I have used coupons as far back as I can remember. If I wasn’t born with a saving trait in my genes, my grandparents taught me very well from example. My husband says my grandmother could rub two pennies together and turn them into quarters. Back in the day they paid cash for their houses. My grandparents didn’t take any extravagant trips. A matter of fact, they liked to go on camping trips and just go for rides to the mountains. We went to the beach a lot and Gram always packed the best picnic lunches. I’ll take Gram’s cooking over going out to eat anytime! Again, it was a basic living life style and it was a good one.
Now let’s fast forward to today’s society. Gas costs are crazy. We’re always on the run and so many eat out while we’re on the run. Commercials on the next best things we have to have are on every channel on TV, and look how much we pay for cable. Pay cash for your house? Yah, right, I wish! It’s hard in our world!!! Cost of food is skyrocketing! I found orange juice for $7.99 and gasped!
I honestly don’t know how we would do it it without my savings gene! We have saved so much money using coupons and daily deals for our family. One year for Christmas we even were able to give our parents and siblings all $50 gift cards that I got from promotions such as test drives and many survey sites.
Do you know what all these savings mean to me? I get to splurge on things I love! I love to travel, to get away. It may not be an every year trip to Disney or Atlantis, but we will head to our favorite hotels in Maine and NH. It allows us to vacation in the summer at the beach if we want. I’ll splurge at Christmas time and can help others at Christmas time too. I try to plan a friend getaway once a year if our crazy schedule allows it. I could send my son skiing today with his friend, skiing is certainly not cheap. All this and we eat well, last night I made seafood alfredo, yum.
This didn’t happen all overnight. Oh, and it’s not like we’re taking off every weekend to another getaway (I do wish though, LOL). I’m not painting a picture that we’re out spending money every week to go wherever and do whatever we want. Believe me, I’m very conservative and a big planner. This summer we want to go to Attitash and the Stage Neck Inn, so I’m planning for it. Saving with coupons, finding great deals when we need them, does make a huge difference. It gives us that cushion that we need and the fun that we want.
I get several emails a month from readers with their stories. One reader said they don’t have to use credit cards anymore. Another reader said they’ve been able to make larger payments on their credit cards and can see an end to debt. Others say they have a savings account now. Many say they have a vacation account from all their savings. Several readers have said their grateful they don’t have worry about putting food on the table anymore. What a great thing! What a burden lifted! Last month I got an email from a woman who came to my class and she started a Monday coffee morning together with several other moms. They get together with all their coupons, go through the mathcups on the blog and plan their shopping strategy. That was her way of paying it forward to help other families. I love it!
How has couponing helped you out? What can you do now that you couldn’t do before? How have you been able to pay it forward? Email me your story at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!