Monday, July 28, 2014

Do You Coupon? Can You Help Me?

Our family grew two weeks ago. My ex-daughter in law called me and said she needed to get our youngest granddaughter to us immediately and we were blessed to have friends reach out to us and donated money and gift certificates to get her on a short notice flight to Seattle.

We knew her belongings would be sparse and they were...the clothes she had on her back and a small grocery sack of dirty smelly laundry and shoes she said she found in a dumpster that were 3 sizes to big for her!

We took her shopping for new shoes, socks, underwear, a few shorts and tops, personal items and she still needs more, but for now she has enough until school.

So many of you are raising families with 3, 4 or more children and my hat goes off to all of you. But let me explain to you that my husband and I have always worked hard and we raised our family. We raised four sons.

In 2004, we received guardianship of 3 of 4 grandchildren and in 2008 we were given sole legal custody of those 3. We are thankful we had the money to fight the legal hurdles the other grandparent threw in our way and we were sad that instead of reaching out to help us, she felt taking us to court was the better thing to do.

We do our best and sometimes we fall short, but only my husband is working now. I can no longer work due to loss of my hearing, back surgeries and other disabilities.

I can take a roast and stretch it into 3 days of meals, I shop our local produce stands and this year I planted (maybe to late) peas, yellow squash, tomatoes, peppers and watermelon.  Washington weather is unpredictable so we will see how the garden goes.

I see all the time, people who coupon and I would like to know how to do this. I clip coupons, but saying .40 cents off of something won't get me the amazing deals I see where people have overstock to donate to charity.

We DO NOT in Washington have stores that double or triple coupons so I can't do that. But there has to be a site to turn to or someone who can help me understand how to do this and save some money.

We have 3 granddaughters all with long hair and let me tell you they can go through a bottle of shampoo and conditioner in record time.

Anyone out there want to help give me some pointers, I would appreciate it.

I do use Safeway Coupons and Just 4 You, but many times I notice they have already added the weekly coupon to my pile though I haven't cut it out. Can I use a paper coupon to add to that as well?

We have Fred Meyer, Safeway, Albertsons, IGA, Walgreens, WalMart and I do know my bargains at Costco. We also have a Winco and a Shopko which I get $10 off frequently my purchases of $50 or more.

Please help!


marilyn said...

I have 4 kids and know the expense in raising them, especially a teenage boy! That kid can eat :) I've tried coupons and you have to use them on name brand items, which means you are buying the higher priced item. I've never found they saved me much money. By far, shopping at Winco has saved me the most money. If you go in the early morning, you can get great deals on marked down meat, sometimes almost half price which helps a lot. we also have a couple of churches in our area that have food banks. You can get some of the staples like cereal, milk, cheese, rice, beans, canned goods for free just by showing up and asking. In the summer they offer fresh produce as well from locals who have planted too much and have extras. Then, when you have too much, you can always give back.

Sherry said...

From watching Extreme Couponing I learned that there are a lot of web sites that are geared to might want to do a search.....or perhaps you could do a blog search for couponers.....I am sure there has to be a lot of help out there. Good luck.

Cathy said...

Sign up for Krazy Koupon Lady emails. She is very helpful for couponing.