At this point in my blogging "career" if it's even ok to call it that, I haven't really found a rhythm. I have about 15 followers through blogger, and about 15 subscribers through Google reader. I'm up to about 10k hits on the site but it's also been a few months. So I thought I'd take some time to stop and let you guys know what I'd really like to be doing with my couponing and then pitch a small idea.
About a month into my couponing ventures I took a trip to Kroger and got two bags of rice for $0.09 each. On my drive home from the store I couldn't stop thinking about how I knew I would not eat that rice in any decent amount of time. So why did I buy it? Because it was cheap/almost free. Yes, my blinders are totally on when it comes to cheap stuff. No discretion. Now we all know, based on the hundreds of posts about this, that it's awesome to buy something like rice for $0.09 and then donate it to a local food bank or something similar. What I couldn't stop thinking about though, was why was I not doing this constantly? Look how easy it was to get something that could supplement a family's dinners easily for a couple of weeks or more! I started talking to some people about it (Mom and Kelly) and they agreed. I could fairly easily (in theory) get my hands on a LOT of "almost free" food and donate it. I then began thinking about how I could get my hands on my coupons without paying for them (to keep my oop low). Needless to say, because of life, my forward movement on the idea slowed down drastically. But now I'm back on the saddle again. I know there is probably a strong couponing presence in the DFW area (My Dallas Mommy) but I've yet to find it outside of moms (no kiddos for me). So I'm still working on this idea of basically asking people to donate their coupons. This could be people that don't coupon at all but get the paper, or people that coupon casually (like my mom) and just donate the leftover coupons.
Anyway, this is getting too long! The point is, while I brainstorm some more on how to move forward with this idea, I need your opinion on a much smaller one. Some of the couponing blogs have weekly posts such as the "CVS $5 Challenge" by Centsable Momma, or "Change for a Change" by Zeal for a Deal where they outline ways to get a lot of loot with a little money ($5 at CVS, $3 at Publix and Kroger). I was thinking of starting something similar for a store we all have a love/hate (some hate/hate) relationship with - Walmart. Why Walmart? Because it's a store that I'm 90% sure is EVERYWHERE. So no matter who reads this, they could participate. I myself am not in love with Walmart, but if I have a list and a purpose, it's fine. I was also wondering if I should narrow it down even further and say I will only include newspaper coupons OR only include printables. I guess it depends on my readers. I also need some input on the dollar amount. How much would you like to spend each week, or rather how much can you spare? What types of items should I include? Definitely grocery items - but not all junk food, toiletry items, etc. Any opinion would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you in advance!