Every time my friend Lisa goes home from a grocery shopping, she always has something to brag to his husband. She lets his husband know how much she had saved for the week because she used discount coupons in buying her grocery items.
Lisa considers couponing as a way of life. She owns a coupon book where she organizes her collected coupons. Every Sunday, she looks forward for the day’s newspapers to arrive on her doorstep. For her, the newspapers seem to contain treasures waiting to be unfolded. It is actually where coupon inserts can be found. She spends an hour cutting the coupons inserted in the newspaper and another hour organizing her coupon book. When she does her weekly shopping at the grocery store, she uses coupons to maximize her savings. It is a practice that has been with her for a decade.
While Lisa has been having fun with this couponing practice, she’s also hitting her goals of saving a huge amount of money for her family. A lot of her savings were invested in the stocks through the years. Many of her friends also engage in couponing and they save up money for their dream vacation. But Lisa has been focused to a different goal. She wanted a bigger home.
Over a year ago, Lisa was not only looking up the newspaper’s coupon inserts. She was also interested in looking at the realty ads section of the newspaper which contained postings of homes on sale in Anniston, Alabama. She and her husband decided to look for a more spacious home as their family was getting bigger.
They used to live in a two bedroom house with three growing kids and a nephew they planned to legally adopt. Lisa never hesitated to seek the help from a real estate agent in Anniston she contacted via a website (http://www.calhoun-homes.com). The realtor assisted her find the perfect house for her family. It took her two months to finally get a house she and her husband wanted. They moved into a new house with four bedrooms, with a big green lawn outside and in a secured neighborhood. Now, a monthly mortgage has been added up into their budget. Lisa got more reasons to be serious about couponing.
Coupons are pieces of papers I used to let expire. But knowing more of my friend Lisa, I have learned how to keep and use coupons. She had perfected the ways of getting the best deals in using coupons and she gladly shared it with me.
Like Lisa, Sundays have also become my favorite day of the week because aside from it’s a time off, it’s the day when I get to hoard new coupons. Ripping through the paper and finding surprises inside get me all excited. It takes a lot of diligence in finding, clipping and organizing coupons while preparing for shopping lists. It can be tedious but in the end, we always find joys in paying less, getting free stuff and saving money. These are the best things I found about couponing.