I’ve mentioned before that I do love me some coupons. It’s coupons that first introduced me to Blogworld, so I sort of assume that most Blogworldians love them too. I very well may be wrong, though, as I’m learning that there are so many different varieties of blogs.
Anyway, I love coupons. They have totally changed my way of shopping in the last year and a half. I’m very thankful for the way they have made our grocery budget seem abundant instead of suffocating.
But, can a slob handle coupons?
I’ve read some organizational experts say that a slob should probably stay away from them. We tend to be “collectors” anyway and so it’s very easy to fall into the trap of overbuying and excessive stockpiling.
I get it. I get that this is a very real problem. And it was a big problem for me in the beginning.
Like most new couponers, I went crazy. I was learning all I could and chasing every deal. But now, I don’t. I’ve slowed down as I’ve learned that all deals come back around, and I really don’t need THAT much toothpaste.
But, how has it been positive? We now have shampoo, soap, and razors to last us at least a year. Yes, this is more than we need, but it’s soooo much better than going two weeks picking the deoderant out of the little holes and spreading it under my armpits with my finger because I can’t seem to remember to get deoderant while I’m at the store. Yes, I still often forget an important ingredient for a recipe I wanted to make, but now, I always have SOMETHING we can eat. I can put a week’s worth of meals together even if the week is so crazy that I never get to go to the store.
So, yes. Couponing can get out of hand. I did get too much of a lot of things when I first started, but I think this is true of all new couponers. As a scatterbrain, it is so nice to know that by having a good, solid stockpile of food and toiletries, my family is always provided for.
And hey, being a coupon fanatic isn’t what it was before the internet. I don’t have to be the one to figure it all out. I can benefit from the time and research and sharing of others. Moneysavingmom.com and commonsensewithmoney.com
are my favorites.
When I first started, I did let it consume way too much time. I’ve always known it, but with this journey to order that I’m on, I’m really starting to grasp how much time management is directly related to keeping my house in order.
I think couponing is a good thing for our family, but I have to always be aware of where it falls on my priority list.
Free dog food is not worth having a home in chaos.
Check out lots of money saving tips at Frugal Friday on Lifeasmom.com--Nony