The Frugal Catholic: “Couponing” by guest author– Robin Steele–January 2017

Happy New Year!!! The holidays are finally over, congratulations you’ve survived 😊, and things are back to normal–whatever that may be. As we are beginning to settle into the new year, I am sure you’ve all made resolutions that you are “going to keep” including working out more, eating healthier, keeping in touch with family and friends, and last but not least–spending less and saving more.

But the problem is that  after the holidays when we are looking at our accounts like 😐😩, we might find ourselves hoping and praying that the credit card bills get lost in the mail, or that we hit the lottery to solve all of our money woes (all it takes is a dollar and a dream). Yes, after the holidays, reality sets in and we realize that none of that is going to happen.  So it’s time to take a look at the budget.

After reviewing and cutting the unnecessary spending from your budget, you know you can save more, but how and where? You are already bringing lunch to work, and cutting back those happy hours (who needs those empty calories anyway 😩), but you still can’t figure out why your grocery bill is so high.  Now you can reduce that food bill with coupons, and I will show you how I did it.

When most people think about coupons they think Sunday paper inserts, suburban housewives, or it’s not worth the time; all of those are a myth. Over the last 5 years or so couponing has become a lifestyle for some and survival plan for others. The secret of couponing was brought to light with the show extreme couponing. Below is a clip of how someone’s grocery bill went from over $1902.63 to $103.72– all with coupons.

Extreme Couponing (TLC)

I know after watching a few things popped in your head:

1. Excitement (me too).

2. I wanna save money just like she did. 

3. And where did they get all those coupons from? They seldom share that part. But you’re in luck, for I’ve learned a few tricks and I’m will share.

To get the coupons you don’t have buy 10 Sunday newspapers, jump into dumpsters, or steal your neighbor’s paper before he or she wakes up.  Simply thank God for the internet. You can now buy coupons or get them for free by printing them at home.  Here are a few sites to get FREE COUPONS, but you will need access to a printer.

1Coupon.com 

2. Walmart coupons

3.P&G Everyday 

4. Redblum

And here are the sites to purchase coupons (I have personally ordered from these sites).

1. klip2save 2. thecouponclippers  3. weclipusave.

When you first start couponing, it can be a bit overwhelming in learning the language (and yes there is one),  understanding the store policy on coupons, or in recognizing what the coupon means. Below are a few links that helped me in the beginning of my journey as well as YouTube, Instagram pages, Facebook groups, and Pinterest.  Believe it or not couponing folks are  a community, and if you give it a try, soon you will be able to spot a fellow couponer in the store, just like you.

Happy Shopping and God Bless in 2017

Robin L. Steele

Robin L. Steele is a Christian mother of a teenage son and works at the Pentagon in Washington DC.

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