Friday, August 19, 2011

Couponing 101

I have an opportunity to share all that I've learned about couponing by teaching a mini-class to a group of friends of mine in the MOMS Club. Although I am by no means an expert (I've only been doing this for about 2 months myself), I am excited about this opportunity because 1) it's a way for me to help others be good stewards with the money they have and 2) we can support and encourage each other in our attempts to save money.

Couponing, for me, is a way to contribute to my family financially without having to "work" outside of the home. I use the word "work" loosely because couponing does require time and effort in order to be successful, but so does everything. =) It's not a good feeling to always be spending money that I didn't earn, even if TJ and I are married. I'm not trying to start a debate about the fact that when we married, he agreed to take care of me, etc. I'm just saying that when I worked and had an income, spending money wasn't such a cloud looming over my head. I am not one to buy stuff just to buy (I think partly because I don't care to shop). What I mean is even spending more than usual on groceries can cause anxiety partly because TJ's personality is to save, save, save. He'd probably have us live on bread and water if I didn't balance him out. =)

I pray those who attend the class will leave excited, refreshed, and encouraged about how they can get more for their buck, and not just on groceries! There are coupons for just about everything!!! =)

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