I’m a couponer, it’s on sale and I have a coupon for it! Look out stores, here I come! That used to be me. When I first started couponing, I mean seriously couponing, I chased every deal in town . It was not uncommon to spend 8 hours stopping at 6 drug stores and 3 grocery stores in a single day to get the best deals of the week.
Somes days went nice and smooth and some days were one road block after another. Then the coupon craze really hit and things changed pretty fast. Suddenly it was cool to coupon. Store shelves were empty, people were mis using coupons, I would like to think it was because they didn’t know what they were doing yet, stores started arguing over every coupon and store policies were changing faster than we could keep up with them. It was becoming a real battle and many times I was made to feel like a criminal causing me to call corporate offices on the spot.
Adding to my frustration was my, otherwise oblivious to shopping husband, starting to question what I was bringing home. Why did you buy that?, we don’t use these, you’ve never bought this kind of stuff before and so on. After countless conversations and explanations as to why I do what I do he finally got it. Sometimes I had to buy things I didn’t want to get the things I did want or a deal was too good to pass up and the items would make a great donation like baby formula.
UGH this is sooooo not worth it!!! … Ok meltdown over and I’m back to chasing deals the next day.
Today I am nothing like the couponer I just described above. Me chase a deal? It has to be a really good one. I think it’s due to a combination of things.
- I have a stable stockpile and I am able to maintain it easily. I do not need 50 of anything.
- I’ve learned that stockpiling some foods like salad dressing and mayo among other items isn’t a great idea. I didn’t use some products before they expired so now I just keep a couple on hand.
- Having a stockpile for the last 3 years has taught me what I really need, what I use and how to maintain it efficiently.
- Being an admin on a large nationwide coupon website and Facebook page does not guarantee I see all deals all the time. Joining a small local coupon group paired with using matchups has saved me a great deal of time and hassle.
- Even with all the changes that have been made to store coupon policies, coupon and manufacturer’s restrictions I find I can still save a good deal of money and provide for my family the way I want too.
It took me about a year to relax and stop chasing deals. I trust my knowledge now and I know there will always be another sale around the corner. I just don’t fret about missing a sale that I really don’t need to shop anyway.
The best way to save money is not spending it on things you don’t need.