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Coupons and rebate apps

My coworker is big on couponing. She brings coupons to work to share after she’s grabbed what she uses. I’ve taken a few, and used a couple, but often times I forget the coupons in my desk. This doesn’t help much when I’m at the store and the coupon is at work!

What is the purpose of coupons, anyway? If the manufacturer is offering a discount, why don’t they just lower their prices from the start? I suppose it’s all in the marketing and living in this crazy capitalist society.

I’ve never been big in couponing, but I can see the value in it when it’s done on a regular basis. $0.50 here, a $1 there, it adds up after a year. When I lived in Indiana, we had double or triple coupon days. Although I never took advantage of these, I wish I had! Here in Hawaii, we don’t have such discounts. It’s a bummer!

However, in addition to carrying around these crazy little slips of paper for a discount here and there, I also have added coupon and rebate apps onto my phone. It’s been pretty handy to watch the rebates grow.

I also have a rebate app that if can enter a sweepstakes to get $500 after spending $60 in groceries. Needless to say, I enter it as often as I get to the store. Maybe one day I’ll get lucky!

And every time I get a receipt that asks for me to complete a survey? I totally go online to do it. Many of these offer a chance to win something, another chance for free groceries? I’m on it!

It’s wishful thinking, but maybe someday, I can write about receiving $500 in free groceries…

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I’m seeing RED…

The beautiful roses that grow outside our front door, the color of the lights of the vehicles I’m following, sometimes in the sunset when I get a glimpse, and definitely, the color of the current state of my bank account. I try so hard to avoid this situation, but it appears as if I still don’t have a handle on this budget and I’m once again going to be looking at overdraft fees. I’m seeing RED!!

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I’ve noticed that my expenses is $200 more a month than my income. There’s my first problem! Then there’s the crazy credit cards that I should have totally avoided, but didn’t and now I’m back to square one. Once these credit cards are paid for, that’s the end of the credit card dilemma! I refuse to get any more credit cards! It’s driving me insane to be paying these crazy interest rates. It’s bad enough I’m starting to pay off my school loans! How will I ever see my debt disappear if I keep spending needlessly?

Yesterday, I fully intended to go grocery shopping and spend no more than $70. Without a list or any idea of what I wanted, I ended up walking out with a $163 bill. Yes, I had coupons and discounts, but it was only 14% of the total bill. This is WAY over what I intended and this is not to happen again, either. I seem to waste the most money when I go grocery shopping. Going in without a list, just knowing that we need food, is just not cutting it! A menu and exact list of what we need and do the research to place coupons onto my store card or print the coupons is totally necessary. No more shopping BLIND.

Maybe I should go in with the CASH and that’s all I can spend. This might curb the unnecessary extra spending at the grocery store. I also need to find cheap ingredient recipes. 

I’ll be working on a new budget for this next payday I have this Friday. My paydays are every other Friday, so I’m attempting to split all my bills in two. This way I pay half of each bill on every payday. Occasionally, there’s three paydays in one month and that month, I’ll get ahead. Hoping this will curb the craziness in my bank account!