Savings with Style!

Start Saving with Style with Southern Coupon Belle! I'm now COUPONING IN CoMo!
What happens when a Coupon Expert in one region of the USA moves to another area of the country? I have started over learning new stores, coupon policies and building a reasonable stock pile and savings routine from scratch since October 1, 2011. I was an expert in Atlanta and the South but now happily reside in Columbia, Missouri!

I've searched other blogs and sites but I can't find someone else in my shoes so hopefully reading how I started over can help you! Whether you are a seasoned couponer in a new area OR a beginner- I know I can help walk you through what to do and help you start saving big! Starting over has made me realize how newbies to coupons feel and made me walk a grocery store aisle or two in a beginner's shoes again! Email me at southerncouponbelle@gmail.com and let me know how I can help! Thanks for reading and taking this journey with me!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

I'm BACK! Southern Coupon Belle has been MIA!


Okay- as you can see, the last post I added here was July 4th. I usually slow down quite a bit in July because the girls go back to school on August 1st and our summer is half over by this point in July. My intentions were to get back up to speed once the girls were back in school. Key word- intentions...
The girls did start school on August 1st and after PTA convention, getting our school PTA up and running for the new year- our lives were back into the swing of things "normal." Then the phone rang late afternoon on August 5th. Things would never be the same again... Mike was offered a promotion in Columbia, Missouri.
We talked, they talked, we talked some more and by September 1st- it was official. We were going and Mike had to be here by October 1st. We debated the horrible house market in Atlanta, the girls and I staying in Georgia and Mike working in Missouri, we stay back and try to sell the house but those weren't options for us. We are a team and if we were going to move then we would move together and all at once. No big deal- we just had 3 weeks to find a renter for our house in Georgia, find a house to rent in Columbia, pack, move and relocate. No sweat! My father in law even said- "If you pull this off, I will never believe it!"
Guess what- we did. Literally with just a few hours to go until we had to give the relocation company an address to take our stuff to! We rented our house on Tuesday, flew to Columbia on Wednesday, found a house Thursday, we were packed and the house empty by Tuesday. We drove into Columbia, MO with the girls for the first time on October 2nd!
So, 2 months have gone by and things are great! The transition for us all has been smooth, the girls love their new school, friends and Mike made a smart move for his career. We've got great neighbors and I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things.
One of my biggest challenges has been the coupon thing. No longer an "expert" and new stores but I figured it out and want to show you how I did it. I also had to mull in my head what Southern Coupon Belle's future was and how it would work being here and starting over. I have finally decided that the blog will live on!
Whether you are in the South, Midwest- wherever you are reading from- couponing basics apply and you just have to fine tune your strategy. Starting over in a new region also made me aware that while I had been couponing for years, when I did a seminar or helped a "newbie," I had forgotten what it's like to be overwhelmed and starting from scratch. I think this new experience for me will help me help you even more!
And I hope to gain new readers in my new hometown, Columbia! Thanks for reading and I am so glad to be back!!

2 comments:

Jeremyinc said...

Great coupon you found here, thanks for sharing it! I actually just posted a BIG list of grocery coupons on my printable coupons blog, check it out and if you want to share it let me know, maybe I can return the favor with some links to your blog! Here is the post with all the printable coupons

Melissa Say What? said...

Welcome back! We'll miss you in Atlanta. I'm restarting my blog, but it's nothing like restarting in a new city. Well, I moved as well, but just about 12 miles away. It's still "different". I'll stay tuned. Congrats, best of luck to you and yours and Happy New Year!