I am on an adventure to discover the benefits and joy of couponing. I do not plan or expect to become an extreme couponer. I want simple savings for my family in which I can translate that savings into family vacation time each year.

Couponing has changed me

In many ways couponing has changed me. All for the better I believe.

First, I have learned to be aware of cost. I am aware of what is considered a good price and what is considered a high price. I now compare prices and check prices. For example, I had purchased my favorite ravioli in 4 packs until I realized the 4 packs was roughly $0.25 more than buying them individually. This has happened a few times. I now break out that calculator and break down the cost to ensure I have received the best price.

I am trying products I thought I could not afford. I always purchased products I felt were within my budget and never thought much of it. Now I see I can purchase those same products at a bargain. I purchase far more name brand items that are now lesser than store brand. I even shop at places such as Bath and Body Works during their sales because I know how to work it.

How I eat has changed. In some ways I am eating and drinking better. I buy more water at a great price since I do not like the taste of tap water. I drink more juice and less soda although we find more soda bargains. Juice normally does not reside in my home. It was always considered costly and only came home during illness or occasionally. Now I can purchase it at break prices at drink it often.

I am at times challenged with eating certain meals in a different way. Take for instant cheap cheese pizza. From the start they are junk food. Instead of eating as is I add to it such as sauted chopped turkey, fresh tomatoes, and fresh basil. Add a salad on the side and voila a meal that is no longer just junk. My family now thinks I have superior cooking skills while I am proud I made something that was junk alone and made it better.

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