This blog is a record of my life as the Lord shepherds me through His will. It is a testament to the lessons I learn, or attempt to learn.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Whoop Whoop!

Yeah, you can here me yelling that across the store along with a mild happy dance as the cashier hands me my booty.  This was the setting of the scene playing out yesterday at CVS.  My husband could hardly believe it when I came home with 4 new tooth brushes and a candy bar for only . . . oh wait, they paid me $2 to take this from them????  Yes, you heard me correctly.  I was paid $2 to shop!  What is even crazier is that I should've paid them $24.85 for the whole thing.

Now, if you are like my husband and can't seem to wrap your mind around why I would need 4 toothbrushes at once when I already have like 8 more at home, then let me explain what we couponers refer to as stockpiling.

It is not just the fact that they are paying me to take items from them.  It is not because I am a hoarder.  If you really know me, you know that I am FAR from being a hoarder . . . typically I am on the other end.  As a matter of fact, I would rather do without, if it meant a clean and happy home.  Alas, I digress.  Let's get down to the nitty gritty.

Stockpiling 101 -

How you stock pile.

           Collect coupons and use them only when you know you are getting that item at the very lowest possible.
           Use as many coupons as they will allow you, or as many as you have, and purchase a bundle of the same item at its lowest cost.
           Designate a specific area of your home to organize and store your stock pile.

Why you stock pile.

           Most of you are wondering why on earth you would ever need to purchase so many of the same items at once.  You don't need those items at this very moment.  Aren't you spending alot of your grocery budget on one item?  Well, the answer is that I do not need all of those items at this very moment, but I will in the future.  And, no, I am probably spending the same amount of money on multiples of that one item as I would have on a single purchase of that same item at full price.  The purpose of stockpiling is to never have to pay full price for items that you and your family need.

So, the next time our family needs new toothbrushes, we just go to our stock pile instead of having to go to the store and pay the $5.99 they were worth.  Trust me when I say that this is a habit that will bless your family abundantly!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Where to go from here


Hope you all are doing well as you sit and await my latest post.  It is so very hard to be consistent.  However, I am learning more and more about managing my time.  As a matter of fact, I have been able to sit down and read several books since I last wrote.  This would also contribute to why I have not been able to write recently.

Ah, well.  That is how it goes.  Isn't it?  You spend time sanding out the rough edges in one part of your life, and all the while another part is left tattered and dismayed. 

I can honestly say, however, that I have been progressing on my couponing.  It has been quite the fun experience, and at times, I even feel as though I could do justice to those who call themselves extreme couponers.  Why, just two weeks ago, I saved over $150 on formula alone, and since I don't really use much formula, we were able to send it on to the orphanage in Africa.  Good thing too, because we may have just found the very Orphan that God has called us to adopt.  He is extremely malnourished and he could certainly gain much from the formula God so graciously chose to give us.

On another note . . . God has been really tugging at my heart strings lately on several things.  I am not sure if I am ready yet to divulge these things at this moment.  But they are there none the less.

Again, I hope you, my readers (the very few I have been able to maintain), are doing well in the days since we have last spoke, and I pray that you continue to do well in the future.

Here is a word of encouragement to leave you with -

Romans 15:4-6
4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
 5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.