Happy New Year 2010

2009 was a  year that was filled with lots of change for us.  Our journey only started at the very beginning of 2009  when after 2 layoffs, a reduced salary and growing tuition bills, we took a very drastic measure to reduce our debt.  We slashed every expense we could, including our $13,000 a year grocery bill.  I will never forget the day, it was the first Sunday in January, and like this Sunday, there were 5 inserts in the Sunday paper.  I sent my husband to the store to buy 4 copies.  He thought I was nuts at the time, but I promised that I had something up my sleeve.  Having read and read about the “new” way of couponing, unlike the lady with the little coupon envelope, this was going to rock our world.  And so it did.  My hope is that by the end of 2010 we will be closer to becoming debt free.
Having only started to keep track of my grocery savings in March, I am not yet able to give a true one year savings total, but in a few short months the grand total will be announced.  All I know is, up till now, it’s been quite a lot of money saved. My hope for all of you is that you will also be able to save as I have.  I hope that LRWC has provided you many opportunities to save with grocery shopping, holiday shopping, birthday presents, clothing and with tons of great deals.
This site has been an exciting adventure for me and I’m touched at how many people have found it, use it, interact on it and well, of course, save with it.  I thank you for spreading the word and I hope you will continue to let others know so we can grow even more.
I have some things brewing for the new year.  Things that will help make you a better shopper, saver, and well… just more organized.  So I hope you’ll stick around and check back here often for the many deals, coupons, ideas and any other things I find myself posting up on this crazy site.
I wish you the best, the happiest, the frugalist and a year filled with savings in 2010.
Happy New Year!
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  • Bethany

    Happy New Year to you! I am so glad I found your site. It's great having someone in the same state with the same stores. You have really helped me to begin saving some major money. I hope to get my groceries down to $75 a week (consistently) in the next month or two. I am also taking your Christmas challenge as my own. My husband thought I was nuts when I told him my goal was $0 oop next Christmas. The very next day I got a $40 Visa gift card from a Princeton U research study I participated in a few months ago. Into the fund it goes! Now he thinks I have a shot at it.

    Anyway, didn't mean to hijack your space. I just get such a thrill at the money saving! It has become my hobby/part-time job. Thank you so much. May 2010 be all you hope for!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, I feel the same as the poster above. Local makes a huge difference, and it also helps me that you understand what things cost in NJ, as opposed to what they should cost !!! and do cost elsewhere. You have helped me save and also helped me spend more carefully, but still for pleasure. Happy New Year.

  • Melanie

    Happy New Year Cindy and thank you! My grocery bill for my husband and myself was averaging $100 per week. I am proud to say we now average $50 per week and still eat the same and maybe even better. My husband lost his job this fall and it's not easy living in NJ but you have definitly made a difference in our life. Thank you and again Happy New Year!!!

  • Cindy Livesey

    You guys are just so awesome. You all brought tears to my eyes. Seriously you really did!! Thank you for letting me know and I'm so happy that you have been able to save so much. I'm hoping we can just keep saving even more. As Beth said, we are going for a $0 oop Christmas this year. Happy New Year and thanks so much for being such great readers!!

  • Frieda

    I have your site as one of my favorites. There is a lot of blogs out there but yours speak to me b/c you live in NJ. I am not a serious couponer yet (try to use them when I can — but not totally organized on that end yet)… but this is one of my new year resolutions to be able to save more each week. We are a family of 5 with our oldest being a Junior in HS…oh my! Like I said your site speaks to me!
    Happy New Year to you and yours and … thank you so much for all you do!