or says. A lot of the things that she does say are modeled after things he says but the therapy is helping.

Nick is doing wonderful. He just turned one and is hitting a new milestone everyday it seems. They are all three growing up on us way too fast!

Now that I have watched Payson and Nick hit milestones, I see so many things that we should have questioned when Dalton was little. But, honestly we just didn't know better and at the time somethings seemed so small that how could it possibly add up to anything big? Now I know the answer to that question.

Our diagnosis anniversary is a bittersweet thing for me. It is good because we finally got an answer after of 2 years of searching but in the same instant it changed our lives forever. Mostly in a good way, we have meet tons of families that we never would have before and has lead us down paths that we never imagined we would have to travel. But it has made us stronger because of those paths.

I am still couponing and am starting to see real results from it which is extremely exciting for me! We have quite the stockpile starting to form (which my husband is not too thrilled about because it is taking over his "man space" in the basement and under the bathroom sinks!).


I picked this song this time because I remember a time in the beginning of our diagnosis when everyday seemed impossible and sometimes the only thing I had to say was just His name. His name is more powerful than any words we could possibly muster on any given day!

Just Say Jesus-7th Time Down