At the time, we were reading Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace and Total Money Makeover and listening to his Financial Peace CDs. And one of the priciples Dave Ramsey talks about is that when you are in debt, you either have to make a way for MORE money to come IN OR you have to make a way for LESS money to go OUT.
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And as I was praying, I was reminded of this blog post on a scrapbooking blog! about how this gal got free makeup at CVS by combining sales with coupons. And I felt like perhaps one way that I could make "less money go out" was to coupon. And so I went to the library and checked out every book there was on couponing. By the way, my favorite was The Coupon Mom's book:
|The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half |
By Stephanie Nelson
And I devoured every book, took notes, and started practicing. And in about 4 months time, I cut our grocery bill from $1000-$1200 a month to $400 a month. I was so excited. That was $600-$800 real money left over in our checking account that we were able to apply to our debt. And with that $600-$800 a month and by applying Dave Ramsey's debt snowball principle (you gotta read the book!), and much prayer, we eliminated our debt.
I was so excited and felt such hope that I stared sharing with my girlfriends. Couponing was all I could talk about. My girlfriends wanted me to meet them for lunch and teach them how to coupon too.
And because I could only do so many lunches (my little one could only sit so long and lunches out cost money), I decided to gather all those interested in my home. I charged $5 for that first class in September 2008 to cover the cost of the handouts and refreshements.
After that first class, I remember one gal came up to me and gave me a check for $25, maybe it was $20, and said the class was worth so much more than $5. And I felt like that was God whispering to me that I was to teach more. And so over the past 4 years, I have taught close to 2,000 women the secrets of cutting your grocery bill in half.
|not my very first coupon class. . but still a pic of me teaching couponing in my home|
6 months after that first class, I set up this blog. Because it was getting too much for me to email everytime I came across a good deal or had something I wanted to share in regards to couponing. Two of my very first blog posts were:
Saving on Fresh Furits and Veggies
Your Grocery Budget: Is It Lower than the National Average?
And this story is getting too long. . I will continue tomorrow with How The Intentional Home Grew.