Some exciting news for the blog today! I have finally got some guest bloggers, woot! If you haven’t started following regularly, do it now. These people are good. Really good. Without further ado, my longtime friend, Lindley.
Tastes Like Cheap Chicken
Greetings! My name is Lindley and I am a CouponAholic. I am a Coupon Queen, a Frugalista, a FreeHugger, a Master-rebater. I am the lady in line right in front of you at the grocery store when you are in a huge hurry who whips out a giant stack of coupons and ruins your day. I can see you and the cashier rolling your eyes at each other. Sometimes you huff and puff and make a big show of looking for a new line to get into. That’s okay with me-especially when the cashier cheerfully (forced) announces that I saved $42 today.
I am not, however, an Extreme Couponer. I don’t descend upon my local grocery store with an army of savings soldiers and raid the shelves for 47 bottles of mustard and 68 candy bars (stores caught on to the Extreme Couponing thing pretty quickly and have implemented limits of 4 or 5 coupons per item anyway). I am also not a “cheapskate”. I don’t bake cookies on the dash of my car on a hot summer day to save a dollar off my electric bill. My family enjoys eating out, exploring all the fun things to do around Colorado and we love taking vacations. This all costs money. I do not believe in saving every penny we earn for a rainy day, but I would certainly prefer to spend our money (guilt-free) on a family dog sledding adventure than a roll of toilet paper. And yes, I live in a house with a husband and two growing buys, so toilet paper is a pretty hefty investment.
My friend Jenn asked me to share some of my money-saving tips, resources and ideas on her blog. I met Jenn in college- back when it would have made sense to use coupons and shop smart because I was dirt poor and considered adding Vienna Sausages to ramen a gourmet treat. But I didn’t do a whole lot of things that made sense in college. I worked two jobs- the college library (where I met Jenn) and writing a bi-monthly humor column for the school newspaper. My column was called “Tastes Like Chicken”. It was meant as a reference to my attitude about the world- that nearly everything in life depends on how you look it at. With the right “sauce” and a little positive outlook, even pigeon meat (or Vienna Sausage) tastes like chicken. It was a fun idea that, in reality, earned me a lot of awkward “hey, you are that chicken chick” encounters around campus. So I was kind of okay with the last squawk being choked out at graduation.
Fast-forward to now, a decade (ish) later, and I think I am ready for the Chicken to rise from the ashes to talk about something that I think is interesting and useful. I am mostly a stay-at-home mom now ( I work part-time running youth basketball tournaments) so I feel like the amount of money I save every month is almost like earning a salary in an abstract way. I realize that you can’t pay a phone bill with a $1 off County Crock coupon. I also fully acknowledge that the amount of time and energy I invest in saving money through coupons, online savings tricks, rewards and rebate programs and a whole host of other resources is not feasible or realistic for everyone. Much like starting a weight loss program, results will depend on your level of commitment and ability to battle excuses. And whether you are just naturally “big-boned”.
My goal is to provide some fairly painless options and resources for getting more for your money, help you organize your tools, and really save on things that you need to buy to free up more cash for things you want to buy. The plan is to focus on new money-saving topic every few weeks (purposely vague on the time-frame because life is like that these days) with some specific links and examples. Please feel free to comment, ask questions or contact me if you would like more info. First up (just in time for Thanksgiving shopping) will be a look into the daunting world of coupons- a.k.a. the colorful money with barcodes.
Core Value: Have a voice, Be a renegade