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The secret of vast riches begins with a single penny.

Seems slightly overstated, but then again aren’t all classic Fortune Cookie Fortunes?
I have a secret inner coupon diva that is dying to climb out and start getting groceries for free, butfor the life of me I can’t seem to wrap my head around it. Have you seen this new show, “ExtremeCouponing”? I have 5 episodes on my DVR just waiting for me to watch…why haven’t I? I want to takeNOTES!!! Not only that, but after I watch it I know that I will never really want to grocery shop againuntil I undertake the couponing…and honestly, my family would GO HUNGRY!
How on earth can a reasonable human being save money? One penny at a time?
“The secret of vast riches begins with a single penny.”
Saving money is a difficult thing for me, typically I am pressed for time and don’t have time to organizea huge binder full of coupons that are cross-indexed by brand and stores. Realistically how can I savemoney – I have a loyalty card at the stores I shop at, I use coupons from the Sunday paper only for theitems our family uses, if we go out to eat it is a place I have a coupon for. Am I the thriftiest person ever?Of course not, I waste a lot of money on things I don’t really need, or end up not using because I got itfor a great price!
Example, in my closet I have 10, yes 10 photo boxes that I bought for $1 each. GREAT DEAL – they wereon SALE!! Guess what, they are in MY CLOSET STILL wrapped in PLASTIC NEVER USED! Great deal onsale, NEVER used, in my closet taking up space that I could use for other things! Another example…Ifound extremely CUTE shadow boxes on SALE 75% off, where are these shadow boxes now? In yetanother closet still with their tags on, never used. I think I need to dust off my Ebay account and getbusy!
“The secret of vast riches begins with a single penny.”
The best way that I have learned to save money is to resist the impulse to buy things on sale. Especiallythings that are project related…photo boxes, shadow boxes, fabric for covering a table, YARN to crochetwith that is, in yes, another CLOSET!
It is a truth that I have learned about myself and I try to embrace…if I undertake the Extreme Couponingshow and take notes, I will share with you the details, but you are probably way ahead of me and canshare your tips with me!
If you have a dirty little secret where you waste money and feel guilty, share it here. Let’s get it out andown it, then we can take control of it. Are you a Starbucks fiend (my hand raises), do you buy things inbulk that end up not being used, do you have a collection that you love and spend money on it? Wheredoes your money go? My confession here is light hearted and a little silly, but it is nonetheless true – Ihave to be honest with myself and where my money really goes before I can take it buy the horns andwrestle it. Start saving those pennies to build up vast riches!

Live, Laugh, Love~
Vanilla Mama
Ooops…almost left off the lucky numbers, because wouldn’t it be sweetness to win the lottery and nothave to worry about money anymore?
19, 23, 27, 29, 35, 38
(One disclaimer I will make, I do not play the lottery on a regular basis, in fact probably only once a year,I do happen to really believe that it is a waste of my money – but if you play and you win from thesenumbers, please remember your Vanilla Mama!)