I was a poor and single mother. At the age of 19 years old, I found out that I would be expecting my first child. I was making $9.00/hr working part-time as a waitress at P.F Changs. I did not have my own place to raise her. I don't even think I had my own car at the time. I barely had enough to survive. Somehow I had to find a way. This was the beginning of Thrifty Missy Couponing LLC.
In 2015, I taught myself how to coupon. I read many books and blogs. I went to the infamous Youtube University and still came up short on information. I found many resources that helped me to understand what coupons are and what they can do; but I could not find any to tell me *how* to get the desired outcome.
How do I get discounted newspaper?
How do I keep up with sales?
How do I store coupons?
Couponing is a practice that takes much time and patience. Taking the time to learn and use this skill is very beneficial. Couponing can help you to save and make money while getting everyday household items at a discounted rate. What's better than that?
I plan to share realistic ways to coupon. Each week I will break down tips and deals for you to snag. To get started on your journey you should make a list of the stores you shop at and the products/brands you will be shopping for, and the price that you currently pay for these items. These lists will be especially useful in determining your "stock up" price. I know that this can be time consuming but this will help you to stay organized and allow for the best return on your dollar.
The next blog will provide a template to my shopping lists and go over couponing policies and terms. It is important that you take the time to familiarize yourself with these documents.
As I stated, I learned this skill to provide necessities for my child. I went from not being able afford a pack of diapers to getting paid to buy them. Over the years, I have saved about $25,000. Imagine having $25,000 extra dollars to invest in your family. In my case, I used the extra money to invest in another aspect of our family business -- candle making. I am a firm believer in making my money work for me, not the other way around. If you're like me, follow my blog series for more information on couponing and financial tips.
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