Ben & I have made the decision to start couponing - like, really couponing. Not just the random once-a-year "$3 off a haircut" coupon that comes in the mail... but researching sales and clipping coupons every week.... as many as we can find... to save some serious cash on our grocery bill.
This is one of the changes we are making in order to be more "Gazelle Intense" (it's a Dave Ramsey thing) in getting out of debt. Ben is also going to start looking for part-time work - possibly a pizza delivery driver on the weekends. (A weekend job is pretty much the only option that would work) And even just an extra $100 a month will help tremendously! Between the money I anticipate savings from groceries, and the money Ben's second job should bring in, we're hoping we can be fully debt-free by the end of 2012 (or sooner!)
We are putting the motorcycle on craigslist and hopefully that will sell soon. Then we also have to sell our car because if we don't sell it soon - we're not going to be able to sell it anymore. It is going to reach the point of "if one part isn't broken, another part is" which we've already started down that road, already throwing $2,000 at car repairs in the last 9 months. And there will be more stuff going wrong in the future. It's time to sell this one for whatever we can get for it, and buy ourselves a vehicle that will last - one that we buy newer, and that we can drive until it dies (hopefully many years down the road). The down side is for a vehicle like that, it's gonna require a loan. *sigh* But maybe after selling the motorcyle and car, we'll have the loan for my car almost fully paid off - so instead of adding another loan payment, we'll be replacing a loan payment.
But we are still hoping to be debt-free by end of 2012 - including the new vehicle loan - because we are going to work our debt snowball with intensity!
Sorry, I tend to ramble. Anyway, back to coupons....
There's so much info about couponing out there, I just get overwhelmed. But I'm thinking this will be like cloth diapering was... when I first made the decision to cloth diaper, I was overwhelmed with all the options and opinions. I almost gave up becuase it seemed like I'd never figure it out - but I just dove in with both feet, and learned as I went. I now LOVE cloth diapering and the confusion at the begining was totally worth it, now that I've got the hang of things and am actually doing it. If couponing is the same, then I know I'll do fine... but it sure is still intimidating getting started!
If you use coupons, please share any tips or advice you have! I'll need all the help I can get!