Last night as I was attempting to take a mental break from the days activities and waiting for my husband to get off of a phone call when I happened upon the TLC show Extreme Couponing. And can I just say that this show made me feel totally guilty. Guilty that I am not saving this enormous amount of money on my groceries. I felt like a total failure in the grocery shopping department, like I should be fired from my housewifely duty of shopping for groceries. I won’t even try to go into the details of how these people can spend less than $10.00 on a $200.00 grocery bill, let’s just say it involved lots of binders, folders, calculators and scissor time. I was awe struck. Now granted they have to have lots of room in their house to be able to store all of their great buys but one lady said that she hadn’t paid for deodorant or toothpaste in 34 years. Something about having a coupon, doubling the coupon, the store having the item on sale, having 20 coupons, buying 20 deodorants, anyway some how she ended up getting them all for free. FREE, I say. It’s crazy, it’s fantastic, it’s a full time job, but for these people it’s like a game.
I used to use coupons rather frequently but at some point I guess it became too much trouble. Now I pretty much never use coupons but instead always buy things on sale. I have to say this program made me at least consider adding back in some couponing, although nothing to that degree, just because I feel like I need to use our money wisely and save every penny that we can. So tell me what your thoughts are on this. Do you coupon? If so, at what degree to you coupon? Just an average couponer or one that uses multiples of the same coupon and goes to more than one store a week to get the best deals? What are your couponing tips? Do you really save a lot of money or do you end up buying stuff you otherwise wouldn’t because you can get it cheap?
I loved this quote from one of the couponing ladies that had been doing it most of her life and who started out necessity because she was a single mother. When people tell her they don’t have time to clip and save and use all of those coupons she says “You’ve never been hungry enough then”.