Diary of a Couponing Newbie: Series Introduction

by Marcy on June 21, 2011 · 3 comments


When I started Stretching a Buck back in 2008, I tried to focus on content and personal stories about how I was learning to live well on less. As the years have gone by, this blog has evolved, and I have found it increasingly difficult to share much content with you outside of the daily deals, coupons, free sample offers etc…

Last year my second daughter was born, and I quickly realized that it was going to take more than me to keep Stretching a Buck running in the manner that I wanted it to run. It has been nearly a year since Jennifer came on board (helping me immensely with deal posts and coupon match ups), and I have not regretting asking her for help for one second!

The issue of “content” had still been floating around in the back of my (sleep deprived) mind when an idea came to me. Like many of you, I spend a fair amount of time on Facebook. I had been listening to my friends discuss coupons, learning how to use coupons, the worth (or worthlessness) of coupons etc…. and I thought it would be fun to do a series chronicling the journey of someone who was brand new to coupons – much like I was as a new stay at home mom back in 2006.

As fate would have it, I have been blessed to reconnect with my high school friend Devin Ventre on Facebok. I personally find Devin to be witty and smart, and I know that she can write. Because of this, I thought she would be the perfect person to share her story with you, both candidly and with humor.

I am thrilled that Devin agreed to take on the challenge – and that she will be writing a series of posts here at Stretching a Buck about her journey into the world of using coupons. It is my hope that those of you who are beginning couponers will learn right along with Devin – and that those of you who are “pros” will laugh along with her growing pains, as you have likely experienced them yourself.I would also love to see some great discussions in the comments sections of her posts, because I know that we can all benefit from learning from each other.

Look for this series – titled “Diary of a Couponing Newbie” – to kick off tomorrow (6/22/11) at 6PM on Stretching a Buck!


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1 janet June 21, 2011 at 5:18 PM

I am excited about this series. I’m new to couponing and at times it can be a little intimidating watching the blogs and seeing ALL the deals and people so excited about every deal. I get overwhelmed!! I’ve lost sleep over it!!! I am definitely looking forward to reading about someone else’s journey too!!

2 Jill June 21, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Thanks for posting. Always great to hear a newbie’s story. It might even bring up a tip that I totally forgot about. Sometimes you get going on saving money through coupons and can forget about other ways to do so. I will look forward to it tomorrow.

3 Emily June 22, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Wa-HOooooo! I’m trying desperately to get into couponing, we are in the process of building a new house, and while my mother is awesome and doesn’t let me help with groceries, it would be great to have to knowledge under my belt when we finally move into our new home

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