husband only has 20 wks left of his unemployment benefits.........well, evidently unless ohio's unemployment rate goes up yet again..... Money has been sooooo tight for sooooo long. Now gas prices are downright OMG are you kidding???? Food prices going up again. So Yeah. That money only goes so far. I'm the person who rarely, if ever remembers to take a clipped coupon to the store. IF I take it to the store I usually forget to give it to the cashier. lol And these days I have all I can do at times to give the cashier the right amount of cash...... BUT. We've got to do something. Aldi's is great, but it's also 20 miles from us. While before that wasn't such a big deal.........their food prices are going up too and gas is ridiculous. Been watching extreme couponers. Got easy child to watch it. Nichole can't as she doesn't have cable. But she's caught one or two shows online. While I don't think I really want 1000 boxes of toothpaste stacked in a room.........I DO need to be able to start buying things as cheaply as possible. And if that means 1000 boxes of toothpaste in a room, then I'll make the space and donate it if I have to. easy child is HOOKED. She's got her binder full of coupons. She's already gotten some make you faint deals. When we go shopping on thurs she's got coupons that will make a store actually pay her to take razors and bottled water off their hands. Store credit that will go to her next purchase, which the way she's going will go about the same way. easy child has an unfinished enormous room in her basement that sister in law is in the process of turning into a storage room. She's so organized you'd think she's been at it for years already. Nichole is trying. She has space issues being in an apartment. So she won't be able to do much in volume but every little bit helps. She's cutting coupons and getting freebies offline too. Me? I'm the woman who stinks at numbers. I'm downloading coupons, cutting them out of the paper........But told easy child I think we'll have to shop together or else I can see myself standing in the middle of the store with a blank DUH look on my face. This is a lot to remember number wise. I'm hoping this odd talent I've had since early childhood kicks in and takes over. If I have a certain amount of money to spend.........I can fill my cart right up to the last penny in sales tax without ever thinking about it or adding anything up. Drives husband insane. He's been trying to figure out HOW I do it for years. Fascinates cashiers who know me. This is all subconscious, there is no real thought process going on that I'm aware of anymore I've done it for so long. If I could get that way with the couponing.....or somehow combine the two, I'd be in great shape. I'm still surprised with my issue with numbers due to the brain injury that this wasn't affected too......but grateful it wasn't. So, I've already got my huge collection of coupons. Step if you need diaper coupons, you'll be good to go. lol I think between the 3 of us......diapers are just not going to be an issue for a long while. easy child is coming over tomorrow........for a coupon session. I put back coupons for katie, easy child, and Nichole that they use and I don't. They do the same. Then we swap. easy child is also going to make our game plan for the shopping trip on thursday. Thursday I'll probably do far more smiling and nodding than actually understanding. lol But I'm gonna try. Tomorrow I should get kitty litter for .89 cents! Many of the sites we go to for the coupons also list the instore deals so you can get the most savings out of them. Very nice. Thanks to this.......my doggies and Bruce will be eating high on the hog for quite some time. Rowdy won't switch dog food, darn it, but paying full price for his won't be bad at all if I get good deals for the others. I said I doubted I'd ever try this.........but our budget is demanding that something be done. I got so many freebies coming in the mail...........I can't remember them all. lol Anyone else giving this a shot? I watch those women on tv getting 1800.00 worth of stuff for like 100.00 and I'm so like........now if I could do that, I could afford to paint my house this summer. lol wow!