I still remember the first time my husband gave me a $20 bill and said “make it last two weeks”. I looked at him as if he had two heads! It was a very difficult time for us. I had been laid off from my job at least a year and we had one son with another on the way. Of course, I started to cry. Did I blame it on the pregnancy hormones? Of course. But, I also felt betrayed by the company that let me go and kind of resented my husband for being a “cheapskate”.
I never really cared what something cost until I lost my job. If I saw it and liked it, sure enough I “had to have it”. Not on sale? I bought it anyway. I figured I had a job, a regular paycheck, and a way to pay the credit card bill when it came. The end of that lifestyle was like a slap in the face. Time to face the facts: we were now a one income family. That is, until my husband got laid off too!
Determined to be a work-at-home mom, I started any job that would allow me to be with my kids and make money at the same time. At one point, I had five part time jobs: I sold AVON, was a Mystery Shopper, sold stuff on ebay, and signed to be a Personal Assistant for a real estate agent. Then the agency he worked for offered me a job as their Receptionist. Since I only had to work one day and one night a week “outside the home”, I took it. I coordinated all of the schedules around when my mom or husband were available to watch the kids. There was no way we could afford daycare. At this point, he had found another job, but it didn’t last long before he was unemployed again. I was also pregnant with baby #3.
My husband finally found a steady job and will be promoted to Store Manager later this year. Who knew three years after that first incident with the $20 bill, I would also start a blog on how to get free stuff and save or even make money at the grocery store? Who knew I would be the one telling my husband not to spend money on things we didn’t need? Certainly, not I. Now, when my husband hands me a $20 bill, I know I CAN “make it last two weeks”.
Matter of Cents was started in January 2011 after many months of learning how to pinch pennies, request free samples, print or clip coupons and more. I also get the Sunday paper and watch the sales regularly. I post about the things I find and how my readers/followers can get them too. I am active in several rewards programs where I earn even more free stuff. You will also find me hosting several giveaways on the blog at any given time. I welcome the opportunity to help anyone do what I do to stretch every cent we earn. Questions? Ask away. I would love to hear from you! You can also find Matter of Cents on Facebook.