Oh Circular, Circular. Where Art Thou Circular?

8 Sep

How many times have you gone to the mailbox, looked in, rolled your eyes, and walked straight over to the recycling bin? Junk. Ads and circulars…

For all of you that have been lost to the garbage or paged through and not completely clipped (if clipped at all)…I’m sorry. And I miss you.

You see, here in Jacksonville we don’t get those in the mail. Over this past winter (while still in PA) I finally decided that maybe coupons were a good idea. My home now consisting of two children, boyfriend, three turtles, and a dog…possibly it was time to start saving. Especially since I spent much of my pregnancy out of work accompanied by an extended maternity leave. Just an FYI…you don’t get paid for that!

We could use the help!

I had a coupon wallet. An organizational application for my phone. I eagerly awaited Friday to clip and make lists. It was like coupon heaven. Weekly ads. Coupon catalogs. Local specials. Where do I begin!?!

But alas, those days are long gone. I get the occasional pizza chain coupons. Perhaps a deal or two on where to get my oil changed. But where, where are my pages and pages of ads. Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Red Plum, Target, Home Depot, Lowes…*le sigh*

I obsessively watch Extreme Couponing jealous or their savvy yet exhausted by it at the same time. Their wealth of coupons which seems like a wealth of money and like entirely way too much work. I’ve recently starting relying on friends up north to send me their unwanted circulars. I get information from friends who have taken classes and joined local groups looking to help those save a buck in this tough economy. I figure I can do this on a scaled down level. Enough to meet my needs and afford me the ability to put both at least one of my children through college down the line.

Listed below are some fun and inventive sites that helped this mama get her couponing groove back and find a way to save in place that doesn’t seem to want her to save!

  1. House Party – Test products and get them free and/or discounted. Plus a great way to get friends and family together in on the process.
  2. Clipper Girl’s Saving Spot – Up-to-date. Lots of interaction with fellow “couponers.” Great for those of us in areas without a lot of coupons and needing access to clippers.
  3. Stock Piling Moms…a guide to frugal living – Great information. Nice blogging community. You can get coupons on the site or reach out to clippers.

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