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Coupon clippers cut extra expenses

By RACHEL HAWKINS, Herald Staff Writer | 11/11/2009

Darin and Rebecca Schmoe, Ottawa, are doing everything they can to stretch their dollars.

“Every time we can save a few dollars for something, it just gets put somewhere else,” Rebecca Schmoe said.

Darin and Rebecca Schmoe, Ottawa, are doing everything they can to stretch their dollars.

“Every time we can save a few dollars for something, it just gets put somewhere else,” Rebecca Schmoe said.

The Schmoe family has made a number of cuts in the past few years to stretch their bucks. They made a family garden and create two week’s worth of menus from grocery coupons.

“We go through and cut all the coupons out,” Rebecca Schmoe said. “We make our menus for two weeks from that.”

The family also purchases a number of their children’s clothes from a consignment shop in Olathe, but they started to save a lot of money when Darin Schmoe stopped smoking.

“After he quit smoking, I don’t even know how much money we started to save,” Rebecca Schmoe said. “It was a lot.”

The biggest cut they made as a family, though, was to turn off their cable television.

“I grew up without it, but my husband had it for as long as he can remember,” Rebecca Schmoe said.

The family had cable television in their home for a number of years, but they have gone almost two years without it.

“It was just an expense that was expendable,” Rebecca Schmoe said. “You can’t get rid of food or school supplies, but you can get rid of the cable.”

She said there was some screaming and crying at first from their four children, but it’s not a big deal to them anymore.

“It’s just one of those things you don’t miss when it’s gone,” she said.

Schmoe said the family spends more time outdoors and watching movies together.

“The kids like being outside,” she said. “Once they got out there, they started to like doing that more than watching TV.”

She said the children’s grandparents also have cable, so they get to watch it whenever they go visit them.

“They get a little bit of it there,” she said.

When they decided to stop the cable, the family was spending almost $100 a month paying for it.

“We’ve just tried really hard to make the money stretch,” Schmoe said. “We’ve saved probably $1,200 a year since we shut it off.”

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