Couponing: An Investment in Our Family
Brandy at Team Chandler emailed in the following testimonial which I thought many of you would enjoy reading:
About four years ago, I made the transition to become a work from home mom. While we technically still had a two-income family, my steady monthly teaching salary was replaced with an ever-changing monthly wage. At the same time, I realized that I wanted more to life than hours upon hours of work while my child (children now) was growing up before my eyes.
The changes we made were steady, but I began to see that time spent couponing was an investment not only in our budget but in our children’s lives. As I have seen us reduce our grocery budget yet still able to purchase many of the foods we want, it is exciting to know that I am working smarter, not longer, to make this happen.
I am often surprised now when I hear things like “I don’t have time for coupons” or “The only coupons I find are for junk food.” If I am able to go to my local grocery chain and save $100-200 off my grocery bill (that I would have purchased anyway), this is the equivalent to 13-27 hours working at minimum wage.
Since I would consider $15/hour a good wage in my area, a savings of $100-200 would be the equivalent to 6-12 hours of work. In some instances, this saves as much money as a part-time job would yield. And, it is time I can spend with my family instead!
In the last year, I estimate that I have saved anywhere from $200-1,000 a month by couponing and shopping sales or 13 to 66 hours of work time (at $15/hour), depending on how actively I was able to coupon for that particular month.
I have also found that there is more to couponing than just “junk food”. While we do buy junk food (and many other food items not considered junk using coupons), I find significant savings on everyday items like baby items, toilet paper, paper towels, personal hygiene products, dish liquid, detergent, and more well beyond just food items.
In addition to using these items as a family, it also helps us share with others whether it is a local drive in our community, a gift basket for a new mom or a missionary family, or it may be just to brighten up a neighbor’s day. It has become our family’s way to help and show love to others.
It really is a great feeling to know that I am able to save money while still providing for my family and sharing how I have been blessed with others.
Brandy is a work from home, mother of two, who loves spending time with her family, blogging about her family’s adventures at Team Chandler, couponing, and running.
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