Saturday, November 14, 2009

Start Saving TODAY.

I love seeing the before and afters of my total bill at checkout. Sometimes I've only had to pay out 7 cents for over $40 in products! God is good. He teaches us to be good stewards of our money, no matter how much or little we have. Where it can be so hard to earn money, it can be so easy to spend it!
In March of 09, a good friend of mine introduced me to the world of couponing, blogging sites filled with goodies on how to save money, and the world of FREE. She told me that she was spending an average of $50/wk on food for her family of 5 and I was amazed. Here I was, shelling out over $120/ wk on food for my family of 4, and she could live on $50, with a pantry of cereals, soups, canned goods, etc?! I didn't have a stocked pantry or full freezer, how could I afford to? I quickly realized I was not shopping wisely. I was making a list, going to the grocery store, paying full price for everything, and then adding extra things into my basket without even realizing it. Grocery stores weren't the only companies getting my extra dollars. Supercenters, department stores, drug stores... they were all getting our hard earned money for their over priced items. I had to fix this.
So, starting in March, my friend helped me come up with a better budget. She kept me up to date on the latest and greatest deals, taught me how to use coupons and stores to their full potential, to get the most out of our dollar. I was so excited to be getting things for free, I tried to save in every catagory at once. I quickly realized I needed to work on one thing at a time, so, I started with my grocery budget. I soon moved onto drug stores, such as CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens.
It has taken time, but since March, I have been able to literally cut my grocery bill in half. I spend an average of $65/wk on food and come home with so much more than I used to. I never pay for toothpaste/toothbrushes/shampoo/body wash anymore. I walk in a store and pay $5, and end up getting $10 back. It's such a blessing!

I would like to share with you how you can start the steps to saving your hard earned money and making your dollar s-t-r-e-t-c-h! I will also share with you ways you can start earning money here and there from the comfort of your own home. Stay tuned!

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