I have been watching, like millions of Americans, the Extreme Couponing show on TLC. There are many factors that I find fascinating but at the same time…who the hell needs to buy twelve containers of Mustard for a family of two? Ummm…I would find four to be an excess. My reality is that I don’t have the space, let alone the need to have a stockpile of Twelve mustards. I do, however, see that couponing has it merits. I figure if I can get as much joy of getting a H&M shirt for $3.99 at my local thrift shop, then I am going to have a grand time getting my groceries and life necessities for pennies!

BUT! I have my own rules if I am going to join this bandwagon. First, I have to have a goal for all this savings. Second, there will be no stockpile item of more than three like items each. Lastly, share the knowledge.

For the first rule. I decided that my coupon savings will be applied to my Wish List purchases. For example, I really would like to get a wireless router for my apartment. So I have researched and priced the one that I want. After my first shopping excursion using coupons have I had a chance to apply $14.56 to this purchase. (yes, you read that right…I saved some money!) Second rule is born out of necessity, I am in a tiny two bedroom one bath apartment, space is limited. The three stockpile rule will be enough to have one in use and two spares. At lastly, Rule Three…sharing the knowledge. I am working with the family to get them on my bandwagon. I hope to have them set up by June!

I have signed up with CouponSense and am currently building up my coupon stash. (Readers: if you do decide to sign up, send me your email…I would love to get the referral points!) Since I am a 40plus hour a work week kinda gal, I went with this site because use they do the review of the weekly advertisements and match the coupons with the sales. Along with that, I found three excellent blogs that go the extra mile of finding deals. They are KrazyCouponLady, Living Rich With Coupons, and Healthy Life Deals. From these sites alone I got a $10 off purchase of $50 or more at OfficeDepot (which I will be using for my printer ink!), a coupon for organic salad mix I can use at Sprouts and $1 off potting soil. That is in the last two days alone!

I am still working a chipping away at my mongo debt so I figure a little savings in this area will help. And this gives me the opportunity to learn the great art of savings and finding an excellent deal!

This has also lead me to review my debts once again and do some soul searching on my current spending plan. I am going to be switching some things around to allow for even more debts to be paid. My goal is to get this debt cut in half by the end of the year. I am still looking to move next summer…I can haz goals peoples!

I am truly excited about getting out of my own personal financial purgatory and moving onto some really wonderful things!

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