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Fresh Starts

January 1st, 2016 at 06:36 am

I love fresh starts, especially this illustrious time after the new year. It has been a psychological struggle, but I've come to the realization that you can have a fresh start at any month, day or time. There needs not be a milestone! That said, new year is good practice for setting goals and working towards achievement.

I was able to cash my inheritance. I paid off my two high interest nasty loans, stashed 2K in my emergency account and 2.5k set aside for the IVF procedure we need to pay out of pocket. I also have begun my 52 week challenge which I've decided to do in reverse.

I subscribed for 2 weekly sunday editions of the newspaper so I can jump back on the couponing band wagon. Now that we have a house, we have plenty of space to store my couponing treasures.

Wishing you all a bright, happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

5 Responses to “Fresh Starts”

  1. AnotherReader Says:

    If you are trying to save money, couponing might not achieve that goal. Coupons are usually for name-brand prepared foods and household products. Not the inexpensive ingredients needed for healthy, good-tasting home-cooked food. Store brands and carefully shopped specials get you better deals on both food and household goods.

    I'm concerned when someone mentions having space to store "couponing treasures." That can easily devolve into overspending and hoarding. Boxes of pasta and rolls of paper towels are not treasures to be saved and admired. They are necessary items that should be used in a reasonable time after acquiring them. Focus on the larger goal of living below your means, saving money, and investing for your future. You will be more successful and happier as a result.

  2. Butterscotch Says:

    Good for you! You sound super motivated for a successful new year. Good luck with the coupons. I don't have time to prepare homemade meals most of the time (no, I can't just spend a Sunday cooking and freeze meals for the week) and I know that I have saved with coupons for convience food that I was going to buy anyway. Have a Happy New Year!

  3. Allison Says:

    With couponing, you have to be strategic. I agree, you can't just go buying everything. But with diligence, you can stock up on items such as toothpaste, soap, razors at a significantly reduced cost. One issue I'd like to weigh is whether it is cheaper to simply shop at Costco for certain items or if it is actually cheaper to use coupons. There are many websites now that make it so much easier to coupon. They will alert you to when items you may use regularly are on sale with coupons which in the long run, can provide cost savings.

    I hear you, I do not believe in hoarding, nor do I intend to. I only purchase items we regularly use at this discount. As for soaps and other hygiene items, I would prefer using Dove at a discount as opposed to using store brand soap. I will take care to track my spending.

  4. Ralph Says:

    Fresh starts are awesome! Happy saving!

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Sounds like you are on a roll! Happy New Year! Hope it is a prosperous one!

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