- I want to be a good steward of what God has given me.
- I want to be able to continue being a stay at home mom.
- I like to be able to splurge once in awhile - go out to dinner or away for a weekend!
- I like to save on the big things - money saved on the little things sometimes means we are able to put more down on our mortgage payment - which in the big picture, means it will be paid off sooner!
- It's good to have some money saved and put away "just in case" of illness, job loss, etc.
- Not gonna lie - it's the thrill of the hunt! I get a rush when I know I saved money!
When I'm on my A-Game, which is obsessive couponing, watching sales, etc etc....I aim to spend about $40-$50 a week on groceries, which includes diapers and toiletries. Lately, I have not been on my A-Game. The couponing I was doing was definitely saving me money, but I just did not have the time to put into it. I fell behind and now it's going to be a monumental task to catch up again. I'm still doing pretty good on the weekly budget though, largely in part to my stockpile.
I know some people will cringe at the mention of a stockpile, but before you judge, let me give you a list of stockpiling tips....then you can decide for yourselves if you think I'm a wacko.
- Only stockpile what you have room for. The goal here is not to end up on a Hoarders episode.
- Only stockpile what you will actually use in a reasonable amount of time. I don't care if the flea & tick shampoo is 75% off....if you don't have a pet, don't buy it!! Along with this...pay attention to expiration dates! Some things are on sale for a reason!
- Never pay full price to stockpile. This is not brain surgery - if you pay full price just to have your stockpile, you aren't saving money!
- Some good things to stockpile include pantry items you use all the time - for me those are things like chicken broth, diced tomatoes, etc. I also love to stockpile toiletries - CVS is my main source for these - seems like almost every week you can get a free toothpaste, razor, or deoderant! Cleaning supplies are another great thing to stockpile because they can get so expensive if you end up having to pay full price. Thanks to my favorite savings website, For the Mommas, I stocked up on Purex laundry detergent last February, and I haven't had to buy laundry detergent since!!! All I had to pay for were the coupons I bought on eBay.
|Even a picture of dishwashing detergent is made cuter with a baby in the background, right?|