First off let me tell you about the best program we have ever done. It's called Mint.com and ITS FREE!!! It's the best budget organizer. It electrically puts every cent you spend into a budget and categorizes it as well. It just amazing!! So at any given time and I access the app on my phone and find out how much money I have in my shopping budget left for that day. So it's really easy to decide if I need or just want something based on that. Jake and I will go over our budget once a week, or since I've starting couponing it's twice or more a week. So that is my first tip.
Second tip is, COUPON COUPON COUPON AND WATCH ADS!! I can't believe I wasn't doing this before. I thought it would be really to hard. But with all the money we were spending on groceries, it was driving me crazy. So let me break some of this down for you.
I ordered 4 newspapers 2 Deseret News and 2 Salt Lake Tribune for $80 for the year for 4 papers. I'll post the link: firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject Title of Newspaper Subscriptions.
This was my first week trying to organize it all. Kendra and Maliyah helped.
As you can see it was a little overwhelming to say the least. :) I was getting a little discouraged at this point. And my head was spinning. I just was hoping I didn't bite off more than I could chew. I took a break and came back and was able to get everything organized in a 3 ring binder. And went through the ad and circled things my family would use. And just hoped I was doing it all right. My first shopping trip went awesome!!
That was my hall for that day. I saved a total of $19.50. I was amazing! I had just payed for almost one of those newspaper subscriptions with one shopping trip. Made me more excited for the next one.
This was my next shopping trip. Wondered if i was going to do as well as I did the first time. And BAM!! I saved $21.50. There are tons of thing stacked behind others.
So I thought I had to try and see if I could do better than before. So I took about an hour and got a shopping list together and headed to the store. I came out of that store having spent less than $75.00 and save a whopping $42.00. I was shocked again. And its making the drive to find better deals stronger. :)
I even feel more in control of everything in my life now. Its amazing!! The best part is my kids are so excited about couponing too. Courtney took it upon herself to organize the coupons that needed to be. And Kendra is always looking for more coupons. Maliyah and Kendra love to cut them. Justin and Austin are just really excited to see more food and eat. :) Austin put on the Extreme Couponing show and he watched it with me.
One thing that I have found is, the stuff I am buying I would of bought anyway, which did surprise me. And there aren't many coupons for healthy food. But my mom gave us a lot of fruit recently. And there are ads for fruit, vegetables and meat. It will be interesting as I get better at couponing if I can find more coupons for those types of items.
I hope this has at least helped some of you decide to coupon and try mint.com. It will truly amaze you.
Have a great day.