A year ago I started researching couponing because I saw that silly show we all know and have seen. I was so impressed with it and then realized they were buying a lot of stuff they would never use. I mean really pallets of cat food when you don't own a cat?? That's just crazy!
I started reading and reading and found Crystal from Money Saving Mom. I spent days reading every possible thing I could on her blog and eventually saw her love for Dave Ramsey. I decided to start following his debt snowball plan. I have paid off several credit cards, hospital bills and just small bills that really add up. While doing all of this I learned something....I waste a lot of money and have for years! I look back on the last eleven years and think of how much money I could have saved and how I could have paid a lot more for a down payment instead of borrowing it. I wouldn't have had a bankruptcy or credit cards. I could have started a college fund for Marcus. There are so many things I could have done but I didn't and now I am making up for it. It is hard but it will be worth it and honestly I enjoy making things homemade, and constantly finding ways to save money. It feels great and it keeps me busy! We live and we learn!
As far as the once a month shopping goes I will start it completely next month. This month was already split so I had to wait until I have the full amount. It is kind of exciting to figure it all out and make it work.
I have been progressing pretty well with my goals at the end of last month. My laundry room/entryway is half painted, yes half painted. Its half yellow half brown haha. Sadly my body hasn't been feeling well enough to tackle it, maybe this weekend. I made my own bread, did meal planning and have started on the once a month shopping. It feels good to reach some goals!