Monthly Archives: February 2014

#jeudi confession: I won’t miss hanging socks!

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These IKEA hangers are what we’ve been using for the past year to air dry our socks & undies! Placed over an air vent, they dry within 12 hours. Outside, usually an hour or two does the trick!

Our washing machine is on its last leg (literally! It jumps about a foot on each spin cycle and can be heard from the street! The machine is balanced but the innards aren’t). So after 12 yrs with the same machine, and over 14 months of living dryer-free, we bought a new washer and dryer this week.
I don’t plan on drying everything, all the time, but I must confess, I won’t miss hanging everyone’s socks! Stay tuned for what this means for my life as a dryerless dame!

The Little Coupon that Could! (How Couponing Has Changed My Saving Philosophy)

The Little Coupon that Could!

Christa Clips: Save-at-Home-Mom shares how small savings like this have helped shape her savings philosophy and justify leaving her career as a teacher to save her family money.

This little $1 OFF coupon would only make a small dent against the full price of $10.99 for 24 rolls of toilet paper. I totally “get” why the naysayers believe “it’s not worth my time to clip coupons!” and certainly would never expect anyone to buy into the notion that couponing allows people to quit their jobs.
Yet…that’s exactly what I did!

Added to a sale price and another $1 cash back rebate from Snap Saves, this little $1 OFF coupon (from GoCoupons) ended up contributing to 88% savings. And while I certainly don’t save that much on every item on my grocery list, it’s rare for me to pay more than 50% for most items.

Having the time to watch for sales, clip coupons, and stay on top of the latest apps and saving programs is one of the perks of being a Save-at-Home-Mom! I’m working hard to find ways to cut our spending in all areas of our family budget, and let’s face it. This is one grocery staple that I’m not willing to cut!

Learning to coupon has played a big role in helping me shape my philosophy about saving & spending.

Couponing on it’s own does not provide enough weekly savings for me to justify leaving my career as a teacher trainer in order to save money. But learning to coupon over the past 3 years has played a big role in helping shape my saving/spending philosophy. In a nutshell, I find myself thinking “I just spent a few minutes trying to save $2 on that item, I’m going to be careful not to waste it on something else.”

This frame of mind has helped me embrace some good ole fashioned frugality that I’d lost somewhere along the way:

  • do not waste.  Hydro, water, food.
  • new-to-me is just fine.  Hand-me-downs, consignment, garage sales, community buy & sell groups are a great way to save AND earn.
  • wait for a sale. Appliances, vehicles, insurance, phone/tv services, clothing, entertainment, groceries. It all goes on sale, has a coupon, or comes with a perk at some point. Spending a bit of extra time and effort can result in big savings.

And so my new job includes finding ways for our family to save money so that I can be home with our children. Bit by bit, it all adds up, and so far, our weekly savings and work-from-home income are greater than what I’d be making if I was to return to a job outside of the home (saving over $40/day on daycare is a good start).

Can I continue to find ways to save as the cost of living increases and our children grow into more expensive activities, appetites, & apparel?

I know i can. I know i can!

Wordless Wednesday: 44¢ Crackers!

Combining a sale price with a Cash Back Rebate means Extreme Couponing minus the coupons!

Combining a sale price with a Cash Back Rebate means Extreme Couponing minus the coupons!

I love these small victories when it comes to saving at the grocery store! I bought 3 boxes of Wheat Thins in separate transactions at Walmart today, and claimed $3 back with Checkout51 within minutes. Couponing without coupons is becoming the norm! New to Checkout 51? Here’s a start-up guide to get you earning cash back rebates on your grocery receipts, too!

Tip: It’s important to check the offers on each of your devices: Wheat Thins were offered on 3 of our 4 family accounts.