Shortly after meeting Jen, I brought her up to Canada for a year. She was going crazy not being able to coupon as she was accustomed to in the US. My first experience with her frugal behavior was when we were having a BBQ for our friends and family. I picked up a jar of mayonnaise. Even though she was at the other end of the aisle, she seemed to have some sort of price radar. She quickly yelled, “NO!” and ran to meet me in front of the condiments. “Are you kidding me? Almost SIX DOLLARS for Mayonnaise? No.” She quickly scanned the rest of the brands and found a much cheaper version. “This one is $2 cheaper. This is what we are getting.” I quickly became used to her methods, and appreciated a lower grocery bill! Only after we were married and living on a budget, did I realize the magnitude of her couponing love. She started this blog (The Binder Ladies), to teach others how to use coupons and save money….and I was introduced to the couponing way of life. Honestly, I was hooked.
|My first big “haul.” We spent $6.23 on all of this. Yep. I understand now!|
Although this was not something I was overly interested in, I soon fell in love with the idea of saving SO much money. As I’m still living in Vancouver and travel down to be with Jen every weekend (immigration is REALLY expensive), I found myself quite often sitting on the living room floor going though her coupon binder and “helping” take out expired coupons, cutting new coupons and going over flyers. When we joined forces, it really didn’t take that long, and I knew it was quality time spent toward a bigger purpose – saving tons of money. What husband doesn’t support that?
For Christmas in 2013, we spent a total of $635 for about 60 gifts. We saved over $3,000! The online deals that my wife finds and shares on the blog, are all deals that we would purchase, and HAVE purchased! I had no idea how much you could save on gifts by purchasing online. We shop all year for Christmas (she talks about this in this post), just like she promotes on the blog and wants her readers to do, too. We wouldn’t have $635 to spend (let alone $3,000) in December to get all of the gifts we like to get – but we DO have about $40+ a month to spend throughout the year. It makes a HUGE difference and we’re able to give presents to people that we normally can’t afford to include!
This used to embarrass me. Now I walk through the grocery store, proudly displaying our coupon binder and frugal lifestyle! I’m the first one to hand a stranger a coupon, too!
Husbands and significant others. Heed my suggestion: get INVOLVED! Support your frugal divas and don’t try fighting it. It won’t help. Start helping and I would be our monthly grocery budget that you”ll notice a happier wife (which makes for a happier husband), and a lot more money in your wallet.
I’m a changed man!!! And, as my wife says, “Long Live The Almighty Coupon!”
Frugal Pete 🙂