Couponing To Help Our Family

   I'm sure a lot of you will relate in trying to save your family money at the grocery store.

   Due to the progression of my ankylosing spondylitis I had to give my job up in December 2016. That was a very emotional decision for me. I may write about it at a later date. This post is about couponing since we are a one income family at this point.

   I tried subscribing to our local newspaper in order to clip Sunday coupons. I found this to not be cost effective. Some weeks I only used a couple of the coupons, paying $2 per paper was a losing proposition. I canceled my subscription after 2 months. Of course that was not as easy as it sounds, the newspaper office called constantly offering me better rates. At one point I might have restarted my subscription but after being called 4-5 times a day, I said forget it. Why doesn't telemarketers report the consumer said "no" and stop calling?

  Back to my subject!  ;)

  I found a wonderful site www.passionforsavings.com This site has helped me so much in my journey to save money. The lady posts all the best deals each week. I highly recommend starting your couponing on that site. On the site there is a link to coupons.com where you can clip and print coupons to use at your local stores. Best of all it is free!

  I was super excited the other day, I found an amazing deal on Purex Laundry Detergent.
I printed a $2 off 2 bottles of Purex from coupons.com (through passionforsavings.com)
I am a member of Saving Star, a rebate type site. They had $4 rebate when you spend $15 on Purex Laundry Detergent. Then to my surprise my local WalMart had sticky coupons on the Purex bottles for buy 2 get 1 free.

I paid $6.97 x 3bottles = $20.91
$20.91 - $2 coupon.com = $18.91
$18.91 - $4 Saving Star rebate =$14.91
$14.91 - $6.97 Buy2 get 1 free sticky coupon = $7.94

If I divide $7.94 by 3 I actually ended up paying $2.65 per bottle. Now that's a huge savings on my family budget. One thing we always have tons of is dirty laundry lol. I shouldn't need to buy detergent for quite a while.

  I find myself zooming in on coupons since I began this journey. I am always on the lookout at our stores. Sometimes people in my area clip coupons and if it's something they don't need, they leave the coupon on the shelf. It a pleasant surprise.

  One more tidbit because I know I'm dragging on and on. Sorry!
When I began couponing I shopped based on the coupons I had in hand. This ended with me having items I typically wouldn't buy. Now I get coupons only for things we normally use. I know that may sound confusing but it works best for our situation.

  Couponing is probably a strange subject for a blog about ankylosing spondylitis. Couponing gives me a sense of purpose, contributing to our household. AS may prevent me from employment but I win in the end when I keep our house stocked.

  Ankylosing Spondylitis may slow me down but I will fight it every step of the way!

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