I’m new to the world of couponing and frugal blogs. Although I’ve been a political blogger since 2003, I never thought much about leveraging social media to help me save money.
I’ve always been a bargain shopper. I rarely buy anything unless it’s on sale, except for groceries and personal care items. With a busy job, commuting in the DC area and trying to maintain a social life, I’m bad about waiting until I need something and running to Target. It also doesn’t help that Target is half a mile from my apartment.
In December 2009, I lost my job and three weeks later, I totaled my car in a head-on collision on I-81. Thankfully, I wasn’t hurt, but I needed to change my financial situation. I dramatically cut back my expenses, dropped the gym membership, Netflix and a few other luxuries. When my mom suggested that we attend an Extreme Couponing 101 workshop with Southern Savers, I jumped at the opportunity. My college roommate has used these sites for years to save money, and I wanted to learn.
I guess that I’m unusual in the this world given that I’m in my twenties, single and work full-time. As a Christian, I feel strongly convicted that I need to do a better job with my finances. I want to learn to be a good steward right now rather than waiting until I have a family one day.
I have a lot to learn, and I want to share it. Does couponing take up a lot of time? Can I do it as a single woman and save money? Will I be able to keep it up with my job, church, friends and other blogging obligations? In a town where people fork over at least 50% of their income on rent and another 25% on happy hours, is it possible to save money?
Join me on this little adventure in 2010 and see how it works out.