Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Decluttering & My First Couponing Experience

So I did tell you all a few post back that I was starting to collect coupons. After much consideration and anticipation I finally stepped out and used what coupons I had. I decided to go to walmart to buy all of my tolietries but later discovered I may have come out cheaper at meijer.

My total spent was $68 dollars and a savings of $11 worth of coupons. I got a LOT of stuff I never would have brought all at once had I not had the coupons. The only bad thing about this experience is that in discovering walmart doesn't double coupons I could have went to another store and came out a little cheaper especially with the $1.00 off coupons. All in all I had a lot of fun and I look forward to getting more coupons. However I must stress that couponing doesn't matter if you are not actually working a budget. You could say what I did yesterday was like someone having an expensive hobby, fun but not really benificial.

I haven't been on a budget this much and until I went grocery shopping yesterday I really didn't care. Im not over spending or anything but I am not really trying to keep close tabs on my funds, stress is playing a big factor in all this but I am trying to do some damage control before it gets out of control.

After I put all my shopping items away I started cleaning and realizing I had a lot of junk laying around I don't use. So I grabbed a big ole trash bag and started throwing stuff away. Over these next few months I want to get my life into a simple routine preferably one that doesn't cause me to spend lots of money thats not in my budget. I do believe once this house situation is done with I will have things a bit more under control, but for now I am going to do the best I can with what I got!!

Have you ever experienced a time where financial stress caused you to be sloppy in other areas of your life? How did you bounce back?


Young Mogul said...

You can always tell my stress level my the condition of disarray of my home and car. But, decluttering has really helped in this area.

I hope you donate most of your things and keep them out of the landfill.

Rhitter94 said...

Not to mention my work place around. When I am stressed, my work station is a mess. However, if I declutter and organize, I feel less stressful and can focus more.

Everyday Tips said...

Stress in general ruins my house, and probably health. We end up eating out more, I don't put things away as quickly as I should, laundry piles up.

Regarding couponing, you will get the hang of it and only buy what you will use. It just takes time.

Divine and Debt Free said...

I certainly noticed all of what you are describing and now things are getting back to normal. I even went grocery shopping! That right there proves the stress is TOTALLY gone lol.