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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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challenge

I have a big goal for you this September, I want you to pledge to try to cut your budget in every category for one month and save $1000 (or at least 10% of your income) off your current normal expenses.

That’s huge for most families, and it’s going to take effort to make it happen. Why do it? We all have our own motivation to save, but think of what that money could do going into the most expensive time of the year. Whether you use it to have an emergency fund (probably the wisest idea if you don’t already have one) or stick it in a savings account to pay for Christmas, this is your way to make a 30 day effort that will make the rest of the year slightly easier!

Note: I know for some that $1000 would be almost entire months wages and that you already live on a very tight budget. I still encourage you to try to save 10% off your monthly income. Make an effort to check every nook and cranny of your budget and see if you are being a wise steward.

I’m taking this challenge with you and I want you pledge along with me. Share on your Facebook page or even your blog how you are saving, and the progress you are making. Let the world hold you accountable to make this goal happen. If you are a blogger, I would love for you to come back each Monday and share how you are doing. I’ll post my updates with a link up. Share tips to help others or just list out what you did that week to save. Whatever you share it is bound to help us all get ideas.

This starts September 1st, so start brainstorming now. This will take a plan, but it will be a pretty awesome day when your savings account has $1000 more than it did at the beginning of the month!

Here are some areas to get your brainstorm going:

Dining Out
Clothing and Miscellaneous Expenses
Grocery Budget
Meal Planning
Eat off the Pantry
Carpooling
Packing Lunches

Check in on September 1st as I share our plan for the month. Then join back every Monday for the entire month!

    • Donna

      oh my goodness. I so want to try this – it is not going to be 1,000 but I would be thrilled with 500 we just don’t have that kind of wiggle room. I am game – will let you all know.

    • mommalana

      We just did this for about two years to pay off our house. You can do it! I, on the other hand, am tired of living like a pauper! :)

    • Rylansmom

      I’m a single mom with an 18 month old and on an extremely tight budget any and all advice and tips are greatly appreciated. I love couponing and if it wasn’t for couponing and this amazing app I wouldn’t be able to do a lot.

    • Renee Sinclair

      I’m in

    • Danielle Thompson

      I’m so in, this is great timing. I used to live by this site, then I had a baby, and the budget/couponing went out the window. I would love to have a swift kick in the pants to get started! I am looking forward to your link parties next month!

    • http://jenbendewish.wordpress.com/ Jennifer Bendewish

      Count me in! We have some big expenses in October and this will be an excellent way to help me prepare for October!

    • Daryl Ann Guy

      Same here ever since we moved I have been trying to coupon but it seems that we are unable The hubby is going to be pulling some OT I would like to try and come up with 1 k for christmas.

    • Teresa E

      I would love to move forward because I’m moving a little slow these days…

    • Becky A

      Love this challenge!

    • Misty

      Just came to a stopping point after a year long renovation of our house. We’ve been hemorrhaging money so this is a really good challenge for us. Just signed up with multiple savings apps on my phone to save more on grocery purchases. Mostly just shop bogo sales and use IPs. Also, I mostly shop at Aldi and my local produce stores. Try to stay away from processed (expensive) foods and eat more whole (inexpensive,heathy) foods and save tons that way.We are fortunate to have friends that hunt and fish so we get a freezer full of goodies from them including some Alaskan haddock and salmon our friend just brought back from his trip. So we eat well and the kids get a little spoiled with their icecream without breaking the bank but I’m always looking for more ways to save. I absolutely fell in love with SS site years ago when my mom told me about it. She’s in SC and I’m in FL. Looking foward to seeing how others are saving money. Oh, and one more thing we do…if we’re using cash we never spend change. We have a big glass water jar that we put all silver in and a big pickle jar that we save the pennies in. Every few months the penny jar is full and we put that money (approx $30) into kids savings accts. We’ve bought a camper and then an rv with the silver change we saved. It shows the kids how saving a little can really add up to alot!

    • Becky A

      One of the biggest ways we have found to help us with our spending is to go back to childhood and have allowances. Yep, as adults we each get a certain amount each month to use or save however we want. This is the money we have for any dining out beyond our budgeted amount, any snacks we want at work, clothes we don’t really need, etc. No guilt spending! We had gotten away from a true budget and the allowances, but we are back at it starting again this month! Can’t wait to see the savings!!

    • Dilbara

      I will try my best to achieve this goal!!! Couponing (on-line and paper), using apps. Lets see how much we can save. I am excited!!!

    • kcisco

      Utilizing coupons and farmer’s market….going meatless 2 days a week….planting fall garden…..

    • Holly Rich

      I heard a rumor that Harris Teeter will be having triples soon. Woot woot. That should help. Please continuing to use the mobile coupons stacked with cartwheel coupons stacked with manufacturer coupons stacked with store coupons and paid for with my Red Card should rack up some savings at Target. And for the first time, I’m going to try to start couponing clothes. Retails savings, here I come!

    • charlie

      Looking forward to the savings-more challenge. Gotta get my coupons and budget more in order.

    • Abby7664

      I just do see how to do this! :( I will try, we already are on a very very tight budget.

    • Esong

      I am in……joining a week late but it’s worth a try.

    • Krys

      I follow some of Dave Ramsey’s methods. We use the envelope system and thus far it was one of the best decisions we made. Each month we had a budgeted amount that does into envelopes. We have one for Christmas, vacation, car maintenance, and a tools envelope (my husband is a mechanic). This way when Christmas come around we are not tempted to use any cards, we pay cash. I don’t follow everything he says, but if I were to recommend anything it would be the envelope system.