I thought you would all be encouraged by this story that a reader sent in to me.
I have been keeping an eye on your site for a while. I had not read “your story” until today however, and after I did, I had to message you!
My husband and I were $16,000 in debt due to a car that we purchased that was now falling apart. We ended up spending an inheritance that I had received because we were paying $300 in interest per month and that was basically coming off our credit card. Soon after, we found out we were pregnant.
At the age of 22, we worked as hard as we could, but it never seemed to be enough. We went and talked with an expert at money managing and after an hour he told us that there was nothing they could do for us, that this baby was going to cost us more money then we had! We didn’t even have enough for the baby furniture!
We became very frugal – getting rid of everything that wasn’t on contract (cable TV, telephone). We began going around at the end of the month to apartment buildings in the area and taking the furniture and articles that the people moving didn’t want to bring. We sold them on Kijiji and made enough to buy all the necessities for our baby and still had some money left over for about one or two months worth of diapers.
When my son was about a month old, I was introduced to couponing and took it on as my full time job/obsession! Because of sites like yours, we NEVER go hungry and my son always has diapers and formula. I now teach all who want to learn about the art of couponing.
Thanks to sites like yours, we don’t live paycheck to paycheck anymore! Thank you for all you do (especially your articles & videos!).
Do you have a success story to share? Please contact me! Let’s inspire one another to live more frugal lifestyles.