Sunday, September 16, 2012

One Resolution Reached

I have reached one of my new years resolutions early! Yahoo!
In January, one of my resolutions was to save $1,000 over the course of the year through using coupons. 
I realized that I reached my goal last weekend after a shopping trip to Target with P. We checked out and after coupons, I ended up saving almost 50.00 on that transaction and it put me over the top. 
To say I was excited was an understatement. I cannot believe that I saved so much money in just 9 months. 
I think that using coupons is something that is so simple that I don't understand why more people don't use them. I spend about an hour a week doing research and getting my stuff together for my shopping trip, and that is it. It does not take that much time or that much brain power. 

When I first started using coupons, I was guilty of buying things that we didn't need or even like just because they were cheap. After many discussions, P finally convinced me that just because I could get pickled hearing for 35 cents, I probably didn't need to buy it because its sick and we don't eat that kind of food. This year, I committed to him that the only way I would buy an item that we did not need or use would be if it were free and we could give it away. 

I have been really encouraged to find more and more organic and natural items coming out with coupons. Often, if they don't put the coupons in the paper, I email the company and often they send me some right to my door, which is awesome!

As I think back to some of my trips this year, some of the items that I have gotten this year were:
Make up
Dog Food
Dog Treats
Cleaning Supplies

There is probably more, but these are the ones that stick out. 

I have decided to amend my goal, and see if I can save another 500.00 by the end of the year. Its pretty lofty, but I want to try.

Do you use coupons? How much have you saved this year?


Michelle said...

I hardly use coupons (except for restaurants), I should use them more though!

Denise said...

awesome for you!

Serendipity said...

That is amazing! You make couponing look easy!

Lena said...

This is awesome! I started counting our coupon savings at the beginning of the year but stopped somewhere at the beginning of summer. Now I wonder how much we actually saved so far too!

Brooke said...

incredible!!! great work. i use coupons, but get slack in my organization of them.

Rochelle said...

Great job! I used to use coupons a ton when I was in college thru my kids being little. Saved soo much money which was so necessary. Don't use them much now but still clip them out of habit. Would like to start using them again.

~Carla~ said...

Good stuff!! I use coupons when I can, but I find they're harder to come by good ones here usually. Or they're just for "crap"... lol!

lesley: the dream tree said...

can we hang out? (: