I began couponing around the first of this year. Hubby and rest of my family thought I was silly for getting so into it. Admittedly, I went a little coupon crazy during February, lol. But I built up a decent stockpile of necessities which came in handy as I was sick pretty much all of March and April and not able to do much shopping. Hubby was having to do the grocery shopping and he doesn't coupon so he was spending way more than I would. I would load coupons to my Safeway card but he was confused as the shelf price was higher than my personalized prices so he wouldn't follow my shopping lists! He saw how convenient it was to have so many items in our stockpile, so he's finally on board with my couponing. Also, my mom who thought you can't save any real money couponing has since changed her tune as well, as she just retired and has seen and heard of my savings on shopping trips.
Now my family asks about the deals I find, or admire my little stockpile. Hubby ordered me one of Jenn's coupon boxes as a Mother's Day gift and is talking about helping me clear out a bigger area in the garage so I can have room for more shelving and be able to expand my stockpile!! I am a sahm and unable to work due to medical issues, so it's very satisfying to me to be able to save money couponing. I don't get a lot of free or money maker items but I'm able to pretty consistently save close to 50% or more on most shopping trips! I recently learned I can't tolerate gluten at all, including meat that was fed grains. I'm able to afford the expensive grass fed beef and chicken because I save money on other items with my coupons. We have an extra full sized fridge/freezer in the garage though so the plan is to buy 1/4 of a grass fed, grass finished cow this summer. Will be a huge savings in the long run even though a lot of cash up front. Nice thing is being able to decide how many of each cuts of meat we want.
I don't post all that much but I frequent the site often and tell people about it as I think it's a great resource.
Thank you to everyone who posts deals and shopping trip breakdowns, etc. I can tell you that you truly are helping tons of people save money on necessities.