NaBloPoMo Day 9
As we near Austin's due date and my maternity leave, I am becoming more and more aware of our financial situation. It is not that I am freaking out about it because we have been setting some money back to help cover it, but I am stressing some because we have not saved as much as I had hoped. Also, since I am not working as much any more, we have less and less to put back into savings. Add to that Christmas coming up and the threat of the economy and things are pretty tight right now.
As I have sat at home on my day off or spent time relaxing on my afternoons off, I have been trying to figure out a solution to the situation. One thing I can do to help with the crunch is to try to cut back on our food/eating out budget.
We have been eating out a lot since I have been pregnant because I either did not feel like cooking or could not handle the smell. Now that I am feeling better, I am trying to be better about menu planning. We did pretty well last week. Things turned out pretty much like I had expected except we substituted leftovers for one of the meals. That means I will be making that meal this week. I think that curbing our eating out habit will make a huge difference in our money situation.
But, I still end up spending a lot of money at the grocery store when I do the menu planning. I shop for my groceries at WalMart and Sams because it is generally cheaper there, but it still adds up quickly! That is where my new project comes in handy!
I am officially going to start couponing...seriously. Not like I have in the past where I print off a few here and there and forget to use them. I am going to plan my shopping trips around sales and coupons. I have spent the past week or so reading up on it a lot at some blogs I have found and I think I can really save some money by doing this...if I can stick to it! That is a big IF!
I don't really have the best track record for follow through. I get these grand ideas and then lose focus and the next thing I know, it is a thing of the past. But, this time, I have to give it an honest go!
I have always been overwhelmed by the thought of couponing. Thankfully, I am not going into it blindly this time. I have found a few great websites that help. The most useful thing I have found so far is a post at Mommy Snacks entitled Shopping with Coupons: A Beginners Guide to Saving. It has links to 7 posts that outline how to coupon and what resources to use. While it is still a daunting task, I now feel equipped to handle it. I will be going into it slowly so I don't get in over my head, but I think I can do it.
I will be posting my progress here on my blog for a couple of reasons.
- I need some accountability! Kind of like the NaBloPoMo thing, I am more likely to do it if I have other people holding me accountable.
- I want to be able to share if it really works and how hard/easy it really is to do.
If anyone wants to join me in this project, I would love a buddy! Just let me know!