I’ve never used coupons “religiously”  before but I know I would like to. My husband and I have figured out that we need to cut $50 a month from our grocery budget. I’m giving myself until June to make this a reality and I’m starting slow. Because with coupons, I’ve found that it’s hard not to start slow. Like I said, I’ve never done this before so it’s new to me. However, my recent savings of $4.95 made me SOO happy. I blogged about it here with the promise of showing you what our change jar looks like. So I’m keeping my promise.
First I want to show you my savings. Like I said…this made me incredibly happy.

Okay. So the deal we made was that every extra cent I save using coupons would be put in our coin jar to be saved “for a rainy day.” If we don’t experience a “rainy day” within one year, we would decide as a family (or rather, a couple since our son isn’t capable of making many decisions on his own, but in a year…who knows?) what we would use it for. Be it a vacation, big item, etc. I also threw in the clause that after counting our savings at the end of that year, we would put 1/2 of it into a High Interest CD or Savings Bond. We do intend on sending our children to college or at least buying a home in the Florida Keys after they move out.

One more thing before the big reveal, I must ask you to withhold from laughter if you can. Our coin jar is not quite a jar. And it’s something my husband got as a gift in his teens (his sister got one too) and it really is (really!) meant to be a piggybank so I promise we didn’t just decide to use it as one, it really is one.

Without further ado. Our savings jar.

That’s right. It’s a jumbo Budweiser bottle. Please note: It never contained any alcoholic beverage. I promise. 

One more thing before I sign out for the day. I’m getting a bunch of incredible deals through a website called SavingsAngel. I’ve looked at my next shopping list and on the first 4 items on my list I will spend approximately $19 on $29 worth of products. That’s right. Next time, I’ll save at least (more, I’m sure once I get the rest of my list done) $10 on my next shopping trip. I can’t wait!! So check out Savings Angel and cut your grocery bill in half! I must let you know, that if you sign up using that link, I will get a little bit of credit, but I promise you, once you start using Savings Angel, you’ll want to refer it to your friends too (and you’ll also get credit!!)

Today is a lazy Sunday. My little monster (as I’ve lovingly dubbed thee) is running around in his walker stirring up every ounce of trouble he can. I’ve been lazing around to the point that I’m getting a headache and I’m starving because I’ve made little effort to provide myself with breakfast.

I have a small bit of wisdom for anyone reading. Don’t plan a move for only 1 month out unless A) You truly must (in my case) move or B) You have at least 4 times as much in the bank account that you’ll think it will cost to move. I’ve come across this bit of advice recently when I checked my bank account and found that we have $0 in our Checking Account, $100 in our Savings Account and it will cost us upwards of $1000 to move. (Including last months rent here and first months rent there) Now maybe I shouldn’t be complaining but as aforementioned in our bank account status, this move will be close to impossible. I don’t believe in credit cards or loans that cannot be paid. Ackk! What am I to do?