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By Valerie Brandt
I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness ...
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I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness and differences of the slower life from one state to the next. My husband and I own our own business where we provide for our three growing daughters who are the light of our world. Writing has always been an outlet for me, starting a diary as young as 4th grade and continuing for each of my daughters currently. Writing clears my mind and my heart of things that I would rather say but don't (due to my impeccable manners) or did say and wished I hadn't (sometimes those manners fail). I am clearly outspoken and am working on being filled with grace and compassion. In my spare time my family and I enjoy reading, biking and cooking. We do NOT enjoy cold snowy weather.
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By Valerie Brandt
May 6, 2013 10:48 a.m.



I have memories of my mom going through the Sunday paper, meticulously cutting out the coupons she needed for the week, and then using them to save money.  I thought they were bygone memories, old fashioned.  I didn't realize what a craze it is to be a couponer!  I love how things that we once considered "old fashioned" are coming back.  Last year my friend Mary called to exclaim that she had used coupons at Walgreens, got one weeks worth of stuff and after everything was rung through, the store owed her money!  How does that even happen?  

Lucky for me I am not that dedicated (I have a one track mind sometimes and my family would suffer if I was a die-hard) but I can use my friend Mary as a resource.  

Today I have a goal.  Get this week's grocery needs, including fresh produce, for under $50.  I went online immediately and typed "free printable coupons" into the search engine and www.coupons.com popped up.  I was able to gather 6 coupons from that sight saving me $4.65.  My dilemma?  I need to save $12. (I have already figured my bill according to what I usually pay).  I am on my way.  Another 20 minutes of searching and I think I can come up with the coupons to make it happen.  

Check back tomorrow and I will divulge if I was able to do it!  GO COUPONING!

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