Being frugally minded was not in my vocabulary a year ago. Yes I liked cheap, but did not actively pursue deals. My frugal lifestyle started after months of research in early 2009, and had an epiphany that the world was falling apart, while I was out enjoying my life. I discovered the Utah Preppers Network and realized there was one for every state. I was hooked! These blogs have helped me in my new lifestyle, giving me a wealth of knowledge, all in one network.
After reading blogs about food storage, and realizing that the world is changing fast, I began to panic. How would I ever get the money to start a food storage, let alone keeping up with weekly grocery bills? I was forced to learn the coupon game. I call it a game, because the the winner is the one who ends up with cheap to free groceries. Many of you preppers may already be avid coupon users, but many are just starting on this journey, and may not have money to start a food storage. I frequent many blogs and I am going to share some with you to check out, so you will see how easy this is. They do all the work for you. All you need to do is collect your coupons and go shop.
Most of these websites are Ohio based. In my six months of couponing, I have noticed the sales and prices generally run the same everywhere statewide. I have hustled these deals and have successfully built up a food storage by couponing and canning. You can do it too, if you take the time to do your homework. I feed a family of six on $35.00-40.00 per week and spend 20.00 per week on food storage for a total 55.00-60.00 per week. The only toiletry I pay for is toilet paper, everything else I get for free. Razors, shampoo, band-aids, etc...
The websites are:
Stretching a Buck- Columbus area
Money Saving Mom-This site is great for drugstore deals
Little Miss Know it All-Cincinnati area
Saving Money in Toledo-Toledo area
Recipes, Money Saving Tips...And A Little Bit Of Jesus-Toledo and Perrysburg area
(No this is not me! Just a great site!)
Saving in Akron-Akron area
If you do not get a Sunday paper, start getting them or call your local dollar store. Many sell them for a dollar on Sundays. You can buy more than one paper and get multiple savings and you will build up your food storage quicker.