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Couponing Efficiently: A Guide for Saving Money and Time

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Couponing Efficiently Series: A Guide for Saving Money and Time

I wanted to take the time to introduce you to my tutorial series on Couponing Efficiently 101. I have been couponing for over ten years and it is one way I save money. Over those years, I have made some couponing mistakes which I will share, however, it is through those mistakes that I learned to make couponing work for me and my family.

I believe there are different types of couponers and these differences really depend on time. For example, extreme couponers spend hours upon hours trying to snag those free deals. It literally is a full-time job. I should know, I tried. Then, there are people who see a coupon, clip it, stick it in their purse, and if they remember, they’ll use it on their next shopping trip. They mean well and really want to save but don’t know how to coupon efficiently or think it’s just too much work.

Over the years I have showed friends and family members how to save money by couponing. And just like I have warned them, in the beginning, couponing does take a little work. This is why I have broken down this tutorial into seven parts starting with gathering your materials to the actual shopping day. In this way, you won’t feel so overwhelmed with the process. So take your time with each part. In time, week after week, you will become more efficient and it will become second nature to you.

So before you embark on part 1 of this series, ask yourself:

How much time am I willing to put into couponing?

Whatever your answer, remember that the more time you put into it, the more you will get out of it. I spend four hours a week, spread out over four days and save, on average, close to 50% of my grocery bill. So, in essence, I get half of my groceries for free. I think for the hours I put in 50% sounds great. By the way, I am paying for all my blogging expenses with my coupon money.

Now, remember, I am not an extreme couponer. I don’t have the time to be one and I bet you don’t either. I am just giving you the information, tips, and tricks to saving money through couponing. It is up to you to apply what you learn and make it work for you and your family.

Next: Couponing Efficiently Series 101–Part 1: Finding Coupons

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2015-2016 5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

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The following is our 5th grade homeschool curriculum for the 2015-2016 school year. We have a very eclectic curriculum. For some subjects, I purchased textbooks and workbooks. For others, I will use a Charlotte Mason (CM) approach.

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Math Homeschool Curriculum

5th grade math curriculum

Science Homeschool Curriculum

  • I use the science topics found on my state’s Department of Education website. With these topics, I use my local library and gather books that I feel with add to our homeschool learning. I especially gather books that have accompanying experiments. For example, the boys are going to learn about sound. I’ve found a book that is full of experiments for teaching sound. Along with this topic, I will also include the biography of Alexander Graham Bell. For this part, we use Confessions of a Homeschooler’s Scientists & Inventors Unit Studies. As the year progresses, I will add other relevant scientists and inventors to their studies.

World History/Geography Homeschool Curriculum

  • We will be using the Story of the World volume 1 and 2 by Susan Wise Bauer. Volume 1 will be used to review ancient history (which we did last year). Volume 2 will cover the Middle/Medieval Ages. We have not used this curriculum before so stay tuned for a review in a future post. So far, I like the materials and activities it has provided. I also like that they have incorporated relevant geography. We will also use Homeschool in the Wood’s Timeline Notebook Binder. The children love inserting the historical figures and events into their “Record of Time”.

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U.S. Geography Homeschool Curriculum

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Language Arts (grammar, spelling, poetry, and cursive) Homeschool Curriculum

  • Last year, all these topics were taught separately. This year, I decided to try the Charlotte Mason (CM) way of teaching these topics. I purchased Spelling Wisdom Book 1 and Using Language WellBook 1 by Sonya Shafer of SimplyCharlotteMason.com. I can’t wait to use it. Please visit her site as she can explain the CM approach so much better than I ever could. I will provide a review of this curriculum as the year progresses.

Classical Literature Homeschool Curriculum

  • Here, we use Confessions of a Homeschooler’s Classical Literature Unit, Volume 3. We only have a few books left in this volume. So we will also cover Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Art Homeschool Curriculum

Music Homeschool Curriculum

Spanish Homeschool Curriculum

5th grade Spanish curriculumSo there you have it, readers. I can’t wait to get started this year.

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