Every journey looks different. However, there is a general trend in many couponers’ adventures. Come along as we take a closer look at Angie Erickson’s story.
My Bumpy Start at Couponing
Most of us have been there. Someone we know states an incredible amount of money they have just saved using coupons. We think, “Hey, I could do that, too!” So, we buy the Sunday paper (because that was the first tip we were given) and start clipping. We head to the store, end of story, money saved. Right?
Well, not exactly. We often come home with things we would not normally buy and have spent more money. My reality set in when my husband said, “How did you spend MORE money using coupons?” I answered with a very genuine, “I really don’t know.” The next logical question in this scenario is, now what?
As with most things in life, to be effective at anything there are two main contributing factors for success: training and support. My answer to our “Now what?” question was to sign up for a class in attempt to conquer our new reality. As I was trained by Carrie Rocha, I was an eager sponge ready to absorb the knowledge and her fool-proof tips for saving money.
What I learned was that although I was grasping the principles Carrie taught, I still had my own story to write. Carrie’s story could not be my story. Each one of us has different dynamics in our own households which we must navigate through to be successful on our own money saving journey. That was the part that took the most work for our family.
Develop a Support Network
Support was, and still is, one of the most instrumental pieces to my money-saving journey. Early on I realized that to navigate through the bumps along this road, I would need help. Help came in a few ways for me. The Pocket Your Dollars website provided me with lists that helped teach me as I used them, comment sections on the lists to help clarify gray areas, and an Open Mic thread on Thursdays to ask general questions as needed. In this day and age, we are able to visit the website on our time, leave questions, check back when we desire and walk away with an answer. What a community!
I also find support in my couponing friends. Finding a group of friends who are also on their own money-saving journeys provides support that will help you continue on your path even during the tough times.
Join A Money-Saving Journey next time as Angie shares how to “Get Honest with Yourself”!
Angie is a Pocket Your Dollars team member who teaches Pocket Your Dollars grocery-saving classes to mom’s groups, Community Ed programs and other civic organizations in Carrie’s stead. Angie also compiles the bi-weekly Co+Op Deals shopping lists and helps update the shopping lists with additions and changes noted by readers. When she’s not doing those things, she is a stay-at-home mom to two little ones. If you are interested in having Carrie or Angie speak to your group, please contact us.
Your turn: What are your thoughts as you look back on your first experience with couponing?