Our economy is tanking. We’re in deep doo-doo. You may have heard.
The details are out there but I like to keep things simple.
One can easily forget this while reading blogs that detail trips to Whole Foods for $4 Kombucha drinks, $2 organic apples and $12 salads. Heck, it’s easy to forget when I’m IN Whole Foods – engaged in a dance of desire with so many tempting (and pricey) items.
But seriously? I know someone who’s down $100,000 because the stock market tanked. In my line of work, I see it every day. (Don’t freak out, we’ll rebound. Trust me).
By the way, I’m an inch from bankruptcy. The fire sprinkler incident is costing many pretty pennies. Magical pennies. Imaginary pennies – I don’t have a clue where to find them.
I’m no good at making magical pennies. But I am good at couponing.
Can I get a witness?
Yup. Mad Skillz.
That’s $36.66 I saved at the grocery store on things I would buy anyway.
I repeat – things I would buy anyway. Products I always buy. Things I need.
And I bought quit a bit.
Unlike what you see on TV I did not walk away with 25 bottles of hand sanitizer and 60 cans of corn. Where’s the glory in that? Life is fleeting. If I die tomorrow what good is a 4 year supply of q-tips and barbeque sauce?
I got plenty of tricks up my sleeve, but the best thing you can do is seek out coupons for the products you buy anyway.
You can also save with a DIY approach in the kitchen. Here’s a quick an easy way to save (star)bucks by making your own frozen coffee elixir. And get this – you can do this in the office without a blender or the mess.
Freeze coffee in an ice cube tray and refrigerate some brewed coffee overnight in a travel mug. The next day add some milk and sweetener of choice and maybe something chocolate.
(See that syrup? That is a big BIG deal for me. A marked departure. Naughty-pants. But that’s another day’s story.)
Then you gotta get a … Bee Gas* cup that can handle an immersion blender. This is key.
*I don’t like Hugh Jass and so I made up Bee Gas. I don’t like that either. But I wanted to get your attention. You need a big cup.
Stick a hand over the top and zshooshe it around and voi-tothe-la:
Save your big sturdy straws (or steal them, I won’t tell) and revel in your poorness.
*I thought winking was supposed to be cute. Whatever. Totally Fine.
- Are you scaling back in today’s economy? How?