We’ve finally arrived in Nashville! My husband, baby Matthew and I spent the day flying across the country and are now hanging out in our room at the Opryland Hotel, which is absolutely beautiful! I’m looking forward to learning tons about the business side of blogging and forging relationships with people and companies that will benefit you, our readers.
Lately I have been thinking about why I work so hard to save money and why I spend so much time using coupons. Here’s the funny thing — I don’t coupon out of necessity. My family’s budget allows for me to spend more money on our groceries and household items. But I still coupon. Why?
1. By getting our processed food and household items for free or nearly free, it frees up money in our budget to spend on high quality “real food” like meat, produce and dairy. My family currently drinks raw milk and we are hoping to move to eating only pastured meat from local farmers and New Seasons. These are expensive choices that we would not otherwise be able to make without couponing.
2. Couponing allows us to give more. Last winter, we decided that I could work a bit harder to save an additional $35 a month — enough to support a second child through Africa New Life Ministries. Love this ministry, by the way.They are doing amazing things in Rwanda. My husband and I went to Multnomah Seminary with Charles, ANLM’s president. A good man.
3. We have extra money in our budget to eat out. We really love going out to eat and couponing allows me to not cook a few more times a month.
There you go. Two noble and one selfish reason why I work to save my family money by couponing. Now I’ll throw it out to you — Why do you coupon? What motivates you to clip those pieces of paper, menu plan and hit two or three stores a week? Leave a comment!
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