National Coupon Month: What Is Your Story?
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National Coupon Month: What Is Your Story?

Posted on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 11:20 am
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Whether you were born into it or you developed your skills as an adult, couponing is truly a way of life. Frugality and couponing allows you to not only save money, but it lets you invest and spend your money on the things your really want.

As for my story, I was born into a frugal lifestyle. When I was growing up my family didn’t have a lot to spend so we had to make every dollar stretch. However, just because we didn’t have a lot to spend didn’t mean we went without. Instead of going to the grocery and buying whatever we wanted, my mother instilled the value of thriftiness via couponing and the notion that you never have to pay full price for anything.

My mother was a coupon queen in her own right. Every grocery shopping trip we would take she’d have her coupon box full of deals and ready to go! Whenever we arrived at the cash register I’d watch the final price whittle down after the checker applied the coupons. There were discounts galore! These are the memories that instilled the value of frugality and thriftiness in me and which have encouraged my own couponing habits.

Even though I may hold up the check out line at my local grocery store a bit I wouldn’t trade couponing for anything. Not only is there the thrill of getting the best deal possible, which includes getting some of my favorite items for free, but I can save my hard-earned money. Frugality and couponing allows me to do the things that I am passionate about which is why I can never live without it!

In celebration of National Coupon Month Freecoupons.com is hosting a giveaway! There are several ways to enter to win one of 10 Amazon gift cards worth $50 each! You can submit either your couponing story or a picture of your stockpile to coupons@freecoupons.com, or enter by following FreeCoupons.com on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or Google+.  Remember all entries must be submitted by September 30th at midnight and the drawing will take place on October 1st.

Another way to enter the contest is to send in your expired or close-to-expired manufacturer coupons to help support our troops. FreeCoupons.org is our site dedicated to using couponing for the greater good to improve and serve our community.  Military families stationed overseas are able to use manufacturer coupons up to six months past their expiration date.  By sending in your expired or close-to-expired manufacturer coupons you can greatly help our military families while also entering yourself into the contest to win a $50 Amazon gift card.  Plus you’ll also get a FreeCoupons.com reusable grocery back when you send in coupons! It’s a win-win-win!

So what is your story?!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.