When I moved into my new house at the end of last year, I was determined to get my budget on POINT. I knew our expenses would be going up quite a bit from when we were renting, so I decided to start trying to see where I could cut some costs. I searched Pinterest, I read tons of blog articles, I made and re-made our monthly budget, essentially driving myself nuts because none of what I was doing really accomplished much. A lot of running around in circles, but not a lot of practical things I could implement in my crazy life.
For example, couponing. I have to give a HUGE amount of credit to the mama’s out there who are able to save so much money cutting out coupons every week and organizing their monthly grocery shopping into what is on sale when and what store has a coupon for what brand of laundry detergent… I just can’t do it. Or, I should say, I had to find the way that was going to work for me. I work 40 + hours a week, I’m a mommy to a 1-year-old, and to be honest… I just hate couponing. I get half way into it and give up because my brain gets distracted and I remember I should be doing something else, or my kid wakes up from his nap, or I’d rather write on my blog, or whatever.
However, I still really like to save money, and there are a few ways that I, the full-time working mama who hates couponing, still manage to save a few bucks.