Just over a week ago, I had an embarrassing incident at the grocery store, where I dropped my coupons all over the floor, and the cashier yelled at me for not having all my coupons sitting next to the products I was purchasing. To prevent this from ever happening again, I got myself a “coupon box”
Although mine is not as elaborate as others’, I think it will really improve my efficiency from carrying around a Ziplock bag everywhere I go.
The index box itself is small and fits in your hand. It cost me $2 at Staples (I bet I could have got one for $1 at Dollerama!)
I used it the other day and certainly found it more useful. If you create a coupon box, or have a different idea for organizing your coupons, let me know!
Any good deals in there, Butternut?
This blog is here to offer you great tips, strategies, recipes, links and other ideas that will help you save your money. I hope to help others who live on a limited income, are trying to get out of debt, who wish to decrease their environmental footprint, or simply live on less.
How I learned to save
My first job out of school was for a nonprofit organization where I made approximately $18,000 a year. I supported myself on this income, while living in Toronto, paying nearly two-thirds of my income on rent. I learned quickly how to establish needs from wants, and how to get creative when it comes to saving money.
Why save money?
I have also found that living a simpler life, I lead a more joyful life; I appreciate my possessions more and actually feel more fulfilled. I take pride and pleasure in the things I do to save money. Mending my own clothes gives me a source of personal satisfaction. I enjoy cooking a meal with my partner, or using a Sunday afternoon to bake muffins or make a soup, instead of eating out. I enjoy slowing down, using my free time to play a board game with my partner, read a book, or take a run by the beach. The times when I save money, I feel better because I feel more in the moment, more present and appreciative of the bounty and beauty that already surrounds me. Furthermore, by being less wasteful, we reduce our environmental impact. Saving money then, doesn’t just benefit our bank accounts, it benefits the planet as well!
Here’s what I will provide in this blog:
• Exciting money-saving hints and strategies
• Suggestions of how to get great coupons
• Recipes for cheap dishes
• Notification of great deals, sales and stores
• Great books, blogs and other media findings
I hope that this blog will help you in your pursuit to save money, and will encourage you to share your own tips!