Friday, September 17, 2010

The Coupon Blog Adventure: Day 1

Welcome to Day One of my newest adventure - blogging! I'm the Happy Coupon Mom. I live in Spokane, WA with my youth-pastor husband and our two busy little boys. I've been a mom since May 2006 & I've been living the couponing lifestyle since January 2010.  Now I want to bring you along on my adventures.

Life can get a little crazy sometimes. It can be hectic and confusing and even a little scary...but it can be very happy, too! I spend my days raising my boys, homeschooling, trying to live a healthy & natural lifestyle, being a pastor's wife AND living on a "shoestring" budget. We've always had to stretch our dollars, but when the economy fell apart, we found ourselves in a situation where we had to keep stretching further than it seemed possible. We didn't know how we were going to do it. We were scared. We prayed. Then, as He always does, God answered. The answer didn't come how we had imagined it might...not through a higher salary. Not through a bonus. Not through the disappearance of our bills (though we were able to cut them drastically!) The answer came through learning how to coupon. Hmph! Of all things....the answer came through those silly little coupon inserts in the paper, and from print-outs on my computer.

I learned how to coupon by piecing together information from lots of other coupon blogs. I invested a few weeks in scouring every coupon blog I could find. I spent about 6 weeks building up my coupon collection. And, then, it took a few more days to figure out a good system of organization for all those hundreds of coupons. With each week that passed, I watched my grocery budget diminish down to virtually nothing, and I saw my ability to give to those in need grow beyond anything I could have ever imagined!

Now, I'm going to try to put it all together for you so that you, too, can enjoy the blessings of God's provision through the world of couponing!  Oh, and since I live for Jesus and love being a mom, you'll hear about that, too! I'm not aware of any other coupon blogs in the city of Spokane yet, so I hope this can be a big help to anyone -- but especially the fun folks in Spokane and surrounding areas. If you have any friends in town, let them know about this blog, too, and we'll all go on a happy couponing adventure together!

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