By: Elizabeth Webber Akre
America is in the economic doldrums. Have you heard? Of course you have. We’re all living it. We are living it to the point that we really don’t need to hear it anymore. But, the media has trained us all so well to insert the “E” word into our vocabulary so much so that I think I hear it at least 5 times a day. I am so sick of the word economy that I am consciously trying to eliminate it from my word repertoire. “E”nough already!
At one time, the word economy had a happier, more pleasant connotation. It meant “Hey, I just got a great deal!” or “Wow! This is a great price.” Or “I managed to stretch my household budget because of my sense of economy.” Now, it’s just a negative, ugly, worn-out description of this looming monster that is slowly trying to kill us all. Well, I realized today that for me, the true meaning of the word does in fact still exist. And, I’m not alone. That’s right, I am one of those “coupon people” you’ve all been hearing about.
I won’t even attempt to teach the basics and certainly not the fine nuances I’ve learned over the last couple years here. But, I will give total and complete recognition to a lady in Irmo named Jenny Martin. She is the creator and owner of the most amazing website on Earth, http://www.SouthernSavers.com. Since I discovered Southern Savers, I have learned the “tricks” of the trade. It will blow your mind how elementary it all is and then smack yourself in the head like I did with an exclamation like “Why didn’t I figure that out?” Since my coupon awakening, I’ve cut our household budget by at least 60%. That’s pretty significant, if you ask me. And, nothing beats the rush of walking out of a store with a receipt longer than your arm and having dropped a fraction of the cash than the person in line behind you!
So, today, I spent some time organizing and adding to my coupon notebook. As the holidays approach, I will be stocking up on items needed for the parties, family get-togethers, special treats for the little one, etc. But, it’s also a great time to build up reserves. You know something? It’s awesome to be in the middle of a recipe and realize you just used the last of the olive oil or soy sauce or Dijon mustard last week, but no biggie…you just open a cabinet and continue on. That’s when you realize how truly valuable and cool couponing is.
If you haven’t joined the Coupon Nation, do yourself a favor. Visit www.SouthernSavers.com, spend about 30 minutes educating yourself and then send Jenny a little message letting her know what a difference she’s making in the world. Especially in the age of the “E” word.