When I ventured out on my bloggy dreams, I was a new couponer and a new baker. The blog has opened up many avenues for creativity, but I don't forget where it all started: coupons! Afterall, coupons have allowed me to save money to do things I wanna do and to cut my working hours in half! YAH! I am a serious believer.
I still get excited when I go to the grocery or CVS with coupons in hand. For coupon nay-sayers, I just want to put out there that not all 'couponers' are like the ones on TLC's Extreme Couponing. We don't all:
-spend 40 hours a week clipping coupons - that would sorta defeat the purpose of working part time.
- get free things just because they're free - if I don't use it, I don't buy it. I'm lookin' at you, giant bag of maxi pads...
- save 90% each trip. not sure where these stores are that allow you to use 342989 coupons in one transaction, but mine don't. 50% is fine with me.
- have a stock pile that has taken over our home - my house is small, so I stick with the designated pantry/kitchen areas. My son doesn't need toilet paper stored under his crib, TYVM.
Having said that, I think it's awesome that coupons have become so mainstream. It's a great way to live on a small budget and, perhaps my favorite part, it's a great way to stick it to the man. Harris Teeter (my fav. store) had Super Doubles, so I took advantage and ended up with this:
Total OOP: $81.93
Total Saved: $179.55
The moral to the story is: use coupons.
And Stevie has been enjoying these for his birthweekend:
Cake pop recipe/tutorial coming this weekend!